I'm taking an early train to NYC this morning and won't be back until Monday afternoon. Once again this is probably the only real vacation I'll have this year unless we stumble upon some extra cash.
We have trips to museums, street fairs, live pro-wrestling, Central Park, and lots of eating planned. There is a new taco place that just opened at the Gotham West Market which I am dragging Mike to.
I thought it would be a good idea the places I like to go to when I stay in the city and hope it wold be a nice guide for you in case you ever want to visit and avoid the traditional touristy spots.
Central Park & The Metropolitan Museum of Art
What? You said no tourist spots! I know but these two places are different. They are SO big and spread out, that you can still find a nice quiet pocket to just chill out.
Just a quick subway ride from Midtown to Queens, this market started last year and has become really popular. They have some great food options too. Afterward, you can walk it off by heading over to the East River waterfront and take some cool pictures of the Manhattan skyline.
This is neighborhood is just south of Hell's Kitchen right before the West Village. I wrote about taking a quick visit there last month. It is home to the Chelsea Market, the Highline (try to go early in the AM before it gets crowded), and a bazillion art galleries.
Of course this is where I stay when I visit the city because it is where my parents live. Over the years this area has become really congested with tourist and hotels with it's close proximity to Time's Square. Funny how the history of this area was so seedy and depressing. I try to stay west of 8th Avenue. Ninth Avenue is full of restaurants and bars, there is really no need to wait if you're hungry.
I don't go to Brooklyn much because the subways to Brooklyn can be pretty moody on the weekends so make sure you check ahead if you plan to treck out there. A fun Brooklyn blogger to check out is Chantilly from Chantilly Songs.
This should keep you busy! I will announce the winner of the Indie Gift Box giveaway next week. Have a great weekend!