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Amazing Things To Do In New York City

New York is one of the best places in the world, obviously.

It has an endless amount of things to do, it’s impossible to do even 1% I’m sure.

I’ve only been to New York City twice, but I managed to make a list of favorite things of mine to do in those two short trips.

I’m constantly dreaming about the next time I can go back to New York City and what new things I’ll do, and what special things I’ll want to do again.

I have a few ideas.

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Amazing Things To Do In New York City

Here are some of my favorites.

  • Eat at Europan in Times Square. I was coming back from seeing Phantom of the Opera (amazing!) with a friend my first night in NYC. As she was telling me how much she wanted something sweet, we walked past a window full of giant cookies. After a couple of minutes I told her, so we went back to check it out. Inside was a huge display of many desserts. Our favorite (every time) was the Oreo cheesecake. Europan ended up being the hangout place. We went back at least twice a day both trips.
  • See a Broadway show. The most obvious of them all. I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera, How to succeed in business without really trying, and Once in NYC. Broadway is an experience not to be missed!
  • Central park. I could spend my entire time in New York wandering around Central Park. Both times my friends had to pull me out of it. I adore the city, but having the peace and beauty of central park is just too good.
  • Go to Forever 21, H&M… Forever 21 has 3 floors, H&M has at least 2…it’s like a regular awesome store, on crack.
  • Go shopping in Soho and Chinatown. The deals you’ll find with amazing quality are priceless.
  • Eat yogurt at Chobani. The first ever Greek yogurt shop. The yogurt is a tad pricey, but so good and healthy.
  • Eat pizza! So cheap and to be found everywhere, it’s hard to be disappointed. I had the best chicken ricotta slice in Brooklyn.
  • Eat street meat. Enough said. Every single vendor we walked past I wanted something from. Everything looked and tasted so good. Nowhere does food like NYC.
  • See Lady Liberty. She is so iconic; it would be a wasted trip if you didn’t at least take a ferry past her. I wasn’t too impressed, but I’m so glad I went. The reason I wasn’t very impressed could have been the fact that I was freezing and it was very windy, so most of my time there was spent trying to keep my scarf and hat from blowing away. 
  • Eat at Chipotle. My first Chipotle experience was at one of the millions of Chipotle’s on every street corner. And I must say I haven’t had one so good since. I even hate cilantro rice, but liked it from there.
  • Get lost exploring the city. NYC is such a walk able city, so why not explore it right?

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Amazing Things To Do In New York City


Trust me; no matter what you end up doing in New York, you won’t regret it.

These are only a few of the things that I personally have gotten up to and would do again.

It is such a personable city; you will never not be entertained.


Note, the photos in this post were kindly provided by my amazingly talented friend MJ. Thanks lady!

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22 Responses

  1. I live in NYC and there is always something to do, too many in fact.
    After 16 years I know crave small
    Town life . Can anyone comment on such

  2. New York City was my dream for such a long time! I finally visited in 2015, and it definitely lived up to expectations. So much to see and do, and the shopping is incredible! Haha.

  3. Since I was a Teenager I have always wanted to visit New York, I still have to go but I ended up travelling East to Asia and around. This a unique list of things to do and I have pinned to save it for later when I eventually do take the trip.

  4. Great post! The Macy’s has 8 floors too and the view from Battery Park of the Statute of Liberty is awesome. You can’t beat the pizza! Great list, pinned for future reference 🙂

  5. I LOVE New York City (except for the winter time), and totally agree that broadway is a MUST – we watched Wicked and the Lion King and it’s such an awesome experience!

  6. Great list of things to do!! I’ve been to NYC like 7-8 times and still havent been out to see lady liberty! Shame on me, i know! I NEED to do that next time! Love NYC!

  7. I was only in NYC when I was younger and haven’t truly explored it as an adult. I really need to get back there and see it with fresh eyes!

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Brooklyn Murtaugh

travel blogger

Hi! I’m Brooklyn. Like many, I thought my purpose in life was to go to university, settle down and have kids. But that is not me. 

My aim is to inspire you to travel as much as you can while you can, whether that be through au pair work, or on your limited vacation days. It CAN be done. This world is incredible, let’s explore it!

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