New York is one of those places where I think you have the right to be a ‘super tourist’, without being ashamed about it.
I mean, let’s face it – it’s New York.
It’s unlikely you’re cool enough to fit in anyway, so grab that selfie stick, buy that city pass and wear your most comfortable pair of walking shoes. There’s a big day ahead.
This was actually me in New York.
For 5 days, I was your cliché tourist Kiwi in New York – but you kind of have to be.
From visiting world renown museums and galleries, to taking a jog in Central Park and following it up with a large Starbucks takeaway (workout officially pointless), there’s just so many things that you have to do in NYC.
You really need a Bucket List just for this one city.
I mean there’s landmarks all over the show, it can be hard to keep track of them all– Grand Central Station, the Flat Iron Building, Chryseller Building, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 memorial centre and of course Times Square + heaps more.
And you have to visit all those famous TV landmarks. You know like the Tiffany’s store that Holly Golightly visits, the plaza where Kevin McCallister finally reunities with his mum, Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous doorstep, and then all the cute nightlife spots that my favourite Real Housewives often frequent.
So much to see.
Then of course you have to get a bike and ride over Brooklyn Bridge, and spend at leaset a day in Brooklyn – it’s cool because it’s not in Manhattan, so must check-in to Brooklyn on FB.
Speaking of check-in’s – put China Town, and Little Italy and the Upper East Side (so Gossip Girl) on your list too.
And if we’re talking social media, note down hanging with Bieber in Madame Tussauds, gelato on the Highline and a hotdog from a street vendor too for Instagram.
At night you need to go back to Times Square, because it’s so cool at night. And nip under those famous red stairs to get a cheap ticket to a broadway show.
And don’t forget to find a rooftop bar to attempt to feel like a local. I went to the one on 230 & 5th – which I imagine is really touristy, since even I could get in, but it was really cool at the time – who doesn’t want cocktails on the roof in NYC?