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The Ultimate Guide to New York City

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New York is my favorite city and I have lived here over a year now. In this ultimate guide to New York City post I wanted to share some of my favorite places:

  • to stay
  • to see
  • to eat
  • to shop and how to move from one place to another.

Where to stay in NYC


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I always use Booking when I look for accommodation.  Both hotels I recommend are absolutely beautiful, face Manhattan skyline, have amazing architecture and rooftop swimming pools.

5* hotel in Brooklyn Dumbo
5* hotel in Brooklyn Williamsburg

Do want to save on your accommodation? Head over to this post where I keep all my tips and tricks of how to travel for free or with a big discount.

If you want to save $25 on your booking with, click this link. There are 2 requirements to get the payout:

  1. you need to spend at least $50 on your booking
  2. you need to be a new client – if you are already Booking client but don’t mind creating new account with new email, than the money is all yours

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What to see in NYC

  • take a short ride to NJ- Hoboken or Jersey City to get this view
  • view from Hoboken

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  • view from Jersey City

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  • visit Central Park

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  • go to Dumbo- Brooklyn and take the ultimate Brooklyn Bridge Picture

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  • see Flatiron building

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  • see the city from the sky – here video from my helicopter tour over the big apple

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  • take a pic with the NYC love sign

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  • visit One World Trade Center

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  • and don’t forget to check out Top of the Rock

My top 12 recommendations would be:

  1. Helicopter Tour
  2. Rockefeller Center
  3. Central Park
  4. Bryant Park
  5. Bull on Wall St
  6. Highline
  7. Brooklyn Bridge
  8. Brooklyn Botanic Garden- Cherry Blossom, you can also see my photos from this year here
  9. Top of the rock- Rainbow Room
  10. 5th ave
  11. 9/11 memorial
  12. Dumbo

An additional resource I highly recommend to review here. I would  also add to this list:

  • Enter the Central Park from Central Park West and 102st and head North – this is a totally different area of Central Park and very beautiful
  • Play tennis in Central Park
  • Ice skate in Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park
  • Take a picture with the Bull on Wall st
  • Visit Riverside Park
  • Go to Roosevelt Island

For more options check out City Pass



How to commute in & out NYC


  • from JFK, take the Airtrain- $5 and then Subway 1 ride $2.75/ Weekly pass $32 / Monthly pass $121
  • from Newark, take Lyft  If you want to save a bit, take Lyft to Newark Penn Station and then change for PATH train, those go to Wall Street and 33rd Street( Herald Square). There is only one direct train, to Wall Street but you can change train on either Journal Square or Grove st stations (2 and 3 stop from Newark).

In the city

Subway 1 ride $2.75/ Weekly pass $32 / Monthly pass $121

CitiBike – 24h -$12, 3days(72h) – $24- unlimited 30 min rides- download the app to find the nearest station )

Lyft registering with my link will give your $5 credit in NYC

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Where to eat in NYC

on Top of the Rock, enjoy the Empire State Building view from 65 floor

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Photo Credit: Rainbow Room

Are you planning a longer stay in NYC? Check out this post to find out how to get a $6 lunch in NYC.

Where to shop in NYC – the ultimate guide

Discount stores:



The last one Woodbury Common will take an hour from NY. There are buses that can take you there for $25 both ways. Look for deals on Groupon

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– Bonus map –

Are you curious where celebrities live? This map may be outdated but that is the only one I found. As for my personal experience, I have seen Victoria Beckham last week when she was leaving this hotel near Madison Square Park. My neighbor met David Beckham in Rumble gym last month, also 23rd St area. Seems to be easier to meet celebrities who actually not live here 🙂

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So that is my ultimate guide to New York City. What are your favorite places in NYC? Share in the comments below.

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