Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#DestinationCrush: NYC

With a lot of things to offer, there's no reason not to love every part of the city.

It has been said before that New York City is the city where dreams are made of. The city that doesn’t sleep is our #DestinationCrush this week! Although it’s tough to round it up to just five places, see below for our list of the best places to visit should one be in NYC some time. 

 1. Chelsea Market
Easily the one place any one has to visit when in NYC. This one of a kind everything-under-one-roof market is located in Chelsea, in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Situated calmly in the Meatpacking District area, Chelsea Market is a food hall, shopping mall, office building and so much more. This place is truly a dream come true, especially for foodies. From Japanese tacos, freshest seafood with the best New England Chowder at The Lobster Place, to amazing coffee at Ninth Street Espresso. More than that, the place also hosts a couple of pop up shops by various high street brands. If you were lucky enough to visit during the Black Friday sale, and they were hosting a pop up sample sale for brands like J Brand and John Varvatos with the biggest sale one could imagine! The best time to visit Chelsea Market is at breakfast time, have a walk around, and leave after lunchtime. The place is super easy to find, as it is located across from the Google HQ (which takes up a whole block, BTW).

2. The High Line
Sited just a few blocks away from Chelsea Market, The High Line is definitely a place one must go to while in NYC. The High Line, also known as The High Line Park is an elevated linear park that goes for 2.33 km long. Built on what used to be a New York City Railroad spur called the West Side Line, the High Line has been redesigned to be a park that is perfect to spend an afternoon in. Walking along the High Line, we can see New York City from an elevated distance and see quite the breathtaking view.

3. SoHo
Okay, so SoHo is not actually just one place, it’s a whole neighborhood filled with awesomeness located in the Lower Manhattan. It’s the perfect place for us in our twenties that enjoy window-shopping at those high-end stores, but actually shop at the lower end of the store spectrum. The streets of SoHo has all kinds of stores that you can imagine, from Michael Kors and Balenciaga, to ethnic jewelry designers that sell their stuff on the streets. More than one afternoon is definitely required to explore SoHo. Plus, restaurants like The Mercer Kitchen and Jack and Freda are definitely worth checking out.

4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Where should we start with the Met? Whether or not you were an art enthusiast, this one is definitely THE institution to visit while in New York. First of all, you’re going to need at least half a day to explore the place in all its glory. Starting with the legendary steps of the Met, we explored the exhibitions that were happening at the time; such as the Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age exhibition and Madame Cezanne which were only there for a few months only, on top of the collections that were always there. A few areas that amazed me a lot were definitely the Costume Institute area, the American Wing area, and of course the gift shop. To say that they were all breathtaking would be an understatement. Also, we (the visitors) get to decide how much we’d pay for the museum admissions; which proceeds would all go to charity!

5. Times Square
This one might be a cliché, but you couldn’t really say you’ve been to New York unless you’ve been to Times Square. Crowded and packed with people of all colors, all the lights that don’t go out until way after the sun is down, will definitely make you feel alive.