New York, New York: A First-Timer’s Guide

I’m attempting to sum up my entire New York City experience in just one post for a blog train being hosted by another blogger mum, Madeline. It’s not easy because I have 25 posts on the 7-day trip I took to NYC in February this year but I’m going to try! Do click on the NYC tag on the right if you want to read about any of the following in greater detail.

I’ve only been to NYC once (and only Manhattan) so I really don’t claim to be any sort of expert but I had a great touristy time there and can’t wait to go back again soon.

Some tips: Get a CityPASS. It gives you admission to Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Guggenheim Museum/ Top of the Rock and Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island/ Circle Line Cruise.

If you are planning to take the subway a lot, get a 7-day unlimited pass. It is ridiculously simple to get around on the subway. If you want to get cheap tickets for a Broadway show on the actual day or a matinee for the next day, buy from TKTS booths. There are 3 booths and the South St Seaport one is a lot less crowded than the Times Square one

Touristy sights:

Times Square. Just because.

Times Square

Central Park is really big and so beautiful.

Bow Bridge in Central Park

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island:

Liberty Island

Ellis Island

Washington Square Park:

Washington Square Arch

The top of the Empire State Building.

the spire of the Empire State Building

Top of the Rock, observation deck of the Rockefeller Centre.

view from Top of the Rock


The Metropolitan Museum of Art was on the top of my NYC to-do list.

Egyptian temple inside the Met

The American Museum of Natural History is AMAZING.

life-sized model of blue whale in AMNH

The Museum of Modern Art, even if it’s just to look at Van Gogh’s Starry Night.



The Spotted Pig, a gastropub in West Village.

The Spotted Pig

Burgers from Shake Shack.

Shake Shack

Lamb platters from Halal Guys food stand at 53rd and 6th.

lamb platter

Hot dogs from Gray’s Papaya.

Gray’s Papaya

Also go to Junior’s for cheesecake. The Magnolia Bakery cupcakes are only so-so


FAO Schwarz, the legendary toy company.

gigantic stuffed animals in FAO Schwarz

Zachary’s Smile in the West Village carries vintage clothing and labels by independent designers.

Zachary’s Smile

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Century 21 in the Financial District for outlet shopping. For Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, sign up as VIP online and print out coupons. You can also print out a map if you want to plan your route beforehand. Take the bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal and get a coupon booklet and a map from the Tower when you get there.

Century 21

I really do love New York

This post is part of a Blog Train hosted by Madeline at MadPsychMum. Continue your journey around the world through the eyes of Singapore Mom Bloggers!

On the next stop of this blog train, V will be showing you the highlights around the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy.

V is currently a SAHM to (nearly) 4-year old Noey and 18-month old Nomi. She loves travelling, having travelled extensively in Europe and the North American continent as a student and thereafter as a young working adult. Post-kids, her holidays have become few and far between. Instead, she channels her energy into exploring the great outdoors with her kids right here in Singapore. On her blog Life is in the Small Things, she blogs about, yes, the small things (make that 2 naughty little small things), but also the big moments that make life meaningful.

12 thoughts on “New York, New York: A First-Timer’s Guide

  1. lilsnooze

    25 posts! I’m only half done with our NYC summer trip. gulp.
    We really enjoyed NYC, even with the 2 little ones. Though we had to replace Ellis Island with the free Staten Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty instead, as we didn’t want to do the security checks with 2 little ones who have no patience for long Qs.

    As it is, my itinerary could not focus on food, we just ate wherever we felt hungry for meals. Spotted Pig was one of the place I would have loved to try out, and many others more. We did make a stop for Shake Shack though, just cos there was an outlet near to the Natural History Museum. :)

  2. mummybean

    Well done summing up! I had to cut out half the places I wanted to talk about. The last time I was in NYC was 12 years ago – when the World Trade Centre was still standing! The Met was on the top of my to-do list as well. I really loved it. Hope to bring the kids to NYC someday. I know they would love the Natural History Museum!


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