Getaway Guide: New York City

These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you!

“Let’s hear it for New York!” says everyone ever because New York City is on every person’s travel bucket list. Just this past weekend, I finally got my opportunity to visit…at 24 years old, it was about darn time!

Over the years I had created this idea of what the city is like through movies, tv shows, and stories from friends. I imagined it as a world of extremes — everything from wealthy teens gossiping while sitting on the stairs of The Met to “world’s best cup of coffee” signs at every sketchy looking diner. I needed to see it for myself so I packed my bags, channeled my inner Carrie Bradshaw, and flew to the Big Apple for a New York minute!

Hell’s Kitchen: I was lucky enough to save some money (and sanity) by staying with friends who are true New Yorkers. Hence, I may not be able to recommend an exact hotel to stay at but I can recommend this lovely neighborhood! Their quaint apartment is located in Hell’s Kitchen just a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of Time’s Square — the perfect central spot to get anywhere in the city by subway!

The Brooklyn Bridge: I’m not big into touristy things but sometimes you want to just check things off of the list just to say you’ve seen it. The Brooklyn Bridge is the best of both worlds…literally! See skyline views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn from the iconic bridge for FREE and without waiting in long lines. (Not to mention you can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance!)

Chelsea’s Market: The thing I was most excited to see this trip was the fashion! If you want New York style without the New York price (like me), check out Chelsea’s Market where you find racks on racks of luxury designer items on crazy super sale! I’m talking a $500 LBD for only $50…this is what dreams are made of!

Chinatown: If newly built, shiny skyscrapers aren’t your thing, head to Chinatown for a completely different vibe. I felt like I stepped right into old Asia after getting out of the subway — small shops that have been located there for 150 plus years line the streets, Chinese lanterns light up the sky, and $5 soup dumplings!

Electro Brunch at Intermezzo: This brunch really is like no other — bottomless mimosas paired with a drag queen performance! Her jokes were so hilariously funny that I almost spit out my drink from laughing as I sipped my 4th mimosa…maybe more but who’s counting?!

Le Bain: This penthouse discothèque and rooftop bar on the top floor of The Standard, High Line was full of surprises — disco balls covering the ceiling, a dance floor, a hot tub (that people actually use) with an amazing view overlooking the city, and the grass covered rooftop! The sunset is something I will never forget.

Heaven on Earth Party: At night in an old Chinese restaurant, you would never guess that a wild dance party pops up once a month to celebrate queens of pop like Madonna and Rihanna. But yes, you read that correctly and this actually happens. This is a favorite event for the LGBTQ community and since this month’s theme was Britney Spears, you better believe all the queens of New York were there!

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