New York City

Most Memorable Vibe

If I had to pinpoint ONE vibe (for Pete's sake), it would be the restaurant scene in NYC. I wasn't a big fan of clubs, so I loved how restaurants became clubs in the nighttime, or how you could still find a dancing vibe after eating. Honorable mention: I miss the free TV show tickets, the arts and the entertainment. There's never enough!

    The Deets

 When: I lived here

Spending $ for a few days: $500 (food, shopping, nightlife, sites)

  

 

It is really unfair for me to have one memorable vibe. I lived in NYC for four years and there was enough vibes to make me fall in love with NYC forever.

So I'll just put it like this, I miss the busyness of this city. Because of that particular vibe, you can find corner stores and restaurants open 24/7. The subway operates 24/7. This vibe matched perfectly with what my mind wanted from age 18-22. I've grown out of that phase and appreciate relaxation more, but NYC will always be my home! I will never stop visiting.

Broadway Shows

If you're in college, check out the price of tickets your school might offer for NYC's signature entertainment before you pay full price. I used to get these tickets for $25, sometimes $20, $10, or $7! And always took advantage because I knew when I was older, I would have to pay more. I tend to look ahead in the future a lot and make more sacrifices now, I did back then and still do now! Take this tip from me, it is true!

Chicago
Chicago
Phantom of the Opera
Memphis
The Lion King
Jersey Boys
Annie
Sister Act
Mary Poppins
West Side Story
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Restaurants

30+ restaurants

           Other

Famous NYC Shows

Other than Broadway shows, there are other spectacular staged shows to check out! Radio City's Christmas Music Spectacular and The Nutcracker are signature shows worthy of your time if your into the arts! 

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Rockefeller Center
The Rockettes
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Rockefeller Center
The Nutcracker
Lincoln Center
The Nutcracker
Lincoln Center
Lucky Cheng's Drag Queen Show
Manhattan
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Live TV Shows

If you didn't already know, ticket to be in the audience of most shows you see on TV are free! And can be purchased online when you simply google the name of the show you're interested in along with "audience tickets". I've done this in both NYC and LA and it's all real, and very fun experience live!

More details below!

Live With Kelly
Lincoln Square
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Rockefeller Center
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Rockefeller Center
NBC Studios
Rockefeller Center
The Stephen Colbert Report
Manhattan
The Stephen Colbert Report
Manhattan
Wendy Williams Show
Chelsea
Wendy Williams Show
Chelsea
The View
Manhattan
The Rachael Ray Show
Manhattan
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New York Fashion

Week + Fashion's Night Out

Also a must-feel experience is NYFW and NYC's FNO. My best friend is a model and I've had friends in prime areas of the fashion industry that introduced me to a different lifestyle!  

NYFW
Chanel Iman
FNO
Soho
FNO
Patricia Field
NYFW
Lincoln Center
NYFW
Lincoln Center
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        Live TV Shows!

                                                      

"My girls and I got tickets to go to the Rachael Ray Show and we weren't expecting what was yet to come. Usually, when we go to a show, we always expect to see audience seats. This was not the case for Rachael Ray. In fact, we happened to get tickets for the best show of the year, something we wouldn't have known until arrival. This episode filmed Rachael Ray's top 10 recipes of the year that fans have chosen. It was amazing. We all got 3 or 4 different dished of food, appetizers, deserts, and drinks. They removed all of the audience seats and replaced them with table and chairs. The set was very busy off camera because there were about 20 different waiters/waitresses clearing our tables and replacing new items onto them. Rachael Ray herself? Amazing. While the camera was off, she would walk around and interact with us, as well as make jokes. She stayed in the audience the whole time actually. What was very noticeable, and admirable, is that she's very hands-on with her own TV show. I've been to shows where everybody in the world does the work for the host besides the host himself/herself. Rachael Ray is the exact opposite. You can tell she has a strong impact around those who work with her."

 

"'Why are black people so talented?' ...is what Boryana said to me while we were watching The Roots perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon lol. That girl is crazy, but she was right. She went into a crazy peroration about how black people are so talented (born and raised in Bulgaria, she wasn't used to us yet LOL), and now she's in love with black people! Funniest thing ever, I'm dying right now writing this post. The Roots are truly a legendary and GREAT music group though. The way their music sounded in that NBC studio, the whole crowd was gigging.  In other news, Tracy Morgan spanked Shaq's behind on the show lol! We went to the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show and we had a BLAST! We didn't know who was going to be on the show at all, and then we found out SHAQ was there. We went crazy. Before the show started and before Jimmy came out, I was telling Bory about other shows I've always wanted to go to and suggesting we should go to a few out of state, e.g. Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I was dispersing my infatuation with Conan and Jon to her and how they're FREAKING hilarious! Only a few minutes after the show starts and while Jimmy's talking (acting like he doesn't what's about to happen), Conan walks out of no where on the stage (you know how they always play that off ~_~)! We went fricking crazy! OMGOSH OMGOSH! He then proceeds to make some jokes relative to NBC kicking him out, and how Jimmy's studio used to be his lol. That was a quick appearance. After Shaq comes on, Jimmy talks about how hilarious a skit was that Shaq and Tracy Morgan did YEARS ago on Saturday Night live. They showed a clip on the show, and sure enough, it was damn right hilarious.  Then out of nowhere, Tracy Morgan comes from behind one of the NBC doors and the crowd went crazy! Shaq and Tracy Morgan embrace and then they REPEAT the same same freaking scene they did on SNL years ago, where Tracy plays Shaq's mom and then spanks Shaq's behind after missing a curfew lol. Tracy sat on Jimmy's couch and Shaq literally laid down on top of him so he could get his butt spanked. I guess Tracy was already in NBC studios since he does that other show with Baldwin and Fey. Hahaha I will never forget it! I will NEVER!!!!!"

"FINALLY!

Like The View and SNL, Live with Kelly & Michael is difficult to get tickets for. You can get free tickets for most talk shows (I believe all) online. Some are just more difficult to get tickets for (David Letterman, Jon Stewart). Needless to say, I had a great time being an audience member for Kelly & Michael!

I had no idea that Kelly & Michael was actually a live TV show (dumb blonde moment). I was so entertained and shocked and inspired all in one. I developed a newfound respect for the two, especially for Kelly who is so naturally charismatic onscreen. She is excellent at being her and she's been doing it for years. Women like her keep the future bright.

Michael was hilarious. It's amazing how he can make such a smooth transition from the NFL to talk show host. He compliments Kelly's 'funny' well, and she in turn, his. They interact with the crowd more than average. It's an amazing experience worth a stop if you're ever in NYC. If you're ever in NYC, sign up for tickets ahead a time on any of the shows' personal sites. You can use http://1iota.com/ to get more tickets for shows also."

"I got tickets to the Colbert Report, one of the most hilarious men of all timeeeeee! Al Gore happened to be the guest on the show that evening and it was pretty awesome to see him in person. This and Jon's show are my two favorite shows on Comedy Central. Stephen is funnier in person than he is in real life, he's freaking hilarious! You guys would love this!"

"My good friend Bory & I got free tickets to the Wendy Williams Show (yes free, you can access them on her online site)! When we got there, Boryana knew a friend from school (a graduate from St. John's University), so we got to sit in the very front row. We also got chosen to come on stage when the guests performed. Wendy was right in front of us. She's so fabulous.  It was a really fun experience. Boryana's friend ended up being the hype man, so before the show started he got the audience pumped while the DJ was basically playing club music. It was awesome. As a gift, the whole audience got Happy Feet (the same ones Snooki wears on Jersey Shore lol) and a CD from the guests who performed.  By the time for me to get home I missed the original show, but I caught the re-run later on that night and took a picture of me next to Wendy on TV lol. It was awesome and weird at the same time. My family was watching from Boston, and I had friends all over tell me that they had seen me on TV. The tickets are free so I encourage everyone to get them. The experience before and during the show was memorable. You'll definitely have a great time." 

NYC Points of Interest

 

NYC is hands down my favorite place to sightsee, you can never do everything and there is always something that will get your attention. Because of the amount of people that live and own businesses there, there is a competition amongst many businesses that re competing for the same audience, so it is common to find cheaper prices all around. There are still so many places I have to go myself! A lot of these places are free or accessible at a fair price for the activity. In fact, you can totally see a whole list of places for free and spend a valuable time doing so.    

Christmas Tree Lighting
Rockefeller Center
Christmas Tree Lighting
Rockefeller Center
Times Square
Manhattan
Yankee Stadium
Bronx
Yankee Stadium
Bronx
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Fifth Avenue
Christmas Ornaments
Sixth Avenue
Madison Square Garden
34th Street
Wall Street
Lower Manhattan
Central Park
Manhattan
Central Park
Manhattan
Top of the Empire State
Midtown
Empire State Views
230 Fifth
MTA
NYC Subway
Labor Day Parade
Brooklyn
Waldorf Astoria
Park Avenue
Yellow Cab
Manhattan
Barclays Stadium
Brooklyn [Nets]
NYPD Precinct (107th)
Queens, NY
Chelsea Piers
Chelsea
MoMa
Manhattan
9/11 Memorial Site
Lower Manhattan
9/11 Memorial
Lower Manhattan
NYC Nail Salons
Ice Skating
Rockefeller Center
L.O.V.E.
34th & 6th
New Year's Eve
Times Square
Statue of Liberty
On the water
Hudson River
Manhattan
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
Times Square
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
Madonna
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
The Rockettes
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
Marilyn Monroe
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
Johnny Depp
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
Lucille Ball
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
Albert Einstein
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
MLK
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
The Obamas
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                  Yankee Stadium

"Bory & I had another one of our adventures and we went to our first Yankees game! My Bostonian peeps didn't like this when they heard prior (since I'm from Boston), especially because of my custom-made Yankees cap. However, I think they were overreacting because 1) everybody needs a Yankees hat and 2) everyone needs to go to the Yankee stadium at least once, that's history right there!

 

The game was HILARIOUS to me because it was a NY vs. Tampa Bay game, YET, I still heard chants of "F*** BOSTON!" Like really? Thank God I didn't wear my Boston Red Sox cap (which I always do) because there were a few random BOLD Boston guy fans a few rows up above me and they almost got into an altercation with BOLD Yankees' fans. Throughout the whole game they were at it with each other even though they were about a hundred seats apart. Bory & I were laughing the whole game.

 

Now I really had an up-close-and-personal experience with this tension between the Red Sox and Yankees. I represent Boston when it comes to sports full throttle, but I am not a baseball fan. I'm more likely to get into a brawl over the Patriots or Celtics than the Red Sox, sorry guys. :(

 

I'm still a Boston girl though so Red Sox Nation IT IS!!"

Madison Square Garden

"My girl invited me to a game her man was playing on back in college, and I found it as a perfect opportunity to experience Madison Square Garden for the first time since it was already in my list to-do! There's nothing much to say about this NYC gem as it still continues to shine with its star striking presence. 

 

Restaurants

 

 

 

Probably my most favorite thing to do in NYC and also, my most favorite memories were eating out, lost of times on my own! NYC has some of the best chefs in the world! Not to mention it is home to nearly every type of foreigner you can think of, so everybody brings their own taste, which makes NYC so cool in the first place! In any borough you can find great food, I populated Brooklyn and Manhattan a lot. you will find anything you taste buds are salivating for!

Breakfast +Dinner

30+ restaurants

Buddakan
Meatpacking District
Benihana
Midtown
Rock Center Cafe
Rockefeller Center
Hotel Chantelle
Lower East Side
Sammy's
City Island
The Standard Grille
Highline
Mezzogiorno
SoHo
Cafe Habana
SoHo
Fish Eye Bar
Brooklyn
Summer Garden & Bar
Rockefeller Center
230 FIFTH Rooftop Garden Bar and Res
Flatiron District
Beauty & Essex
Lower East Side
Peep
SoHo
The Yard at 160
Upper West Side
Nobu
Downtown
Footprints
Brooklyn
Brasserie 8 1/2
Midtown
Lunella's Restaurant
Little Italy
Negril
Greenwich Village
Carmine's
Upper West Side
New York Sports Grill
JFK - JetBlue Terminal
Lindenwood Diner
Brooklyn
Sugarcane
Brooklyn
Philipe Chow
Niles
Chelsea
Joe's Crab Shack
Long Island
LAVO New York
Midtown
Miss Lily's
Greenwich Village
Tao
Downtown
Toy Restaurant (Gansevoort)
Meatpacking District
Max Brenner
Union Square
Mr. Chow
Midtown
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Did you know? 

  • You can find both free and discounted tickets to live TV shows with an audience via http://1iota.com/? You can request tickets online!

TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN

Nightlife

 

 

The nightlife in NYC cannot be topped in America anywhere. This is simply inarguable to me because NYC's entire scene caters to the likes and interests of the entire world, or more than any other major city in America rather. Miami and LA come close but nothing matches up to a club night in New York City, the city of lights! You will find place(s) that cater to your preferences and perhaps places you've always wanted to try as well. The best part is, they close at 4 AM, trains run 24/7 so if you're in college (although I'm not too sure how cost-efficient Uber and Lyft is now that they exist), this is important for you to remember. Some places even close at 

Happy Ending
Chinatown
Trump Towers
Central Park
Greenhouse
Soho
Greenhouse
Meatpacking
Le Poisson Rouge
Greenwich Village
BB Kings
Times Square
BB Kings
Times Square
Gaansevoort
Meatpacking
Beaumarchais
Meatpacking
Amazura
Queens
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       New Year's Eve!

 

"I had another super fun time at home (NYC). I just came back from Europe about two weeks before and had no plans for NYE, so NYC it was again! I went home to Boston briefly for Christmas before NYE, and briefly after NYE before the new semester started, so I brought my cousin Michaella with me. Shortly upon my arrival to the Apple, I traveled to the Bronx, to pick up my cousin Anna-K, another Rose, who was visiting from Jamaica again. We headed to the city to meet up with my friends in Soho for some shopping and fun. It was her first time finally seeing snow after all the times she's been here! I love being apart of magic moments! Of course we hit Happy Ending on a Thursday. Usual rituals. Feeling myself, burrr. We stayed at my aunt's in Brooklyn. She always throws it down! Le Poisson Rouge on a Friday. It was finally time for New Year's Eve Day (if that makes any sense). My cousin and I got dressed and headed to my in-laws for some family time before heading to the ball drop in Times Square. My little "sister-in-law" got one of her requested gifts for Christmas, that dance dance thingy game on the Wii lol. So we went in together like we always do! Owwww! It was time to head to Times Square for my 2nd year at the ball drop! I would eventually return to Brooklyn (like I always do boo) for the extremely late (or early) after parties. "I'm from Brooklyn but I be everywhere comfortably." #lilkimtip ---- Sidetracking again. One of my good friends from Boston, Terara, was on her way on an express train right after work! My cousin and I met up with her at 34th St - Penn Station then we all headed to Times Square around 8-9 PM. Of course anybody used to the ball drop in NYC, the biggest NYE celebration in the world, knows that this is too late to get there if you want a good (free view)! So we didn't get a view (I haven't till this day) but we had a memorable time freezing in the cold amongst over a million people. Truly! Thank you Mother Nature MUAH! -_- But anytime in NYC is always a good time, and what better time than NYE. Yes we toasted in the freezing cold lol! I wouldn't have it any other way. Cheers to 2013. Happy New Year!  We headed to Miss Lily's for the after party! It's imperative for me to include dancehall in my NYE party shenanigans."