I love New York City. I am by no means an expert on the city, and I haven't been in over a year, but I still have people ask me all the time about where they should go and what they should do on their holiday or business trip. So… here is my attempt at a New York City Travel Guide.

Where to Stay

Who cares where you stay? The only thing that matters is Geography. There are snobs that swear there's no need to stay anywhere north of 23rd street, but let's be honest. If you're wanting to ice skate in Central Park, go to the Top of The Rock, go see Jimmy Fallon, go to the Today show every morning, or wait in line to see your favorite celeb on Letterman. Stay near there and don't apologize. Stay somewhere cheap - there's too much good food to eat to spend your money on some fancy hotel. Stay somewhere with a bed… and only go to your hotel to sleep and shower. There's too much to do. (It really doesn't matter where you stay - you'll be a subway ride away from anything)

Where to Eat (Indescribably Important)

There are entire websites and blogs dedicated to this that are only one Google search away.
I'm just gonna name a few of my favorites...

Roebling Tea Room
143 Roebling Street (Brooklyn)

8 Rivington Street

ABC Kitchen
35 East 18th Street

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th Street

The Little Owl
90 Bedford Street

121 West 10th Street

Mary, Queen of Scots 
115 Allen Street

I included the websites - They speak more to their menu and atmosphere than I can. 

Where to Shop

Bedford, Prince, Broome, 5th, Broadway, Bowery, & Crosby Street.
(Just to name a few)

Some of my favorites:

478 Broadway

31 Crosby St

546 Broadway

Rag & Bone
104 Christopher Street

John Varvatos
315 Bowery

Honestly, 3 out of those 5 are affordable.
If you want to shop where the locals shop, go to Brooklyn.
Walk up and down Bedford. While you're there…

Beacon's Closet
88 N 11th Street
(Maybe the world's best Thrift Store)

Where to Worship

If you are in NYC on a Sunday you MUST stop by one of these great Houses.

Hillsong NYC (My cup o' tea)

Brooklyn Tabernacle

Liberty Church

Forefront Church

Times Square Church

Redeemer Presbyterian

The Classics

Go downtown to the World Trade Center Memorial. It's fantastic. While you're down there, enjoy the oddities of Wallstreet and the like. Walk South towards the water and take pictures with the Statue of Liberty in the Background. I really suggest not going over to the statue. It's sorta a waste of a lot of time.

If you want a really impressive view, go to:

The Top of The Rock


Empire State Building

People spend a lot of time near Times Square.
See it - but don't linger. New York is so much bigger and better than that area.

Get into the deep of it. Go further south. Go across the river.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn is one of my favorite places to hang out.

Bedford Street is where it happens.
Great food, shopping, record stores, etc…

(If you snake around enough after enjoying Bedford, you may stumble upon a fantastic park on the Hudson that looks back over into Manhattan. It's a gorgeous and overwhelming view. There you will take the kind of picture with your spouse that'll sit on your nightstand for 20-30 years.)

There are at least 3 ice skating rinks (If you go in the winter).
2 in Central Park (The one in the SouthWest corner of the park is the better).
1 at 30 Rock - You're going to have to wait for 2 days to skate in that little rink.

Shows to see

Jimmy Fallon

David Letterman

+ Memphis
+ Million Dollar Quartet
+ The Lion King
+ Mary Poppins

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How to get around

DO NOT try to catch your hotel's shuttle from the airport. It may actually end up costing you more than a cab & will DEFINITELY take you longer. A cab to your hotel may cost $40, but it is worth it. You do not want to spend an hour in the back of some shuttle with a dozen strangers who have to be dropped off at 6 other hotels before yours. I PROMISE.

Once you get on the island, get a Subway pass for however long you're there.

Study the map. Don't be intimidated. Downtown is South - Uptown is North. You'll figure it out.

WALK. The city is beautiful. The architecture and culture is astounding. WALK. See things. Don't miss all the life around you. - With that being said, SPLURGE. Get that pair of shoes that you'll be able to walk in for a week. You don't want to be miserable. Your feet being in pain is one of the worst reasons to miss this incredible opportunity.

New York City is one of the most fascinating and cool places on Earth.
Enjoy it. Love people. Let it be worship. Drink deep.


Posted by Josh Maze at 1:06 PM