The Best Things to Do in New York City

January 9, 2020


Hello, 2020! This is my first official blog post of the new year I wanted to start this years blog series off with the first of a two part blog post, my New York City Travel Guide. It's a good one, probably one of my favorite posts yet and we have got a lot to unpack! 


Because there's much to discuss, I thought it'd be best to split the travel guide into two parts; part one: my favorite things to do and attractions to see in NYC and part two: my favorite foods, bars, desserts and places to stay in NYC. Part two will follow next week, so make sure to subscribe to The Bleached Curl now if you haven't yet.


Sight-seeing in Manhattan is a must if you're visiting the city. One of the hardest things I've always faced when traveling to the city is narrowing down my choices of what I can do/see in the amount of time I'm there. And since I know that's one of the biggest anxieties travel-goers face when they're in the city for the first time, I've got you covered!


I spent a month living in New York taking a course at NYU in 2017 and have since been back three times. It's my favorite place in the world so without further ado, here are my favorite things to do and places to stay in New York City (and the closest subways to each location to make your commute a little easier - letters and numbers following the station name are the train lines that run to that specific station.




Washington Square Park


There are so many reasons that this is the first of things to see on my list, but to keep it short, it's the first ever place I visited when I got to the city. It's a New York statement, the arch and fountain. It's fun to people watch and there's always street performers there. There's also a dog park so if you're a dog lover like me, you can watch them play. A must-see!


Closest Subways:

West 4 St Station (A, C, E, B, D, F, M)

8 Street Station (N, R, W)

Astor Place Station (4, 6)



Bryant Park

I'll admit that during the summer and fall seasons, I only ever took a quick stroll through this park. But when I went to New York in December, this park in specific held a lot of holiday magic. There was a market with tons of shop and food vendors, Urban Space had its own food market (we'll get into what this is in part two!), there was a skating rink and a beautiful Christmas tree to really brought in that holiday cheer. 


Closest Subways:

5 Av-Bryant Park Station (7)

42 St-Bryant Park Station (B, D, F, M)


Madison Square Park/Flat Iron Building