27 September 2015

My Favourite Places in New York City // Part 2

Thank you so much to everyone who commented on how much you enjoyed a little trip to New York City with me in My Favourite Places in NYC // Part 1 post :) (if you haven't read it, make sure to check it out). I loved sharing those special locations with you all. Ok, now it's time to make a cup of tea or coffee, get Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" playing in the background and let's dive into Big Apple because "these streets will make you feel brand you, the lights will inspire you...". As you can see, I am already listening to the unofficial anthem of NYC. Fun fact: this song is played every New Year's Eve when the clock strikes 12. Amazing atmosphere! Today I will take you way (way!) up, we will remember 9/11, feed the squirrels, go shopping, get into the Christmas mood and say hello to Carrie Bradshaw. 
I promised you 5 more places but I will give you 2 or 3 bonus ones ;) 
Join me to see My Favourite Places in New York City - Part 2.


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I had to put these two together because, well, Top of the Rock is a part of Rock Center. New York isn't New York without Rockefeller Center. I don't know about you, but whenever I see the main Christmas tree of NYC I think about Kevin reuniting with his mom in Home Alone: Lost in New York :) There is an ice-skating rink right beside the tree. Picture perfect. Top of the Rock will blow your mind away! If you get there at dusk you will get a gorgeous view of the city and will be able to snap the iconic photo of Empire State Building (just like I did in my previous post header photo). 
Must-do: 
+ go ice-skating on the most popular rink in the world
+ Top of the Rock Observation Deck - an ultimate must-do!
+ visit famous Rainbow Room
+ soak in the breathtaking view, take a tonne of photos and then put that camera away and just enjoy...
P.S. Do you remember photo #8? ;)

Located right beside the World Trade Center, this little harbor is hands down one of the most peaceful places in the city. When you look at the Hudson River, there is a stunning city skyline both on your left and right, there is a WTC behind you and a lovely all-glass shopping centre with fairy lights all over the trees outside. This marina might not be packed with tourists (not as much as Times Square anyway) but it is a must-see when you explore the Financial District.
Must-do: 
+ visit Brookfield Place: it's a stunning all-glass / futuristic looking shopping centre with lots of restaurants
+  admire the view of the Hudson River and the city skyline and forget about time
+  make sure you next stop is WTC and 9/11 Memorial...

No matter what nationality you are, 9/11 touches everyone's heart. What happened in New York City on September 11, 2001 made the whole world grieve. This photo was taken from our hotel room from one of our visits to the city. In case you wonder what it shows - do you see two big squares with trees around them? Those two squares used to be Twin Towers, now they are called the North and the South Pools commemorating those whose lives were lost on that tragic day.
Must-do: 
+ come up to the Pools, read the names, remember
+ find the Survivor Tree 
+ visit the museum and take part in a guided tour if you would like to learn more about 9/11

You might think Central Park is the only park which should be on your must-see list. I have an answer for you: definitely no! :) Battery Park is small but it is absolutely gorgeous. Also, it offers you incredible scenery of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Yes, you can actually see the famous lady from Battery Park, and even take a boat ride to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Just make sure you pick a sunny day for it. There are gazillions of squirrels in Battery Park and they are very hungry so please make sure you pack a delicious treat for them :)
Must-do: 
+ take a boat ride to see the Statue of Liberty
+ sit on the bench and admire the view of the SoL and the waterfront
+ feed the squirrels
+ enjoy free Wifi ;)
+ explore the area (Financial District)

Okay, this one goes out to Carrie & SATC fans :) If you are in New York and you have an hour to spare, make sure to navigate yourself to 66 Perry Street and Bleeker Street. You will see the street where SJ Parker's character lived, her stairway and the window. When we got there, I automatically imagined Carrie sitting by the window typing away on her laptop. Also, pop in to Magnolia Bakery which is literally 2 min away on foot (thanks, Google Maps). 
Must-do: 
+ take a photo (a must!)
+ enjoy delicious cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery (follow my GoogleMaps directions)
+ explore Greenwich Village - it is beautiful

Macy's is a must-visit spot for shopping. Get ready for hours and hours of the enjoying thousands of gorgeously presented aisles of clothes, shoes, makeup and much more. Located at Herald Square just down the street from the Empire State Building, Macy's offers one of the kind shopping experience, especially during sales! ;)
Must-do: 
+ shop, shop, shop
+ visit at Christmas - it is EXTRA special!

Guess what... we finally made it to the creme de la creme and my NUMBER ONE and MOST FAVOURITE place in New York City - Empire State Building! Words are not enough to explain how much I love ESB and how much it means to me. My best and most precious memories of the Big Apple were made there. One of the most amazing days / nights in my life was December 31st 2013 when my then boyfriend / 5min-later-fiance / and now husband proposed to me on the 86th Floor, the highest open-air observatory in New York and the most romantic spot to admire the whole city. We entered 2014 engaged and so happy and excited. Fairy tales do exist when you yourself make them a reality :) I am so blessed and thankful to God for ours <3
Must-do: 
+ try NY Skyride if you don't mind non-stop flashing images (a 3D ride that should come free with your ticket: I did it twice and hated it twice though haha)
+ go UP! :) 86th floor and then 102nd floor
+ go to ESB TWICE: in the daylight and at night: both INCREDIBLE!
+ say "yes" to a proposal or propose :D
fall in love with New York
So this concludes our trip to New York City though I can already tell you - there will be more NYC-inspired posts in the future ;) I really hope you liked this post. I wish I could recommend you so so many more places to visit when you go to New York. See, I said "when", not "if" ;)

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Which place in New York out of those I showed you was your favourite? 
Wish we all could go to New York City like...tonight! Who's with me? ;)
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  1. That is a fat squirrel :) These places look great. Thanks for the guide! xx

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    1. Haha, your comment made my day hon :D
      They must be fed quite well lol.
      Glad your enjoyed my two travel related posts :)
      xox

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  2. Aaaaah I want to go so much! Carrie's apartment looks fab, I dream of going... maybe one day :)

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    1. Hope you get to do that one day soon, Erin :)
      Thanks for popping in hon. Must catch up with your blog :*
      xox

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  3. Oh gosh! I have never been to NYC but I would love to. One Day, I will need this blogpost! :)
    WritingMonique

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    1. I hope you will get to visit it one day, Monique :)
      Thanks so much for a lovely comment & I hope these little tips will come in handy for you girlie ;)
      xox

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  4. Какая вы красивая пара! Надя, спасибо, что поделилась, я в Америке не была, но собираюсь.

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    1. Спасибо, солнце!))
      Обязательно побывай в Нью Йорке, когда будеш в Штатах!)))
      xox

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  5. Amazing views! Such an incredible city! x

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    1. Thanks Maria :) The city is absolutely beautiful - can't wait to visit it soon again <3
      xox

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  6. There is a Rainbow room?!?! Ok I seriously need to move to NY!!! It really just seems like such a fantastic place!

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. You totally should visit it hon whenever you go there :)
      I have no doubt you will love it <3
      xox

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  7. Such lovely post!

    http://starlingdays.blogspot.com/2015/09/anna-morgun.html

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    1. Thanks Mira :) Have you ever been to NYC?
      Welcome to my blog ;)
      xox

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  8. Never been to NYC, would love to go! Gorgeous photos =) That squirrel is so chubby and cute! <3

    Kay
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    1. Lol I know, right, Kay - the squirrel defo looks well-fed haha :)
      Hope you get to go one day girlie, make sure to visit all the places from my posts Part 1 & Part 2 :)
      xox

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  9. The first/ last time I was in NYC I visited the Rockefeller Centre & Top of the Rock! Great places :)
    I would definitely love to check out the 9/11 Memorial next time though!

    Thanks for sharing this guide :)

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    1. You're welcome, Elyse :)
      Rock Center and Top of the Rock are amazing, aren't they? You absolutely MUST go up the Empire State, girl, and definitely go to 9/11 Memorial and like 500 other amazing places :)
      xox

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  10. New York is on top of my list of must-visit places; it's stunning, and ugh, the SKYLINE. I've always wanted to go ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, and Christmas in New York. don't even get me STARTED.

    Wonderful, wonderful post! When I do go to New York one day, I'll be sure to take this post with me!

    Have a lovely week, Nadia!

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    1. I hope you get to go ice-skating at Rockefeller Center at Christmas, girlie :) I know what you mean, there are million of things I would love to do in NYC ;)
      I'm sure you will soon make it there & WHEN you do, share the photos and experience ;)
      Hope you are having a lovely week, thanks for a sweet comment.
      xox

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  11. Beautiful photos!

    Please click on the link on my post
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    1. Thank you, Helder :) Glad you liked them!
      Welcome to my blog :)
      xox

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  12. Hahah OMG Carrie's apartment! :D
    That'll definitely be on my list for next time <3
    You're making me miss NY so much, Nadia :P

    xo, elizabeth t.

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    1. Awww Elizabeth, sorry for making you miss NYC so much, hon :)
      Definitely visit Carrie's apartment location, it's so worth it, even just to walk down the street there :)
      xox

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  13. очень люблю Нью Йорк заочно и мечтаю там жить))) мечта конечно не реальная)
    фантастический город!
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    1. Я бы сказала, что нереальной мечты не существует, солнце)))
      Как говорится, you never know ;)
      xox

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  14. Another amazing post! Battery Park looks great and so does Carrie Bradshaw's apartment! I really want to go there now! Gemma xx www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks so much, Gemma! Glad you enjoyed Part 2 ;)
      I love Battery Park and always make sure to go there when we go to New York :)
      xox

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  15. Amazing place, I really want to go there :D

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    1. I hope you will one day, girlie ;)
      You will love it!!
      xox

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  16. Белочка на фото такая упитанная))) Наверно, их там хорошо кормят)
    Классные фото!
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    1. Белочка действительно толстенькая, а я как-то и не заметила)))
      Это мы так накормили, наверное)))
      Спасибо за приятный комментарий, солнце)))
      xox

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  17. Ahhh just come across your blog and I love it!! Such a great post, please take me?! The squirrel park especially :D xx

    elizabeth | ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | bloglovin follow for follow

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    1. Pack your bags, Elizabeth!! :)
      Thanks so much, girlie. Glad you like my blog and this post ;)
      Make sure to come back for updates <3 and I will navigate myself to your blog this week!!
      xox

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  18. New York looks SO stunning, I hope I can visit one day!

    Elle x

    www.ellemaryjane.co.uk

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    1. I hope you will, Elle! You will definitely LOVE it so much!
      Welcome to my blog ;)
      xox

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  19. Excellent list and fantastic pictures! Even though I've been to New York City tons of times, I've done very few of the tourist attractions. The only thing on this list I've actually done is go to Macy's! At least it gives me plenty of reasons to make more trips back to NYC!

    Brittany | http://thechicette.com

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    1. Lol there are definitely always a tonne of reasons to go to New York, Brittany ;)
      I am sure you will enjoy visiting all the touristy places!
      Make sure you check our North Cove Marina & Battery Park, you will LOVE them! Not too crowded and amazing scenery <3
      xox

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  20. Nadia, this is such a wonderful post, so inspiring, with so many beautiful photos and great descriptions and tips. New York have been on my mind for years. I cannot wait when we will go. (you see "when" not "if" :) learning from you )

    p.s. answer to your question about coat. I wouldn't say it's very warm, it's definitely for early Fall or Spring. Good for light layering.

    xoxo
    Ramona

    http://www.ramona-strikeapose.blogspot.ie

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    1. Love that you are using the right word, hon, "when" :) I am sure you will fall in love with it!
      Thank you so much for a sweet comment, glad you enjoyed this post, girlie.
      Also, thanks for your reply about the coat, hon. That's good to know!
      xox

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  21. мммм, с удовольствием прогулялась с тобой по Нью-Йорку!)))) Надюш, фото очень атмосферные, передают всю крутость этого города, насколько это возможно)) У меня с детства была мечта посетить Лондон и Нью-Йорк, очень надеюсь, что ей суждено сбыться))
    спасибо, солнышко, за такие красивые посты))
    Удачного тебе дня, дорогая!

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    1. Мечта обязательно сбудется, я уверена!!!
      В Лондон - это к нам в гости, без проблем)))
      Спасибо за твои теплые комментарии под моими постами, Ксюшенька! Всегда их жду и каждый раз благодарна)))
      xox

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  22. Now I want to take the next plane out to New York haha! Thank you :') I loved this post and your passion comes out when you write. I love reading all your posts, but this one really hit me hard because I REALLY want to go to NY now :') I love the way you write & I'm very glad you enjoyed your trip :D <3
    Ramsha | Rose
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    1. Thanks so much, hon! You are so sweet and always so thoughtful in your comments :) It means the world. I hope you will get to go to New York City very soon and will definitely fall in love with it ;)
      So glad you enjoy my writing & my blog, thank you :)
      xox

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  23. It’s always interesting to see other people’s opinion of New York. I usually hear it’s a horrible place if you’re not used to the rat race, but I really love how you’re showing your favourite places. I would love to visit & experience it first hand for myself. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!

    TFM BLOG

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    1. Haha I did hear that about NYC but glad that my impressions are opposite :)
      I've lived there, visited it so many times and it has never disappointed me.
      Hope you get to visit it very soon, Shannon. Will be great to hear what you think about it, hon.
      Thanks so much for your kind & always lovely comments ;)
      xox

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  24. I love NY! Great post
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    1. Thanks Olivia ;)
      I am glad you enjoyed it! Welcome to my blog, make sure to stop by for updates ;)
      xox

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  25. I’m in love with these photos, they all work together perfectly.

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    1. Thank you :)
      They are special to me 'cause they are taken in one of the most amazing cities in the world :)
      xox

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  26. Thanks for the recommendations! I would definitely visit some of these places when I go to NY

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.wordpress.com/

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    1. Definitely make sure to visit these, girlie. You will love them so much!!
      Thanks for your comment, hon.
      xox

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  27. and during Holiday season all these places would be extra pretty with all the twinkling lights :)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Very true, Jess! Holiday time is extra special in New York - I LOVE it at Christmas!!
      <3
      xox

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed them, girlie :)
      It is definitely loads of fun!!!
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  29. Your photos are absolutely stunning! I have yet to make it to New York but if (or hopefully when) I do go I am definitely going around Christmas. That just seems like the time to go, especially if you love the holidays like I do! This was an amazing post, thanks for sharing it with us my beautiful friend! XO -Kim

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    1. Definitely make sure you go at Christmas (or mid-spring, or early fall), hon ;) You will absolutely fall in love with the city. It is inevitable! :) Happy you enjoyed this post, girlie. I always love and appreciate your comments and your friendship <3
      xox

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  30. Ah, you captured so many great views of the city. Rockefeller Center is so gorgeous during the Christmas time. It's a bit stereotypical, but the ice skating is such a cute date spot, haha.

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

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    1. It is totally a perfect date spot, Stephanie ;) I couldn't agree more. Gotta skate really great though cos hundreds are watching haha.
      I am really glad you enjoyed this post, girlie. Make sure to pop in soon for updates on my blog ;)
      Really love your blog, btw!!
      xox

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  31. Nadia - I just LOVE this post! Makes me really miss NYC, it is also one of my favorite places in the world to be and visit. Wasn't the 9/11 memorial just so beautiful? I saw it this past May before the museum opened, and it was very grounding. Brings you to a different place and really makes you appreciate life.
    xo Annie
    http://www.collectivepassions.com

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Annie :) I miss New York so much! It is a gorgeous city!
      9/11 Memorial is beautiful and grounding, you're right hon. A great tribute and the city nor the world will never forget.
      xox

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  32. A great place! :)
    mycrazyworldpaula.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you :) What did you enjoy the most?
      xox

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