New York, New York!
New York City is one of those places where you can go back a million times and still find new exciting things to do. But, after plenty of personal research, getting recommendations from friends in the city, and lots of longing from my technical theater days, these are my absolute have-to-do activities for your trip to the Big Apple.
1. D.U.M.B.O. - Brooklyn
D.U.M.B.O., otherwise known as Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is home to endearing cobblestone streets, converted red-brick warehouse buildings, sweet local shops and eateries, and amazing views.
When you're in the area, make sure you visit Brooklyn Bridge Park (and take a look at Jane's Carousel) and Washington Street between Front and Water for an amazing view of the Manhattan bridge.
For my artsy and well-read folks, I also highly suggest checking out Powerhouse Arena to find your next read, and Usagi to get a coffee, find an art book, glance at the gallery, and shop local goods to take home.
2. Visit Some Museums!
New York City is one of the best places in the country to see incredible art. Definitely try to go visit some small galleries and see if there are any traveling exhibits around, but if you can't make that happen then at least consider strolling through the Guggenheim, MoMA, and the Met.
3. See a show!
Whether you choose Broadway or Off-Broadway, get over to Times Square for the evening and watch a production! I was fortunate enough to be able to see Phantom of the Opera before it gets taken off the stage, so my inner (theatrical) child was very happy.
4. Stroll through Central Park
A great place to take a walk, have a picnic, or people watch, Central Park is a must see in this city.
5. People watch at Washington Square Park
With the history that it has and the proximity to NYU, I'm always incredibly excited to see what's going on over here. Listen to musicians, pick up on Gen-Z fashion trends, and dream about everything that has been created here.