I’ve always been of the mindset that after your first visit to New York, you later return to travel off the beaten paths. And with the exuberant displays of cherry blossoms all over social media at the moment, how could one not want to take the time to explore more of what this city has to offer? It’s brimming with impetuous passion and excitement.
Several weeks ago hubby went on a short weekend getaway trip to New York with a friend and asked me to make a list of things I wanted him to explore. Non-touristy things, so to speak. Several dozens of edited phone snapshots later, I decided to share a couple of his insights on the blog. So if you feel like your Empire State Building-kind of days are behind you and are looking towards something that harkens back to the days of undiscovered New York gems, read on .
1. Soak in the view from Brooklyn Bridge Park
While most rave about Manhattan’s handsome views from the Brooklyn Bridge, it’s likely many haven’t made their way to the other side to enjoy the sights from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Merely 45 minutes away from the city, Brooklyn Bridge Park delivers breathtaking panoramic views, elaborate playgrounds for kids and peaceful waterfront walks.
2. Grab a bite at Juliana’s Pizza
For some good old New York-style pizza, head over to Juliana’s Pizza to get a taste of pies with a flavorful, thin crust hosting only the finest locally and internationally-sourced toppings, expertly turned with a slight charred inside a hand-built, blazingly hot coal-stoked heart, as stated on their website.
3. Stroll around in Brooklyn Heights
Loosen up, take a deep breath and catch up and with an old friend while taking a walk in Brooklyn Heights. It’s a stunning little suburb, clean and perfectly suited for spring kind of weather. Marvel at the restored row houses and feast your eyes on cute little side streets.
4. Treat your sweetooth at Maison Ladurée
If you haven’t yet had the chance to travel to Paris to marvel at the original Maison Laduée in wide-eyed wonderment, head over to Ladurée New York for some great people watching, tea sipping and sweet richness. Pistachio macaron? Right up my alley!
5. Walk the High Line
Get an elevated perspective of the city à la High Line promenade. Best of all? No traffic! Instead, delight in the spring bulbs and blooms all while enjoying the city’s bustling outdoor activity from above.
6.Crunch into a cronut at Dominique Ansel
If you can muster up the courage to get up and start your day at the break of dawn, the Dominique Ansel Bakery is calling your name. Stop by for a cronut or better yet, a chocolate chip cookie shot. Early bird gets best spot!
Hoping you’ll get to visit,