Off the Beaten Paths of New York

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,


The Homemaker's Life is a Montreal-based creative lifestyle blog for the avid do-it-yourselfer, creative individual and travel devotee. Realizing how sweet of a friend simplicity is really changes you. It drops you into a place of pure creativity and endless possibility. It satisfies our primal need to work with our hands. Since being married in 2014, I've been interested in things that help me decorate my soul and in seeing the process. This blog was created for the everyday girl. Welcome to the Homemaker's Life! It's going to be a bumpy ride. ''When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:4 KJV Love, TM


  • you’re spot on with the Highline and LaDuree! Two of my favorites. I’ll have to check out Julianna’s- I’m always looking for new, excellent pizza spot. Thanks!

    • Thank you! You’ve just made me crave pizza.. ;P

  • Love this post! Some things I haven’t done, you’ve inspired me!

    • Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I hope you’ll get the chance to visit! 🙂

  • Great ideas. I did most of them including eating that pizza which was delicious. I loved Brooklyn. Great post and lovely photos.

    • That’s awesome. I’d like to spend more time in Brooklyn Heights next time if I have time. 🙂

  • Lovely photos!
    Also, I’d really appreciate if you could follow my blog. 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this. I am thinking of staying in Brooklyn this October! I enjoyed your pics and insight. 🙂

    • That’s so great, I’m happy for you! Great time of year to be going 🙂

  • When in Brooklyn @brooklyn bridge visit Jacque Torres chocolates even take the Staten Island ferry and visit places along the train stops. Lots of great pizza there too. Battery park down by ferry is awesome in spring and summertime. Glad you like NYC.

    • Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll make the chocolates my priority 😉

  • Also, while you are in new York, in greenpoint Brooklyn you can go to the krushiak bakery on manhattan avenue or see the stunning artwork and stained glass in st. Anthony of Padua church which is also on manhattan avenue. And st. Patrick’s cathedral is also a gorgeous bit of art and architecture . I’m from new York. Could tell you a million things that are free and things relaxing like taking the staten island ferry boat ride. Don’t need a car even. Can go by foot as I did when my children were small. And pass the statue of liberty as our ancestors did in 1938.

    • Thanks for your input! I’m sure there’s a ton of other stuff! 🙂

  • 🙂 you forgot central park and Rockefeller center which is gorgeous this time of year. Any time really! You can ride in a horse drawn carriage or watch the ice skaters in the middle of and restaurants are incredible. As well as a visit to little Italy. You’ll never forget it.

    • Haha, well in this post I wanted to include ideas that were a little less common. But yes, it must be gorgeous, I’m sure! 🙂 I also love the Rockefeller winter time 🙂

  • I am, sadly, too long away from NYC. Your first photo drew a WTF response, since that didn’t exist when I was last in the city. And the skyline,is so TOTALLY different from the one I used to observe from my Brooklyn Heights rooftop — where we sometimes slept in the summer, hoping the occasion air shift would somehow compensate, in 1967, for our lack of air conditioning.
    What I don’t understand is how ‘hubby’ took 45 minutes to traverse the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn! ‘Used to take 20 minutes or so to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge — even less time to bike over it, which I did many times way back when.(One of my favorite memories of half a century-ago New York involves driving from the apartment my first wife and I shared on 16th Street to the Fulton Fish Market, about the time dawn was breaking, and luying really, REALLY fresh lobster for our evening repast! Paper bagged, they ‘rested’ in our refrigerator until dinner time, then they were, Maine style, plopped for a very short stay in boiling water.
    (On Cape Ann, Mass, we once surprised visiting friends from England with a custom-done lobster dinner in our side of our adjoining-room ‘suite’. Several bottles of wine later… they were blown away! Oh, the memories!
    (Looking back over fifty-plus years of adulthood is fun, but seeing such significant changes you once knew well can be close to painful.
    (I once knew much of London like the back of my hand; Much of that land today, I’d hardly recognize. Even as recently as the early ’70’s, I walked through parts of east London — now totally tall buildings!! — that looked as if it were only a short time after the blitz, when the Germans bombed the area to bits. Eerie then, even more so now.
    (The Washington Post, I think it was, published a piece [and a photo] of mine or an archeological dig on the site of a bombed-out church near St. Paul’s Cathedral. I saw, there, remains dating to Roman times.
    (What an amazing life I’ve experienced!)
    Doug Harris

    • What a story! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • thanks so much for the like! means a lot, new posts up mondays, wednesdays, and fridays xXx

    • You’re welcome! 🙂


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