Three Days in New York City ~ Travel Guide

Three Days in NYC

The city, home to over 8.5 million people, contains so much to see and do. We only had 3 days to explore the city so we spent every waking moment wandering around the streets of Manhattan. You won’t see even a tiny percentage of this vast city in three days, but this is a list of the must do’s of my favorite places. They are a mix of shopping, tourist spots and our favorite places to eat.

DAY 1:

STOP #1 – Rockefeller Center – 34$: Located right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, it’s nearly impossible to visit New York without going to the Rockefeller Center. When going to NYC for such a short trip, we had to choose between going up to the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center. After some readings online, we picked the Rockefeller for the 360 degrees view of the city it offers. At the top of the observation deck you can almost see all of Manhattan. North, you can see Central Park, and south brings a view of the Empire State Building and the other beautiful buildings of New York.

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Views on Central Park
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Views on the Empire State Building

STOP #2 – Central Park – free: After going to the top of the Rockefeller Center, we walked to Central Park. Central Park was perfect to relax and leave the crowds behind us. You can spend couple hours just wandering in the park. It’s huge. Also, it’s free – great news, isn’t it? – there are lots of paths to walk, and the possibility to rent bikes or row-boat.

 

 

STOP #3 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art – free: The Metropolitan Museum of Art -MET is one of the biggest museums in the world, and if you can only visit one museum during your trip I would definitely recommend this one. It seems like its galleries never end. IMG_7185.JPG

STOP #4 – Times Square – Free: It is definitely something touristy to do. However I am not going to lie, I didn’t particularly enjoy Times Square as it was packed with people and there is not much to do in this area except if you are going to see a show.

DAY 2:

STOP #1 – Grand Central Station – free: it’s the city’s historic train station. It is definitely a place to see. It almost seems like time stops for a couple of minutes looking at all those people trying to catch their trains. Grand central often appears as a romantic backdrop in movies and TV shows, such as The Avenger, Super Man or Gossip girl. You should definitely take the metro at least once just to get the feel of a real New Yorker.

 

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STOP #2 – Staten Island Ferry – Free: The Staten Island Ferry is one of the last remaining ferry systems in New York City that transport people between Manhattan and its boroughs. Hop aboard this free ferry to see one of New York City’s most famous attractions: The Statue of Liberty. We decided it was not worth the money (and the time) to go up the Statue of Liberty, and instead chose to take this ferry to Brooklyn where you have a beautiful view of both the Statue of Liberty AND the New York Skyline.

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Did you know that the original color of Statue of Liberty was not green?  It’s made of copper that was oxidized through time.
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Skyline view from Staten Island Ferry

STOP #3 – Brooklyn Bridge – Free: You will get a lot of wonderful views of downtown as you walk across the bridge. I enjoyed doing this walk at night as well, when downtown Manhattan is all lit up, it seems like you are in a different place.

 

 

 

DAY 3:

STOP #1 – High Line Park – Free: The High Line is a converted train track that is now an urban walking park. This walk is one of the best things to do in the city, especially on a nice day. It’s a beautiful green park that runs from the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street. Along the way you’ll pass through the artsy neighborhood of Chelsea.

 

 

STOP #2 – Chelsea Market – Free: Next up was lunch so we headed towards the Chelsea Market that I had heard so much about. If you’re looking for a place to get food, shopping and stay inside, away from the summer heat, nothing beats the appeal of Chelsea Market. The downside – which really isn’t – is that it’s hard to find a place to eat as there are so many options. But we finally manage to choose Dickson’s Farmstand which offers meats and house-made charcuterie as well as a rotisserie. We shared half a chicken with roasted potatoes, there are no words to explain how delicious this meal was! On our way out we came across a doughnuts shop called Doughnuttery which looked like it was making fresh mini donuts so I had to try it. These little donoughts were super cute and were pretty good (not the best donuts I ever had though).

 

 

STOP #3 – Shopping: Macy’s Herald Square is of course a must see as it is one of the largest stores in the world. Walk around and you will find all the shops you have dreamed of.

STOP #4 – The Museum of Modern Art ~ MoMA – free every friday 4-8pm: Head over to the MoMA for lots of beautiful but weird modern art that can be quite bizarre. I have to say, I’m not really into modern art but it is worth the visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Bagels

Hey Guys,

I just came back to the States more precisely in Cleveland, Ohio for 2 weeks to visit some friends. I spend 4 years of my life there and so I got the chance to discover a bit of the american culture as well as their food. As soon as I got there I fell in love with bagels which could sounds weird since bagels are so common in the States. But in France bagels weren’t so popular at the time and I just love how we could eat them savory or sweet. So here is my bagel recipe, you can add any topping to this base. I personally love sesame seeds, cinnamon.crunch, asiago cheese or everything bagels.

I opted for oats and plain bagel this time and they were delicious !

Ingredients for 12 medium size bagels:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Toppings: You can add pretty much whatever you like but here are some suggestions:

  • sesame seeds
  • poppy seeds
  • onion flakes
  • asiago cheese
  • cinnamon sugar (2 tablespoons of sugar for 1 tablespoon of cinnamon)

Method:

1 . Combine flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed using the dough hook and slowly add the butter, and lukewarm water. Keep mixing until well-developed for about 10 minutes. The dough should be elastic and stretchable.

2 . Preheat your oven on the lowest temperature and turn it off. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel, and place it in your oven.* Let rise for 2 hours, the dough should double size.

*this step is important as it will help the dough to rise. Although, make sure it isn’t too hot.

3 . Punch the dough down, place it on a lightly floured work surface, and use a knife or dough scraper to divide the dough into 12 pieces.

4 . Now, take a dough ball, and press it gently against the counter-top moving your hand and the ball in a circular motion until a perfect dough ball forms and repeat with the other dough pieces. Let the bagels rest for 15 minutes.

5 . Coat a finger in flour, and gently press your finger into the center of each dough ball to form a ring. Stretch the ring to about ⅓ the diameter of the bagel and place on parchment paper. Repeat the same step with the remaining dough and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400ºF.

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6 . Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the bagels, until they rise to the surface of the pot, about 1 minute per side. Place them on the same parchment paper.

7 . Whisk the egg and add the tablespoon milk. Brush the bagels with this mixture and add the topping of your choice.

8 . Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and cool on a wire rack. It’s ready !!!!