Take a Bite of the Big Apple: A Perfect Day in NYCBy Cassandra Jones -
There's no denying that for first time visitors, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square are part of the essential "pamphlet" tour of NYC in the same way that Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower are must-see's for out-of-towners when visiting London and Paris. But, if you're looking for a native's perfect day, you've come to the right place.
When people ask me my favorite place on Earth (a common first date question, no?) I tend to reply with the High Line located in the lower West side from 14th Street to 34th. Once a bustling above ground railway gone decrepit, the High Line was beautified and repurposed in 2006 for city-dwellers to enjoy the natural greenery and scenery of the state of New York above the insanity below. Flowers like Lavender, Coneflowers, and Queen Ann's Lace crop up through manufactured slits in a wide walk way spanning two miles. On sunny days vendors sell natural ice-cream with flavors like honey and ginger and lazy guitar players croon to listeners' delight. The High Line is wheelchair accessible via elevator at Gansevoort St., 14th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Accessible bathrooms are available at Gansevoort and 16th St.
The Museum of Modern Art is well known, but often abandoned in favor of the Natural History Museum. However, the pieces will have you thinking outside the proverbial box and leave you feeling a euphoric swing of openness. All of MoMA's entrances and public areas are wheelchair accessible, and elevators are available throughout the museum. Wheelchairs are available in the main lobby and can be borrowed for no additional fee.
Motorized vehicles and service animals are welcome. If you have your family with you don't forget that you can sign up for a FREE art workshop. You do need to sign up beforehand, call 212-708-9805 to do so; two weeks notice is needed if a signing guide is needed. Try to go in the morning to avoid the B&T'er (bridge and train tourist) crowds.
Last, but not least, my (and probably everyone's) favorite part of a day out in Manhattan--food. For the classic diner experience hit up The Brooklyn Diner, which can be found on either 57th or 43rd St. and try out an Egg Cream. A childhood favorite of mine, they go down like a fizzy milkshake--I prefer vanilla over chocolate.
For Lunch or Dinner stop at the Saigon Market at University Place and order La Sa Ga (curry coconut shrimp soup) and Bo Luc Lac (steak cubes with radish chips). Easily the most delicious pairing on the planet--and if I do say so myself--not too shabby with one of Saigon Market's infamous leechee nut martinis.
Lots of Limitless Love x