My love for this city is pretty much neverending. Ever since my mum suggested I watch You've Got Mail (just watch it) I fell in love with the idea of New York. That was when I was around 14; I'm now 24 and even though I've seen been able to visit, my love hasn't left - it's only gone and gotten that bit stronger hasn't it? Which is quite annoying for someone who never has money.

When I visited, I did all the touristy places - Empire State, Rockefeller, The High Line, One World Trade Center, etc. I only got a taste of the actual vibe of the city as I was walking from attraction to attraction, through the beautiful streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and OHMAGAWD I need to move there. I need to.

I admit, I've probably got a romanticised version of NYC from all the films and books I've seen and read (more on that in a bit). I'm sure the reality is different, and has its downsides too. But I can't put my finger on it - I just can't get enough of it. It's a life goal to live there.

My favourite things about New York:

  • The atmosphere - it's always exciting; there's always something going on, something to do, something to see.
  • The architecture - it's just SO beautiful. The Met, Chrysler Building, New York Public Library, Grand Central Station - need I say more?
  • The parks - obviously Central Park, but Washington Square Park, Battery Park...ugh I foresee many beautiful Autumnal photos being taken there one day.
  • The food - sorry, but you know. Pizza. Bagels. Ice Cream. BRUNCH. It's the home of Shake Shack. Of course I'm gonna love it.
  • The shows - you can see such a range of shows in New York. Yeah there's Broadway, but also tons of independent theatres and productions everywhere.

I was only there for 4 or 5 days, last time I visited, there's still SO much I want to do and see.

My New York Goals:

  • Have lunch at the Central Park Boathouse
  • Catch a train into Grand Central Station
  • Explore Williamsburg
  • Find the best iced coffee (Starbucks doesn't count)
  • Visit all the museums
  • Get holed up in the Public Library
  • Become a regular at Shake Shack
  • See a Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall
  • Get engaged in Central Park (humour me, ok) (and yes, Paddy already knows this)

To get your New York fix without actually going there:

  • Watch a film/TV show set in NYC. There's loads. My favourites include You've Got Mail, Friends, When Harry Met Sally, Gossip Girl, The Mindy Project, SATC, & The Devil Wears Prada.
  • Read something. I recommend Christmas at Tiffany's by Kate Swan or I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk.
  • Scour Pinterest for all the feels. (And maybe set one as your laptop screensaver.) (What...I don't do that...)
  • Watch all the YouTube vlogs from New York. I love Kate La Vie & Tanya Burr's versions, personally!
  • Look at flights. It helps. A little.

In the hope that I will one day return, what are your recommendations for New York?

M x