New York City will forever be one of those places that I hold dear to my heart. From family trips as a child, to mother-daughter weekend getaways, it never fails to leave me breathless and always wanting more. The city is consistently abuzz with activity and KT Crabb did an incredible job of capturing it all! We’ve picked KT’s brain for her favourite haunts and not-to-miss sights, but we’d love to know – what’s YOUR favourite NYC locale?!
From KT Crabby… The first time I visited New York, it left me intrigued and simply wanting more. Eight years later, it still holds the same effect whenever I visit. Filled with such a wide variety of scenery, people and activity, you simply can’t get enough.
I had a wonderful opportunity to spend a week in New York and with it came lots of walking. I hoped to capture the essence of what I thought represented the city in springtime. The city is full of lovely parks to stroll through, great shops, wonderful entertainment and of course, delicious food!
Serendipity – This restaurant is famous for their frozen hot chocolate dessert, however, don’t let that cause you to miss out on their great menu. The restaurant itself is a unique experience with its offbeat atmosphere and incredible wall decor. Be prepared to put your name in and explore the surrounding area. It’s a popular spot with an average of a 2 hour wait.
Stardust – Located at the tip of Broadway sits this unique restaurant. I don’t think you can find an experience quite like it any where else. All of the talented servers are striving to land a gig on Broadway. You can request a broadway song, watch as your server and team sing their hearts out, all while you enjoy a meal.
Cafe Bene – We can’t forget about the most important meal of the day: breakfast! Cafe Bene’s waffles are so good, no syrup is required. It’s like a party your mouth with every bite.
Shake Shack – It started out as just a hot dog stand in Madison Square Park. With crazy long lines for 3 years straight, they knew it was time to open a permanent location. They offer the true summer time American cuisine of hamburgers, hot dogs, and shakes.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria – Take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge and land right at the birth place of Grimaldi’s. It’s a delicious pizza like no other. Best shared with friends and family while lounging at the Brooklyn Bridge park and overlooking lower Manhattan.
Max Brenner – The first time I visited Max Brenner, I swore I would never forget the name. They specialize in deserts of all kind, but their fondue is one that I haven’t forgotten. You can make a quick stop in to see their already made goodies, or enjoy a sit-down desert.
Magnolia Bakery – If I could only use one word to describe the Magnolia Bakery, it would be ‘fresh’. I wasn’t hungry until walking past their cosy shop and smelling their delicious creations. Once inside, I was hooked. Freshly made…everything! It’s a delightful bakery experience I wish I could have everyday.
Central Park – I’m convinced you need a full day just to explore all the wonders of Central Park. It stretches over 50 blocks and is full of lakes, rocks, great views of the city and even a castle. Best way to view the park is to take a leisurely bike ride along their designated path and stop and lay in the grass to take it all in.
Brooklyn Bridge – There are many bridges that connect Manhattan to its surrounding mainland, but this one takes the cake. It’s one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Simply marvel at this old world creation and enjoy the views of lower Manhattan and Lady Liberty
Statue of Liberty – She seems so tiny from far away, but by hopping on a boat and standing up close will make your head spin. It left me awestruck to see this symbol of freedom and democracy face to face.
Time Square/Broadway – It’s more than just a place full of confetti on New Year’s Eve. They best way I know how to describe it is simply an experience. Ads illuminate this popular spot and draw you in like a moth to a flame. Once there you can experience the great shopping, TV shows and of course, Broadway musicals.
Top of the Rock – If there is only one thing you get to do while in the City, this should be it. Journey up to the top of the Rockefeller building for the best view of the city. The views offer Central park on one side and the Empire State building, Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty on the other side.
Photography: KT Crabb Photography
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