10 Things To Do in New York City

I turned 25 in May and to celebrate my lovely mother took me to New York City. We went with a very specific purpose in mind (the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the MET) but we still managed to fit in so many other memories.

I’m no expert on the Big Apple, but I’ve come up with a list of 10 stylish must-dos:

1. Best Gossip Girl moment. Have a snack on the steps of the MET or lunch at GILT, the restaurant at the New York Palace Hotel—aka the home of Chuck Bass.

2. Best fashionable movie reference. Head to the New York Public Library and re-imagine Carrie Bradshaw’s almost-wedding from Sex and the City.

3. Best literature reference. Read quotes from literature’s finest engraved in the sidewalk along Library Way (East 41st St. in between Madison and Fifth Avenue).

4. Best Audrey Hepburn moment. Have your picture taken outside of Tiffany & Co. The original is on Wall Street but the more popular location is on Fifth Avenue.

5. Best way to spend the evening. Re-live childhood and ignite your imagination with Mary Poppins on Broadway before joining the crowds in Time Square.

6. Best shopping. Shop with the trendy set in SoHo and Greenwich Village where Topshop, Uniqlo, Free People, and Madewell are within blocks of one another.

7. Best sweet spot. Dylan’s Candy Bar on Third Avenue is a three floor candy shop that carries over 5,000 kinds of candy and is owned by the daughter of Ralph Lauren.

8. Best summer drink. Sip the strawberry mojito at Whiskey Blue, the trendy bar at the W New York that’s owned by supermodel Cindy Crawford’s husband.

9. Best chic rooftop. The Strand hotel’s 21st floor lounge, Top of the Strand, has a bird’s-eye view of the Empire State Building and was designed by Lydia Marks, the set designer for Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada.

10. Best celebrity spotting. Grab a bevvy from Argo Tea Cafe in the Flatiron Building and head to Union Square. You never know who you might see.

DSC01532Library Way. A strip of 41st Ave in between Madison and Fifth Ave.

DSC01601A statue from the Fashion Walk of Fame in Times Square.

DSC01695The New York Palace Hotel, view from the restaurant courtyard.

DSC01584A statue of William Shakespeare in the Literary Walk in Central Park.

DSC01610Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre in Broadway.



Grand Central Station

DSC00525The Empire State Building at dusk.

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Radio City Music Hall on a rainy night.

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