Aug 152011

Yes, I love New York! I know it’s not original, but it’s true.

"No wonder I love New York -- look at this view from Top of the Rock"

New York City

If you dig around on my website a bit, you’ll find posts about some of my experiences in New York City. Although I tend to find something to love about most cities I’ve been to, New York really has a special place in my heart. I think it’s the energy, excitement and edginess that I notice as soon as I get in a taxi or subway train to Manhattan from JFK.

These are just a few of the reasons why I love New York.

Walking Everywhere

Central Park is one of my favorite places to get some outdoor exercise, but it’s fun just to walk and explore the city’s many diverse neighborhoods.

"Central Park - another reason that I love New York"

Central Park

Museums and Galleries

There’s everything from the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art to a historic treasure like the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side.

Tenement Museum

And how about the Museum of Sex?

Museum of Sex

Cafés and Bistros

After a morning of sightseeing, shopping or exploring the city by walking around, I love to stop for lunch or coffee in a place I’ve never been — just on a whim.

Some of the best views are from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. The photo at the top of this post was taken there. But I also love the views from across the Hudson River in New Jersey or from Roosevelt Island in the East River.

View of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island


I always try to take in a Broadway play and I’ve seen some very memorable ones. Most recently I saw Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones at the Golden Theater in Driving Miss Daisy.

Golden Theater


In New York, there can be a surprise around every corner. I’ve unexpectedly come across movies being filmed on Wall Street, models posing for fashion shoots in Soho, motorcades with international leaders en route to the United Nations, the FDNY and NYPD in action, and more.

FDNY in Soho

So it’s a cliché, but I love New York! Do you?

  72 Responses to “It’s a Cliché, but I Love New York”

  1. I love New York. I wish I made that connection too. It took me way too long to pick an “I love…” picture. Thanks for sharing the things you love about NY!

  2. I like New York, too. Especially for containing bits and pieces of every other part of the world.

  3. Glad you love New York, voyed as the top place to live recently I think. With our Wellington , just down the road from, as second!
    Fancy you outside a sex museum…ah but then at my age I’ll probably be an exhibit!

  4. I love… reading about exciting places!! Thanks!

  5. I couldn’t agree more. Cliche or not, I LOVE NEW YORK

  6. Yeah, it’s a cliche. But it’s a cliche for a reason. NYC is just awesome.

    We didn’t always appreciate it – our first few visits left me feeling like I was going to have a panic attack. It grew on us and now we look for reasons to route through the city on our way to anywhere.

  7. Heck Im originally from Boston and I love New York!!! Great restaurants great theater and just okay sports teams LOl A really good post!!!

  8. I too love NYC! I always try exploring a new neighborhood when I visit. There is always something new and exciting to discover or revisit in NYC.

    • Each neighborhood has its own character, doesn’t it? I’d like to spend some time in Brooklyn and Queens on the next trip, too. Have only passed through them.

  9. It may be cliche, but it’s true- NYC is a fabulous city! There is always so much going on and so much delicious food- you could never try it all!

  10. You make me to go back and explore some more 🙂

  11. Hi! Just back from NYC a few weeks ago! Visit number 2 and we love it! Our favourite day was doing our own ‘Youve got mail!’ tour of the upper west side! If up that way…try Cafe Lalo ( for a great cafe experience!
    Read all about Tura Teds adventures there on his blog….
    NYC is a great place to visit!

  12. I love love LOVE NYC.

    The city’s energy is just amazing.

    I could walk around for days on end and never get bored…

  13. I’ve never been to new york city. I want to go so bad! Not sure about the Museum of Sex though lol

  14. I agree, I love walking everywhere. I also love being able to take the metro when in NYC. Who needs cars?

  15. Never been to New York, must be a really exciting city. Great photos!

    • Thanks, Angela. It is exciting, but there are also some quieter, relaxing places, like the many parks, as well. Hope you visit there sometime.

  16. I haven’t had the chance to love New York yet, but I want to!

  17. Beautiful pictures! You never get tired of experiencing NY. I am just curious to know what is inside Museum of Sex 😀

    • Thanks – glad you like the photos! As for the Museum of Sex, you can check it out for yourself — (they have a website that’ll give you a good introduction)! 🙂

  18. I love New York too!!!!!!! So homesick at the moment

  19. Been there once. Smitten. Love it!!

  20. New York is magical. I’d live there still if it wasn’t so cold!

  21. I love New York too. In addition to walking everywhere, I love a good slice of NY-style pizza.

  22. Haven’t been to New York in 20 years! Time to go back, perhaps… Very nice post!

  23. There are more things I don’t like about New York, than those I do love about it. However, the one I love (food, shows, diversity) all hold strong. I haven’t been there in a while and perhaps its time to go back again. This is certainly a post that inspires me to get me there faster.

    • NYC certainly has its pros and cons like every other place. But for me, the good things are many and wonderful! Thanks for the nice compliment!

  24. Gotta love my hometown. 🙂

  25. Walking everywhere… That’s one of the things I love most about New York too. I also love the public transportation and pizza. 🙂

  26. I love NY city, I there is such an energy there and so much to do. I especially love going to a Yankees game!

    • I haven’t been to a Yankees game — that would be so much fun (as long as they weren’t playing the SF Giants)!

  27. I love New York too! I really, really need to get back there soon.

  28. Oops…I couldn’t find the recent post you had. I got the email though! Have a beautiful Weekend ahead.

  29. Wow I have heard lots of story about new york .It has been rated the No.1 City for its lifestyle . Photos looks great . i m waiting for my chance to visit this magnificent city

  30. I’ve never been to NYC, despite having traveled around the U.S. a fair amount. I’m not much of a city person, but NYC is definitely on my list. I like how it sounds very easy to get around on foot as I think the best way to explore cities is by walking.

  31. Utterly agree! I’ve only been once (so far!) and I was expecting a let down because of having seen it so much in movies and on t.v. but it surpassed expectations! I agree with Abby – not sure about living there, at least in Winter. It was, I think the coldest I’ve ever been in my life – mid-January. The thermal underwear I’d worn in West NY and Canada were too well packed-away to find, and I was seriously cold. Still, next time, even if it is January, I will know that! And I got to see folk skating in Central Park and other corny stuff, so I there was a positive side to it!

  32. I have only been once, but fell in love immediately! Can’t wait to go back again.

  33. In the UK, New York is a lusted after city. Great architecture as demonstrated by your photos, but not the friendliest city I have visited.

    • You’re probably right that it’s not the friendliest city I’ve ever been to, but I think New Yorkers are a lot friendlier than they’re given credit for. I’ve had some very positive experiences there.

  34. I love that New York really does have something for everyone!! it’s such a great city – i need to get back there more often…but there’s just so many places that needs to be visited!

  35. I love New York also – I wouldn’t want to live there though, unless I was wealthy enough to live comfortably in Manhattan. We used to live in Philly, and that was an easy train ride up to visit.

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