Top 10 Tips For New York City From A Local

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New York City is one of the most amazing cities in the world. It’s one of those cities that you can’t travel to without liking it. When I hear that people say it’s too crowded or too busy for them, I just think they haven’t visited the right places that this city has to offer. This is why I always recommend, if possible, to get insider tips from a local and especially for a huge city like New York.

There are so many things to do and see in New York. Sightseeing can fill up many days if you want to cover them all. Shopping can take even more than that. And then there are the parks, the restaurants, rooftop bars and so much more.

I sat down with Danielle, a local friend, to ask her what she likes most about the city. Curious to know what she had to say? Here are the top 10 tips for New York City from a local:

Must-Visit Tourist Site To Take Your Friends

The Oculus in downtown Manhattan is a must-visit. From the outside, it looks like a wrecked building, and from the inside, it’s a fancy shopping mall that was built two floors in the ground with a super high ceiling. I’m a big fan of architecture and this building got me ever since I saw it for the first time. It is located in the heart of  Tribeca, right next to the Twin Towers Memorial. For me, it’s a symbol of how the city has overcome the 9/11 terror attack. 

The Oculus - underground shopping mall in New York City

Weekend Activity

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the icons of the city, and after a long week at work, I enjoy connecting with what makes New York so special. I take CityBikes and cross Brooklyn Bridge straight to the magical neighborhood of Dumbo. I love going to Brooklyn on the weekends to get some peace and quiet. Unlike Manhattan, that part of Brooklyn is not full of high-rise towers. Dumbo is an easy going neighborhood, located on the water of East River, where you can chill out and view the beautiful skyline of Downtown Manhattan.

brooklyn bridge new york

Best Park To Hang Out At

I live on the west side of Manhattan so I like to walk up to Central Park and stay on the west side. The park is huge, so there is always a spot to sit down with friends, or just have quality time with my dog. It is also the best spot for sunsets, and to enjoy nature at its best, while we live in a big city like New York.

Danielle at the park

My Favorite Museum

The Whitney Museum Of American Art in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan is my favorite. I love modern art rather than classic, and Whitney has some beautiful works to see – realistic, abstract, and many works that are related to the development of New York. I usually go there twice a month to explore the exhibitions and enjoy myself on the rooftop.

One of my most memorable exhibitions was the Andy Warhol – From A to B and back again. We are using a lot of Andy Warhol pieces in our properties and I’m a big fan of his history and work.

Whitney Museum Of American Art
Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
General Admission: $18-$25
Closest subway station: 14th Sand 8th Ave. Lines A, C, E, L. and 8 minutes walk.

If you want to know more about the museums of New York, check out The 10 Best Museums In New York City

Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum

Best Rooftop Bar In The City

There are lots of great rooftop bars in New York City, but the Press Lounge at the Ink48 Hotel is my favorite. The place has a gorgeous view of the perfect city’s skyline and the Hudson River, and their interior design is beyond amazing.

Where I Go For Shopping

Soho is an iconic neighborhood of New York City which I enjoy strolling in during the weekends. It’s not too crowded compared to other shopping streets and has the best stores from well-known retailers like H&M and Zara to luxury brands and boutique designers.

Danielle in the streets of New York City

The Best Coffee Brand

For New Yorkers, coffee is like a drug. On the way to work, back from work, and on every work break, people must get their daily dose of coffee. I fell in love with this tradition and for me, the Colombian coffee of Devocion has the taste of the gods. They have few branches in the city, but the coffee shop in Williamsburg is really worth a visit. They show their coffee factory there and it has an incredible indoor design to chill or work.

DEVOCIÓN, Roastery & Coffee Shop
Address: 69 Grand St. (at Wythe), Brooklyn, NY 11249
Hours of Operation: Mon–Fri: 7 am – 7 pm. Sat-Sun: 8 am – 7 pm
Closest subway station: Bedford Ave. Line L and 10 minutes walk.

My Favorite Bakery And Pastry

Dominique Ansel in Soho. This guy is a genius, his cronut (a croissant-doughnut hybrid) is the best pastry I have ever had. It is worth the calories for sure, and the early wake-up. They make a limited amount every day, which runs out pretty quickly.

Dominique Ansel Bakery
Address: 189 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
Hours of Operation: Mon – Thurs: 8 am to 7 pm, Fri- Sat: 8 am to 8 pm, Sun: 9 am to 7 pm
Closest subway station: Spring Street. Lines C, E, and 2 minutes walk.

Danielle in the streets of New York City

Brunch Time!

Nomo Soho is a modern hotel in the heart of Soho and they have the best place for Brunch. The restaurant has young vibes, great prices, and amazing food.

Address: 9 Crosby St. New York, NY 10013
Price Range: $$$ (According to Google)
Closest subway station: Canal Street. Lines N, Q, R, W, J, Z, 6, and 2-4 minutes walk.

Danielle holding a dog at a restaurant

Best New York City Instagram Account

@nybucketlist is the best! It brings all the good things to do in NYC – activities and food-related stuff. They update regularly about new places, and especially nowadays, with all the restrictions of Covid19, they help to understand how the city opens up.


Who is Danielle?

Danielle is 29 years old, Originally from Tel-Aviv, and has been living in New York City since 2015. She adores New York but has a “love and hate relationship” with this city. Danielle studied Business Management and Economics and now she works in Real Estate, as a Property & Operation Manager. She loves her work – she loves to manage, deal with numbers, and live by the rhythm of New York City.

Do you want to know more about Danielle? follow her on IG. The account is private, so send a message and tell her you read about her on The Top Ten Traveler.

Danielle Instagram page

More tips for New York City from a local

Favorite restaurant – Buddakan, Chelsea.
Favorite pizza – Prince st. Pizza, Soho.
Favorite bubble tea – Le Tea, Flatiron district
Favorite ramen – Toto Ramen, Hell’s Kitchen.

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Photo Credit: Oculus – Alexander Naumann, Brooklyn Bridge – Chris Molloy

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