NEW YORK BY GOGO FARMAKI

New York is one of our favorites cities in the whole world, and honestly if you ever going to have a chance to make a long trip, the city that never sleeps should be your No.1 choice, you will just love her! As Gogo Farmaki does, who lives there the last year because of her acting for film studies at New York Film Academy. Gogo is a sweet and such a kind girl, with similar interests with us, as she has with her sister Olga the fashion blog kisterss.com, and she immediatelly liked the idea of sharing with us New York with her point of you..

So, lets go and see where Gogo will lead us! Shall we??..... 

 

 

1. WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO VISIT NEW YORK?

The truth is that whenever you visit New York, you going to love her and for sure you will want to go again! For me though, the best season is Autumn, especially on September, when is not so cold and you can walk around easily enjoying the colors of nature! Many thinks that Christmas time is the best, but my personal opinion is that you are not going to enjoy it much because of the cold as I already said and there are lots of tourists in New York that period with a result of waiting too long at the lines in the stores. Not mentioning how long you going to wait entering a museum… Hmmm, better not to know.. 

 

2. WHAT SHOULD I PUT IN MY SUITCASE? 

No matter which period you go, take with you as less clothes as possible. The prices are quite low, lots of discounts everywhere and you can shop limitless but do not over do it, because there is no discount at an overweighted suitcase!

  

3. WHAT SIGHT MUST I DEFINETELLY SEE?

MUST GO:

Brooklyn Bridge: Walk the bridge all the way and eat ice cream at one of the benches enjoying the amazing view of Manhattan! 

Central Park: What can someone says about this park, it doesn't need further recomendations I suppose... The most beautiful and biggest city park in the world where you can do a lot of things. Do not take the boat though, like another Carry Bradshaw but lay down at the clean grass and watch the squirrels around you in the park!!! 

Time Square: Maybe one the famous places in the whole planet and the brightest I can say, as these millions of lights are turning night to day.. In any case, many of the stores around are open till midnight.

Also:

  • Walk around the streets of Soho and step into some of the famous boutiques in the world! 
  • Eat a chocolate sunday at SERENDIPITY 3 (well known from Sex and the City) 
  • Go to either Empire State or Rockafeller Center, the views from the top are breathtaking from both of the buildings. You will take the most amazing pictures there..
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 memorial center for sure! 
  • One of my favorites museums are MOMA and Metropolitan Museum of Art (at the second one go at the beginning of the day, because you need lots of hours to see it all!!)
  • I will recommend you to have a cup of coffee at the last floor of Marriot Marquis hotel in Times Square, where you can have a 360 view of Manhattan!! 
  • and last but not least, if you have time, you must definitelly see a brodway show!

 

4. WHAT TO AVOID BECAUSE IS WAste OF TIME?

It doesn't worth to go to Minus 5 Ice bar, it might be impressive that everything is made out of ice (tables, glasses, chairs, everything), but is also too much expensive and small and in overall nothing too much of importance, so DON'T.. 

Also, don't take the cabs!! I prefer the subways althought they are not so clean, but they are 24/7 and not expensive. 

 

5. WHAT SHOPS I MUST VISIT OR SHOPPING STREET?

At brodway street there plenty of shops where you can shop a lot of things in special prices, it needs some searching, but you can find excuisite things! If you have days in New York, you must definetelly visit the Woodbury mall, where you can feel what really SALES means!!

If you feel like walking -is the only way to meet New York anyways- walk around the 5th and 6th Avenue and you will discover some worthy treasures, trust me!

 

6. HOW CAN I SURVIVE IN THIS CITY WITHOUT DRIVING? (HOW CAN I GET AROUND?)

Is the only place in the world that when I first walked around, It felt like I was living there forever.. Subway as I said is pretty easy to get used to and with a weekly card of 30$ you can have edless rides for 7 days in a row and it connects Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.. But as long as you can walk, just do so, cause every single corner in New York hides something new and different! 

 

7. WHERE IS BEST TO STAY / RECOMMENDED HOTELS?

  • The Standard High Line
  • Soho House
  • Τhe Ritz Carlton
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • The Peninsula
  • The Strand Hotel 
  • new: Thompson Les 

This list represents both historic and new hotels located throughout NYC's diverse neighborhoods. If you don't mind the noise, you can stay in one the hotels located in Times Square. 

 

8. WHERE SHOULD I DINE?

  • Balhtazar (prince street)
  • STK
  • Peter Lugers (original Brooklyn NY)
  • Lombardis Pizza (first pizzeria in NY)
  • The Burger Joint at Le Parker Merdien Hotel
  • Bond Street Sushi
  • TAO downtown
  • LAVO midtown
  • and visit the City's Top Greek Restaurant Milos

From pizza, to burgers, to the most trendy places to dine NYC-food scene can satisfy even the most diverse appetites. 

 

9. WHAT SHOULD I BRING BACK HOME?

The simplest memories from a trip to NYC are almost always pictures of the cities great attractions including: the Empire State Building, the Chrysler building, the New Freedom Tower, Central Park, The Plaza Hotel, The Moma (museum), Times Square (The center of the Universe), The Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 memorial, Madison Square Garden (home of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers). Enjoy the worlds best shopping along 5th avenue & downtown in SOHO on West broadway. Crazy for Brand names? Be sure to visit the infamous Century 21 store on Church Street. 

 

 

10. WHAT WILL AMAZE ME IF I VISIT NEW YORK FRO THE FIRST TIME?

Anyone's first time in NY is a memory on its own. The city's vast size, lights, skyscrapers, bridges, museums, parks, and diverse population truly leaves visitors speechless, offers an unparalleled vibe and has something for everyone no matter what their preference is... The city "that never sleeps" always delivers a great time!

 

 

YOUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: 

1. A DATE: Bacaro 136 division street Chinatown/Lower east side.

2. DINNER WITH FRIENDS: Mercer Kitchen in the Basement of Mercer Hotel on Prince and Mercer street. 

3. BUSINESS MEETING: Cipriani at Wall Street, especially at his balcony and Harrysnyc, also at Wall Street. 

4. WATCHING PEOPLE: Cafe Gitane is amazing and I prefer sitting outdoors and I also love Washington Square Park.

5. Brunch: Prune and Freemans.

6. WATHCING THE SUNSET: Since you are in NYC, Top of the Rock at the Rockefellar Center is awesome where you have 360 views of manhattan or else at Battery park by the water just relaxing on a bench. 

7. SHOPPING: Soho, soho, soho!

8. WORKING OUT: best gym is Equinox or else at the west side highway where is a bike path and you can bike riding or jogging. 

9. BEST COFFEE: La Colombe. The two best are 270 lafayette at the corner of prince street and 400 lafayette (east 4th street).  

10. drink:  I will vote Apotheke especially Monday nights with live funky jazz music!

 

I will definetelly say that there many more things to do or do not do in this magical city, as New York is, but I think we made a good start!!!!"

 

Gogo thank you for all this helpfull infos and tips you gave us, you are one of the luckiest and privileged ones to live in a city like this and you never know, we might meet you in New York someday.. I think coffe at Serendipity, is an unfinished business for us, don't you think??? xoxo

Thank you our sweet girl :-))

 

PS: If you want to learn more about Gogo just klik at her blog :  www.kisterss.com 

 

xxx

by El.g & Ang

 

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