13 reasons why… New York City

The city of dreams, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There’s nothing you can’t do now you’re in New York!

I needed to know what the Alecia Keys was all about. In 2012 we organised a girls trip to the big apple and we had the best time ever! These are the 13 reasons why I loved New York.

1. Enjoy the view on the top of the Rockefeller

We chose to not go on the empire state building, as we wanted to see this iconic building from the 70th floor. On the Top of the Rock Observation Deck of the Rockefeller Center we enjoyed the most incredible view over the city of dreams.

  • Where? 45 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10111
  • Open? 8:00 AM till 00:00 AM
  • Price? Starting from $45 (adult)

2. Get yourself on a bilboard on time square

I’m not sure if you are still able to do this, as we were in NYC back in 2012. When you go into the American Eagle store, you’ll get your chance to your 15 seconds of fame!


Not only for this, but the whole square is pretty impressive. As we are from a small country Belgium and we live in a small village just outside Antwerp,… time square looked HUGE to us. All those billboards, shops, people,… it was pretty overwhelming!

3. Buy too many chocolate in the MNM store

Friends of mine told me to visit the MNM store because it was also gigantic! I wish I could eat everything in that store!

  • Where? 1600 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
  • Open? 9:00 AM – 00:00 AM

4. Check out the skyline at the Brooklyn side

Take the metro or walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and find a spot to watch the skyline of NYC.


5. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge

You cannot go to NYC and not walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge and take beautiful pictures.

New York Brooklyn Bridge1

6. Visit the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero

I was still very young when the tragedy of 9/11 happend, but I will never forget how shocked the whole world was that day… In New York we visited the memorial and we were speechless. It was really gripping. The place was super silent and their was this vibe of togetherness. I felt like this was a really beautiful place to honnor all the people that died in this horrible event.

  • Where? 180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007
  • Open? 7:30 AM till 9:00 PM
  • Price? $24 (adults)

7. Relax at Central Park

In the middle of the vibrant city, you can go relaxing at the green Central Park. This is an oasis of peace admidst the gigantic city. Relax here for a bit, read a book, visit the zoo or bike/walk around.

8. Eat cupcakes from Sex and the City (Magnolia Bakery)

MMM cupcakes, who doesn’t like them. If you saw the American series Sex and the city, you will recognize the Magnolia Bakery. Go taste those delicious cakes yourself!

  • Where? 401 Bleecker Street and W. 11th Street, New York, NY
  • Open? 9:30 AM till 11:00 PM
  • Price? $3,75/cupcake; $4,5/slice of pie

9. Chill at High Line Park

Another great and orignal park to relax is High Line Park. The park is located in Manhattan and is build 9 meters above the ground. It used to be a railway, but it has been put out of use in 1980. Only at the end of the 90’s they decided to change it into a park. At this moment you can still see signs of the railway, which makes it a very unique park.

10. Honnor John Lennon at Strawberry Fields

In Central Park there is a place called Strawberry Field, which is dedicated to John Lennon. It was dedicated on October 9, 1985, in honor of what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday. Strawberry Fields is located just across the Dakota Building, where he lived and was murdered.


11. Take a cruise around Staten Island

One of the highlights in NYC is the Statue of Liberty. This statue was a gift from France and was dedicated on 1886. It stands for freemdom and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. You can just take a cruise around the statue, like we did, or you can go on Liberty Island and visit the museum about immigration.

  • Price? Starting from $25,50 (adult)
  • Open? 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

12. View NYC from the air

Another cool thing to do, is take a ride in a helicopter and see the big apple from the air. I was too scared to do it, but my sister did and she took some pretty great pictures!

13. … AND last but not least; SHOP until you DROP


So this was it… I’m so sad that Gilles has not experienced this trip with me. We haven’t even met yet back at that time. Now I’ve seen a glimpse of the beauty of New York City, I definitely want to go back there in the future, because there is so much more to see.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my fantastic trip in New York. If you have any questions, please let us know, maybe we can help you!

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And many more stories will come… so stay tuned!

With love,

Inne & Gilles




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