Native New Yorker: The BEST the City has to Offer!

Home Stager with Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island #888

It's no secret that I love Long Island.  But for fun, excitement, and lots of good Energy, you'll find me in New York City.  A few of my favorites:  Central Park, Soho with it's trendy Art Galleries, The Village, Times Square (with the not to be missed famous "Naked Cowboy.")  I make the trek to Magnolia's quite often and the very BEST tour I have ever taken was a behind the scenes tour of Lincoln Center.  If you hit it right (and we did), you get to see them practicing for an upcoming opera.  Or a ballerina praticing the same step over and over again until she gets it right. The artwork there amazes me as well. 

There truly is no place like it.  Central Park, New York City

I'm not the only one that thinks so.  According to the, here's a list of the BEST of New York City:

Reader's Digest set out to find 100 American "bests" for its May issue - and ended up with nine of them right here in the five boroughs. "The treasures of New York bubble to the top," explained Maureen Mackey, senior staff editor.

Here they are:

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: Mayor Mike got Reader's Digest's nod as "Best Mayor on a Mission" for pushing to make 8 million New Yorkers healthier with his smoking ban, drive to get better milk and vegetables in bodegas and anti-trans fats campaign.

WESLEY AUTREY: The good-hearted hero leaped onto a Harlem subway track in January to save a stranger's life as a train roared over them.

STEPHON MARBURY: The Coney Island native designed his $15 "Starbury One"
sneakers so poor kids could shoot hoops in style without bankrupting their parents.

JOAN DIDION: The Manhattan writer was tagged "Best Second Act" for turning the pain of losing her husband into the critically acclaimed "The Year of Magical Thinking."

DIANE SAWYER: The upper West Sider earned accolades for international reporting, racking up hard-news "gets" while rising at 4 a.m. to host "Good Morning America."

MAGNOLIA BAKERY: The cupcake mecca of Bleecker St. gets honored for the confections that still regularly draw lines around the block.

METROPOLITAN OPERA: "Best encore"? The Met, of course. But Reader's Digest honors the high-class institution for reaching out to the millions with live Web streams and high-def theater broadcasts - which kicked off with "Madame Butterfly" shown on a jumbo screen in Times Square.

LIFETIME: The Chelsea-based women's cable network is cited for its warm and cozy office that sounds far better than a New York apartment, with "feng shui-inspired open spaces, 10-foot-high windows, private meditation areas, cedar-roofed editing bays and even places to nap."

TENDER BUTTONS: The tiny upper East Side shop has been a treasure for almost four decades for costume designers and button collectors.

Source:  New York Daily

Roller Blading, Central Park, New YorkA typical Sunday in Central Park, New York.

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Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
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Carole...I love your posts! I love new York too! It's been awhile since I was there but one of my friends had an apartment at 3rd avenue and 17th. I spent 10 days there and really explored Gramercy and beyond by myself. It was fantastic! 
Apr 11, 2007 01:40 AM #1
Mike Nelson
Michael Nelson Jr. NY Real Estate Broker - Poughkeepsie, NY
Real estate success since 2004.

I went to college and grad school in Manhattan; here are my "must-dos" (they're all about food) when I go back: 

GRAY'S PAPAYA: "The Recession Special" --best Hot dogs and fresh juice in the city! (Just don't do it too often :) )

PAKISTANI TEA HOUSE: Best Indian-style food in the city! (worst ambience... it's a taxi-stand and mostly take-out, but they have a few tables).

I know where I'm going this weekend! Thanks for the post.  


Apr 11, 2007 04:12 AM #2
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

I LOVE  NY, isn't that a song?? I love the hustle and bustle, I love the walking and eating, I love the theatre. My first job was in NY and even before I got into the office I had already shopped to my heart's content from all the street vendors. Ahh, the shopping

Phyllis Pafumi 

Apr 12, 2007 10:05 AM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Lizette:  Next time you are in New York, please look me up!  I can give you an "insider's tour."

Mike:  I have my favorites too, one for every part of the city!  There is some GREAT food in NY!

Phyllis:  Gee, I hear you missing the city.  I do, too, it's been a while.  We'll meet there one day, wouldn't Val be thrilled to see you?  And I'd love to meet you.  The best tours are the Big Onion walking tours and Lincoln Center.  And I'm NOT a tour person :)

Magnolia's Bakery, New York CityThat's Magnolia's if you haven't been there yet. Even in the rain we lined up :)

Apr 12, 2007 11:18 AM #4
Shannon Elizabeth McInerney
DesigningReality - Dumfries, VA

Carole, Great post! My apartment is actually next to Magnolia's! You see that little greyish building to the right of Magnolia's in your photo...that's my building! The people that line up for those cupcakes are crazy, the line sometimes goes allllll the way down 11th street!

May 16, 2007 05:43 AM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Shannon, I am one of those people that shamelessly line up for cupcakes!  I always hear the boyfriends or husbands on line complaining that they have to wait for a CUPCAKE :)  That is a terrific part of the city you live in, you must have a lot of fun there....
May 16, 2007 12:58 PM #6
Venice Harris
EXP Realty - Conyers, GA
Real Estate Agent - Conyers, GA
Oh... I miss Manhattan!  I love Georgia but I'd cheat on it in a heartbeat with Manhattan!  :)
Jun 08, 2007 02:37 PM #7
Jim Crawford
Crye-Leike REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
I miss the city!  Great post!
Jun 08, 2007 03:47 PM #8
Tina Smith
Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate - Lawrenceville, GA
I'm from New York.  There's no place like it.  I lived in Atlanta 3 years and I'ts just begining to soak in that Atlanta is my new home, but NY will always be a part of my heart.
Jun 08, 2007 04:02 PM #9
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