It's been only a month since our last trip to New York City, and we already can't wait until the next time we get to visit the Big Apple. To whet your appetite for travel, here's a list of 10 things we love about New York, New York:
1 A change of scenery. Even if you're accustomed to big city life, New York is a breath of fresh air. There's nowhere like New York anywhere.
2 Vendors, vendors, everywhere! On most any street in Manhattan, you'll find tables laden with goods from sunglasses to books to clothes, and hot dog or pretzel carts on many a street corner.
3 The Statue of Liberty, easily viewable via the free Staten Island ferry, is a beacon of hope, an historical landmark and a New York icon. She's larger than life, and the moment you see her up close and personal is absolute magic.
4 It's easily accessible by plane, train or automobile. No matter how you choose to travel, it's easy (and often affordable) to get to NYC. Travelling from Toronto like we did? Consider an overnight Greyhound bus or a flight via Porter Airlines to EWR (Newark Airport).
5 The people. Sure, they're always in a rush, but they're happy to help you lug your suitcase down the metro steps or offer advice about the best slice of pizza in town. Plus, the hustle and bustle of city life is invigorating!
6 The boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx & Staten Island). Each offers its own unique flavour, yet is distinctly New York.
7 The food. From $2 pretzels to world-class fine dining, authentic ethnic foods to "all-American" grub, if it exists, you can eat it here.
8 It's multicultural. More than any other American city. This makes NYC inviting for people from any background, because you'll feel at home, and be exposed to other cultures.
9 New York City is pedestrian-friendly. No need to drive around the city (in fact, you're better off walking and taking the bus or metro). Public transit is affordable, subway stations are easy to find, and with a bit of practice, it's easy to find your way around Manhattan's grid-like layout.
10 Shopping. There's something for everyone, including thrift stores, the biggest Macy's in the world, unique boutiques and shops carrying locally made goods.
Honourable mentions: the burlesque scene; amazing movies, books and Broadway shows take place in NYC; LGBT-friendly; kid-friendly.
What do you love best about NYC?