How Would You Spend a Week in NYC?

Summer holidays are approaching, and we’ll soon be packing our bags for a week in New York City. We’ve been once before, and have some good ideas as to how we’ll spend our time, but I’m also interested in readers’ recommendations.

Have You Been to the Big Apple?

If so, what made your time in NYC memorable?

Monet at MOMA, NYC 6112 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

Was it the theatre? Or perhaps baseball, shopping, dining, museums, galleries, music or Central Park?

Parks and Hidden Gems

I’ll do some catching up on photographer Susan Portnoy’s Insatiable Traveler blog before departure. An accomplished photographer whose destinations range from Africa to Cuba and beyond, Portnoy lives in New York City. On her site, she has a section dedicated to Rediscovering New York.

Battery Park 5986 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

Do you have a favourite park or spot to enjoy?


I love capturing shots of interesting buildings and leafy neighbourhoods. I’ll even own to watching Million Dollar Listing New Yorkwhich showcases gorgeous properties as well as some big personalities. Since I’m guessing that Fredrick, Luis and Ryan won’t know or care that we’ll be in their city, I’ll be relying on our Concierge for advice on this front.

To Market, to Market …

I find it a treat to make your way through markets in different cities, and have my eye on Union Square Greenmarket, which is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Then there’s the New York Botanical Garden Greenmarket in the Bronx, which has just opened for the season. This market is housed on the grounds of New York Botanical Garden, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and also offers free admission on Wednesdays. Do you have any market tips?


Your Recommendations

If you have any suggestions, please click on the “Leave a Comment” icon near the top of this article. I’d love to hear from you!

9 Comments on “How Would You Spend a Week in NYC?

  1. HI Shelagh! We’re not sure what you’ve seen in your previous visits so forgive us if we’re not telling you anything new 🙂 We highly recommend the New York Botanical Garden, it’s a magnificent place and they run excellent programs throughout the year. The High Line is another must-see, though weekends can get crowded so plan accordingly. If you find yourself in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (which also offers free admission on specific days) has a lovely Japanese garden. The West Village is a picturesque neighborhood which also boasts a ton of quaint eateries, and there’s hipster and arty vibe to Williamsburg (check out Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea for some fun things to do). We hope there are some new discoveries in that list. Have a wonderful trip! 🙂

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    • Lynn and Justin, Hi, and thanks very much for all these great suggestions. Two of them were already on the list, but the rest are new to me. Your comments prompted a look at your blog, and I love the way you pair recommendations of places to see (including their addresses) with eateries. Thanks, too, for the good wishes; looking forward to this trip!

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      • Haha, yes, we love to eat! 😉 Thanks for checking out our blog, we always appreciate feedback. Looking forward to seeing how your trip goes!


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