The best of NYC in 2015

Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you!!! 2015 was a great year and I thought I would do a post to review everything NYC last year! We are now entering our 4th year of living in the Northeast and I still love every minute of it. Exploring and getting to see more of the city I love so much is truly a dream come true for me. NYC has an endless list of new things to see and do, so each year I feel more and more at home, finding myself more and more familiar with different neighborhoods and locations. Some of the biggest highlights of the year were:

NYC in the extreme cold. – Last winter we had the “polar vortex” show up several times which meant extremely cold temps. Walking around NYC all day became quite a challenge so we found ourselves running from location to location to stay warm. I was completely fine with finding a cafe and a seat by the window and just enjoying the view from the warmth of the window. It was cool to experience this extreme in New York.

 

 

Spring in NYC – Spring in New York City is magical. We’ve explored the city before in the spring time, but getting to explore different neighborhoods and seeing the flowers and trees looking so bright and beautiful was just spectacular. We spent one day exploring the West Village. The brownstones and tree-lined streets felt like a postcard it was so beautiful. A did a post about the first signs of spring in NYC last April.

 

 

NYC Sports – I went to my first Brooklyn Net’s game (basketball), my first Met’s game (baseball), and of course a few Yankee games – my favorite! (I did posts about each of these, including tons of photos!)

 

 

Brooklyn Tours – NYC Inspired got invited on a couple amazing tours in Brooklyn with A slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours including the Brooklyn Neighborhood Tour and The Brooklyn Pizza Tour (click links to see original posts). If you haven’t checked out these posts yet, I definitely recommend it! I have a ton of photos and videos and it was truly an amazing experience. I love Brooklyn so much and it was so much fun getting to go on this guided tour and learn so much about this amazing borough.

 

 

Attempt to see the 4th of July fireworks…We went to Long Island City in Queens early afternoon on the 4th of July. We got up front seats and were in the perfect spot to see the fireworks that night. We were right on the water with the Manhattan skyline in the background. After 5 hours of waiting I got sick and we had to leave, about an hour before the fireworks were about to start…It was really depressing, but this year I think we attempt it again.

 

 

First trip to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens (the Unisphere) – we went for a walk and had to check out the famous Unisphere. It’s pretty cool to see. I plan on exploring more of Queens in 2016, and sharing more posts about the different boroughs in NYC.

 

 

Autumn in NYC – This is my favorite time of year in New York. We have spent a lot of time in NYC in the fall, but since it’s my favorite time of year, I can’t get enough. Spending endless hours walking through Central Park with the leaves falling…..it’s breathtaking. Check out a previous post I did about Autumn in Central Park.

 

 

Juniors (the original in Brooklyn) – I’ve had Juniors cheesecake before, but last year I actually went in (twice!) and ate a meal so it felt more official. I of course got the cheesecake again, and I’m convinced there is no better food on this earth than this…

 

 

Neighborhoods we explored a bit more in-depth:

  • Dumbo, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, (Brooklyn)
  • Washington Heights, Upper West Side & Upper East Side, West Village, Meat Packing District, Harlem (Manhattan)
  • Corona, Long Island City, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Rego Park (Queens)

 

 

Things I plan to do and see in 2016 are:

  • Go to the top of the new World Trade Center
  • Appreciate more of the history, checking more of the “original” spots, family owned, local places. Sadly these are the places that are disappearing more and more in New York because the the insanity of the rising rents. I never made it to Kat’s Deli (opened in 1888) or Carnegie Deli (opened in 1937) but this year I definitely plan to! These are New York icons!
  • More museums, sports, and hopefully the 4th of July fireworks this year!
  • I’m still trying to get Jimmy Fallon tickets….

After a look back at 2015 in NYC, check out last years post about 2014 in NYC. I love this city, it never gets old to me. You can follow New York City Inspired on Instagram for daily photo inspiration. All photos are my own.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have more NYC recommendations for me, or ideas for future posts you would like to see, please comment below!

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