It’s a Cliché, but I Love New York

Yes, I love New York! I know it’s not original, but it’s true.

"No wonder I love New York -- look at this view from Top of the Rock"

New York City

If you dig around on my website a bit, you’ll find posts about some of my experiences in New York City. Although I tend to find something to love about most cities I’ve been to, New York really has a special place in my heart. I think it’s the energy, excitement and edginess that I notice as soon as I get in a taxi or subway train to Manhattan from JFK.

These are just a few of the reasons why I love New York.

Walking Everywhere

Central Park is one of my favorite places to get some outdoor exercise, but it’s fun just to walk and explore the city’s many diverse neighborhoods.

"Central Park - another reason that I love New York"

Central Park

Museums and Galleries

There’s everything from the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art to a historic treasure like the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side.

Tenement Museum

And how about the Museum of Sex?

Museum of Sex

Cafés and Bistros

After a morning of sightseeing, shopping or exploring the city by walking around, I love to stop for lunch or coffee in a place I’ve never been — just on a whim.

Caffe Grazie, Manhattan

Caffe Grazie

Terramare, Manhattan

Terramare, Manhattan


Some of the best views are from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. The photo at the top of this post was taken there. But I also love the views from across the Hudson River in New Jersey or from Roosevelt Island in the East River.

View of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island


I always try to take in a Broadway play and I’ve seen some very memorable ones. Most recently I saw Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones at the Golden Theater in Driving Miss Daisy.

Golden Theater


In New York, there can be a surprise around every corner. I’ve unexpectedly come across movies being filmed on Wall Street, models posing for fashion shoots in Soho, motorcades with international leaders en route to the United Nations, the FDNY and NYPD in action, and more.

FDNY in Soho

So it’s a cliché, but I love New York! Do you?

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72 thoughts on “It’s a Cliché, but I Love New York

  1. jim

    Glad you love New York, voyed as the top place to live recently I think. With our Wellington , just down the road from, as second!
    Fancy you outside a sex museum…ah but then at my age I’ll probably be an exhibit!

  2. Caanan @ No Vacation Required

    Yeah, it’s a cliche. But it’s a cliche for a reason. NYC is just awesome.

    We didn’t always appreciate it – our first few visits left me feeling like I was going to have a panic attack. It grew on us and now we look for reasons to route through the city on our way to anywhere.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Each neighborhood has its own character, doesn’t it? I’d like to spend some time in Brooklyn and Queens on the next trip, too. Have only passed through them.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks, Angela. It is exciting, but there are also some quieter, relaxing places, like the many parks, as well. Hope you visit there sometime.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks – glad you like the photos! As for the Museum of Sex, you can check it out for yourself — (they have a website that’ll give you a good introduction)! 🙂

  3. Sherry

    There are more things I don’t like about New York, than those I do love about it. However, the one I love (food, shows, diversity) all hold strong. I haven’t been there in a while and perhaps its time to go back again. This is certainly a post that inspires me to get me there faster.

    1. Cathy Post author

      NYC certainly has its pros and cons like every other place. But for me, the good things are many and wonderful! Thanks for the nice compliment!

  4. Laurel

    I’ve never been to NYC, despite having traveled around the U.S. a fair amount. I’m not much of a city person, but NYC is definitely on my list. I like how it sounds very easy to get around on foot as I think the best way to explore cities is by walking.

  5. Linda

    Utterly agree! I’ve only been once (so far!) and I was expecting a let down because of having seen it so much in movies and on t.v. but it surpassed expectations! I agree with Abby – not sure about living there, at least in Winter. It was, I think the coldest I’ve ever been in my life – mid-January. The thermal underwear I’d worn in West NY and Canada were too well packed-away to find, and I was seriously cold. Still, next time, even if it is January, I will know that! And I got to see folk skating in Central Park and other corny stuff, so I there was a positive side to it!

    1. Cathy Post author

      You’re probably right that it’s not the friendliest city I’ve ever been to, but I think New Yorkers are a lot friendlier than they’re given credit for. I’ve had some very positive experiences there.

  6. jenjenk

    I love that New York really does have something for everyone!! it’s such a great city – i need to get back there more often…but there’s just so many places that needs to be visited!

  7. Don Faust

    I love New York also – I wouldn’t want to live there though, unless I was wealthy enough to live comfortably in Manhattan. We used to live in Philly, and that was an easy train ride up to visit.

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