Hey my favorite readers, it’s me, THE RIDE. I’ve been trying to compile a list of the best places to stay while you’re in New York City, but there are just too many to count. I thought it would be more helpful to discuss your options of both neighborhoods and places you can rest your head in the evening.
If you’re looking for that flash, glitziness, and getting pampered, any hotel in Times Square will be the place to go. A bellhop will hold the door for you and might even call you a cab, so you can get wherever you need to go. Hopefully, THE RIDE is one of your destinations. Upon your return you can ask for some champagne to be delivered to your room along with a filet mignon. Oh, my tank is rumbling now, I must be hungry.
Let’s pretend that you would rather travel with nothing but the pack on your back and experience the New York City culture face to face. You can actually crash on a local’s couch and get them to show you around. Sites like couchsurfing.com are becoming more and more popular and will match you up with a generous local. Just be safe and trust your instincts when staying with a stranger. You can also check out AirBnB if you’re not THAT adventurous.
As far as neighborhoods go, I’ll try not to diminish their richness by summing them up in a few words. Times Square: touristy, bright lights, crowds, billboards. Midtown: tall buildings, taxis, that’s pretty much it. Soho: shop til you drop, “OMG look at this boutique.” Chinatown: dim sum, trinkets, bubble tea. Little Italy: “I’m starving, and I need meatballs.” West Village: a small town with big city character. There are a few neighborhoods I left out, but this is a good place to get started. Don’t worry there will be more blogs to come. THE RIDE, out!