standing in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC

New York City

At the top of every bucket list should be a trip to New York City…especially if you’ve been a southern girl all of your life.

One of the first things I recommend is to visit the Brooklyn Bridge…and take a stroll across its majestic planks. I’ve never felt as alive as I do while standing on this incredible feat of mankind. It seems strange now, but the first time I visited, I was terrified to make the journey.

“STRETCH those bicycle pants!” pleaded my cousins from New York. So, I did. Now the Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favorite destinations.

I’ve been to NYC four times and hope to travel back as soon as possible. Every time I go, I feel a sense of renewed strength. After fighting breast cancer, my trials appear much smaller against the backdrop of New York’s giant skyscrapers. 🙂


On my first visit to New York, all we did was eat. Actually, now that I think about it, every trip has been about WHEN to eat, WHERE to eat, and WHAT we’re gonna eat. Have Mercy!

Below is my short list of food stops that I highly recommend. There are probably a million restaurants in New York, but these are the ones we stumbled upon and loved. None of these eateries are fancy, but hey…neither are we. 🙂

  • Ess-a-Bagel – the real deal when it comes to bagels in NYC
  • Hungarian Pastry Shop – adorable pastries in a cute cafe’
  • Levain Bakery – the best cookies you’ll ever eat in your life
  • Magnolia Bakery – famous cupcakery with a line out the door
  • Junior’s – best NY cheesecake, plus they serve grits for breakfast!
  • Katz Deli – a pastrami sandwich that’s incredibly over the top!
  • Grimaldi’s Pizza – amazing pizza parlor under the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Westside Market – beautiful fruits and veggies on the west side
  • Toloache – Mexican bistro with delicious guacamole & margaritas
  • Burger & Lobster – lobster rolls that are too good to be true
  • Robert at Columbus Circle – stellar rooftop views with stunning food
  • Veniero Pasticceria – creamy Italian pastries created since 1894
  • Zest Sushi – decadent sushi in a fun street-side location
  • Carmine’s Italian Restaurant – quaint and authentic Italian cuisine


If you’ve been to NYC, you know there’s something to see at every turn. I created a little slideshow of my favorite things. It includes top spots you don’t want to miss!

  • Statue of Liberty at Sunset
  • Sailboat Tour on harbor in Manhattan, New York
  • Manhattan Skyline at night, New York City
  • Statue of Liberty in the sunset, New York
  • sailing Manhattan in the harbor
  • Clipper Sailboat Sunset Tour, New York City
  • pastrami sandwich at Katz Deli in New York
  • Veniero Pasticceria in New York City
  • Rockefeller Center, New York City
  • The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City
  • The Rockette's on stage at Radio City Music Hall
  • St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City
  • Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
  • fountain and flowers in City Hall Park, New York
  • buildings at Columbus Circle in New York
  • WICKED Musical on Broadway
  • CHICAGO Musical on Broadway!
  • Brad Pitt at Good Morning America, New York City
  • Times Square skyscrapers in NYC
  • The Ball Drop in Times Square, NYC
  • people walking in Grand Central Terminal, New York
  • Good Morning America in Times Square
  • M & M's Store in Times Square, NYC

What are your favorite New York memories?

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