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MWI on the Best of the Big Apple

Inspired by the infinite wisdom our members dish out in these columns, we decided to see what would happen if we actually put your advice to the test. Every day, as we make our way into our Noho office, we see thousands of tourists streaming by the doors —cameras pointing upward, hands grasping the newest dessert craze— and we wanted to get in on the fun! We decided to put these two desires together and turned to you guys for advice on walking, noshing, and generally having a ball here in the Big Apple. Here’s the kind of day we had.

Our afternoon started with a jaunt to Times Square, which 52% of you voted as the classic NYC tourist attraction you enjoyed most. Considering we usually spend most of our time downtown, it was actually pretty cool to throw ourselves in the middle of this bright, busy, and loud strip of space—a true paradise for people (and character) watching.

When 40% of you shouted out Union Square Greenmarket as your favorite less well-known NYC attraction, we hopped on the N and headed back downtown. The contrast from steel to green was absolutely welcome, as was the smell of freshly picked lavender and baked goods.

We saw asparagus.


And compost bins.


And even a butterfly.


Basically, we went hiking. (That’s what hiking’s like, right?)

Though there’s hardly a lack of shopping available in our fair city, we were more curious about some smaller, independent shops that you guys visited during your trips to New York. Although Strand—New York City’s largest bookstore that’s been around since 1927—isn’t exactly small, it’s an excellent example of an inspiring indie establishment, and many of you pointed us in that direction. We went straight down to the basement to explore delicious smelling, dusty tomes. And to take cute photos amongst the stacks, obviously.


Finally, it was time to EAT. There were numerous call outs for an adorable little place called Eileen’s Special Cheesecake when we asked you about must-taste desserts in the city, but even more of you were drooling over your memories of New York’s famous slices. It was an excruciating decision, so we decided to really go for it and get both. It was a super rough day, you guys.

We recommend the Strawberry, Classic, and Caramel cheesecake flavors at Eileen’s. And as for pizza? You can never go wrong sticking with a classic slice. (Or three).


One of the greatest things about New York City is its skyline—historic and yet ever-changing, the kind of sight you can stare at for hours (hey, even years!) without getting sick of. You guys liked seeing the city from the Gantry State Plaza (4%), One World Observatory (21%), the High Line (23%), and Brooklyn Bridge Park, (53%), so we sprinted over to our (second) favorite borough just in time to catch the sunset.


It was a pretty fulfilling sight after an adventure-filled day, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Hopefully those of you who want to make another pilgrimage to the city will do so soon, and create new memories! For now, we’ll keep eating that pizza for ya.

Love Jein, Katelyn, and Regina


We’ll take your recommendations any time! Fill us in on some more of what makes you smile in New York City below.

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C Creel

Wish I could visit. The pizza and cheesecake look yummy.

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C Creel

Would like to see a musical.

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Laurie Miller

I would just love to visit!!

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Jenny Patrick

I love the open top tour buses. The guys who tell all the history of New York were amazing.

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Jon Seiger

Sounds like a great time. I grww up in nyc and will be back for a visit next month

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Micqia Conley

I would love to visit New York. The pizza and cheesecake caught my attention.

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Heidi Todd

Nothing like a walk down Broadway… just for the sights and smells… not to mention a show!

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Kathy

Love to visit again, went back in 1964 with high school, and loved it.

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Di

Going to NYC JULY 2017!’

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Judith Gustafson

The restaurant in Central Park, if it is still open.

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Felicia L Timoteo

How could you not see Lady Liberty that would be tops on my must see list.

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Brit Lopez

I have not yet been to NY but it is definitely on my to-do list. I would love to see Time Square, try new foods, and soak in the culture.

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Brit Lopez

New York is definitely on my to-do list. I can’t wait to enjoy the food and exciting attractions.

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Melissa Joyce Enderle

I have never been to new your but I would love o go!

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Jamie Branstner

I haven’t been to New York. I would love to see the sights !

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Diana

Would love to try the cheesecake and or pizza; both look yummy!

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genna

I’ve personally never been to NYC…but it is a MUST SEE on my bucket List of places to travel ! (Ive driven thru MY more than a few times on 1of my many 24-30+hour toad trips from Boston to Florida tho)! LoL ill def save this content&it’ll come in handy whenever I actually do get a chance to visit NYC!! 🙂

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Dorothy

Have not been to New York for many years. I would love to see how much it has changed

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Amanda

I hope to one day be able to visit and eat all of the pizza!

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Carmela

Thats so cool I want to visit those places too

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Brittany L Smith

I just got back from nyc. It was my first time! The food was my favor Part! Especially the pizza! Way better than the pizza here in az!

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