Our New York City Expert Jaclyn Decle hearts NY. As a bonafide theatre lover, foodie, and urban adventurer, Jaclyn feels right at home in the City That Never Sleeps. Here she shares her expert tips on what to see and do in New York City, one of the best cities on the planet:
1. How many times have you visited New York?
2. What makes you an expert in New York?
I have seen New York City from the eyes of a first time tourist, longtime local, theatre lover, and as someone who loves to experience good food and dining experiences!
3. What is your favourite area in New York?
The Theater District is my favourite area. Central Park and the museum area are close in second place!
4. What surprised you the most about New York?
How friendly everyone was! Also, everything is reachable within a quick subway ride. Walking is the best way to get around on a beautiful day!
5. What made you fall in love with New York?
There is something for everyone to enjoy. Food, theatre, arts, nature, shopping – you name it!
6. What’s your favourite memory about New York?
My favourite memory is sitting in Central Park with a ‘picnic’ basket that was made by a restaurant called Rocket Pig and enjoying the beautiful weather. Good food, good weather, and AMAZING people watching!
7. What are your top 3 New York tips that you would give a client travelling there?
- The Staten Island Ferry is free! It will take you across the river and you give you a great view of the Statue of Liberty.
- If there is a show/restaurant that you want to see/dine at – you need to do it ahead of time! (I can help!)
- There are tours/events/adventures you haven’t even thought about – let’s talk about them together and narrow down which ones are going to help you experience New York City the way you want.
8. Why do you think it’s important for people to visit New York?
I think it’s important for people to visit New York City because it’s a truly multicultural city, much like Toronto and Vancouver, and it allows you to see and do so much in so little time. One minute you can be on the south end of the island taking in the historical sites and learning about the first people into New York, and the next you can be sitting in the diner from Seinfeld enjoying a deli sandwich with all the fixings.
If you prefer to party into the late nights, there are secret lounges, clubs, sports bars, and authentic Irish pubs to discover. New York City is a haven for foodies boasting with incredible 5-star and Michelin-star restaurants. The theatre scene, live music venues, and sporting events are second to none and make a perfect excuse to take a weekend trip to the Big Apple!
9. What things would you recommend someone pack for a trip to New York?
- A travel guide with a map. While I can point you in the right direction, being able to mark it down on a map and plan your day when you are there is very important!
- Comfortable shoes – this is a city best experienced on foot. You don’t want to have your trip ruined with blisters!
- Your sense of adventure! The Big Apple is filled with side streets and incredible off-the-beaten-path adventures that you can get yourself into.