These reviews are submissions to a contest we ran asking members of the Journeywoman Network to design a mini itinerary for other readers heading to NYC. Our purpose was to give first time visitors a starting point for the exploration of an incredible city that can be overwhelming if you don't break it down into smaller units. Enjoy, everybody!
This NYC hostel is woman-friendly ...
This hostel, Jazz on Amsterdam Ave. offers ladies 8, 6 or 4-bed dorms some of them en suite and air-conditioned. It is also brand spanking new so all the facilities are modern and the decor has a good splash of colour. Women will like the fashionable location on the Upper West Side, just a few minutes from Central Park and with plenty of bars and restaurants on their doorstep. The hostel offers a comfy lounge area as well as a roof deck. Staff organise outings and events throughout the week so guests have plenty of opportunities to meet their fellow travellers. P.S. This hostel review was written by HostelBookers.com but most important for Journeywoman Jazz on Amsterdam Ave hostel has been rated by the actual women who have used the hostel. Check all their reviews at the site.
P.S. For those women who are looking for hotels rather than hostels click here to see where Journeywoman and her girlfriends stayed in NYC.
Itinerary by Heather in Toronto, Canada...
1. Take the ferry to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to see where my American ancestors first arrived from Poland/Russia.
2. Spend a wonderful morning at the Guggenheim Museum, followed by a stroll through Central Park - so close to the hostel!
3. Catch an amazing exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art and grab an espresso at a nearby hip café
4. Okay, just because I choose to stay at a hostel doesn't mean I don't crave the ultimate shopping experience! I can justify it this way: I'm saving money on my accommodations, so that means I can spend more at the stores, especially with this fantastic exchange rate! I plan to cave in and visit Bloomingdale's and Macy's, especially the dress and lingerie departments. They are a marvel to behold, especially for those of us who are upscale-department-store deprived.
5. Go back to the Docks Oyster Bar for dinner of cioppino, Maryland crab cakes and lobster or Alaska King Crab legs. Finish this divine repast with key lime pie and a double espresso - the most heavenly menu I could possibly imagine!
Itinerary by Emerita in Manila, Philippines...
1. Visit the Metropolitan Museum. Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
2. Shop for discount tickets and see a Broadway show.
3. Stroll along 5th Avenue home to some of the most expensive shopping in the world.
4. Hear mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
5. Visit the Cloisters Museum and relaxing green space.
Itinerary by Kirsten Alana
in Charlotte, USA ...
1. After depositing my belongings at Jazz on Amsterdam Avenue I’d don fashionable but sensible shoes and head over to The Guggenheim Museum at 5th and 88th St. for a few hours of art gawking.
2. Following the Guggenheim, I’d grab lunch from one of the many hot dog trucks found along 5th Ave, then take a walk to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir where I’d eat my lunch and think about “Jackie O”. I’ve always admired her fashion sense and as a child can remember thinking she was the most fashionable NYer I’d ever seen!
3. From the west side of Central Park I would take the A or C line to 42ndSt/Times Square where I’d transfer to the N or Q headed downtown to Union Square. At Union Square I’d spend a little time shopping in H&M for a quick but cheap evening outfit that I would utilize later.
4. Then, I’d enjoy the sun while walking down Broadway towards Strand Bookstore. A few hours in their aisles soaking up beautiful imagery in photography and art coffee table books would get me in the mood for my last stop of the evening!
5. After a quick change into heels and a little black dress I’d splurge for a cab where I’d be ferried to Magnolia Bakery on 69th Street. A quick dessert, then a ballet production at Lincoln Center at Broadway and 9th - afterwards if it’s a warm enough evening I’m close enough to walk home to Jazz Hostel. The lights of NYC are simply divine at night so why not end a great day in the Big Apple by appreciating its evening glory!
Itinerary by Kerry in Ottawa, Canada...
1. I'm going to give you a super cool itinerary of immigrant New York. Take the ferry to Ellis Island and walk in the footsteps of former immigrants through rooms set up the way they would have experienced them 100 years ago.
2. Go to the Jewish Museum, just nearby, for a revealing look at the lives of Jews in the United States.
3. Take the subway up to Chinatown and walk around. There's no English to be seen, and it smells a bit like Hong Kong. Try a bun filled with something, go into the basement shops, and just look at stuff. It's wicked cool!
4. Mosey on over to the Tenement Museum and take a tour of one of the apartments, finding out about the lives of one of the families who lived there, mostly new immigrants to the United States.
5. Walk around the Lower East Side neighbourhood and check out the architecture. There are some funky shops, but the brick and stone and iron buildings are really very New York. And they've been around, largely intact, since the mid to late 1800s.
Itinerary by Lori in Toronto, Canada...
1. Visit Coney Island via subway in South Brooklyn for the world's oldest wooden rollercoaster and a retro carnival flashback.
2. Catch up on your travel journal in Edgar (Allen Poe)'s cafe Upper West Side at 255 W 84th St (between Broadway & End Ave)
3. Shop for African shea butter beauty products from street vendors along Lexington Ave uptown.
4. Feast on mac & cheese at the S'Mac in East Village at 345 East 12th Street.
5. See a female live rock band at the indie and hip Mercury Lounge 217 East Houston St. Lineup here:
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