Now, I know that I’m definitely not the only one with this dream, but I would love to visit New York. I don’t remember exactly when this interest started, but it’s something I’ve wanted for a very long time – even after finding out that some of my favourite shows set in New York aren’t actually filmed in New York. So this is a dream travel list for everywhere I’ve wished to go to in NYC.
New York Supreme Court
As a former law student and Law & Order obsessive, this place feels so important to me. It’s a place that has hosted so many important scenes, in real life and on screen. My love for this building and what it represents certainly isn’t a secret.
My brother and two of my friends have been to New York recently, and all of them sent me pictures of the Supreme Court. One of my friends didn’t realise what it was until the tour guide mentioned Law & Order, and she thought of me immediately. Also, I like to think I’d casually bump into Mariska Hargitay and we’d become instant best friends. Seems realistic, right?
I would love to see it in the autumn or winter, when the leaves are falling or it’s snowy. I know that it is HUGE, but just the idea of being in Central Park makes me feel kinda excited.
From what I’ve seen, it seems like a larger, louder Picadilly Circus/Leicester Square. It’s a fun filled, energetic shopping and tourist hotspot that I would have to go to!
I’ve been advised not to take pictures with the costumed characters though – apparently they’re pushy and expect a ridiculous amount of money. $10 to get a selfie with Elmo? No thanks.
Grand Central Terminal
The busy transport hub is such a beautiful work of architecture. It’s not just a run-of-the-mill train station, it’s got balcony restaurants as well as plenty of shops. Some of my favourite episodes of Law & Order SVU have scenes that were filmed here (I could probably recall all of them, to be honest).
I also loved Gossip Girl. Who could forget the iconic scene in the pilot episode where Serena Van Der Woodsen makes a dramatic return to the city? There are so many places in New York that I’d love to go to where Gossip Girl was filmed.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Who wouldn’t want to sit on the steps of the Met, just like in Gossip Girl? As well as being a regular filming location for the show, it’s a popular art museum that I’d love to go to. If I’m gonna be in New York, I should probably try and be at least a tiny bit cultured.
The Museum of the City of New York
This is the building that was used as the school in Gossip Girl, so I could pretend to be cultured there too!
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
I don’t really need to explain this, they are both classic New York landmarks. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I would absolutely do all of the tourist-y things that the locals probably hate.
Empire State Building
(Another Gossip Girl filming location…) This would be an amazing way to see the city from above. Although, the best pictures of the New York skyline should probably have the Empire State Building in them.
I’ve heard that it’s better to go to the Top of the Rock, as it has pristine windows rather than wire mesh panels.
It took me everything I had to put this on my list as it meant I’d have to spell ‘centre’ the American way (which is utterly heart-breaking for a grammar nerd like me). But of course I’d have to visit there, as it’s a hugely important place for US comedy, and so many of my favourite American comedians started off on Saturday Night Live.
At Christmas, it would be so gorgeous especially with the extravagant decorations and ice rink!
New York Taxis
I’d love to take a classic New York yellow cab. Thinking about public transport in the city, I remembered how disgusting the subway seems, so taxis seem more appealing. Although the subway can be cool – my brother randomly saw Jared Leto busking in Penn Station.
From friends that have visited Ground Zero and the museum, I’ve heard that it was a surreal but amazing experience. I was just a baby so I don’t remember the attacks, but I know the impact that they have had.
Another memorial I’d like to visit is the John Lennon memorial in Central Park. This is actually strangely important to me, after my year four or five class had to write a biography about him.
I still remember key dates and facts from his life, and it seems fitting to pay my respects at Strawberry Fields.
This is where that scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed! No further explanation needed…
It seems like a staple for shopping in New York and, of course, the former workplace of Rachel Green! Basically, I’d like to go everywhere for shopping.
I’d definitely want to watch some kind of sports game, so why not watch the Yankees play?! I’m not really that into any of the big US sports though, so I’d be just as happy going to a Knicks or Rangers game.
I’d love to experience sport the American way. My brother went to a New York Knicks basketball game at Madison Square Garden and he loved it!
Okay so technically this may be cheating a little bit as it’s not in New York City but it’s still in New York State, no matter how far it is! So I’m counting it.
I know that I’m probably not going to be able to go to New York yet… but I can dream. Have you ever been to New York? What was the best place you visited? Is there anything else that I should add to the list? Comment below or let me know on Instagram or Twitter!