5 Days in New York.

Oh New York. How can I even begin to describe what you mean to me?

This recent trip was my third time in this city, and if possible, it just keeps getting better.

image of graffiti in New York

We all know I am sometimes guilty of having a reluctance to return to the same places, but New York will always and forever be the exception to that rule. I swear I leave a little bit more of my heart in this city every time I go.

Coming back for the third time meant I felt I knew it that bit better and had a much clearer idea of what I wanted to do. Aside from all the eating and drinking that occurred (blog post on this here) I want to share my moments that helped me get a little bit deeper in the city.

Brooklyn

I had walked over the Brooklyn Bridge many years ago, but that was as far as I have got. I now know when I move to New York (I am not sure I will ever let go of that goal), Brooklyn Heights would be my destination of choice. Unattainable yes, but it is so beautiful. We decided to walk into Brooklyn over a different path and took Williamsburg Bridge. It was snowy that day and the industrial bridge was just so striking. For an alternative trip into this part of New York, this is a really cool option. I would love to spend more time exploring Williamsburg.

Image of Williamsburg Bridge in New York

We then walked into DUMBO (so called because: Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), another really cool and exciting part of Brooklyn.

Image of Manhattan Bridge from DUMBO in New York

Then from there to Brooklyn Heights. I cannot recommend heading down to Brooklyn Heights Promenade enough, the view of the city was just breathtaking. It offers views of such iconic New York scenes. Best viewed at sunset, and when we went the snow storm that had clouded the whole day had cleared and it was the most marvellous light.

image of the Statue of Liberty in New York

Image of Brooklyn Heights promenade in New York

image of the New York skyline

At this point, we had succumbed to the cold and took shelter in the nearest bar. It was dark by the time we emerged, so decided to save walking back across Brooklyn Bridge for another day and took the metro back into Manhattan.

Brooklyn Bridge – cliched? Sure. But well worth it for those views of Manhattan. I would suggest walking from Brooklyn back into the city.

image of Brooklyn bridge and new York

The Whitney

I was not particularly interested in heading to any of the museums, however I did make one exception. The Whitney. Now, I am not an art buff by any means – and I have to say a lot of art often goes over my head, however I really really enjoyed this museum. It was showing a fantastic exhibit by an artist called Laura Owens and I was so absorbed by it. If you are tempted to visit any of Manhattan’s culture spots, I would highly recommend this is the one.

image of art in the Whitney in New York

The Highline

The Whitney is right next to the High Line and are the perfect combination for a wonderful day in the Meatpacking District. It was unbelievably windy and cold on the day we headed down there, so we only walked a section of this wonderful park. But on a sunny day I could see myself spending hours here. It was an old rail line, that they have turned into a linear elevated park – and a wonderful spot for seeing views of the Hudson and glimpses of the grid of Manhattan.

Image of the highline in New York

image of meatpacking district in New York from the highline

Uptown New York

One wonderful afternoon was spent walking up Fifth avenue and ending up on the Upper East Side. It was a long and busy walk from the Lower East Side, but worth doing. And any day where you end up Uptown is a good one.

image of the upper east side in New York

It’s a great walk, and a lengthy one, but we did pass all the necessary New York sights, the Flatiron, Washington Square Park, Empire State, Rockefeller Centre and a quick glimpse of Central Park.

image of the flatiron building in New York

image of the Chrysler building in New York

Central Park

No trip to New York would be complete for me without visiting Central Park. It is my favourite place in the city. When I visit next I want to spend a day with a picnic and wandering around here, in a much warmer climate of course. I love the contrast of this huge open space with the tall buildings towering either side. I only had an hour or so in the park this time, but it is always worth it. Seeing the lake and the Boathouse in a frozen setting was a dream come true for me.

image of central park in new York

image of the boat house in Central Park in New York

Fan moment

A little geeky moment – but one for the Friends fans. We took a stroll into the West Village before brunch one morning to have a quick look at the famous façade.

image of the friends apartment building in west village in New York

Basketball

My final highly recommended tip is to go and see a basketball game. I had previously been to see the Knicks play, which was such an amazing experience. This time I headed into Brooklyn to watch the Brooklyn Nets defeat Orlando Magic. Basketball is always such a great atmosphere and even more so when the home team win. The Americans do sport well and it makes for such a great evening. It is easy to pick up the rules, I promise.

image of the Brooklyn nets in New York

The Subway

Managing to fit in all the above was busy but there were two things made this trip easier for me.

Firstly I totally nailed the Metro, finally. It took a few wrong turns and lots of staring at the map – but I finally understand it. Well, as much as anyone can. But I felt so proud having navigated it all by myself, it was one of those real ‘I can do this moments’.

image of the subway in New York

You can have up to 4 people travelling on one Metro card, which means it is a cheap way to get around the city and it meant I could go a lot further in a day. For example, nipping to Central Park for an hour, before heading back to the Lower East Side and then out to Brooklyn. If you want any tips – I’m your person!

Where to Stay

The second tip that made my trip that little bit easier, was our amazing hotel. Orchard Street Hotel in the Lower East Side.

I need not say much more, as this was the view from our room:

image of the Empire State building from Orchard Street in New York

(Also available while sitting on the loo). Yes, I could lie in bed and see the Empire State. Watching it dance and sparkle on New Year’s Eve when I woke up from my disco nap was such a pinch me, bucket list moment.

It was also in such a good location for so many of the bars and restaurants we wanted to visit, as well as a 3 minute walk from two subway stations. I loved staying in the Lower East Side, it was quieter and felt a bit less touristy. If you are looking for something practical and accessible this is your place, I would 100% recommend.

image of Orchard Street Hotel in New York

Despite having said I felt I got a bit deeper into this city, I am so aware of how much more this place has to give. And how little I have seen. I have already been looking up flights to go back and started to write a list of things I want to do. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw: ‘I miss New York, take me home’.

New York, I will see you soon.

 

For where to eat and drink, have a look here.

And for my must see tips for a first visit, check out this post

 

8 Comments

  1. January 11, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    😊☹️ As a native ‘New Yawker’ this made me happy and sad, because i also miss it. Though I’ve been away for almost a decade, i was born in that city and lived it for ~40 years; plenty of time for it to get under my nails, into my lungs, lodge into my heart. My path of residency triangulates ‘loisada’, to ‘the heights’, and o’er the river to ‘clinton hill’, so i’ve trod the same steps you did.

    thx for the memories

    • January 11, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it, though I am sorry it made you sad. Means a lot to hear these comments from a native! It’s such a special city.

      • January 11, 2018 / 6:54 pm

        sad?..fuggheddaboudit😉

  2. January 15, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Wow, the view from that hotel room is superb! You have me pining to visit NYC again. I’ve been twice and love it! Stayed in Mid town both times. Excellent location but v.pricy! Would love to see the highline, and the 9/11 memorial…it was still a building site when I last visited! 💚

    • January 15, 2018 / 7:03 pm

      It really was amazing! Midtown is good for the sites, but I absolutely loved staying Downtown – it had such a great vibe. Definitely head back soon, I can’t wait until I return!

  3. January 20, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Oh i want to go to New York so much you don’t understand! Xx Talia

  4. Edward Zazueta
    April 8, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Never seen but it beautiful

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