Last Tuesday, with a very big bump back to reality, I touched down at Heathrow following a lovely long weekend in NYC.
New York is probably my favourite city in the world – a place I could never get bored of visiting. You feel like you’ve been dropped directly into a scene from your favourite movie, and the mix of concrete skyscrapers, leafy parks and bright lights is truly spectacular.
We were only there for a short time (3 days to be exact), but despite the minor jet lag we managed to fit quite a lot in! Here’s a few bits and bobs from our amazing trip…
Apart from a seriously delicious meal round the corner from our hotel at Mexican restaurant, El Vez (the margaritas and quesadillas were delishhh), we spent our first night of holiday crashed out asleep. I still don’t understand how sitting on a plane for 7 hours can be so tiring??
This early night though did mean that we could get up the next morning to go for a lovely, relaxed walk along the boardwalk. We stayed near the World Trade Centre in downtown Manhattan, so it was nice to just stroll up along the Hudson river, looking out across to New Jersey. This area had such a chilled atmosphere to it as we mingled in amongst locals going for runs, walking their dogs, playing basketball, or just enjoying the November sun.
Once we’d ventured all the way up to Greenwich Village – one of my favourite parts of New York due to the countless great eating and shopping spots and the chilled vibe – I got to tick something off my ‘must-see in NYC’ list. I only went to Carrie Bradshaw’s house from Sex and the City!!
I’m such a huge fan of the TV show and first film (I like to pretend the second film didn’t happen…) so to see the setting for so many iconic moments was a great experience.
Continuing along our walk, we chose to explore via the New York City Highline – a disused railway line which has now been turned into a public walkway with fantastic views of the city. I really recommend doing this if you have time; just maybe avoid during the height of summer and during ‘peak times’ as it can get quite busy which spoils the peace of it all.
The rest of our day was spent on a delicious ‘bottomless brunch’ (4 mimosas during the day while jet-lagged is never a good idea…), a trip up the World Trade Centre (mind-blowing views), and a sublime dinner at Club A Steakhouse for our anniversary. The perfect end to a first day!
Our second day started with a basketball game at Madison Square Garden – something I’ve always wanted to do since watching Joey and Chandler support the Knicks on Friends. I was quite surprised at just how commercial and entertainment-driven everything was though… I’ve been to a football match in the UK and everything here tends to be quite sport focused. All the cheerleaders and ‘kiss-cams’ and half time shows were quite a surprise to me!
After this, we did a bit more wandering, popping into the New York Public Library (another SATC location 😉 ). This was such a beautiful building and I really recommend exploring it a little if you can.
We then of course, had to do a bit of shopping. We explored all the main areas, wandered down Fifth Avenue, and my boyfriend even let me drag him into the Sephora at Times Square where he waited extremely patiently as I gleefully rushed around the store chucking items into my basket (watch out for a haul and first impressions soon!).
My shopping needs fulfilled, we spent the evening exploring Chinatown and Little Italy, half searching for a place to eat. This was a really interesting area to walk around as you got to see a different side to the city than the standard tourist areas.
Our final day in New York – which was actually more of a half day, it really was a flying visit! – was mostly spent on a guided trip out to Ellis and Liberty Island, something we didn’t get to do last time we were here.
The weather had been really kind to us, with a nice combination of sun but cold, crisp temperatures, so I don’t think we could have seen it at a better time.
Ellis Island in particular I found very interesting. Being able to walk in the footsteps of the countless people who came to settle in America via this place, as well as learn about a part of history I don’t know too much about, was fascinating.
Not only was the scenery very beautiful and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, but it was great to get a feel for how this amazing city came to be as culturally diverse as it is today.
My second time visiting New York has done even more to convince me that this is one of the greatest cities in the world. In fact, I’ve resolved to live there at some point in the next 10 years!! Think I can do it??
I really hope you enjoyed seeing and reading about some of the things I got up to on my trip. I’d love to know if you’ve been before? And if there’s anything you would recommend to visit/do/eat for next time?
Check back in on Sunday for a new beauty post 🙂
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxx