Sunday, 30 June 2019

6 Days In New York City


New York. The concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There's nothing you can't do. That song was playing on repeat in my head during my recent trip to New York City. It's such a magical city and it really does make you feel like anything is possible - I have never known a city to evoke such strong emotions before! This was my first time visiting the Big Apple and, after seeing the city in so many TV shows and movies over the years, I was determined to cram in as much of New York City as possible during the 5 and a bit days that me and my boyfriend spent there.


DAY 1:
We arrived at JFK airport early afternoon and headed straight to our Airbnb in Brooklyn via a taxi (we considered getting the AirTrain and Subway but after such a long flight we wanted to get to our accommodation asap). We dumped our bags and headed straight back out. What we didn't realise when we booked our Airbnb was that it was located right next to an 'express' Subway station - there are 'express' and 'local' lines and 'express' only stop at the main stations, making it super quick to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Also, we purchased a 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard ($34) because we knew that we would be using the Subway a lot.


For dinner, we headed to Loring Place. It offered a selection of pizzas, pastas and burgers - we already knew before we got there that we were going to try the Grandma Style Pan Pizza, which is highly recommended and it didn't disappoint! Afterwards, we got the Subway to Grand Central Terminal (of course, I was instantly reminded of the very first episode of Gossip Girl where Serena van der Woodsen arrives back in New York). This is a must-see - it's one of the fanciest train stations I've ever seen and it's great for people watching. There's also a food court below so we picked up some cakes from Magnolia Bakery to eat later (it would have been rude not to!). We then walked to Times Square to see all of the adverts lit up at night. Our next day was going to be really busy so we headed home for the evening to get a good night's sleep.


DAY 2:
We began our day at Baked In Brooklyn; a bakery store that was around the corner from where we were staying (the avocado on toast is amazing!). We then headed to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to see our first site of the day - the Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island Ferry is free and gives amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. You can pay to get a different ferry across to the Statue of Liberty and there's also a museum there, however we weren't that bothered about getting up close to it. Once we were back on the mainland, we headed to Wall Street - I wouldn't say that this is a must-see but being an Economics Graduate I found it fascinating seeing the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall.


We made a quick stop at the Oculus so we could get a snap of the incredible architecture. Then we headed on to the 9/11 Memorial - a really moving place with a museum that pays tribute to those who lost their lives. For lunch, we grabbed a classic New York bagel from Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Co and ate them in Washington Square Park (an iconic movie location). Afterwards, we headed to Central Park. The park is too big to cover it all on foot so we made a list beforehand of the areas we wanted to see: Strawberry Fields, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, Bethesda Fountain and Loeb Boathouse. Central Park was probably one of my favourite places of the whole trip because there's so much to see and do there.


In the evening, we headed to Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch the sunset over Lower Manhattan. This was such a peaceful place to relax after a busy day. Luckily for us, on our first full day in New York City the Time Out Market opened in Brooklyn - it's only a few minutes walk away from Brooklyn Bridge Park. This is a warehouse-style building with a selection of local food places from top chefs, as well as a rooftop bar overlooking Brooklyn Bridge. We got the mac 'n' cheese from Jacob's Pickles (it was amazing) and then sat on the rooftop for a drink afterwards.


DAY 3:
Another early start today, we had breakfast at Sullivan Street Bakery and then walked to Hudson Yards to see the new Vessel sculpture. The High Line starts at Hudson Yards so we joined it here and followed it all the way along to the Chelsea area. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated park on a former railway track, which offers some amazing views of Midtown. When we reached the end, we grabbed lunch from Cappone's Salumeria inside Chelsea Market. We then walked to the Flatiron Building to take some photos. The Flatiron Building is located on Fifth Avenue so we did a bit of window shopping and then got the famous Cereal Milk Ice Cream from Milk Bar, which we ate in Madison Square Park.


Later on, we went to Ivan Ramen for dinner. This restaurant featured in Netflix's Chef's Table as one of the best ramen places in New York so it was really popular and we made sure to book in advance. Afterwards, we headed to 230 Fifth Rooftop for some drinks and panoramic views of the city. This is a very popular rooftop bar so expect to queue!


DAY 4:
It was forecast to rain on this day so we decided to save all of the museums for today. We visited both The Met and the Guggenheim Museum. It worked out cheaper to get the New York C3 to visit these two museums and one more attraction on the list so that's what we did. We visited The Met first and of course I had to get a photo on The Met Steps like in Gossip Girl (I'm pretty sure my boyfriend was sick of taking photos of me by this point haha). We then got some slices of pizza from Saba's Pizza and ate these in Central Park before going to the Guggenheim Museum. This museum contains contemporary art pieces and the architecture of the building is really cool. I preferred the Guggenheim Museum because the artwork is more modern but I feel like everyone needs to visit The Met just because it's a classic! We had an early dinner after this at Shake Shack because we were going to a baseball game - New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox. Not gonna lie, baseball isn't really my kind of sport. It basically consisted of people being bowled out or hitting it and then the other team catching them out (I was expecting to see a bit more running and points being scored...). It was still interesting to watch and the whole atmosphere at the stadium made it worthwhile.


DAY 5:
This was our last full day in New York City and it felt like we still had so much to see! We started our day at the Time Out Market with pancakes from Clinton St. Baking Company - these were real American-style fluffy pancakes (so so good). We then wandered down the road to get the iconic shot of the Empire State in between Manhattan Bridge. It was so busy but I wasn't leaving until I'd got the shot! Afterwards, we walked across Brooklyn Bridge - I would recommend going early in the morning if you can otherwise you have to wait around on the bridge for a while to get photos.


For lunch, we went to Los Tacos No. 1. This was quick, cheap and tasty so perfect if you're in a rush. From here, we headed to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck - this was the final attraction we decided to use the New York C3 for. We chose this over the Empire State Observation Deck because you can see the Empire State and Central Park from the Top of the Rock so it's more picturesque. Please bear in mind that the observation deck is 820 feet high, which means that it's usually pretty windy up there. I didn't think about this when we went and so I wore a midi dress... don't make the same mistake as me and nearly flash your bum to half of Manhattan.


For our final meal, we headed back to the Time Out Market (twice in one day... I'm telling you it's amazing!). This time we got pasta from Felice Pasta Bar and it was delicious - the perfect meal to end an incredible trip. We decided to head upstairs to the rooftop bar for one last drink and look at the Manhattan skyline.


DAY 6:
We didn't have time to do anything on our last day. All we did was go back to Baked In Brooklyn for one final breakfast and then hop on the Subway to go to the airport. We had a flight to Montreal at midday so my next post will be all about our time in Montreal. Stay tuned!

New York City really was the trip of a lifetime. I feel like for my first visit we covered all of the main attractions and more. Hopefully if you're planning on visiting New York for the first time, then this guide will help you to plan your visit, or if you've already visited New York, then hopefully I've provided you with some new suggestions for your next visit. I'm already looking forward to my next visit to the Big Apple in the years to come!
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12 comments

  1. Wow - this sounds like an amazing trip!! I haven't been to New York City in YEARS but I definitely want to go again soon! :) Thanks for sharing - you have definitely given me some suggestions for the next time I go!
    Jenna ♥
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    1. I'm so glad you like this post! I loved New York so it was so much fun writing this x

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  2. Oh my goodness... this is amazing!!! I am so glad you shared this with us!

    Lots of love from Mollie, blogger at theperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.com xxxx

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad you like this x

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  3. Oh wow it looked like an amazing trip, you saw so many things! I've never been to New York but would really like to visit one day :)

    Hope that you have a great weekend ahead of you! Going to be a rainy one here so will be a quiet one for us :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. It was amazing! Hopefully you'll get to visit one day! Thank you - have a great weekend yourself x

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  4. New York is an interesting city! I hope someday I can visit there)
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    1. There's so much to do there! I hope you get to visit it x

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  5. I'm so jealous, I've wanted to go to New York for so long - it looks like you had the most amazing time and got up to so much!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. I had been wanting to go to New York for ages too! It was the most amazing trip - hopefully you'll get to visit one day x

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  6. Wow Emma your photos are amazing 😍 6 days super intense! I've never been to NY. Also, your blog is so lovely!

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    1. Ahh thank you so much! It was so amazing! x

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