Welcome all to my first installment of my New York photo diary, I don’t know why this blog post has taken me so long to write – jet-lag, post-holiday blues? Something along those lines.. But also I took so many photos in New York it’s taken me absolutely ages to go through and pick my favourites to slim them down for a Photo Diary post. So I decided to split it into three separate posts, as we managed to fit so much in to our short time there I wanted to tell you about everything.
So as with my other posts of this ilk, please allow me to tell you all about my recent trip to NYC, very self-indulgently – before my posts about what to do/where to eat/what to buy come into effect. So here we go…!
Day 1 – Evening
By the time we had made our way through immigration at JFK (slightly terrifying to say the least…), found a way to get to the ‘Air Train’ (only $5 – would recommend if you don’t want to fork out for a taxi!) and then arrived at The Stewart Hotel to find they didn’t have our booking!!! We finally had our room, dumped our bags, freshened up and grabbed a coffee the sun was already setting on NYC. So, we did as anyone would – we went to find a bar for a drink. Luckily I’d already done my research on where to go for a Happy Hour, so we headed to the Reunion Bar to have a few cocktails and celebrate the fact we had finally made it!
Because we were so close to Times Square, and jet lag was setting in, we then headed to Bubba Gumps (please don’t judge me!) for something to eat and even more cocktails. I’d say it was the perfect way to kick off a trip to NYC, and the only fully tourist-y restaurant we went to whilst there, the food was amazing and it was great to be in Times Square at night to take in the view.
Day 2 – Morning
The first full day in NYC has to be my favourite, as we packed in pretty much everything possible in one day. Thanks to jet lag we were both wide awake at 5am, and so rather than trying to have a lie-in we took the opportunity to get out before the rest of Manhattan, and walked down to the Brooklyn Bridge for sunrise. I’m so glad we did this, as watching the city during sunrise was such a nice experience, and even though the walk was a long one, it was so worth it to get the Brooklyn Bridge pretty much all to ourselves. The view was incredible, and I would recommend doing this if you’re in NYC and get hit with jet lag – take advantage of it as much as possible!
We had booked tickets for the 9/11 museum and memorial for 11am, so after a big breakfast at Bubby’s and more caffeinewe made our way there. I always recommend the memorial and museum to people visiting NYC, as I think the museum is done really well and very respectfully – and I think considering I’ve been there before and I still learnt so much this time round, it’s a must if you want to visit New York and that element of it’s most recent history.
Day 2 – Afternoon
After the museum we headed outside to an absolutely gorgeous day – there seriously wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and so we decided to go to the One World Observatory deck to check out the view. If you go for this attraction I would recommend waiting until the day to book, as we hadn’t planned to go and the queue went down within half an hour, and at reception we were given the offer to add an alcoholic bev to our ticket – which we took gladly. After being handed the biggest glass of prosecco I’ve ever been given for $5 we took in the sights of Manhattan and the river. I’m so glad we spontaneously decided to visit the observation deck, because it gives an amazing view of the city and the river, and as it’s all indoors so my weird-non-heights-fear was all under control!
Day 2 – Evening
That evening we had booked tickets to see The Knicks play a game at Madison Square Garden and this is another attraction I would definitely recommend. Even though our seats were the cheapest possible, I didn’t think we were too far away. One thing I absolutely loved at MSG is the range of drinks and snacks/meals on offer – it put English stadiums to shame. After two frozen margaritas and a metric ton of popcorn, I was set to enjoy the game with my giant foam finger.
Day 3 – Morning
The next day was another early start, so we hopped on the subway to the Soho/Little Italy area and stopped at The Egg Shop for brunch. I’ve been here before, and would definitely say my choice of breakfast this time was 100x better than the last. I had a scrambled egg and sausage bun – with the bun parts being biscuits – or scones to us English people. It was so delicious, and even though it doesn’t look too big in the pictures, it did a good job of filling me up – I didn’t even finish it.
After The Egg shop we took a trip to Little Italy and then explored Lower Manhattan, popping into some shops I’d wanted to visit, such as Madewell, Sephora and Glossier. I’ve written up a post on where to shop in New York which I’ll be sharing with you shortly, so I won’t bore you with those details here…
I’m going to finish this post here, as to not overwhelm you and your computer with all the pictures from our first 48 hours in New York. There’s plenty more posts to come, including parts 2 and 3 of my New York diary, in addition to my recommendations on where to eat, stay and shop!
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