Monday, 22 December 2014

NEW YORK


If you follow me on Instagram and read my last post, you'll be aware that I've just come back from the city of DREAMS; New York. As I am still very much wallowing in my NYC holiday blues, I wanted to write a post on what I got up too as well perhaps give those who are visiting for the first time an idea of what to do whilst you're there.

Like most big cities, there is a LOT to do to in New York; so much it's kind of overwhelming. I tried to do some pre-research on some hidden gems to cram into our short visit so we could cover a vast amount of ground in a short amount of time, however, most articles/ blogs cover the generic, tourist things to do. Don't get me wrong, this is a must if you're visiting New York for the first like I was, but the city offers so much more than this. Nonetheless, you should definitely:

  • Go to the Top of the Rock- for insane views of New York
  • Central park- just because it's Central Park
  • Ice skating at Rockefeller/ or Central Park
  • Visit Ground Zero
  • Empire State Building
  • Times Square
  • FAO Schwarz Toy Store (although the big piano is massively underwhelming, but the sweet selection is NOT)
  • MOMA Museum

One of the best things about New York is how easy it is to navigate yourself around because the city is made up of blocks. Because of this, you can find your own merry way around the nooks and crannys of the city. Heres a few things (mostly food related) Fe and I found that made my trip as special as it was (no particular order of course) :

  • Bubbys Diner - For a proper, all american diner, Bubby's is the place to go. The breakfast menu has everything from huge (never small) plates of sour dough pancakes to scrapple (fried pork butter which surprisingly taste heavenly). 
  • The High Line- a public park, elevated above the streets of Manhattan; truly stunning. I suggest going at sunset.
  • Visiting Electric Lady Studios- This tour was something special which we were very lucky to get the opportunity. The studio was built by Jimmy Hendrix in 1968 and has an incredible amount of history. Artists such as Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones have recorded there, and more recently Lana Del Ray's album "Ultraviolence". This was a surreal experience I will cherish forever.
  • Mercer Kitchen in Soho- It captures the cool vibe of soho whilst dining.
  • Frankies Restaurant- We came by this little gem of a restaurant on the last night after being recommended to go there after turning up at a fully booked restaurant. The atmosphere was so friendly and the food was also fab. 
  • Soho Shopping- For the best shopping experience of your life. My favourite part of New York.
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery- For the best cronut experience. 

Also, one more thing, if you are looking for somewhere to stay in New York, I think Airbnb is a great suggestion. More often than not you're getting a great deal for your money and you're staying somewhere that has the personality and soul of a New York local.