New York City

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in North America, Travel, USA | 0 comments

New York City

New York, New York.  Walking the streets you realise it’s no wonder it’s one of the great cities of the world.  The city has it’s own character, a heartbeat, a rhythm which is easy to fall into.  There are so many different areas, each with their own quirky personality and charm.

It’s gritty and sophisticated all at once.

There is so much to see and do in New York, but of course some of the best moments are found in spending time sitting in a garden, at a cafe or wandering without direction.

The easiest way to get around the city is either on foot or by subway, you can get a weekly subway ticket which is really convenient.

The local florist with pumpkins out for Halloween

The local florist with pumpkins out for Halloween

I’ve been to New York twice, and my favourite areas would have to be the West Village, Greenwich, Meatpacking and Chelsea.  I found a great place to stay in the West Village on AirBnB which if you are a single or a couple I would definitely recommend.

There is a gorgeous Australian owned cafe called Bluestone Lane just across the road that do a great coffee and delicious food, and there’s a cute little courtyard out the back.  Another gem on this street is The Meatball Shop, and if meat isn’t really your thing never fear they have vegetarian options as well.

A quick walk from the West Village and you’ll find the Chelsea Market which is always bustling with activity.  There are many places to eat here as well as shops selling unique items and it’s always fun to window shop.  New York is full of shopping opportunities, I love perusing the second hand stores and small boutiques.

Just outside the Chelsea Market is Buddakan, a great restaurant that serves up modern Asian cuisine, once inside you might recognise it from Carrie & Big’s pre-wedding dinner on SATC.

From the Chelsea Market head up onto the High Line, a beautiful elevated garden that runs for over 2km from Gansevoort Street to W 34th Street along a disused railroad.

If you are looking for a healthy and hearty meal to keep you going, head to Hu Kitchen which offers up freshly made paleo meals as well as takeaway snacks and drinks.  Another good option is Whole Foods Market, which is like a supermarket chain but full of healthy organic options including salads and hot food.  If sweet things are more your style, you can’t go past the always popular Magnolia Bakery.

Take a walk downtown and check out Wall St and the 9/11 memorial, then wander through Battery Park and onto the (free) Staten Island Ferry which gives you a view of the Statue of Liberty without having to fight the crowds.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and wander the back streets of Brooklyn.  Chill out in Dumbo Park over a coffee and cookie from One Girl Cookies, while you take in the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline.

 

The Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline

The Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline

 

Visiting Times Square and seeing a show on Broadway is always a fun night.  If you’re looking for cheaper tickets look for the red “tkts” where you can buy tickets for a same day show at up to 50% off.  Also sometimes the theatres will have raffles you can enter to win discounted tickets for same day shows.  I recently saw Matilda which was a childhood favourite movie of mine, and I absolutely loved the show.

Wander through sprawling Central Park, then visit the MET making sure you get to the rooftop to take in the view of the city.  The Public Library is another gem, a beautiful old building just oozing with charisma; what I always imagined a library should be like.

The Merchant’s House Museum is a hidden away house that has been maintained in it’s original condition and is really interesting.  If you’re looking for some cultural diversity take a wander through Little Italy and Chinatown.  And of course, don’t forget to walk the famous Madison Ave, Park Ave and 5th Ave, including having your very own Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment!

This is a city that has something for everyone, and I can’t wait to go back again.

 

view from met

The view from the MET rooftop

 

Enjoying some music in Washington Square Park

Enjoying some live music in Washington Square Park

 

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