As you may have gathered from my previous post, I have recently been to New York so it seemed rude not to post a little something about my trip.
What can I say? The city is HUGE and completely unlike any city I’ve ever been to before! All of the buildings are so tall that I don’t think you really appreciate how big they are until you come home and look at the tiddlers we have in the UK again.
Loads of people offered me hints and tips of places to go and things to see while I was there but even a week is barely enough to scratch the surface. I always recommend following your gut; if you think you’ll like it, go and if not, well don’t go.
On advice from a friend, we stayed out in Brooklyn, away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and I’d thoroughly recommend that. Try and get central Brooklyn though as there are loads of great bars and restaurants there. It means you have somewhere to explore if you fancy having a more relaxed brunch or a quiet(er) drink.
We also made it out to the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to watch an American football match. I really wanted to watch a sports match out there because I’d heard that they make a huge event of it and I wasn’t disappointed. American football is great if you’re not usually a sports fan because they play for a few seconds, then there’s a minute or so when you can chat and then the play resumes and so on. Ideal for short attention spans!
Overall though, my top tips are just these:
- You can never leave enough time to get somewhere in Manhattan, even on foot. Get to know and love the subway
- Do the Empire State Building – I know it’s cliché but it’s fantastic and try and get there for sunset because that is beautiful
- Department stores are huge, seriously enormous compared to what we have in the UK so allow loads of time for getting lost in them!
Right, now here are some photos!
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree
The Statue of Liberty – as seen from a helicopter…oh, didn’t I mention that!?!
The stunning sunset we saw from the top of the Empire State
There’s so much to see and do in the city, I really just suggest you pick a little part of it that you think will suit you and start there.
Happy travels! x