IT’S true, New York really is the city that never sleeps. Even from our hotel room up on the 32nd floor, the bright lights beaming from nearby Times Square peeped through the curtains as I lay in bed. Our late night stops at the deli across the street from our hotel, was forever buzzing with people. Manhattan is only 22 square miles and for a place that is so condensed, nothing ever switches off. And neither could we! We had barely a week to cover a lot of New York ground. In my previous post, we covered the Statue of Liberty, went to Tribeca, had a wedding in City Hall, and ate awesome sandwiches.
Awesome sandwiches aside, we also explored Central Park, walked the whole High Line, mingled with foodies in Chelsea Market, and hung out in Brooklyn. So, here we go…
Nothing super fancy, but this may have been one of my favourite moments of the trip. My sister and I walked (what felt like) 100 blocks to get to Barney’s, making it within 20 minutes to closing time. After a brief shopping stint, we strolled over to Central Park just around the corner. Next to the Central Park Zoo is a giant bedrock, overlooking the pond and a perfect spot to watch the sun go down.
Afterwards, as we walked along the pond towards Bow Bridge, an old man, toothless, with a rippling six pack and wearing only an itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini, came over to me, offered me a fist bump and then casually strolled away.
Our lunch from The Lobster Place, the $20 snack box, includes a lobster roll, a bag of crisps, a cookie and a bottle of root beer. It was worth every penny, but I’m biased because BRIOCHE!
(If you cut me, I will bleed brioche dough, that’s how much I love it)
We walked the entire length of the High Line, starting from 14th Street all the way to 34th. There are little viewing decks and benches dotted along the way. We picked the closest one to finish our lunch, before walking it off along the entire length of the High Line.
It felt cooler and quieter walking above the city than down on the hot streets below.
I like the different view points from up on the High Line. Landscapes of tall skyscrapers, bouji little neighbourhoods, and by the time you get towards the end near 34th Street, you’ll see the Hudson river (and maybe a helicopter or two)
If you spot a cart selling Mexican ice pops- stop and get one. Best $4 decision ever to be made on a scorching day.
(When your big sister says stand over there and look like a lobster, well, you stand over there and look like a lobster)
The walk across the bridge takes about half an hour, and as you near the end, just follow the exit signs towards DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)
As you walk down from the bridge exit, take a right towards the park and follow the signs all the way back towards the river and a ferry crossing. There’s some nice cafes around there to hang around in–hence my lobster moment above.
Instead of walking across the bridge, we took the subway back into Manhattan, because my feet- they burned!
This time round, I flew Norwegian Air from Gatwick to JFK. Booking six months in advance meant my return tickets were less than £400! I chose to upgrade my flight closer to the departure date and can say that it is definitely worthwhile if you can. Premium Economy seats are roomier, recline further back with a footrest, with meals and amenities complimentary (you have to pay for these Ryan Air style in Economy) You also get to skip the queues at check in, security and at Gatwick you can use the BA Club Lounge area.
From JFK airport, the easiest way to get to Manhattan is to join a taxi queue. The queue goes down quickly and there’s now a flat rate charge of $52 (but always tip the driver!) The journey can take anything from 30 minutes to an hour depending on traffic (I arrived late at night, and it took less than 30 minutes!)
Finding somewhere to stay in New York is tricky- it’s ridiculously expensive! On previous trips I have stayed at the Yotel– stylish, affordable, and about a 10-15 minute walk into Midtown. This time round I piggybacked onto my sister’s trip and stayed at the Millennium Broadway– it was clean, quiet, friendly and a great mid range option. I have yet to try Air BnB stateside, but if I could, I’d focus on the Chelsea and Soho areas which I’d love to explore more.
In fact, there’s so much more of New York I need to explore. Which just means more trips, I suppose! So, See you later New York! Those places on my list are on pause until next time…
Camera photos by Amelia