Friday, 3 February 2017

A Week in New York

 New York is one of the best places I have visited so far; I absolutely fell in love with the city and am already hoping for another trip. New York is one of those cities that is everything you had hoped it would be, and so much more. It is somewhere I had imagined going for so long, and it definitely lived up to all of my expectations - even down to the steam coming from the drains in the roads.

Where We Stayed

You can find a more detailed review of our hotel here, but we stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Manhattan/Central Park. It was one of the best priced hotels we found, and the views were insane. Placed between Times Square and Central Park, we could not have found a better place to stay!

What We Ate

The correct answer to this section would definitely be far too much, but hey, when in New York! We had cinnamon rolls from Bread Bakery (which were amazing), and a delicious mexican on the Upper West side. We also had our very first Chipotle experience, and it was a welcome break to have some salad in our lives - plus the lady working there kindly gave us one bowl for free. There are so many amazing places to eat in New York, we were spoilt for choice. I'd recommend Lenwich where we had traditional New Yorker sandwiches!

What We Saw

Everything we could have hoped to see! Our strategy was to group together the things we wanted to see in different areas; I know we were on holiday, but it was the best way to see everything that we wanted to see whilst we were there.

We saw so much in the week we were that that I can't got into as much detail as I would have liked to, but my best advice would be "do it all" because it's an incredible city with so much to see. The Empire State is great to do in the day, whilst I'd recommend doing the Rockerfeller at night so you get to see the Empire State lit up. Brooklyn Bridge was incredible (get the metro to Brooklyn and walk back towards NYC instead of walking away from it!) and it's also free. Times Square is a must, and schedule in a day for exploring Central Park, as it is huge. Hiring bikes was the quickest way to see the majority of the park!

If there's a game on whilst you're there, head to a Yankees match! Whilst it takes a little while, it was incredible fun.We saw a show on Broadway which is definitely worth doing; fairly pricey but definitely a once in a lifetime experience. We also opted to walk the Highline, a disused railway line, which was lovely - especially in the sunshine! If you're looking to do things on a budget, you can see the Statue of Liberty when you take the free ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island.

 Shopping in New York is also pretty impressive. From Bloomingdales to the 24 hour underground Apple store, you're spoilt for choice. We definitely spent longer than Dan would have liked to in Sephora and Victoria's Secret! We both loved Macy's and Bloomingdales, and couldn't believe how massive they were! If you're looking to do Bloomingdales, but are trying to save some money we found an outlet on the Upper West Side too.

How We Got There

We flew from London Heathrow to New York JFK with Virgin Atlantic, and I believe our flights were around £420 return which we were both quite pleased with. Once we had arrived we got the Air Train to Jamaica station, and then got the subway into Manhattan from there. This whole journey was a bit more confusing than we had initially thought but only cost us $16 return, so it was a no-brainer! I would dread to think how much a taxi would have cost.

An oldie from our trip to Amsterdam!

How We Got Around

As far as we could, we walked everywhere. There was just far too much to see to use the subway more than we did! However, we did use it when we went to the Yankees match which was in the Bronx, and also when we went down to Brooklyn Bridge and the Staten Island ferry, as that would have been quite a long walk! We didn't actually do a deal on the metro cards, purely because we didn't find a deal. However, I did like that each trip only cost $2.75, no matter how many stops you wanted to go - as we only used it for longer journeys, this was excellent!

I absolutely loved New York. It's a city that instantly makes you feel happy. There is so much to see, and everything you do feels impressive and special; from strolling around Central Park to going out for breakfast. It's amazing! I'll definitely be returning...

Have you ever been to New York?


  1. Sounds like an amazing trip!
    This was such a fantastic post. A great insight into what you can do in New York City!


    1. Thank you Kat! It was incredible, I'd love to go back one day xx


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