I almost feel like I haven't even been to NYC, despite these photos proving otherwise. It was almost like a dream, even when I escaped the hustle and bustle of the subway and found myself amerced with mountains of buildings and a city full of movement and excitement...even then it felt like a dream. This was the one city I could not wait to explore and it met all of my expectations and so much more.
On our first night we had made it to Brooklyn, we stayed in a stylish hostel which was once a clothing warehouse. Outside our window was a classic looking NYC building, it made me think of f.r.i.e.n.d.s, "We're in New York, Jack." I would say to my boyfriend every ten minutes without fail. That night we found this lovely pizza restaurant called 'Roberta's', apparently the hipsters love it, there we met a lovely New Yorker, (which was surreal) and we had great discussions about pizza, what to see in NY and life.
The next day we hopped on the subway and headed straight for Manhattan. Despite being drenched by pouring rain, we were loving life. We grabbed a coffee at Pret and just watched through the windows to racing cars and umbrellas through the rain. Once the rain died down, we found our way to Times Square, flashing lights, people in Minnie Mouse costumes, mayhem. But a good kind of mayhem. We picked up a dunkin donut and then went to The Rockefeller and went to 'The Top Of The Rock' to see what all the fuss is about, you know the outcome. I'd recommend going up The Rockefeller as opposed to The Empire State Building, you get a better view of Central Park and of course The Empire State Building itself. We ended the day getting fat with a Shake Shack burger and cheesy chips. No questions, just go!
The Statue Of Liberty was the next thing to tick off our list, we heard that catching the Staten Island ferry was the best way to save money but get a good eyeful of old Lib. It's a free ferry and as you can see from the images you get a great shot of the statue, a perfect option if you don't want to go on the island itself. Next, we headed to the 9/11 Memorial, it was utterly beautiful but the whole time my heart was just sunk into my chest.
Soon after we went to Central Park - probably my favourite place in New York. I think it's just great having a green area filled with smiles, hands filled with pretzels and ducks swimming beside you amongst the towering buildings. Here you can find peace, to relax and let the fact you're are in New York sink in. - "We are in New York, Jack!". Following this, we wandered through China Town where we actually couldn't find any takeaway food for a good half an hour. We must have been doing something wrong surely! We ended up with some crispy noodles, I wasn't sure what to think. The next morning was our last day in NY and we were leaving in the afternoon for Newark to set up camp for the night. We chilled by walking along The High Line, a linear park build upon an unused rail road. We grabbed a bite to eat along the line and before we knew it we were back at the hostel and leaving for our next part of the adventure.
Have you been to NY? If so, what were your favourite things to do?