We’ve said it before but… New York is definitely our favourite city we have visited so far.
The following sums up our time there day by day.
Day 1 – Our hotel accommodation was in an easy location to get to in the Lower East Side. It was located in a small alleyway surrounded by heaps of cool restaurants, bars and cafes. The location gave a little idea of what it would be like to live in New York city.
We decided to purchase three day hop on, hop off bus tickets so we could see as much of New York as possible in our four days there. The buses take you to locations all over the city and they also allow you to get on and off at different stops along the way. We managed to see so much of the city by doing this so thank you to Lauren for the suggestion.
On day one we got our quick first glimpse of the famous Times Square – it was just how we imagined it – lots of bright lights and plenty of people. We then hopped on our hop on, hop off bus bus and got off at the Empire State Building. We took the elevator up the 86th floor and what a view. Manhattan is defiantly just as impressive from up high as it is from the ground. We’ve never seen a city like it. After our time at the top of the world we had a quick lunch then made our way to the World Trade Centre Memorial. It was a very sombre experience but we are glad we made the time to go.
Our first day in New York wasn’t too full on but it definitely gave as an idea of what the city was like and we feel in love instantly.
Day 2 – On day two we took the subway to the Staten Island ferry terminal. The ferry was free and it gave us as a great view of the Statue of Liberty. She was beautiful! After our ferry trip we headed into Wall Street to see if we could find the famous Wall Street bull. As you can tell from our pictures we certainty did. After snapping some pic’s we caught the subway again to Grand Central Terminal – what a stunning building and we had great fun people watching and taking photos.
We took another subway train back to Times Square and then hopped on our tour bus again. This time we took the tour around the Bronx. It was an interesting place to tour around and we learnt all the history of the area. It was a great way to see yet another part of New York city.
After our Bronx tour we took some more time exploring Times Square before heading off to Broadway to see Wicked. I had always wanted to see the musical Wicked so it was amazing to see it in New York of all places! We were exhausted after our day exploring so took a yellow taxi cab back to our accommodation after the show. Taking a ride in a taxi in New York is definitely an experience! I think I shut my eyes most of the way.
Day 3 – We had gotten used to the New York subway by this stage so caught it again to the start of our hop on, hop off Brooklyn bus tour. Again, it was great to see another part of New York. Brooklyn was seeped in history and the area had so many beautiful brick buildings. Once we’d viewed Brooklyn by bus we decided to walk back into Brooklyn but this time via the famous Brooklyn Bridge. It was a beautiful sunny day and we got fantastic views of Manhattan from the bridge. From the end of the bridge we took a ferry back into the city and then a subway to the New York High Line. The High Line is a one mile park built on a section of a former New York Central railroad spur called the West Side Line. What a cool place in the middle of New York and if you ever go to the city put a visit there on your to do list. That evening we did a night tour of the city and the lights of Manhattan (especially The Empire State building and Times Square) were amazing.
Day 4 – We took the subway over to the Guggenheim Museum on our fourth day. We lucked out as it turned out it doesn’t open on Thursday’s. It was our own fault as we should have done some research before heading over. However, the building was spectacular and we are glad we got to see it from the outside. After the museum we spent a couple of hours exploring Central Park which was just over the road. We had a heap of fun finding all the sights that we had glimpsed on movies. It is awesome that New Yorkers have this huge park to take advantage of right in the middle their huge metropolis. We could’t resist going to the famous FAO Schwarz toy store after Central Park. What a cool place and we wish we could one day take all our nephews there. They would be in awe! We’d worked up a bit of an appetite with all our roaming so headed off to another famous location for lunch – Serendipity 3. What an awesome place and we treated ourselves with dessert of their famous salted cameral frozen hot chocolate. From lunch we headed back to our accommodation for a rest before heading out again to Dangerfield’s – a famous New York comedy club. It was a great evening with lots of laughs.
As mentioned at the start of this post New York was one of the top highlights of our trip so far. We loved every minute. We had a jammed packed few days but it was worth every second. We could have spent weeks and weeks exploring every nook and cranny that the city has to over. So we will be back New York, just you wait and see.