From strutting the streets of the Upper East Side à la Serena Van Der Woodsen to sitting on the steps of The Met as only Blair Waldorf would, to pounding the pavement in Brooklyn in dire search of the Humphrey’s loft, New York boasts numerous stop-and-gasp-as-you-realise-this-is-where-THAT-scene-from-your-favourite-TV show/movie-was-shot moments.I believe this to be part of the excitement of the place, that, and the endless possibilities of what you can eat! I spent a good half hour wandering the sweet aisles of a Walgreens Duane Reade, my mind boggling at every new flavour found, Pretzel M&M’s?? Madness!
Besides purchasing Candy Corn to bring home for the Mammy to try, as she curiously asked me one day “what the heck is candy corn?!” after watching one too many American Sit-Coms, and stocking up on Wrigler’s Watermelon flavour gum (have you ever heard the like?), I was determined to see as much of New York City as possible, and I’m glad to say we managed to squeeze in a lot in the 5 days we were there.
So, I’ve compiled some tips that might help should you find yourself headed to NYC!
GETTING AROUND.Brace yourself to walk the length and breadth of the place, it really is the best way to see things. We encountered the Empire State building without even realising, and peeking down a street as we marched towards Downtown I find myself musing “Is that the Flatiron Building??”. We also ended up in Chinatown without having to consult a map, another touristy spot ticked off the list!
The subway is your best bet for getting places fast, but if you’re in full tourist mode I would definitely recommend strapping on the Nike’s and walking. Taxi’s are also very handy when you can’t take another step and I found them to be better priced than what you would get here.
I’m the type of person who, if I’ve paid a small fortune to get to a place, I will see ALL of it. Or at least as much as humanly possible!
We purchased the New York City Pass (the 9 day one, condensed into 4 and a half days, the cashier lady looked doubtful we’d get round to everything but she clearly wasn’t aware of my sheer determination). It’s $120 for the pass and you get entry to 6 attractions. You can also purchase online before you leave, which might save you a few bob!
The Pass gives you 9 options, you can select 6. We chose to do the Empire State Building (in the morning to avoid long queues), American Museum of Natural History, Top of the Rock Observatory Deck (at night), Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. We also went to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, but paid extra for this as it’s a choice option on the ticket.
It was great to get both a day-time and night-time view of the New York Skyline from the Empire State Building, and Top of the Rock, so I would definitely recommend doing both!
Obviously a trip to beautiful Central Park is a must, Home Alone 2 will come to life!! And many a Gossip Girl moment, not that I’m obsessed…As mentioned before, if you’re walking you’ll stumble across so many famous spots from movies, TV, and books that the sore legs and blisters are most definitely worth it!
Possibly the most exciting aspect about a trip to America, the food!
Should you find yourself in Midtown at breakfast time, Andrew’s Coffee Shop on 7th Avenue is essential eating. The Nutella French Toast… Life changing!
On the Upper East Side, The Midnight Express Diner is also amazing for breakfast, can you tell it’s my favourite meal of the day?
Two Door Tavern on 3rd Avenue was my favourite dinner spot, hands down the best chips (French fries?) I’ve ever eaten. Ever.
I loved NYC and hope to go back one day… Maybe around Christmastime! Have you been to NYC? What would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!
“Xoxo” – Yer Wan, Jessie.