“Make your mark in New York and you are a made man” ~ Mark Twain
New York has never really been one of those places that I’ve been dying to go to. This is because, even though I love working in a large city, when I’m thinking about going on holiday I want to get away from all the noise and chaos. I always tend to go for beach holidays where you can lounge by the pool all day and read a good book. However, my boyfriend has always wanted to go to New York and as his 21st birthday was this year; we decided to spontaneously book our trip last minute.
For the past couple of months, life has been so busy with work and starting my new job in August, that I’ve been dying for a week away.
After the longest 8 hours of my life (sorry for complaining the whole plane journey Elliot) we finally arrived in JFK a little after 8pm, and I couldn’t contain my excitement.
You can see hundreds of pictures and videos of Times Square but standing there in real life is unbelievable. The huge billboards and masses of people can be so overwhelming but it’s unlike anything you’ll ever see.
By this point the jet lag started to hit us, as our bodies were still in the UK time zone (4am), so we went back to the hotel.
The next morning we got up sooo early (jet lag obvs) so decided to get ready and go out into the city.
Ask me any other day and I’d tell you how much I hate public transport (especially trains) but one of the things I was looking forward to seeing the most was Grand Central Station. After the iconic opening scene in the first episode of Gossip Girl and the heartfelt ending of Just My Luck, I really wanted to experience the well-known station, first hand.
After I finished reenacting the first scene of Gossip Girl we took back to 5th Avenue to visit the Rockefeller Centre.
The Rockefeller Centre is known worldwide for its 100ft tall Christmas tree display in winter. It’s the 17th tallest building in New York meaning it was perfect for us to see the famous New York skyline.
The view was breathtaking. The weather was beautiful and the skies were clear so you could see for miles. We had perfect view of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Centre, Central Park and so much more.
We wanted to take advantage of the good weather so decided to walk to Central Park and visit the zoo.
By the time we finished our tour round the zoo we were both knackered so walked back to the hotel, stopped for dinner and went straight to bed.
The next morning we were taking a toll from our 24,000 steps from the day before. That didn’t stop Elliot from making me walk (56 minutes) down to The Highline in the south of New York at 8am in 30 degree heat. It was totally worth it though (sarcasm not intended).
After a bevy and a few pics I persuaded Elliot that we take an Uber to the World Trade Centre instead of walking another 40 minutes. Best choice I’ve ever made.
The new One World Trade Centre is the tallest building in New York and is next to the 9/11 Memorial. So many people visit the site after the devastating incident in 2001.
The design of the new Trade Centre building and the memorial itself is extremely beautiful and everyone was in awe of it. We were shocked to see how large the buildings in New York are but it only really impacted us when we saw Ground Zero and remembered what used to be.
After passing by Wall Street, we headed down to Pier 36 for a boat tour which took us around the Statue of Liberty.
After seeing the New York skyline from the Rockefeller Centre we didn’t think anything could top that view. However; from the boat we were able to see a beautiful panorama of the skyscrapers.
As we walked back to the hotel we passed by the Empire State Building.
The next morning I had my heart set on spending more time in Times Square. My favourite thing about America is the food and after some online research, I had found this really cute, cereal restaurant – Kellogg’s NYC.
For only 5$ you have a pick’n’mix option to select as many cereals, fruits, toppings and Pop-Tarts, for your breakfast. Safe to say Kellogg’s NYC was my favourite place in the city.
For the rest of our trip we shopped and ate, and then did more shopping and did more eating. As we did all of the main attractions in the first couple of days, the latter part of our trip was more just spending time going from shops to restaurants. See pics below!