The biggest and most loved city in the entire world. A city of lights and opportunity. The greatest concrete jungle one will ever see.
Here you can be anyone you want to be.
We spent seven days in a dream-like state, stuck in slow motion with everyone moving at a normal pace around us…
We had already waited 22 years to be in New York, a missed check in time by two minutes wasn’t going to cut it. Feeling inspired by the city upon us I gave the attendant my best ‘you’ve ruined a little girls dream’ look, tears started to well and we were confirmed on the next flight.
Perhaps I’ll just stay in New York and become an actress I thought to myself.
We were dying to see the city from above and lose ourselves in the skyline.
Hands down the best time of day in New York on the cusp of sunset when the sky turns a pretty washed out pastel colour and the lights start shimmering.
We were determined to fit a hell of a lot into our seven days here, leaving early in the morning returning at dark.
This morning we went down to the 9/11 memorial, a chilling reminder of how quickly things can change and how grateful we must be for each day spent with loved ones.
On Wall Street we saw groups of wannabe Stratonites (right like a scene out of Wolf of Wall Street) getting their tour of the iconic area. Seemingly socially awkward and fixtured on one thing; impressing the guide.
When you don’t got the money to get up close and person with the Statue of Liberty you catch the free Staton Island Ferry which gives you a view of the statue and Manhattan.
Tonight we caught up with friends from home at Luke’s Lobster, amazing mixture of either lobster, crab or shrimp in a toasted buttery melt in your mouth roll followed by drinks next door. We discovered skittle bombs which has now restored my faith in humanity, a shot that tastes like a lolly!
We rolled out of bed and met the crew at Eataly, an Italian inspired food court heaven. Sip on some wine and tasting plates with your pals, buy cheese and meats from the delis, or just go straight for the desserts.
Tonight we watched Jersey Boys, the cast were incredibly talented but it was definitely suited to an older crowd seeing as we only knew a few of the songs. Currently regretting not being a tight ass and spending more money to see Matilda.
It’s so hard to get a real insight into a place without locals tips and at least a few days of exploring but we gave Brooklyn a quick whirl on Saturday.
Right into the Brooklyn Flea Markets which are filled with refurbished vintage furniture, quirky bits and pieces and pre-loved clothing, all well overpriced to pay for shop owners indie lifestyles.
Williamsburg is (apparently) one of the most happening areas in Brooklyn so we took the subway to Bedford Avenue, a popular street of restaurants and shops.
Manhattan from another (windy) angle..
Sunday was supposed to be a relaxing day in the park! But this thing is huge and their are hills…hills my weak legs were not prepared for!
It was a constant battle between wearing four layers when I wasn’t dodging squirrels on the road, and stripping down to two when my heart rate was pounding out of my chest going uphill.
I was literally going from dodging mums with strollers to nearly being wiped out by an avid cyclist going at least 50kph on a five minute basis.
Luckily it was really, really pretty. One look at that green grass and the four squirrels I killed were just a distant memory.
Having not bought much other than new bags, we went down to Soho today for some retail therapy soon realising we needed to be millionaires, or at least not tight ass Aussies on a backpackers budget.
Our one purchase of the day was at Rice to Riches, similar to the yoghurt stores where you pick your yoghurt and add toppings, here they have all sorts of flavoured rice pudding. The Butterscotch flavour was even a hit with (always) skeptical Todd. We can add that to Todd’s list of foods he claims he doesn’t like, hasn’t actually tried and now loves.
Had to see Central Station! Didn’t Serena stand here? I’ve practically touched Blake Lively.
Our last day in New York, at this stage we were exhausted but we HAD to tick everything off the list.
Down to the Meatpacking District we went where we entered The High Line, an old restored train track above the roads. It’s a really pretty walk and they have installed a few unique viewing points.
Finishing in Chelsea we had a bite to eat at the Chelsea Markets and looked at the arts and crafts.
It gets sad here. We had left it to the last night to go to Rockefeller Centre to view the city on sunset.
Sure enough the session had sold out & we were told we would have to wait another few hours.
Exhausted and overwhelmed the tears started to flow. Who are you to tell me I can’t say goodbye to New York tonight, at 7pm from the Top of the Rockefeller centre?!
Whatever, I’m going to get cheesecake from Magnolia Bakery.
& that was New York! See you next time.