New York City

A Week In New York City - Day 7

Well here it is, the final instalment of my New York series. If you have missed any of the previous posts then please look back at Day 1, Day 2, Days 3&4, Day 5 and Day 6 before reading on. Lets begin.

 Mad Hatters - New York, USA 18/02/2017

Mad Hatters - New York, USA 18/02/2017

Day 7 was only really a half day in the city due to us flying home in the evening but we made the most of what we could. Unlike the rest of the week the weather was glorious, lovely and warm, and not a cloud in the sky. Myself and Emily made another visit to Central park to see the Alice In Wonderland statue that we had missed first time round. It wasn’t actually that far from the Bethesda Terrace so we knew exactly where to go. We hung around for a while snapping pictures and enjoying the sun. We also had a look at the Hans Christian Andersen statue which the ugly duckling by his side and the story engraved into the bronze book.

 Alice - New York, USA 18/02/2017

Alice - New York, USA 18/02/2017

From the statues we made our way over to 5th Avenue for a stroll back towards times square, we meandered along the walkways of the park and through the zoo before returning back to the hustle and bustle of the city. Along 5th Avenue we strolled diving in and out of shops as we walk. There was nothing else we needed to do that day so it was more about killing time and spending though last moments in the city before heading off to the airport.

 The Ugly Duckling - New York, USA 18/02/2017

The Ugly Duckling - New York, USA 18/02/2017

The only pictures I took that day were in Central Park, but to be honest I just wanted to take the city in one last time before we had to head home. We met with Emily’s family in Times Square for one last experience, people watching, a quick shopping spree and a sit down in the sun before it was time to leave. Back to the hotel we go via a classic American diner on West 57th Street, not to eat, just to see. Back at the hotel we collect our bags, change into our flight clothes and jump in the car to the airport, savouring every last sight of the city as we go.

 Duckling - New York, USA 18/02/2017

Duckling - New York, USA 18/02/2017

Nothing exciting happened at the airport other than me needing my cast swabbing and scanning due to the screw holding my Scaphoid together. Airports are usually a pretty dead place, one big waiting room with not an awful lot to do other than eat and shop. We found a table to dump our carry on bags before getting something, terribly overpriced, to eat and snacks for the flight then waited patiently for our departure. There isn't much else to say about today really, other than the flight was long and uncomfortable.

 All Smiles - New York, USA 18/02/2017

All Smiles - New York, USA 18/02/2017

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A Week In New York City - Day 6

Welcome to the 5th instalment of this mini series. If you have missed any of the previous instalments then check out days 1, 2, 3 & 4, and 5 before continuing. If you are up to speed then carry on as normal.

Day 6 in New York City was another free day for us, so we split up. Myself and Emily had a few places we wanted to go back to and Will, Tony and Louise had their own plan for the day. Myself and Emily started out by heading back to Grand Central Terminal for a few extra pictures and another nosey round. We didn’t hang around too long before making our way over towards Hell’s Kitchen and B&H. B&H is a large camera shop and as a photography I naturally wanted to check it out, I was thoroughly impressed by the variety of stock they had and all the live displays you could play with. Sadly I didn’t need anything so didn’t buy anything, I didn’t want to buy for buyings sake, but maybe next time I visit there will be something I need.

 Take A Break - New York, USA 17/02/2017

Take A Break - New York, USA 17/02/2017

From B&H we wanted to return to Chelsea Markets for some lunch, Emily chose and we have savoury crepes from Bar Suzette Crêperie. We both chose the Pesto Chicken and it was delicious! The crêpes were that big we didn’t have any space for a sweet one as well, oops. After another nosey round Chelsea Markets we took a stroll over to Union Square, where we stumbled upon a farmers market. Emily grabbed some snack from a bakery stall to take with us for the rest of the day. Emily had read that there was an Australian chocolate cafe nearby called Max Brenner, me and Emily went rather frequently whilst we lived in Australia so thought it fit to swing by. It was exactly how we remembered and we were so glad we went.

 Empire State - New York, USA 17/02/2017

Empire State - New York, USA 17/02/2017

As we were only around the corner from the Flatiron we made a quick, passing, visit just to see it again. The same happened with the Empire State Building as we walked up 5th avenue back towards the hotel. By this point we had been out all afternoon, wandering around Manhattan rather aimlessly. Our main activity of the day was only planned for 7:30pm and that was to visit the Top Of The Rock at the Rockefeller Centre. Before we got back to the hotel Emily and myself had a drinks stop at a rooftop bar called 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, Emily had a cocktail and I had a Bud Light (never again) as we admired the Empire State Building as the sun started to set (first picture).

 I Spy - New York, USA 17/02/2017

I Spy - New York, USA 17/02/2017

We regrouped with Emily’s family back at the hotel before swiftly heading back out to the Top Of The Rock. We had been told to do this at night so we could see the Empire State Building lit up. I actually prefer the view from the Top Of The Rock because you get the view of the ESB as well as Central Park, which is beautiful when lit up at night. Although not as high as the ESB it was still rather chilly when at the top, but luckily there were glass screens to hide behind. We spent a good few hours up there admiring the view before heading back down and to our hotel for our final night in NYC.

 Looking Lower - New York, USA 17/02/2017

Looking Lower - New York, USA 17/02/2017

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A Week In New York City - Day 5

Hello Again! Before I start talking about our 5th day in New York City be sure to check out days 1, 2, 3 and 4. Now let’s begin!

Day 5 was all about filling some gaps from previous days, which meant heading back down to Brooklyn to walk the bridge and to the bottom of mid town for the Flatiron building. We set off early again to make our way down to Brooklyn via the subway and got off at the High Street station by Cadman Plaza Park. A very kind gentleman directed us to the bridge, as even though we were pretty much underneath it we couldn’t figure out which way to walk from the station.

 Only The Start - New York, USA 16/02/2017

Only The Start - New York, USA 16/02/2017

Once on the bridge is was a straight forward walk to the other side, with lots of photo stops along the way. The bridge is just amazing to look at and one of those places where everything make an interesting photo and tells a story without any words, it was also extremely busy with masses of other people doing exactly the same as us. I actually held back from Emily and her family and took my time getting the pictures I wanted, next time I visit I’ll be taking a tripod with me to get some log exposure shots of people going about their business which should look cool.

 Brooklyn Bridge - New York, USA 16/02/2017

Brooklyn Bridge - New York, USA 16/02/2017

Once over the bridge we hopped back onto the subway towards Union Square and the Flatiron Building. Upon arriving at Union Square we headed straight towards the Flatiron Building, stopping to nosey in a few shops along the way and a lunch stop in Chipotlé. The Flatiron is another iconic New York landmark that you just have to visit and one of those pictures you just have to re-create for yourself, which is exactly what I did. After everyone had got the pictures they wanted it was time for coffee, and conveniently we found another Le Pain Quotidien cafe to rest for a short while.

 Flatiron - New York, USA 16/02/2017

Flatiron - New York, USA 16/02/2017

After we had ticked the 2 landmarks off our list we meandered our way up Broadway back towards Times Square and the hotel. By this point it was getting towards evening and we all needed to rest our feet, so back to the hotel we went for a lie down. Tea was at the Hard Rock Cafe tonight and went down a treat after such a taxing day on our bodies. Back to the hotel again to call it a night and settle into our food comas.

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A Week In New York City - Days 3&4

Welcome back to my A Week In New York City series, if you have missed days 1 & 2 then you can see them HERE and HERE. If you are up to date then read on and see what we did on days 3 & 4. Before I start though I’ll let you know I have grouped these 2 days together because day 4 was a bit of a down day for us and I didn’t take my camera out with me. Anyway, here we go!

 Lady Liberty - New York, USA 14/02/2017

Lady Liberty - New York, USA 14/02/2017

Day 3 was all about Lower Manhattan, which includes the Statue Of Liberty, Staten Island, Wall Street, Chelsea Markets, the High Line, and so much more. We started our day off with breakfast and Fresh and Co just by our hotel before jumping on the subway down to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry to, you guessed it, Staten Island but passes right by the Statue Of Liberty, meaning you get a great view of Lady Liberty on both legs of the journey without having to pay a penny! We opted to have a wander round Staten Island to see the 911 Memorial they have there before getting the ferry back.

 Wilted Rose - New York, USA 14/02/2017

Wilted Rose - New York, USA 14/02/2017

The 9/11 Memorial is supposed to look like the twisted metal structure of the twin towers and has all the names of Staten Island residents who sadly passed that day, each on a separate plaque shaped like the side profile of their face. Some plaques had roses tucked into them, like you see above. The view through the memorial was stunning, a perfect shot of Lower Manhattan right though the centre which made a great picture.

 Charging Bull - New York, USA 14/02/2017

Charging Bull - New York, USA 14/02/2017

After returning from Staten Island we proceeded to walk up to Wall Street and the famous Charging Bull statue, but not without a coffee stop first. When we arrived at the bull it was surrounded with people all trying to get a picture with either its head or its ‘tail’. Emily and her family got their pictures and I hung back for a minute to get my own, which proved rather difficult with the amount of people around but I managed. From the bull we strolled down Wall Street and passed the American Stock Exchange as we made our way over to the One World Trade Centre and the 9/11 Memorial Fountains.

 White Rose - New York, USA 14/02/2017

White Rose - New York, USA 14/02/2017

The 9/11 Memorial Fountains are beautiful and rest in place of the former Twin Towers. Each fountains has the names of those who passed cut out of the continuous plaque that surrounds the fountain. Lots of the names had a white rose stood in them which is placed there on the persons birthday, either by or on behalf of the family. We stood and payed our respects for a short while before moving on to our next location.

 Snap Happy - New York, USA 14/02/2017

Snap Happy - New York, USA 14/02/2017

We walked up Hudson Street, through Tribeca to The Little Owl Cafe but sadly it was closed which meant we had to fid somewhere else for lunch. Luckily, just around the corner, we found Le Pain Quotidien and had a beautiful lunch before carrying on our mission to the High Line. The High Line is an old railway line that has been repurposed into a walkway and garden filled with sculptures and art for it’s entire length. We walked for a short while before coming off to have a look around the Chelsea Markets, which is filled with eateries and trinket stalls to suit everyones taste. After a quick nosey round we continued along the High Line, through the meat packing district until we reached Hell’s Kitchen. After our stroll along the High Line we headed back towards Times Square for tea before calling it a night.

 10th Ave. - New York, USA 14/02/2017

10th Ave. - New York, USA 14/02/2017

Day 4 was a bit of a down day for us all. After 3 busy days we just wanted an easy day with no real plan.The only thing we had to do that day was the Brooklyn Nets basketball game we had tickets for in the evening. We started the day a little later than usual and spent the morning doing a bit of shopping. After a spot of shopping we started to make our way towards Brooklyn. There were a couple of bagel shops we wanted to try in the East Village so that was our next stop. We tried Black Seed Bagel and Tompkins Square Bagel and both were amazing! After stuffing ourselves with bagels we made our final journey down to Brooklyn for the game. If you haven’t been to a basketball game then I highly recommend you do, they are so fast paced and the atmosphere in the arena is incredible, making it hard not to get excited and involved in the game. The Nets ended up losing 129-125 to the Milwaukee Bucks, that didn’t dampen our spirits though. By the time the game had finished it was past 10pm and we were all ready for bed. The subway station at the Barclays Centre was PACKED and took us a while to actually get on a train. Once back at the hotel we all collapsed into bed, eager for rest before the following day.

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A Week In New York City - Day 2

Following on from last week’s post of our first day in New York City, here’s Day 2. So after a pretty poor night’s sleep everyone was up super early and ready to take on the day, fuelled by lots of coffee. We had breakfast in the hotel, which consisted of a muffin, piece of fruit and either juice or coffee, before making our way up to Central Park. Central Park was one of our top priorities for the trip so spent a whole morning there, but only managed to cover half of it. We meandered our way from the 59th street entrance up to the Bethesda Terrace, then on towards to the Natural History Museum. We didn’t actually see the museum but used it for a toilet break before heading across the park to Madison Avenue for a wander and a browse in some shops.

 Alice - New York, USA 13/02/2017

Alice - New York, USA 13/02/2017

After a brief stint on Madison Avenue we re routed to 5th Avenue where we had a quick look in the Nike Lab as well as the NBA Store and Adidas store. We also made a stop in the New York Public Library, where the famous telephone scene in The Day After Tomorrow happened. The library was mostly closed due to a fashion show that was happening that night, but only downstairs, so we made sure we had a look in the reading rooms upstairs while we were there. This was all en-route to the Empire State Building, another of our must visits. The Empire State Building is a given if you’re visiting New York City and a super recommendable experience during the day, we went up about mid afternoon but whatever time of day you go it’ll be super hectic. As you walk it you are greeted by the iconic wall mural before heading up to get your tickets and start your journey to the top.

 ESB - New York, USA 13/02/2017

ESB - New York, USA 13/02/2017

The main observation deck is on the 86th floor but the is in indoor observation deck a few levels lower that you arrive at first. The view from even the lower level is incredible, looking both way towards upper and lower manhattan. Once out on the 86th floor the experience is elevated tenfold! When we visited it was extremely windy at the top in all directions, meaning we could only handle a couple of minutes outside at a time. We hung around in the Empire State Building for a good couple of hours to get our money’s worth.

 Manhattan - New York, USA 13/02/2017

Manhattan - New York, USA 13/02/2017

From the ESB we headed over to Broadway, pit stopping at a Chipolté for tea, to make our way back up towards Times Square and the hotel. We spent most of our day on our feet, and after a bad night’s sleep, which meant we had to call it quits early to rest up for an even busier day the next day.

 Security - New York, USA 13/02/2017

Security - New York, USA 13/02/2017

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