We had 5 days to see the best parts of the city and I thought I would share our favourite parts of each day. Also, as a side note, I thought I would mention that we did more walking in Manhattan than we did in Canada. In combination with the subway (which was cheap and easy to use) It really is the best way to explore the city. Oh - you should check out Phils photos for our full NY experience.
Day 1: Cycling Central Park and Top of the Rock
We hired bikes at Central Park Bike Rentals and had two hours to ride around the park. Turns out it is not as flat as you think and two hours is not as long as you need (but we did manage to ride around all of it). We saw the key spots we wanted - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Lake and the Strawberry Fields.
That afternoon we got to look down on the park from the Rockefeller Building. I felt like Liz Lemon a little bit as I got annoyed with the crowds, but still it was a fantastic start to our NY visit.
Day 2: Statue of Liberty and Baseball
We got up the next day and subwayed it down to the bottom of the island to catch the Staten Island Ferry. This FREE ferry takes you straight passed Lady Liberty. There is no need to buy a boat trip to Ellis Island unless you want to go up the statue. Bonus tip: get a liberty hat like me! You will look exactly like the statue.
That afternoon we headed to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. This was one of our favourite parts of the trip, not only for the hotdogs, beers and pretzels but the atmosphere is super fun. Plus, turns out the game is quite interesting to watch!
The Highline walk was recommended to us to do when we were in New York. It was nice, but you just don’t get the views you do in other places. I would say that you should do this only if you have time.
We headed to Times Square that evening in order to see the much anticipated broadway show - Book of Mormon. I booked tickets to this show in January (we went in June) and they were almost as pricey as the accommodation. The Eugene theatre was compact but packed a punch and the experience was just as good as the show. P.S Times Square is madness!
Day 4: Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State
One of the best things we did during our time in New York was a walking tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn through Free Tours by Foot. Our guide Josh was equal parts funny and informative and best of all, the tour is free - well actually a donation at the end is expected but you can pay what you thought it was worth. The bridge was pretty epic to see up close, but what I enjoyed most was getting a history lesson on Brooklyn and walking down the backstreets of Brooklyn Heights where all the classic authors used to live - Arthur Miller, Truman Capote and the like.
After some giant sandwiches at Katz Deli, we got to go up the Empire State Building (another pre-purchased ticket) to see the sun set over the concrete jungle that is Manhattan. This was amazing and although the view is different than Rockefeller rooftop, it was much busier and the closer we got to sunset, the more people crowded the edge to lookout.
We had to visit the busiest train station in the United States before we left. It was quite hard to navigate but we got there in the end and what can I say - it was busy! (but I got a Magnolia Bakery Cupcake so all was right in the world)
We then headed out to La Guardia Airport in order to start our 20 hour journey back to Australia.
Phew! It was a crazy week full of hot weather and lots of walking. I can now officially tick New York off my bucket list. YEEEAHHHH!
Stayed: An AirBnb in the East Village - great location and great host!
Ate: So many places - highlights were Katz Deli, Fool's Gold and the hotdogs at the baseball.
Coffeed: We tried a different place each day. The best was definitely Two Hands in Soho (owned and operated by Aussies!)
For those that have been to NY, what is your favourite spot?
Until next city adventure,