I spent four glorious days in New York City with my girls and it was back to back fun times. The city didn't feel like a massive departure from London so there wasn't that awkward settling in period which I usually need when I travel. If you are planning on visiting NYC in the near future then check out these highlights from my trip. All you will need are dollars in your pocket and a metro card.
Stay At A Boutique Hotel
You can go down the Airbnb route but for a few extra pounds you can fancy it up at a lovely boutique hotel. We stayed at the beautiful Henry Norman Hotel in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Our suite was tastefully decorated with a few hipster touches that I was way too into. Greenpoint is a little out of the way but the area is lovely and perfect if you don't want to be right in the thick of things. It's also well connected by the subway which was a short walk from the hotel. The hotel also provides cars that can shuttle you anywhere within a mile radius.
Try A Real NY Hot Dog
I have watched enough movies to know that this is a thing so it had to be done. I had my first NY dog at Brooklyn Smorgasburg (more on that later). It was $5, loaded with three different sauces and absolutely delicious. You don't have to head somewhere fancy for a hot dog, there are vendors all over the city and plenty of halal options.
Walk Across The High Line
The High Line is a public park in Manhattan that is on an elevated section of a disused railway line. It doesn't sound like much but trust me it is worth a visit. Walking along the line, you get great views of the city and while it can get busy, it is not overwhelmingly so. It's a long walk but there are food trucks along the way and you can hop off at multiple points.
Grab A Slice
Much like the hot dog, I couldn't visit without getting a slice of pizza. Normally cheese is a huge no no for me but when in NYC you know? I got a large slice of mozzarella pizza for under $4 from family owned pizzeria Pizza Suprema, it's been around since 1964! The pizza was delicious and totally worth the inevitable cramps.
Shop At A Thrift Store
NYC has London truly beaten when it comes to thrift stores, sorry not sorry. We stopped at a couple in Brooklyn but my favourite was Beacon's Closet in Greenpoint. It's massive but well organised and really tidy. They had lots of great brands in and most items were in pretty good condition. The prices weren't crazy either. My friend snagged a very jazzy J Crew leather handbag for just $30.
Get Feasting at Brooklyn Smorgasburg
This is an absolute must for all foodies. Smorgasburg has so many culinary delights on offer and it's on the waterfront so you can enjoy your lunch with a great view of the Manhattan skyline. I tried the ramen burger which was a little too odd for me texture wise, a mango lemonade with large lumps of raspberry jelly which I loved plus my beloved hot dog. I was tempted by the raindrop cake but can you really trust a zero calorie dessert?
Cross Brooklyn Bridge On Foot
This may be my favourite touristy thing we did. As far as bridges go, it is beautiful and it was a really nice walk despite the swarms of tourists. Word of warning, if you are trying to find the entrance to the bridge from the Brooklyn end on foot you will need to be savvy with a map as there are no clear street level directions. Also be aware of bikes, they will mow you down so stick to the pedestrian side of the bridge.
Take In The Views On A Rooftop
Wherever I end up in the world, I need to spend a small portion of that time on a roof. There's just something about being elevated above sea level that I really enjoy. We visited the rooftop of the Library Hotel which didn't have the best views but we did have a lovely settee to rest on, cocktails and a fire to keep us warm.
Go Watch A Comedy Show
We headed to the East Village to attend a hip hop improv show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. I didn't know what to expect and I am so not one for audience participation but it was actually hilarious. They did turn the lights on the audience at one point and the introvert in me wanted to dive under my seat but I survived. We booked our tickets online and they were $10 each. I would highly recommend especially if you want to see something live but haven't got Broadway money.
Capture The Whole Experience On A Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
I am terrible at taking pictures when I'm on holiday. I can never be bothered to get my camera out and it feels more like a chore than anything else. Not the case with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8! My friend brought one along for the trip and I had forgotten how much fun pictures can be when there is a limited roll of film and you are truly capturing a moment. Half the fun was waiting for the picture to develop and we were actually left with pictures that exist IRL as opposed to tucked away in a folder on Dropbox. I now want one for all my holidays. Note: This wasn't sponsored in any way, I just really love this camera.
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