I spent last week on a trip to new york city with my husband Luke, who was working with a couple of producers there. I had wanted to visit New York for a looooong time, who are we kidding? I wanted to LIVE THERE. And it was exactly as I had imagined it would be. This city stole my heart.
We flew out last-minute but because of my ridiculous nyc-obsession I'd already collected a big list of things to do. But when you only have a week it's hard to cram everything in while you're fighting the jet lag and some unbelievably cold weather (snow!!!) Anyway, I thought I'd share a few photos from my iphone and my tips for an ace trip to the best city in the world!
New York is an amazing, crazy, noisy place, and that’s why we all love it, but for me it was important to have somewhere comfortable and central to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours each day. If you’re going to splurge on one thing, stay somewhere amazing, like the Ace Hotel or NoMad in Manhattan or Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Or research air bnb for all sorts of accommodation whatever your budget, I have a few friends who successfully used it but obviously it's a little different to booking a hotel(!)
If you do one thing in New York, walk along the High Line, the 1-mile park built on an elevated section of a former railroad. Start at W. 30th St and end with a coffee in the trendy Meatpacking District.
Williamsburg feels like a slightly more tolerable version of Shoreditch (although we did stumble into one particularly pretentious bookstore) and has good shops and flea markets. Go to Williamsburg Flea and check out Kevin Marcell’s screen prints on old New York City cycling maps.
Give the Empire State Observatory a miss and go to the ‘Top of the Rock’ Rockefeller Observation Deck instead so you can view the iconic art deco skyscraper in all it’s glory!
See the Statue of Liberty from the water for free on the Staten Island commuter ferry.
Hire bikes and burn off all those New York burgers and pretzels on a ride around Central Park. Should take about an hour to cycle around the main route (shown in turquoise) but be aware that you can't ride on footpaths so if you want to see the famous Bow Bridge you'll need to get off and walk.
For another unique view of Central Park visit the Met Roof Garden (open May-October).
New Yorkers take their art seriously and there are too many great galleries to mention. My favourites are the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney and MoMA PS1.
Everyone has their opinion on the best New York pizza and my favourite is Joe’s Pizza, sold by the slice on a grease spotted paper plate. You can’t get better. If you're in Brooklyn and feeling fancy check out Reynard at The Wythe for brunch. For great burgers and fries head to the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (you have to try a Shroom Burger!) If you prefer something lighter go to Sweetgreen for soups, salads, wraps and mint lemonade. And a great place for any meal is Freemans, tucked down a little alley off Bowery. A hidden gem. I've also heard good things about Jack's Wife Freda on Lafayette St, but we didn't get the chance to go this time.
Tip Top, Top Tip
Show your feet some love. Pack a comfortable pair of shoes (and blister plasters, just in case!) and don't over-do it on the first day. I must've walked for miles around the city, wish I had taken a pedometer.
I found shopping in New York pretty overwhelming, and to be honest it's not really my thing. But there are no shortage of great shops, a few of our favourites are…
For Adventurers: Best Made Co. 36 White St.
For Home-Lovers: Joinery NYC, Brooklyn and Steven Alan, Tribeca