NYC has always been on my travel list. I was so excited to go and explore the city, see all of the places that I’ve seen in movies and experience the city that never sleeps!
Our day started by catching the subway to Central Park. The subway is the best way to get around the city and definitely has some characters on it! Central Park was beautiful.
We just wandered around taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful park. There were so many people enjoying the park in many different ways. Watching the little motorised boats in the pond, children playing with a soccer ball, running around finding sticks.
We seen an abundance of squirrels running around playing with each other and eating nuts, they had the fluffiest, grey tails. There was also a beautiful bride and wedding party taking photographs, such a beautiful place to have those memories in. After a morning full of walking we went to Blossom, a lovely vegan restaurant close to Central Park. We had truffle mashed potatoes, fries and a vegan pepperoni pizza. I am so grateful that Rob fully supports me and my choices, he even suggests and finds places for us to eat.
We started walking and ended up at Time Square. Very interesting and intense place. Literally every billboard in that area flicks and changes. We just sat up there for awhile trying to take in everything. Watching the billboards change and people watching. Time Square was very busy with people that we almost felt a bit overwhelmed.
Last activity for the day was a Yankees Baseball game! Something we had wanted to experience while in the USA. We once again caught the Subway from Times Square.
When going through security they told me I couldn’t take my drink bottle, as it was a metal reusable one. We had to go across the road and store it during the game for $5! Argh I am a water-holic so this was upsetting but not going to ruin our evening! When we went into the game the first 18,000 people got a free Yankees beanie. Another positive of being early, along with no lines for a pregame snack! The game was very cool to watch, the energy and passion that the fans had was amazing! I am also glad I had Rob as he was explaining the game to me! I did accidentally cheer for the other team a few times. Woops! We left at the 9th inning as it was fairly obvious that the Yankees would win and we had to collect my drink bottle before the store closed. Also the train was so packed I couldn’t imagine what it would have been like after the game had finished. We grabbed a pizza on the way home from Joe & Johns that was around the corner from us! Rob literally loved their pizzas, I think he had three or four while we were there!
To start the day off we headed to the 9/11 memorial. Which is incredibly beautiful and creative. Where the buildings once stood they have put in fountains with the names of the peoples lives who were tragically lost that day. We both thought it was a beautiful way to honour them.
There were so many people along with a lot of loving energy. Behind the memorials stood the new trade centre building. It looks amazing! So huge, truly a beautiful addition the the NYC skyline.
We walked around an hour to get the beginning of the Highline walk. It and old railway that was out of service for along time before the city came together to turn it into a beautiful park and walk way. The old train tracks are still there with plants growing from it. There were big paths and lots of grass areas, seats and drinking fountains along the way. A great free activity and a way to see the city from above and enjoy some fresh air!
We headed up to the Empire State Building in the early evening. There were a shit ton of people up there! So many that you almost couldn’t enjoy it because someone was pushing you, taking pictures on top of your head or standing on your feet! But that view from the 86th floor was magical. We stayed long enough to see the city during the day, at sunset and see the city come to life with the lights. Very cool experience and some amazing photos came from it!
After walking nearly 20km the last two days we were both exhausted. We had a huge sleep in and then spent the day processing pictures, and researching Ireland. We went out in the afternoon and found a cool little café and enjoyed our coffee walking around the area we were staying in!
After reading online about the ferries to get to Liberty Island, we had the impression that you can get tickets and just go basically where the Statue of Liberty is. That was our activity of choice for the day. We arrived to the dock where the ferries left to be instantly greeted with guys in purple shirts, trying to sell us expensive tours and private taxi boats. It was a pretty miserable day in NYC so we weren’t too bothered about walking around the island. We just kind of wanted to see it. After finally getting a way from the purple shirt guys, we went into the free ferry that goes across the harbour to Staten Island, that we were told by the purple shirt guys it would take hours to get on. We literally got on the first ferry, had a seat and a great view of the Statue of Liberty. So don’t trust everything people say to you!
At Staten Island we just hopped off the ferry and lined back up to go back to the main land. We then had a quick lunch at the food court in the building across from the ferry and started walking towards the Brooklyn bridge. We almost accidentally walked through Wall Street which was pretty cool! Nothing like I had expected, more tourists than men in Suits and ties. That afternoon on the Brooklyn bridge there was a protest where there were hundreds if not thousands of people walking across the bridge! It was very cool to see but also made it really hard to be able to stop and appreciate the beauty of the bridge and skyline that you could see! We managed to get a few great pictures from the bridge and then made our way back home, via the subway of course.
Our last day in NYC before flying to Dublin that evening. We spent the morning packing our bags before we went on our last adventure in NYC. Grand Central Station was our destination. This station is literally so beautiful. The architecture and details were something I hadn’t seen before. There was a beautiful gold clock in the middle of the station.
I was actually in awe of this place. The roof had the star signs on it, perfectly displayed out and the windows were grand and beautiful. They have a huge food court underneath with so many options to eat at. We headed back to our air b&b with a stop at our favourite little café! Grabbed an Uber and headed for the airport. Such a wonderful adventure to the big smoke and many memories to add to our ever growing collection.
If your heading to New York, I would suggest you make a plan of what you would actually like to see, explore and experience. The city has so much to offer that it can be overwhelming. We definitely missed a few things off our list, like possibly a broadway show but I’m very happy with what we got to see. Also you absolutely don’t have to pay and arm and a leg to stay in the city! The subway is fantastic at getting you to the places that you need, along with walking the magical city. We had seen many places on air b&b and stayed in a fantastic place. The best thing about air b&b is that you meet local people who give great advice on where to go and also the luxury of being able to cook a meal after eating out all day is something I don’t take for granted!
Love and blessings,