New York City

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

New York...the Big Apple, the City That Never Sleeps, the home of Friends, Sex and the City and so much more.

Landing at JFK airport was a real 'pinch me' moment. I couldn't believe that I was in New York City!! However, it would be almost three weeks until I could truly explore the city (we drove straight from NYC to Rhode Island, to Boston, then Cape Cod, then Bermuda, before returning to New York!)

Where did you stay?
We actually stayed in Edgewater, New Jersey and got the Ferry across to the city everyday. Our hotel was Homewood Suites by Hilton.

How long did you stay for?
4 nights

What did you do?
We got the 'New York Pass' which enabled us to gain access to over 90+ over the three days. I would recommend looking into this.

I once read a story in which a girl 'ran away' to New York. I vividly remember there being a moment when she walked through New York in a summer dress, and every since then I've imagined myself walking through New York in the summer. I did it. We rented bikes one afternoon and cycled through Central Park. As a child, I used to read/watch 'Balto' and always remembered that there was a statue built for Balto in Central Park, so that was an important stop on our bike ride!

We visited quite a few museums such as the New York City Police Museum, the 'Bodies' exhibition, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Natural History Museum.

We also stopped off at Macy's and Fifth Avenue, calling a yellow cab as we left. Such native New Yorkers!

One, slightly overcast, afternoon we boarded a boat and sailed around the Statue of Liberty. It's surreal seeing such familiar landmarks for the fist time.

We were in New York in August and for my birthday in June I was promised a trip to Tiffany's New York. It felt wonderful walking into Tiffany's and sauntering through the rows of shining diamond and whizz up in the lift to the 3rd floor. That's where I found what I was looking for - the classic Tiffany heart necklace and matching bracelet...both of which I've somehow lost...!

My parents told me there was one more surprise but wouldn't let onto what it was. One morning, we were up and out super early to catch the ferry into the city. We arrived, slightly confusingly, in the Financial District. We walked along the path before Dad suddenly doubled back on himself and turned, walking through a gate that read 'New York Helicopter'. I couldn't believe it. For a surreal 25 minutes we circled Manhattan in the sky!!
Looking back, New York was a whirlwind. It's almost like a dream. My family were talking the other day and Mum said 'It's time to go back to New York' and do you know what? I wholeheartedly agree.

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