I'm writing this with a serious case of post-holiday blues. It had been around ten years since I last visited New York but I'm already planning my next trip back...and trying to convince my bf to move there!
I could literally ramble on for hours about the trip, however, as not to bore the pants off of everybody else, I'll try and keep it short.
As we only had four days in NYC, I tried to keep shopping to a minimum. Tried and failed. On the first day I managed to spend over an hour in Sephora much to my BF's dismay, but there are no words to describe how much I miss having this shop in the UK. I'll be blogging about my purchases soon, but I could have literally spent a fortune.
As well as cosmetics, I decided to invest in some lovely Victoria's Secret undies (a steal after a lovely American lady gave me some vouchers - imagine that happening in London!), a shirt and a vintage-style hoodie from Urban Outfitters, some homeware from Crate and Barrell, and a slub tee from Madewell. I was also treated to a lovely gift from Tiffany's which was very unexpected and is proving to be a lovely memento from the trip.
I am a serious foodie and this trip did not disappoint...aside from some Oysters which I still wasn't brave enough to try! I indulged in Classic American breakfasts (read pancakes), NYC delicacies (read pizza/burgers) and lots of candy and cocktails.
My absolute fave meal was at the gorgeous River Cafe, Brooklyn (as seen in The Sopranos) which has the most spectacular views of Manhattan. I had a steak the size of a doorstop and dessert in the shape of the famous Brooklyn Bridge, which we walked over after dinner.
Our hotel (Metro Midtown) was perfectly located. It is also overlooked by the Empire State Building, providing the perfect opportunity for impressive selfies!
Having done the typical tourist attractions on previous visits, we were able to enjoy a casual mooch around Central Park (which was beautiful in the snow) and a walk to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty without too much pressure to get shiz done.
One of my favourite attractions was the High line. The high line, which was only completed last year, is a disused overground railway line which has been turned into a walkway, surrounded by greenery, artwork and amazing views of the city, which can be walked without having to worry about the traffic!
We also visited Chelsea Market, Greenwich Village, Grand Central Station, Pier 16 and walked the Brooklyn Bridge. On the final day we paid a visit the the World Trade Memorial site. Last time I visited, the site was cordoned off and was still being excavated. Today there is a memorial garden in place of the two towers with two beautiful memorials dedicated to the victims of 9/11.
Despite the freezing temperatures (so cold my iPhone shut down!), the trip was amazing. I've temporarily pacified my NYC cravings by treating myself to some Strokes tickets for their show at Hyde Park in the summer. Until next time...
HR ❤️ NY