So in case you hadn’t already noticed, I think that I’ve mentioned it approximately a million times already, but I recently visited New York. Yup the city were dreams are made and I can honestly say that I’m a little bit smitten, I haven’t stopped thinking about it since we got back and I’m using it as motivation to go after my goals like never before.
Anyway back on to the subject at hand. Since coming home I’ve spent a lot of time talking about it and it seems that many of you have the same dream, to visit the big apple and I want you to have an amazing time too. So today I wanted to pass on the little bits of knowledge that I learnt whilst there, the tips, the tricks and the best way to see New York City.
The best way to see New York City // We’ve all seen pictures of the New York skyline and being from the UK it’s an incredibly unique experience and there is nowhere else quite like it. The entirety of Manhattan is architectually stunning and we tend to forget that’s made of incredibly flat islands but not even visiting the City will give you a feel for this. In my opinion there is one perfect way to see New York, to really see New York and that’s to throw your fears out the window and hop onboard a helicopter. This is the perfect way to see the City in all its glory and the pilot will point out some of the famed sites (Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, Staten Island, etc) and it provides the perfect opportunity for stunning photographs. Surely for us bloggers that is reason alone?
The 911 tribute centre // I was determined that I wanted to visit the 911 memorial, it’s one of those moments in history that will always hold a special place in our hearts and I was keen to pay my respects. The museum and memorial is beautifully done, it’s respectful, educational and interesting and provides an amazing point of remembrance to the victims. Yet once you’ve done this (I would recommend going early because of queues and because the museum takes 3 hours) I suggest you visit the Tribute Centre and pay $10 for their tour of the site. Their tours are conducted exclusively by survivors, family of those that were killed or locals from the area and that’s the way that you will really learn about that painful day. My tour was led by an ex firefighter and a lady who lost her son. Their tour was powerful, they’ll point out parts of the site that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed and it’s their stories that will really leave you touched. It doesn’t matter how many pieces of the building you witness or how many times you see the famous pictures, a face to face testimony is how the story should be told.
Don’t eat breakfast in a fifth avenue hotel // I was lucky enough to stay in The Peninsula, a stunning and glamorous hotel that is located on 55th Street, 5th Avenue, literally a hop, skip and a jump from Tiffanys. The hotel was incredible and became part of the experience but I made the mistake of eating breakfast in the hotel, it’s a mistake that I will never make again. The food was gorgeous, the service was exemplary but the price tag was a little bit scandalous. If your looking to save pennies, search were your staying for cute and traditional American cafes because they will offer the same food for a smidge of the price!
Plan, plan and plan // I made a massive mistake by not planning my days and although I continuously promised myself that I would, I didn’t and it meant my first day was almost wasted. Make a list of what you want to do, where you want to go and research the best time of day for the activity in question. For example, if you want to go in to the crown of the Statue of Liberty then you have to book in advance and you can’t just turn up on the day. These little things will make all the difference while you’re there.
Hop on, hop off // Big Bus company is a worldwide company and it’s fair to say that they have a pretty famous reputation and it’s definitely worth using the service in New York. If you, like me, are a history buff and want to learn as much about the history as possible the tour itself will fascinate you and I found myself staying on the both routes until they literally threw me off. I wanted to do the whole tour, see everything there was to see and it works perfectly for generally getting the lay of the land. Yet if you invest a little more money and get one of the longer tickets, you’ll be able to hop on and hop off and it’ll make getting around the City a lot easier.
Do you want to visit New York City? Or have you been?