New York certainly isn’t somewhere you go when you want a relaxing break. It’s full on – loads to see and do and you could probably visit for 2 weeks solid and still not get round everything you wanted to!
My number one tip is to get yourself a New York City Pass – we opted for the 5 attraction pass and quickly realised that after 2 attractions, we’d made our money. There are a mere 50 things to do on this pass so you’ll quickly use them up!
Rockafeller by Night
As soon as we landed in New York, we dropped our bags at the hotel and made our way straight to Top of the Rock so that we could look out over the city and see all the sparkly lights. There was also an ulterior motive here – keep awake and on to NYC time!
Empire State Building
A couple of days later, we headed to the top of the Empire State so that you can see the city by day! Standing tall at 102-stories, the art deco building offers views across the city – we were very lucky as there were hardly any queues when we got there around 3pm. One of those things that ‘has to be done’!
Walk the Highline
Run by volunteers and supported completely by donations, the Highline is a 1.45-mile-long elevated park created on a former New York Central Railroad. It offers tranquillity and solace in an otherwise chaotic city! There are plenty of places where you can get onto the Highline and we saw lots of people with coffees and their books just taking a quiet moment out of their busy day.
We only saw the smallest corner of Central Park – we were going to hire a bike but frankly we were exhausted from all the walking we’d already done that day! We wandered around until we found the Loeb Boathouse and sat with a well deserved glass of wine and watched everyone rowing on the water.
We stumbled into Chelsea almost by accident. It had been on my radar before the trip but wasn’t somewhere that was on at the top of the visit list (if that makes any sense at all!). I can see why people love this area – for those local to me, it very much reminded me of Bath as there were hardly any high rise buildings and lots of pretty architecture. We spent a good hour or so in the Chelsea Markets where there were loads of independent foodie places which was an ideal place to stop and refuel.
We felt that we couldn’t come to New York and not visit the 9/11 memorial. During my last visit in 2011, I saw the site and did a much smaller memorial. The Memorial Plaza where the 2 buildings originally stood is a very peaceful, calm area allowing you to reflect on the events. The actual 9/11 museum is very moving although in all honesty, I found it a little overwhelming and incredibly sad. I spent most of the time trying to fight back tears and hearing phone calls from people in the towers and on the planes to family is heartbreaking.
One thing we didn’t do was the One World Observatory so that’s definitely on the list for next time!
There is one other highlight which will be having it’s very own blog post…we had actual Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
We did SO many other things…I might even do a Highlights v2!