Last week I travelled on a week’s holiday to New York City.
New York at the end of October is usually cold and crisp as winter begins to seep in but when I arrived to a balmy 20°C I knew I was right to have packed some lighter clothes. Unusual as it was, the weather made it easier for me to navigate the streets of New York without having to nip in to a coffee shop on every corner to warm my bones.
Forgoing the option to nap as soon as I arrived after a five and a half hour flight I decided to push on and make my way into the concrete jungle.
1. 5th Avenue
Inspired by Carrie Bradshaw and Serena Van Fee Woodsen I decided I just HAD to sample the shopping street of 5th Avenue. The most breathtaking shops are near Central Park and nearing the Upper East Side. The dazzling shopfronts of Saks, Bergdorf Goodman & Gucci are something to see even if crossing the threshold seems entirely intimidating. And a trip to New York City isn’t complete without a stop off at Tiffanys.
2. Central Park
The first morning I arrived I grabbed a coffee and strolled down 5th Avenue to Central Park. Near the entrance to the Park there are so many little stalls selling pretzels and hot dogs. I bought a muffin and walked around the southern end of the Park with my coffee taking in the sights and the sounds of the most natural part of New York. I sat and watched the runners and cyclists whizz by, marvelled at the ice-skaters and watched the dogs chase squirrels up the trees. A perfect way to escape the madness of the city and enjoy a relaxing morning in New York.
3. Brooklyn Bridge & D.U.M.B.O
There is hardly a better way to appreciate Manhattan than to see it from Brooklyn Bridge. The walk is filled with tourists but it’s worth it to see the views from the bridge. And when you’ve reached the other side walk over to D.U.M.B.O (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and stroll through cobbled streets & sample a coffee or lunch at the River Cafe (made famous by many movies).
4. Rockefeller Plaza & Top of the Rock
You can’t go to New York as a tourist and not experience this quintessential Manhattan view from the top of the Rockefeller Centre. My favourite thing about it is seeing the Empire State Building in all its glory. And the Plaza – when I was there was setting up for thanksgiving with the ice rink already set up and cranberries decorating everywhere. And inside the building it’s old style art-deco charm will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
5. Thrift Shopping in West Village
My favourite shopping experience in New York was going thrift shopping in some of the cool little stores dotted around the city. In West Village there are a few places where you can really grab a bargain. Walking around West Village itself is a treat as it’s quintessentially New York with it’s brownstones and decorated front stoops. Stop in to Beacons Closet where the staff are helpful but whimsical characters. I purchased a Tse vintage coat for a tenth of the price. Bliss for the confessed shopaholic.
So there you have It, my five favourite things to do on a short break to NYC. One more thing – dont be afraid of the subway. It literally could not be easier to use and it makes travelling around New York so much faster!
Thanks for reading,