Top 8 Things To Do In New York

First off, I want to apologise for my lack of posts recently. Job hunting, finding a house and being ill has been time consuming but hopefully I’ll be back on track soon enough.
As many of you know, I am currently on a working holiday visa in Australia. Prior to Australia I travelled a little bit of America and Canada. If you are planning a trip with a time limit like me, hopefully my experience will help you decide what to do.

High above the toy cars, Empire State Building
High above the toy cars, Empire State Building

Top of the Rock
I must admit that I did not actually partake in this attraction as my sister bought me Empire State Building tickets as a leaving present. Sure the view up the Empire State is incredible but there’s a massive building blocking what would have been a great view of Central Park. Yep, you guessed it. That is Top of the Rock which boasts not only a much lower admission price but also a completely unobscured view of Central Park and not to mention, a fantastic view of the Empire State Building itself. Having talked to various people I met during my time in NY, the consensus is Top of the Rock is the one to do (plus there’s a mall there too. Yay shopping!)

Various subway stations
There’s always something going on underground. During my time I saw two kids with a boom box do some really cool breakdancing on a subway trains involving upsidedown action. I also saw an old man attempt to join in on more breakdancing whilst walking to my train. Always something strange to see.

9/11 Memorial
This was my first taste of NYC. Submerging from the subway for the first time to be surrounded by giants. The New World Trade Centre is very close and distinguishable. Its so tall that when you look up it appears to become a triangle. I was able to go for so long not actually knowing what the memorial consisted of and all I’m going to say was that I was pleasantly surprised. Beautiful.

Central Park
Like the subways, there’s always something to see. The top of my agenda was finding Balto. After that I wandered, taking in the sights and stumbled upon a cosplay gathering which was unexpected. The following day I went again with friends from my hostel. From that day forward I will always appreciate the fine drainage systems we have in the UK. Rain in Central Park = flash floods. Many footpaths became ponds making the park a maze. My boots became like personal heated puddles all day long… its all good, just adding to the experience.
The duck pond, Central Park
The duck pond, Central Park

The bakery’s of the Upper East Side

In general the Upper East Side was not what I expected. No seemingly over privileged people, not extensively fancy buildings and barely any posh cars. After sitting on the steps of the Met Building pretending I was in Gossip Girl, I headed to the Two Little Red Hens bakery for some of the finest New York cheesecake in the state and some hot apple cider to warm me up. Delicious though I wish I had some pumpkin pie to take away. You can’t beat local specialities.

Brooklyn Bridge
When I travel, I love to walk over bridges (I know, I’m cool.) The Brooklyn bridge did not disappoint. A friend I walked with said the view was like looking out to Gotham city and with the weather being drizzly and foggy, I had to agree. Being a bridge geek I have to say this is one of my favourites. I love the colour, structure and location. Leading me nicely onto the next on my list.

Support & structure, Brooklyn Bridge
Support & structure, Brooklyn Bridge

My favourite district of New York is without question Brooklyn, the hipster capital of the world. I stayed at the New York Loft Hostel which was near some of the nicest restaurants I’ve ever been to. Think heated tents with clay pizza ovens and dimly lit rooms with funky rugs on the walls. Also being vegetarian, veggie food was everywhere! (Thank you hipster Gods!!) So whatever your diet, you’ll find something to satisfy everyone in Brooklyn.

Times Square
To be perfectly honesty, I did not like Times Square but its made my list as its so unique to anywhere I’ve been. To sum it up in one word: LOUD. Not just the noise you hear but visually loud. Sensory overload. Kind of like mini Las Vegas but with less gambling. Full of famous chain restaurants and shops but too much for a little country mouse like me.
Too much going on 247, Times Square
Too much going on 247, Times Square
If I had more time is have love to hopped on a train to the Hampton’s to walk the beaches and imagine I was in Revenge (even though its filmed in LA… Dreams dashed). I also would have gone down to Coney Island and taken lots of photographs.

Have you been to New York? What were your highlights?

Helen x

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3 thoughts on “Top 8 Things To Do In New York

  • February 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I always find it completely weird that there's a giant park in the middle of such a busy city! haha
    My Mam and Dad were planning to go and do all of the above this year for their 50th and 60ths birthdays as well as their 25th anniversary but plans have changed.

    Hope you are doing okay, the house hunt is going okay and that you're feeling better!!

    • February 20, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      I didn't think I'd like New York but I really enjoyed it. So many things ti du and the transport system us a doddle.


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