As part of our American roadtrip, we visited one of the most vibrant, bustling and iconic cities, New York. We spent almost a week there, although I honestly think you could spend well over a month there and still have plenty to see. It really is a dynamic city; the various street food stalls, busy streets and flashing lights adding all the more to the charm of the city that never sleeps.
Let’s not forget about New York fashion either- I loved sitting in the window of a little coffee shop watching passersby and seeing all the latest trends and cutting edge items. There is so much to talk about when it comes to this city but for now, I thought I would concentrate on some of my favourite places I visited whilst I was there.
Whilst in New York we planned to have a day at the theater and went to see the wonderful production of Road Dahl’s Matilda. I was really pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I was a little skeptical about how it would transition from a book to a play but it was really cleverly staged and perfectly cast. The addition of music added humour, sadness and real emotion- bringing the whole stage to life. Without ruining the play for those who haven’t seen it, there was a scene with characters soaring on swings which was so moving and created a very powerful effect for the audience watching.
To top the day off, we then went onto Ellen’s Stardust Diner which was recommended to me by my cousin. I honesty had no idea what to expect- I thought it had been suggested to me because of the food. The food was good- we fully embraced the American spirit and tucked into a rather large burger with fries and onion rings but the singing waiters and waitresses were incredible. Their voices filled the diner, singing all the classic show tunes and more- I was so impressed how they were not only singing but also carrying food, dealing with customers bills and dancing in between the seats. It was absolutely exceptional and a real treat- would really recommend a visit if you interested in musical theater and good old American food.
2. The Rockefeller Building
This was one of my favourite evenings that we spent in New York- seeing the skyline from the top of the Rockefeller at night was incredible. It was quite pricey but you get to spend quite a bit of time at the top and the views were breathtaking- unlike anything I’ve seen before. I went with a group of friends and had a really fun evening chatting and giggling whilst overlooking the whole of New York. I think this would make such a lovely date night, especially if you managed to book a table beforehand in one of the many stylish, urban restaurants that surround the building.
3. Brooklyn Bridge
This was unexpectedly one of our favourite day trips in New York- the actually bridge is very old and beautiful but in an unconventional way. I really enjoyed strolling along, looking at the views from each side, tracing the footsteps of so many who have walked over it before me. The weather equally was perfect- warm but with a slight breeze- there was so much to see, I really recommend taking a little trip there- it’s walk-able from the water-taxi that goes around New York and can be done in a couple of hours.
We also found that there was some really good street food in Brooklyn- lots of diverse and tasty options, ideal if you’re a bit of a foodie like myself.
4. Central Park
A tourist hot-spot but it absolutely had to be done. I loved wondering around this gorgeous and rather large park. The street artists here were so talented- we watched some brilliant singers and a fantastic violinist- the way she played the violin was as though it was an extension of her body. She had effortless control over it and the melodies that she played were moving and clearly very skilled. We treated ourselves to a very expensive ice-cream, that was worth every penny on such a hot and humid day, before heading back to the bustling city center. It’s a nice retreat away from the hectic city and would make a gorgeous running and fitness route if you’re into your sport.
It is impossible to list everything we did in New York and there are so many places that I haven’t mentioned here that are well worth the visit. The 9/11 memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Grand Central, the museums- the list could go on and on. I would really recommend a trip here and would definitely love to revisit this bustling city sometime in the not to distant future.