I wasn’t sure what to where to start with this post.. there’s so much to show and tell! So I’ve decided to split my trip in to 2 – 3 posts.
I went to New York City for the first time to see in the New Year. For 5 days, my poor legs did not stop moving, I ate and drank as much as I could and I hardly slept – the best 5 days of my life!
I was surprised when I first arrived in Midtown, I was expecting it all to look like Times Square but it reminded a lot of London.. but bigger.. and I soon found out much better!
We arrived around 2-3pm so decided to make the most of the evening, even though we were exhausted. We stayed at the Intercontinental Times Square Hotel which was really nice. It’s on W 44th St, the perfect location for getting around. Our room was spacious and had everything we needed – except free Wi-fi!
I’d pre-booked a few things to do, which I really recommend doing. Anything that I didn’t book, I didn’t ended up doing because I got distracted elsewhere. I had arranged for us to go to Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Centre around 9pm so we went for a walk to get some food.
We ended up going to the Hard Rock Café in Times Square – mainly because we were hungry and it was the first place we recognised but also, as sad as this may be, we have this thing of trying to visit a new Hard Rock Cafe in every city we visit… It wasn’t as good as the one in Berlin, however I loved the huge screen in the main restaurant.
We went for a walk and ended in Bryant Park. It was so christmassy there! Huge tree, christmas music, christmas market and a lovely ice rink. I couldn’t stop smiling! I’d be interested to see what Bryant Park looks like in the Summer.
Ok, so don’t laugh but I walked towards the Empire State Building thinking it was Top of the Rock. In fact, it was in the totally opposite direction. So me and Joseph (my poor boyfriend ha!) had to walk all of the way back to the Rockefeller area… it was so far and I can’t explain how tired I was this point! Still managed to get some good pictures though, and found the New York Public Library – the one where Carrie from SATC got jilted!
It was quite foggy by the time we got there, and we were advised the visibility was practically zero at the top. We were able to rearrange our visit to our last night in NYC – hopefully with clearer skies and better views! I took this opportunity to relive the scene from Home Alone 2 and admire the big, famous tree… it was so surreal.
We decided to grab a drink at a nearby Irish bar (how cliché aha!) then call it a night – my feet were already killing me at this point.
Next day was NYE so we decided to stay close by as the area around Times Square pretty much goes in to lock down after 3pm. We walked up to Central Park and spent an hour so just walking around. I found the bridge – again from Home Alone 2 – and we saw a couple getting married which was lovely. The ice rink was really busy, so we decided not to go skating, but instead people watch from the balcony above the ice rink!
We walked back up to Columbus Circle and had a browse around the shopping mall there – the Time Warner Center. We also had a pit stop at this gorgeous cocktail bar inside the center. Very expensive but ok for one drink. We saw so many people sit down, look at the menu, then get up and leave!
We started to walk towards where our hotel was and find somewhere to eat for a late lunch. I’d made it my mission to get some southern style food whilst in NYC, so was over the moon to find Southern BBQ Hospitality literally a block from our hotel’s street. The food was so gooooood – the fried chicken was fresh and the mac and cheese was super cheesy – but unbelievably moorish.
We headed back to our hotel to have a little rest and get ready for our big night…. NYE IN NYC!