New York Travel Diary

This post is long overdue and I apologise about that, it was meant to be up two weeks ago but I had a lot to catch up on after having a week off and didn’t have the time to write it until now. My sister and I flew out to New York on Thursday 7th June and I had such an amazing time that today I wanted to share with you a couple of my favourite bits.

Day 1: our flight landed at about 4:30 in the afternoon and seeing as JFK is such a long way from the city we didn’t do much on our first day in the big apple. After checking into our home away from home (The Lexington on Lexington Ave and 48th St) we headed towards time square for my first taste of the city and grab a bite to eat. After that we went straight back to the hotel to watch a little bit of friends and pass out at around 9pm.

Day 2: After waking up really early (jet lag isn’t my thing) we headed downtown for the day and started off on the high line – a park on an abandoned train track. The weather was lovely and sunny. We then headed out of manhattan and over the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn where we ate at Juliana’s. Honestly, some of the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life! After having a lot of sun during the day and feeling a little bit worse for wear, we went back to the hotel to chill for a bit and watch Friends (when in NYC) and passed out really early (thank you again jet lag!)

Day 3: Determined to make the most of the day we started off early and headed to the Rockefeller centre to go up to the top. Top of the Rock as its called gave you the most amazing views of Centre Park on one side and then the Empire State Building and downtown Manhattan on the other. Up here you realised how small this city actually was compared to on the ground where it seems so big. After we went to Central Park and had a walk in the sunshine through the park to the Boathouse where we stopped for coffee and a bite to eat. We then took the subway downtown to Perry St where Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment was. Any Sex and the City fans will know this but it was so nice to walk down a street filled with the townhouses you see in the films. As a blogger and lover of intothegloss, I persuaded Chloe to go to the glossier show room as, being in England we can’t try glossier products. Needless to say, I spent quite a bit that afternoon. We then got the subway to the world trade centre and 9/11 Memorial where we stood for a moment to pay our respects to those who died on that tragic day. I learnt they put a white rose in the names of those who would have their birthday that day. Chloe said I needed to go to a rooftop bar whilst there as well which is what we did in the afternoon and had some food there too. Chloe suggested we go back to the hotel and chill for a bit then find another rooftop bar later on to have a couple more drinks. However, when we were ‘almost there’ we saw the signs for Wicked on Broadway and talked about how amazing it would be to see the show we both love here in New York. Just as we were walking past I got pushed through the door and realised Chloe had surprised me with tickets to see the show! It was honestly one of the highlights of the trip as I had no idea it was coming and its already one of my favourite shows. The night rounded off with a standing ovation and I could not stop smiling.

Day 4: On our final day in the city we woke up a little later and packed in the morning. Once checking out of the hotel we headed towards Grand Central Station for breakfast. After filling our bellies we went inside the station and I was in awe with the architecture. We then went on to walk past the public Library (another location Sex and the City fans will know from Carrie and Big’s almost wedding) sadly we couldn’t stay for long as we had to get to the airport but ended the trip on a high having soaked up as much of the city as I could!

Have you been to New York, if so what did you think?

Jess xx

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