Things to see in New York
New York – what a fun trip. It’s a diverse city with gorgeous old architecture and sleek skyscrapers, iconic landmarks and hidden surprises I was in my element exploring it. I had no expectations, just to come away knowing it a bit and having some fun memories and photos to look back at.
Manhattan must be the most photographed place in the world. And no trip to New York would be complete without visiting the city’s famous landmarks, but there is so much more than that. Shapes and colours grabbed me and many of my friends and Instagram followers told me how much they enjoyed my photos and asked for my itinerary. Well, I didn’t really have one, just a list, and a desire to explore and visit art galleries. I love abstract buildings, beautiful architecture and art, so these feature, but seeing the amazing Statue of Liberty and thought provoking Ellis island were also big highlights. I also took the opportunity to meet up with some fellow photographers, who were kind enough to spare some of their time with me, taking me to their favourite restaurants and galleries. I also did a couple shoot whilst I was in the city – I will do a separate blog post to show them.
I stayed in Wall Street (my other half was working) then moved up to Columbus Circle, to the amazing Art deco Hudson Hotel, designed by Phillipe Starke. Scroll down to read my recommendations for what to do in New York City. It was my first visit – so clearly I’m no expert, but if you like my photos and want to see what attracted me, read on.
My TOP tips – well just things I found helpful or loved during my trip, of course there are many many more!
1) Download the NYC maps like Ulmon app to your phone. Walk as much as possible, so great to just soak it all up!
2) Stick $20 on a Metrocard and use the subways (each journey is $2.75) Watch out for the express trains as you might end up further out than you wished (Hello 96th street!)
3) Book a table for breakfast at Sarabeths
right near Central park and really worth it (I went there first day)
4) DEFO go to Battery park (near Wall street..then just buy a ticket at the booth for Ellis island) See great view of Manhattan from the back of the ferry! Get off and see Statue of Liberty The headset is a good idea, very interesting, the Ferries go every 40 minutes. We didn’t climb up, just viewed from below.I loved it….then you hop on boat to the Ellis Island experience and that tour was really great for me, I usually get bored at museums and the such like, but its really well done. Memorable and eerily haunting.
5) Wall street – go to the 911 memorial pools and the museum
, really really gripping. You need to go and see for yourself.
6) The best views of the NYC skyline are arguably from the Top OF The Rock.
.I found it a bit confusing, like a shopping centre, then you buy a ticket and go up in the lift. Great for views of Central park and the city, you can take photos, I think I’d have like to have gone up at night too. Most say the view is better from there than Empire state.
7) LOVED the Guggenheim
, what an amazing gallery, architecturally beautiful and full of great things to see, the cafe closed early sadly!
8) I loved ALL the art galleries, the MOMA
is fab (BEST lunch I had was here too in busy bustling canteen style) and also a small but amazing gallery of Klimt’s work called the Neue gallery.
(a highlight for me)
9) I also loved the MAD museum of art and design
its near St Columbus Circle and there is A FAB little restaurant there book a table early evening and have view over a great skyline, or a coffee and cake.
10) Lovely veggie lunch (with vegan too) at Franchia
Asian fusion at 12 Park Avenue( between 34th and 35th Street ) and go look out Peacefood
Cafe too 12 Park Avenue( between 34th and 35th Street )
11) Have a wander around central park, go find the IMAGINE plaque
at Strawberry fields. People belting out Beatles songs sit nearby. I was super excited at the snow when we arrived and would love to go back at another time of year.
12) Times square at dusk…amazing…. well Im a colour lover, so it hit all my buttons!
13) Some other free things worth just going to see are Central park, Grand Central Station, I loved the Oculus
too, such an amazing space.
PLEASE leave me a comment! Have you been? Are you planning a trip, or perhaps you have a tip for my next visit!!? Just write me a message here, I’d love to read it.