If you follow me on Instagram, then you will be well aware that I’ve been New York. As I’m currently that annoying person doing the holiday spam (sorry, not sorry.) In all honesty, I really didn’t think I would like New York too much. I really hate big cities, but I completely fell in love with everything.
In this post I’m going to go through what we did and share a few photos. We had two days in New York, so we didn’t manage to do everything. We did however, fit a lot in. Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration on what you can do in a short amount of time.
We got up early to get to the airport, as our flight were at 11am. It’s a good job we got there early too, as my brother had to reapply for his ESTA. We had access to the Virgin lounge, so after we checked in and went through security we headed straight there for some breakfast as we were starving. The lounge was actually insane, it had so many things to do. We ordered breakfast, and went through our must see’s for our upcoming travels, whilst we waited.
We got onto the flight, but we had to wait a while to take off, as the wind conditions weren’t great. It didn’t feel like very long, as the TV’s on Virgin planes are great. We soon took off and began our 6 hour journey. I was happy as the plane had PLL, but it was only the last two episodes. I also finally managed to watch Dunkirk, which I really enjoyed.
Arriving in New York
Security in New York was really strange. I’ve been to America before, and always been told to not joke whilst in security, as it’s very serious. The man we went up to though was coming out with some right one liners, and we had no idea how to react. At one point he said: “So why’ve you come here and not Saudi Arabia?” I didn’t know whether to laugh or what. When giving fingerprints he told me to: “Press the screen, as hard as you love Nigel Farage”. Fair to say my hand came of the screen, as I’m not about that UKIP life. He carried on making other remarks about what’s going on in Britain, and it was really amusing.
When we got our cases we had a little nightmare with taxis, but we finally managed to get all of us to the hotel. We ended up in three separate taxis. When we got to our hotel we took about an hour out to get changed and prepare for going outside.
By the time we left it was dark, so we decided to head to the Empire State Building. It wasn’t a long walk, but the roads are chaos. The best thing about it being busy is that there was always someone to follow across the road. We did nearly get ran over a few times, but we won’t talk about that.
We got in practically straight away, as it was nowhere near as busy as I thought it was going to be. That must be the plus side of going on a Wednesday at 7pm. You get in a lift that takes you up a lot of floors in a very short amount of time, fair to say my ears did not enjoy it.
The view is so magical night, it’s amazing to see all of twinkling lights from the bustling city below. I was also thinking about pink peonies, because of Gossip Girl, so there’s that as well.
After the Empire State we walked to Times Square, which we thought was quite close, but it wasn’t as close as we thought. It might have been made worse by the fact it was FREEZING. It was seriously cold, and not nice cold, but an uncomfortable: ‘Have my lips turned blue?’ cold.
Getting to Times Square made it so worth it. It was amazing to see everywhere lit up, and all of the billboards. It is worth noting that the atmosphere kind of changed after 10pm, there was a lot more people out selling things. A man also tried to sell us cocaine, which was a surprise.
We headed back to the hotel to get some sleep, for our only full day in the city.
The day of my mum’s birthday! We got up early, as we had so much to fit in. We were out for nine and made our way to Grand Central Station, so we could get the Subway to the Statue of Liberty. Being inside Grand Central station was also another time to think of Gossip Girl, thanks to the opening scene of season 1.
We got the Subway, and got a little lost, but we soon ended up where we needed to be. The plan was to get breakfast in a diner, but we couldn’t find one. We ended up in Starbucks, as there’s at least five of them everywhere you look.
We were going to go out to the Statue of Liberty, but we were too cold. Plus we were unsure about how much time we had. We did see it, but it’s from a distance, as you can probably tell by the picture.
We then decided to walk to the One World Observatory, as we knew it was somewhere we wanted to visit. Being at Ground Zero, was extremely surreal. I love how they’ve turned something so horrible into something so beautiful. I didn’t want to photograph the memorial directly, as I felt that would be a little disrespectful. It was extremely emotional, and it really put everything into perspective.
After walking around the memorial we went into the One World Observatory, and up to the top. It’s the tallest building in New York, and I still don’t think my ears have recovered from the lift. The lift is actually really fun, as the whole inside is screens which show the construction of the building.
Once at the top we had a walk around and took pictures. My brother and I took some time out to sit down, as we were shattered, to do some people watching. One thing we thought was strange, was that a number of people who would get on the floor and take a picture of the view from the lowest angle possible. Doesn’t that defeat the object of going up the tallest building in the city? People are weird.
After the One World Observatory we did a lot of walking to try to find the hop on, hop off bus tour. When we finally found it, we were freezing and tired, so very ready for a sit down. We sat on the top, as we thought we may as well considering the views better than being on the bottom.
We told the tour guide it was my mum’s birthday and he called her out on regular occasions, which she was not happy about. The tour was actually really good, we did the Upper West Side and managed to sit through the whole thing outside. The only problem was that it was cold, and I mean really cold. When the tour ended I was physically shaking.
We headed straight to TGI Fridays for some food and to get warm, as we had been on the bus for around two hours. The food was really great, but we slipped up by ordering a starter each, as they were more sharing sizes than individual portions.
We then did a little bit of shopping before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the theatre.
The whole reason for our trip to NY was so my mum could see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for her birthday. It’s her favourite musical, so we had no complaints.
When we were in our seats, I soon realised I had the girl from hell behind me. I won’t say too much, but my mum noticed that she got her bag and swung it around, and it would’ve hit me around the head if she hadn’t of stopped it by pushing it out-of-the-way.
This was my first time seeing Phantom, and I must say that I was not a fan. The story confused me slightly and my mum had to explain it when we got back. I was also very tired, and I may have slept through some of it. Hey I was jet-lagged. That’s the excuse we’re going with anyway…
Once it finished we headed back to the hotel, as we had to be up the next morning for an 8am flight to Orlando.
That is everything we did in New York! We’re gutted we didn’t get to go to Central Park, but we had no time to fit it in. We still managed to fit a lot into such a short amount of time though. I’m planning on writing another of these posts, for the rest of my travels. If that’s something you’d like to read then let me know!
Have you visited New York before?
Thank you for reading!