Two weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be able to visit the wonderful city of New York. It was an incredible opportunity and I would highly recommend it to anyone if you get the chance to visit!
+ new york public library
I do not know why I wanted to visit the New York Public Library so much, I just did. It was about five minutes walk from our hotel and we visited it on the first day and the last day. It’s such a beautiful building and is totally worth a look round.
+ grand central station
Similar to the New York Public Library, we were staying extremely close to Grand Central so this was our main transport hub. The New York subway is very convenient and you can travel almost anywhere in New York on it; it’s also so reasonably priced. A tip for the MetroCards is: if you’re planning on using the subway more than twelve times, get an unlimited card but if not, stick with one of the top-up cards.
+ the metropolitan museum of art
I could not recommend enough the New York City Pass, which gives you access to six tourist attractions. One of these is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My mum really wanted to visit here and after visiting I can completely understand why. We spent an entire day here and you need to give yourself plenty of time as it is massive!
+ empire state building
You can’t visit New York without going up the Empire State Building and it is worth every penny! Most of the paid attractions we visited were as part of the City Pass so it saves you a lot of money. With the CityPass, you have the opportunity to visit on the same day after a certain time, so it’s definitely worth checking what time that is depending on the season.
+ the american museum of natural history
If you’ve watched Night at the Museum, you will know why I was so fascinated to visit here. The museum is not as similar to the layout in the film, but is still amazing. The museum is so beautiful and the exhibits are really incredible. It’s the largest natural history museum in the world, so don’t expect to do everything. I would definitely recommend the halls of mammals and the centre for earth and space.
+ solomon r guggenheim museum
From entering the Guggenheim, I feel in love. The architecture of this building is absolutely stunning. There were so many thought-provoking and beautiful pieces and it was super lovely to spend a whole afternoon there.
+ central park
Central Park is massive so it is impossible to see all of it but I am very glad we managed to see a little bit of it! On our way to dinner one night, we passed the Alexander Hamilton and Alice in Wonderland monuments which were actually on my list to visit. I know that Central Park has so much more to offer so I’d definitely go back!
+ the met breuer
With entry to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, you also get access to its two subsidiaries, the Met Breuer is one of two. Here we were very fortunate to be able to listen to Oliver Beer’s Vessel Orchestra which was super interesting and something you would not see every day!
+ 9/11 memorial museum and pools
What I found so incredible about this museum is that the memorial pools are built on the original site of the Twin Towers and the museum itself is built underneath them! The museum was super informative and gave you a deeper insight into the backstory and consequences of such a tragic event.
+ times square
I was slightly desperate to go to Times Square, just to see what the hype was all about. On the way, we passed some of the theatres, including the Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen ones! Times Square was a little disappointing and we were just passing through but I’d probably go back, even just to get better photos.
+ the high line
Built on a former New York Central Railroad, the High Line is worth a walk along. You get a pretty good view of the Empire State Building and there’s so many pieces of wall art and sculptures. It’s also shaded for the majority of the walk so if it’s really hot this is a good thing to do!
+ statue of liberty
Lady Liberty, the star of New York City. As part of the City Pass, you get a sightseeing cruise which stops at Liberty Island as well as Ellis Island. The best view is from the boat itself and sit on the right-hand side for the best photo opportunities!
+ ellis island
Since reading and watching Brooklyn, I’ve been slightly obsessed with the past immigration process of New York and it was amazing visiting the building it took place in. The audio guide which is included in the entry price is really in-depth and provides a lot of detail in the process and backstory.
+ east village
The East Village has some wonderful little shops and restaurants as well as the typical New York style apartments. I believe that it is one of New York’s hidden gems, especially how it wasn’t super touristy. I also had to visit the Fjällräven Kånken store and take a picture of the iconic wall!
Williamsburg is a cute little area and has loads of street art as well as a whole bunch of independent shops and cafes. If you just want a chill day, Williamsburg is the place to go for it. It was a lovely way to end our amazing trip.