1&2/ Times Square 3/ Views over Central Park 4/ Soho streets 5/ Subway steam on 5th 6/ Looking up on 5th Ave 7/ High Tea with Patricia at Bergdorf Goodman’s 8/ LOVE sculpture (wearing Topshop hat, Maje coat, Zara top and Rag & Bone pants) 9/ 5th Ave at night 10/ Central Park 11/ Steak & eggs brunch in the West Village 12/ Roses on each corner 13&14/ Downtown Manhattan 15/ Spotting a photo of me on a top in Zara 16/ Saturday afternoon on Broadway, Soho 17/ Washington Square Park 18-24/ Dream Hotel rooftop views with Patricia at sunset 25/ 5th Ave Christmas decorations starting to go up 26-31/ Views from Top of the Rock
While sorting through and looking at my own photos of NYC I have given myself nostalgia and a huge pang of wanderlust…. I’m very lucky to have found some ridiculously cheap flights so have my return booked back there in just a few weeks! Feels like I just left, and already counting down to going back. At least this time I’ll be more refreshed after this time with family, the ocean and sun.
Here is a list of things I loved doing and recommend to see in NYC- keep it mind it is my personal interests (normal people probably don’t go for High Tea at every possible opportunity…)! As I’ve mentioned before I think NYC is best experienced when you find the perfect mix of being a tourist, and playing a local. Rent an apartment on AirBnb and take the subway. Do regular things but with a fresh eye of seeing it all for the first time. There are still so many things I haven’t done, even walking along the Brooklyn Bridge is still on my list for next time. For a list of vintage stores (what I go off!) visit here or here.
West Village– Take away coffee and bagels from Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee. Vinyl records from Rebel Rebel records. Coffee date at Cafe Angelique. Banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery. Shopping at Maje, Sandro, Mac on Bleecker Street. Cocktails at Little Branch.
East Village & Lower East Side– Numerous cafes, bars and gig venues along/near Orchard Street. Incredible and cheap dumplings from Vanessa’s Dumpling House. Ramen from Momofuku or Ippudo. Crazy lights and Indian at Panna II Garden. Cute shopping at Gargyle on Orchard. Cocktails at Angel’s Share. Japanese and sake at Decibel.
Meatpacking– Walking along The High Line. Everything in Chelsea Market. Drinks and rooftop views from Le Bain. French at Pastis. Cocktails and dinner at Spice Market. Continuous cool people/exhibitions/gallery/studio space at Milk Studios.
Midtown– Sunset NYC skyline views from Top of the Rock. Lunch on the grass in Bryant Park. Cocktails and views from Dream Hotel. Bike riding through Central Park. Burger Joint at Meredien Hotel. Being an obvious tourist eating a hot dog in Times Square. Whole Foods at Columbus Circle for a Central Park picnic. High Tea at Bergdorf Goodman’s or The Plaza. Window shopping at Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Celine. LOVE sculpture on 6th Ave. Generally looking up to the sky anywhere in Midtown and being dwarfed by skyscrapers.
Upper East Side– The Met.
Soho– Good coffee & boy perving at Saturdays Surf NYC. Shopping at Zimmermann, Acne, Isabel Marant, Opening Ceremony, Alexander Wang, Topshop, Zara. High Tea at Crosby Hotel. Mercer Burger from Mercer Kitchen. Walking through Washington Square Park towards Greenwich Village. French onion soup from Balthazar. Brunch at The Smile. Wine and dinner at Freeman’s.
Chelsea– (I think) Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show.
Or just rely on finding your own ideal places and create your own memories, once you get there you’ll know how easy that is! Please let me know if you find this list useful, as I can endeavour to write a little list from all the cities I visit in the future! X