Today I thought I would share with you my New York guide if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen I visited New York last month in February. I apologise it is lengthy and photo heavy a lot of what I am sharing will not cost anything to do when you are visiting! It is always a destination that I love to and never get bored or tired of visiting when I think of New York it excites me and I hope you find this post useful. I think I have probably been over a dozen times over the years at various times of the year I prefer to go out of season and my most recent visit was at the end of February / March. There is simply no where quite like it and I am always discovering a new part of the city.
This time I flew with British airways, but I never stick to the same airline as there are so many different Airlines you can fly with and it is more a case of who has the best deal. I always shop around and use flight scanner website to work out the best airline. The flight is not too long at 6/7 hours and there are bargains to be had if you book in advance I booked about 7 months in advance. It is also worth checking out if their are any packages, as this time I booked with British Airways Holidays it worked out cheaper. Why you may ask it was because there was discount for booking together the flight and hotel together, I paid around £600 for 5 nights accommodation and economy flight there were cheaper deals but I wanted a specific hotel.
Hotels there are soo many to choose from one of my only bug bears with hotels in America is if you want twin rooms they believe they should sleep 4 people and charge you a hefty supplement which is really annoying when staying with friends & family. If you want twin rooms I definitely recommend checking out the Hilton Garden Inn chain as they are 3 / 4 Star hotels where they don’t charge you extra for twin beds. I regularly stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca as I like the location of this hotel its near to Greenwich where I like to eat out in the evening, its has three subways within 5 minutes and the rooms are a good size. There are loads to choose from I have previously stayed in the Westin Grand Central which is good for location and 4 star and at the other end of the spectrum Hotel Penn a budget hotel in mid town. If you spend zero time in your room this maybe a option for you.
Now on to things to do, you must go up to the top of a building when in NYC as the views are amazing the main three are Empire state, Rockefeller and One world Observatory. My favourite is the Rockefeller centre it costs $34 per adult and as you can see from the above and below picture it gives some amazing views of the city on a clear day. Why is it my favourite well unlike the empire state building the safety surround when on the top of the building is made of glass meaning you can get the best unobstructed pictures of the city. If you time it right the lines are normal not too long or to busy.
Next up the high Line it is definitely worth a visit if you have time it is such a great use of space that would of been demolished. It is a 1.45mile linear garden above the west side of the city on a disused railway line. It runs from the meat packing district to 34th street there are lots of entry points along the way so you can enter and leave as you please. It gives a great view of the city with interesting little quirks along the way. As you can see I was here in end of February/March so the plants are not about but in summer the line is in full bloom and maintained by volunteers.
Now my guide would not be complete if I did not mention a few of the classics tourist destinations however once you have visited them once it is good to do them with a twist for example. On this Trip I saw The Statue of Liberty but via boat on the staten Island Ferry. This is a free ferry that runs every half and hour and goes past the Statue of Liberty to Staten Island you can hop on the ferry and then come straight back. You get a equally good views via the ferry without the cost like the boat trips. Just remember to be on the right hand side of the boat going out and then left side coming back to see her lady at her best. If you go to the back of the boat you also get a great view the manhattan skyline.
Another one of the classics is Brooklyn bridge you can go over by car, tour bus or as I prefer to walk over it and get breathe taking views of the city. Try and pick a clear day and you can see really far across the city and the surrounding areas and then walk into Brooklyn and explore some of the leafy streets in Brooklyn heights or prospect park. Or explore coney Island a place that is always in the movies where you can have ice cream and hot donuts by the sea.
Going back in to central Manhattan no trip would be complete without a visit to see the bill boards. Yes you have guest right the iconic Times Square in mid town Manhattan it is synonymous with New York both in the day and evening it is equally good! make sure you climb the stairs to take a picture. If your lucky you may see the Naked cowboy or one of the many great street performers. As you can see it was a little windy on my recent trip!
Now moving further north we hit a sight that has featured in thousands of films and tv shows the famous Central Park. Over 843 acres it is huge I have only ever walked parts of it never the whole park in one go as it is so big. I normally start in on corner and make my way through the park half way or vice versa. Must have parts are strawberry fields, Boat house, Alice in Wonderland statue , ice rink and the reservoir. Depending upon what time of year it is there is always plenty you can do ice skating, go boating or visit the zoo. I personally just like to stroll through the park and not bother with the horse drawn cars which are over priced in my opinion. If you have time it is also worth visiting a museum as there are so many that line the roads adjacent to the park the last one I went to was the Frick museum. A private collection of paintings in a private home including many masters that never leave New York I definitely would recommend.
Moving back to mid town you have Grand Central station a marvel and joy to visit its worth just coming her to people watch. This is one of the grandest train stations, located on 42 street built in 1871 it is one of the largest in the world it has a marble with gold feel to it. All the platforms are underground there are 44 in total and it is magnificent. It features a very ornate astrological sealing and old style ticket booths and display boards in their original tact. Now a days you can even get married in Grand central station it is truly iconic.
Its such a beautiful city don’t you agree you can see why I keep coming back time and time again! The city that never sleeps! Whats your favourite part of the city?Are you planning a trip to NYC? I can’t wait for my next visit. Check out my next post on where to eat in New York city tried and tested places!