My recent holiday to New York City was one of the best yet, being able to spend two whole weeks in a city was something new for me but it allowed me to actually see it properly, get my bearings, hit up some local spots and just enjoy it at a good pace.
We got asked to house sit for friends who are currently living in the East Village of New York (how cool is that?) over Christmas and New Year while they were back in the U.K. I had never been to the East Village before but I was so happy to be staying there as it was less crazy than Uptown. All the brunch spots on my list were very close by and there weren’t loads of people so in not too many words here is what my two weeks in New York looked like.
We kicked it off with brunch at The Butchers Daughter
Followed by sunset at Battery Park.
Selfies under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge
Basketball game at the incredible Madison Square Garden to see New York Knicks play Orlando Magic. The atmosphere was electric!
Our friends arrived and we kept going with the brunches at Two Hands, an Aussie cafe. We popped around the corner to Happy Bones which is a little coffee shop that I have been following on instagram for ever. Now that I drink it, I have total appreciation for good coffee.
We went to The MET. So many rooms full of some of the worlds best art, new and old. Nothing beats seeing a Monet and Van Gogh up close and personal, followed by the lads eating hot dogs (this was a regular occurrence).
We walked the Highline which starts in Chelsea and traverses the Meat Packing District. This was one of the highlights of the trip,; a really simple idea of turning a disused railway into a walkway/urban jungle in an uber cool part of town. Luckily we got there just in time for a beautiful New York sunset.
Followed by a stroll around the Meat Packing District.
Christmas Day was like a dream; ice skating in Central Park in 22 degrees followed by a feast of ham, chicken, veggies, sticky toffee pudding and my contribution a New Zealand pavlova.
We walked the Brooklyn Bridge (one ticked off the bucket list) and explored Williamsburg on Boxing Day, sipping beer at the famous Brooklyn Brewery. Night fell and we hit up a roof top bar to get exceptional views of the NYC lights.
More sport – we made our way out to New Jersey to see an American Football match. The New York Jets vs The New England Patriots (the current Superbowl champions) was an exciting game to go to. The atmosphere was like nothing I’ve experienced before. There was screaming, shouting, waving of flannels, attitude and rivalry all in the name of NFL. We grabbed our beers, cheese fries and hot dogs and settled in for an absolutely epic game of Football.
We got up the ‘Top of the Rock’ for an insane view over Manhatten and battled the selfie sticks to get the perfect photo.
After we had evening at the Renaissance Hotel bar overlooking Times Square. It was great to witness the madness from above in a comfy chair with a cocktail in my hand.
We popped by Grand Central Station to see what all the fuss was about and we weren’t disappointed. It was so beautiful.
Then had a very late brunch at instagram famous Jack’s Wife Freda.
We marvelled at the beautiful homes in Greenwich in the West Village and laughed at the Sex and the City fans lining up to have their Carrie moment.
We froze our butts off at Liberty Island to see one of the most famous statues in the world – Lady Liberty and literally bumped into some friends on the boat over! Such a small world.
We ate at super cool Egg Shop and had the best brunch of NYC (in my opinion).
We rung in the New Year after way too many frozen margaritas and some questionable Mexican cuisine in some pretty sweet glasses.
Finally, we had to say goodbye to our new favourite city.
I have so much to share on this amazing trip and I wish I could do it all over again, can I move to New York now?
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