This is the first installment of a three-part series all dedicated to my first trip to the big city. Although it was a few months ago, I don’t think it’s too late to share, and especially think Part II and Part III are still quite relevant. Part II is all about the NYC food marathon we did, and you won’t want to miss the map I made with all the best food the city has to offer! Part III is entitled ‘Lessons Learnt,’ in which I will talk about a tough time that happened to me while there and how I overcame it.
This first part is a summary of our 4-day trip, highlighting the most memorable aspects and also my favourites. Enjoy!
First glimpses of Manhattan, rising up through the clouds in the distance at sunrise. Cue excitement.
First stop: Times Square. Its this buzzing at 10 am.
My favourite architectural sight: The Hearst Magazine Building by Norman Foster. Upon entering the lobby, and informing the security guard I was an architect just admiring, the kind man then proceeded to give us a detailed briefing on the building’s design. He gave all the insider tips on Foster, the architect, and how he essentially designed the entire building for women. It even kept J interested!
Strolling through Central Park with my friend Zoe, who’s mother and sister live there.
Checking out the last Mad Square Eats of the season.
After having missed the High Line walking tour I had booked (and was most looking forward to), J and I walked it ourselves at sunset, stopping for hot apple cider to calm myself.
Skating in Central Park.
A visit to the Met (J’s favourite), of which the best part is the view from the rooftop!
Followed by a visit to MoMA (my favourite).
Our mutual highlight: watching the sun set from the Top of the Rock.
Taking the Staten Island Ferry to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty.
After a tough day, our last night’s dinner at ABC Cocina, which was stunning.
Doing like New Yorkers do: grabbing late night treats at Shake Shack, but indulging in them in our very own hotel room.
Before we depart the next morning: visiting Times Square once again late at night to see all the lights.