Ahh New York… I do think you are one of my favourite places.
The final chapter of our four week November holiday included 6 days in New York and what can I say, I fell in love with it all over again. This was my 4th visit to the Big Apple and it was every bit as enjoyable as all my prior trips. We unfortunately arrived about a week after the massive hurricane and then snow storm so we didn’t quite know what to expect but other than a few closed subways you never would have even known there was a storm. Sadly a lot of people were still without power when we were there but upper Manhattan wasn’t affected.
The four of us rented an apartment right near Times Square and Central Park. It was a million times better in an apartment than it would have been in a hotel. Each couple had our own room and we had space on the couch to lounge in the evenings before heading off to dinner. Our touristy location was perfect for the other three who had never been to NYC and great for me to do a bit of cheap Forever 21-ish type shopping.
We rode bikes and went ice skating in Central park, saw Newsies on Broadway (which I thought was insanely boring by the way), checked out an awesome little speakeasy bar hidden down an alley way (thanks for the recommendation Amanda), were amazed by FAO Schwartz, ate loads of corner cart hot dogs and pretzels, checked out Wall St., caught a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, caught up with Sinead who moved to NYC right before we arrived, and visited the World Trade Center memorial, which was beautiful and moving. Basically we were massive tourists, but we loved every minute; well, except for my feet… my feet were not too happy with the amount of walking in uncomfortable shoes that we were doing.
Another thing that happened in New York is that I re-discovered Yelp. Yelp really took off after I moved from the US and since they didn’t have it in Australia for ages, I never really used it. However close to a year ago now it launched down under and so I started giving it a go. It paid off amazingly well in New York and DC. It’s how I discovered the Founding Farmers restaurant from my last post and in NY we had insanely good empenadas at a Latin American hole in the wall in Brooklyn, mouth watering BBQ (with THE BEST mac and cheese EVER) at a middle of nowhere place in Harlem and delish sandwiches at an otherwise average looking deli near our apartment. Yelp is freaking amazing and I can’t wait until it really starts to take off in Australia.
I don’t know why I love New York so much. Every time I visit I think “I could live here”- but my visits are usually in Oct/Nov and a few months later when I see images of negative degree temperatures I second guess that thought. You never know though, right?