A little guide to New York

new york new yorkThis was my third time in New York, which in a way was very freeing; I have already done every touristy thing there is to do, leaving me free to explore and do the kind of things real New Yorkers do on their days off. This is definitely not a definitive guide to New York. There’s so much to do you’d have to spend a month there. Consider this a non-touristy budget friendly guide to New York. IMG_4323central park 2 What we did I think it’s quite common to start to feel the pinch at the end of a long holiday, which is why we focused on doing lots of fabulous free things in New York. Also we’d done a lot of shopping in Nashville and New Orleans and there wasn’t room in our suitcases for anything else. On our first morning we paid a visit to Central Park. You can spend a whole morning in Central Park, people watching and eating hot dogs and ice cream. The next stop after Central Park is of course The Metropolitan Museum of Art . I love the Met; I could spend a whole week there. The Met is vast, containing some of the world’s best art and priceless historical artefacts, and it also has very a nice roof garden in the summer. The thing to remember is the $25 fee is only a suggested donation, and you can donate as much or as little as you like to get in. The next day we visited Coney Island, which was the perfect way to spend a scorching hot bank holiday Monday. I loved Coney Island so much there is a whole blog post about it here.central parkcentral aprk 3coneyislandhigh line Somewhere I was excited to visit was the High Line, which is a relatively new attraction. It’s free to walk along the High Line and it’s a great way to take a break from the chaos of the city and spend a sunny afternoon relaxing. It’s great fun to walk around the village and Chelsea, there’s always something happening, from basketball matches on the street to games of chess and jazz bands playing in the parks and squares. One of the world’s oldest skyscrapers, the Flatiron Building is another must see, and the Flatiron District is a great area to do a bit of shopping. If you’ve been reading my other travel posts you might have picked up that music has been a recurring theme; during our 13 days in America we heard live music on 9 occasions, which I think is pretty good going. On Sunday evening we went to the Ear Inn to hear the EarRegulars play, which was one of the highlights of the whole trip. They were also accompanied by the incredible Tamar Korn, who was a total sweetheart and recommended lots of places for us to visit. The next night we visited Lowlands Bar in Park Slope for Irish folk music and excellent craft beers. On Tuesday we went to St Mazie’s which is such a gem. Excellent cocktails, Django Reinhardt style guitar playing and an unusual and beautiful bar. On Wednesday I got an early night but my other half paid a visit to the Fat Cat in the East Village for pingpong, air hockey and late night bebop. IMG_4290IMG_4314 What we ate We didn’t eat out in any fancy restaurants in New York, we mostly just got coffee and grabbed lunch from a deli. There are so many great places to have coffee in New York. We loved Sky Town, Little Skips and Black Brick Coffee in Brooklyn. If you’re in the flat iron district you have to visit Eataly. You can watch fresh pasta being made, eat in or grab something to go. There is also some great food for sale on the High Line. Grey Dog Coffee near union square is great place for brunch. Good food and generous portions. Bagels are a New York essential, we liked Murray’s Bagels. bushwickbrooklynGetting around The best way to get around in New York is the subway. If you’re going to be there for more than 4 days get a weekly pass for $32, much cheaper than a week’s travel card for the London Underground. I found the Metro card much easier to use than London’s Oyster card, but found the subway much more difficult to navigate than the underground. The subway is much bigger, has more lines and it is a mixture of local and express trains. Also it all gets extra confusing at weekends, when no train goes where you think it’s going. My advice is to get a map and just ask people if you’re confused. Remember sometimes in New York it’s quicker to get the subway than a taxi, and quicker to walk than get the subway.IMG_4357IMG_4368 copyIMG_4367IMG_4324 Where we stayed

I’ve been to New York twice before but never ventured into Brooklyn, so I was excited to explore it on this trip. If you’re on a budget, then staying in an Airbnb in Brooklyn is a great option. It was great seeing another side to New York. There are so many great coffee shops, bars and little boutiques in Brooklyn and of feels a bit more chilled than Manhattan. We were staying in Bushwick, which is cool area and a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood. Our Airbnb was really close to the station, quite minimal and industrial in it’s look and very clean. To Try Airbnb for the first time follow this link for £16 off


2 thoughts on “A little guide to New York

  1. Emma, enjoyed your tips in the previous post. I have been to New York State but not the big city, Glad that you had such a good time here in the US.

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