New York: Day 1

I can't believe it's been a month since I've been to New York. Cries. I love cities and New York has been at the top of my bucket list for a long time. As I turned 21 in February I thought this trip would be an amazing way to celebrate and remember my birthday. So on the 20th of February me and David set off on our 8 hour flight to the Big Apple. We flew to New York with Delta Airlines who were amazing. I'd highly recommend this airline if you're ever travelling to America. The staff were lovely and there were hundreds of films and TV shows to keep us entertained—we even got upgraded on the way back which made us feel very important.

It was the first time either of us had ever visited New York and we loved it so much! We decided to stay on Times Square in The Row Hotel as I love being in the hustle and bustle of it all.  The day we arrived was a Saturday, so naturally everywhere was heaving. The whole place had this insane atmosphere; there's literally nothing like Times Square.

As we had arrived quite late we spent the rest of the day mooching around Times Square, I slipped in and out of a few shops and we watched the sun go down from the top of the Empire State. Nothing could of prepared me for how windy it was going to be up there, but still amazing.

We were up really early on our first day because of the time difference, so we decided to take full advantage and go on a 10am boat trip to see Lady Lib. Again, very windy, but it was cool to see such an iconic landmark and I was feeding my inner tourist.

We then made our way to the Highline; an old railroad that had been turned into a park and walkway. It was a lovely way to see the city and escape the belligerent beeping and business of the roads. We walked until we reached Chelsea, as we wanted to visit the food market. This was a great place for lunch as it offered so much variety. We opted for a “Japanese inspired Mexican”, immediately followed by a crepe from the neighbouring stand—Nutella, obviously.

The highlight of this day was seeing the Friends apartment. Although the show wasn't actually filmed in New York, this is the building they used for the outside shots of the apartment. I am a huge Friends fan so this was a must for me and I was so excited to find it.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the city, hemorrhaging just enough money in Soho before settling on somewhere for dinner. We ended up going to Tacombi; a Mexican with a cool atmosphere and expensive tiny tacos.

We finished our evening laughing and drinking at the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village. I’d never been to a comedy show before, so the whole experience was new to me. The setting was cosy and intimate, and all the comedians we saw were hilarious. I’d highly recommend going if you're ever in New York; they have shows every night and the ticket prices are reasonably cheap in the week.

I love that first day of excitement you get when you’re exploring somewhere new, and this was definitely one of my favourite days. We both preferred Chelsea over Times Square (where we stayed), as it was much more chilled.I hope you enjoyed reading what I got up to on my first day in New York, and I look forward to sharing the rest of my trip with you.

Have you ever been to New York? Any recommendations on places I should visit if I ever go back?

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1 comment

  1. Glad to hear you had fun in New York! I've only been once myself (in November) and I loved it. Though I didn't visit Greenwich Village because I ran out of time! I never heard of Chelsea before but you make it seem like it's a really cool place to visit. Now I want to check it out on my next visit. You should definitely check out Central Park. That place is huge and amazing! I loved it. If you like the hustle and bustle then you'll love Wall Street. That place was packed when I was there on the weekend and the energy was really vibrant over there.


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