Hello blog, it’s been a while. It’s what happens when you go on holiday and have to work loads right before and after and have to organise holiday packing/unpacking in between. Anyway, I had the best week of my life and it’s given me amazing photos and memories with two of my best friends! We had 7 full days + travelling there and back. I’ll spare you the draining travel details. Not all photos are mine, I have to give credit to my friends, Felicity & Lauren. I’ll just briefly explain the purpose of this trip, my friend Lauren managed to get an apartment and an internship in NY so it was the perfect opportunity for me & Fliss to go visit her on her week off and see New York with free accommodation!
Day 1: Sunday – Williamsberg flea market, the pier & first step into Manhattan
We arrived in New York the night before this but it was too late for any exploring. On our first morning we decided to venture into Williamsberg in Brooklyn to check out the flea market. I wasn’t letting the jet lag take over because I was functioning off so much excitement. There was lots of cool street art around and little vintage treasures. See images below featuring my new spider ring and $5 shoes.
After a brief stroll around the area, we accidentally stumbled onto Williamsberg pier. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy but you could just about see a glimpse of Manhattan. This was the first time I’d seen it with my own eyes so you can imagine how excited I was. I also loved that the rocks were splashed with colour, very artsy.
Oh yeah, meet Fliss & Lauren in the image below, in case you didn’t already know. Left; Lauren. Center; Fliss. Right; me.
When I took my first steps into Manhattan that evening, I was literally lost for words! I just stared at the sky in awe of how tall everything was for 5 minutes before I could go anywhere. Once we got to Applebees, we couldn’t resist getting Cosmopolitans just to make it feel even more New York. Later we had a quick shopping trip round Mac & Sephora… on a Sunday evening! I couldn’t believe how late everything stays open. It was probably the most exciting day I’ve ever had, but it didn’t end there.
Day 2: Monday – Central Park
Monday was a lovely, relaxing Central Park day. It’s so beautiful, I love the peaceful, sanctuary vibe you get there. Like, one minute you’re on the hectic streets of New York and the next, total green bliss. We drank coffee, listened to busking musicians and even rowed a boat on the lake.
Also, look how happy I am to get a snow cone. My inner child right there.
It sure beat a regular Monday at the office.
Day 3: Tuesday – Museum of Sex & The Rockefeller Centre
Yep, Tuesday’s first activity was the Museum of Sex! I won’t go into too much detail in case anyone young happens to be reading this but it’s worth going just for the bouncy boob room… yeah. It was the most I’d laughed all week! The other features include a ‘Find the G-spot Maze’ and various graphic displays.
Juice break and quick snap of the Empire State Building as we walked past.
That evening we went up the top of the Rockefeller to watch the sun set over New York. Words can’t really describe how stunning it was.
Day 4: Wednesday – 9/11 memorial, shopping & Chinatown
We decided to visit the 9/11 memorial on Wednesday. Right in the location where the Twin Towers once stood are fountains that cover the surface area with names of the people who died. It felt so strange to be standing right where so many lives were lost, you could just feel the depressing vibe. It really made me appreciate being alive though. R.I.P.
I don’t have anymore photos to share from the rest of this day as nothing really exciting happened, I’d describe it as an interlude type of day. We did check out the giant Apple store and a few other shops, chilled out in Central Park again and had a meal in Chinatown, of which I’m not keen on because I’m not into Chinese food but I loved the look of the streets, it kind of felt like being in actual China. The day ended with drinks in a cowboy style saloon in Brooklyn.
Day 5: Thursday – Shopping & big night out
Thursday was the only day that rained so we thought it would be a great opportunity to check out a few local Brooklyn shops like Target. In case you don’t know, Target is a really cheap shop that sells everything from food, toiletries, make up, clothes etc. We all grabbed a basket each and were just throwing stuff in to take back to the UK. I wish we had them here! It was just a cheap, wonder around day since we all seem to be so poor. We saved a couple of the best things for last though!
We did have Thursday night as our big night out. We went to Webster Hall in Manhattan because ladies get in free that night and we do love a bargain! Drinks are insanely strong in New York, it’s not really a surprise that none of us remember much, haha. I have a photo of the pre-drink session, i.e. the calm before the storm.
I actually never want to drink that much again, this is me typing nearly 2 weeks after this night as well.
Day 6: Friday – Hungover naps & burlesque show
Bleeeaarrghhh, we woke up super hungover on the Friday. We braved going out for lunch, followed by a nap all afternoon, followed by getting ready to go out again, I don’t even have any photo footage of this day whatsoever. We went to a burlesque show in the evening in Brooklyn though, I think it’s a big annual event. We couldn’t properly appreciate it through our hungoverness, but it was really good. If you put classy with stripping, that kind of sums it up. They were all really entertaining, all had their own themes and could dance really sexy. I just kept wondering how they keep those nipple tassles on!
Day 7: Saturday – Statue of Liberty, goodbyes to New York
As Saturday was our last full day and we still hadn’t seen the iconic Statue of Liberty, that was the plan for the day. Beforehand, we had a quick touristy visit to Grand Central Station, I love that it’s kept all it’s old features in like the ticket booths but also has usable, modern features.
We used the train from there to get to the ferries that were going to Staten Island, where the Statue of Liberty stands. I really enjoyed it, but it was so hot and the amount of people that were on that boat was just insane. What happens is, you get on a ferry and there’s a tannoy talking about the history of the statue and then you get off and explore the island. You get a pretty awesome view of Manhattan.
After that, you get the option to explore Ellis Island, the place they used to quarantine immigrants coming to live in America. We were super tired and dehydrated at the time and it didn’t look that interesting so we skipped that part and went straight back to Manhattan and walked about some more. Me & Fliss tookin our surroundings not knowing if we would ever venture back there… hopefully we do. We started packing up that night and the following morning and left for the airport on the Sunday afternoon.I already want to go back.
We took off with this as our final view of New York. The whole experience was amazing and it should be on everyone’s bucket list.