One of the perks of my job is that I get to travel a lot. Granted, this usually means I end up in Littlehampton or the Cotswolds, but this time round I got to spend two weeks in New Jersey, so OBVIOUSLY for the weekend I hopped up to New York.
I stayed just off Times Square, and didn't really leave mid town - if I ever go back I will definitely utilise the sub a bit more - I actually did get it to go and meed my friend uptown, and ended up in Brooklyn because of loads of diversions. Cue being 30 mins late to see a friend I haven't seen in 6 years. not ideal.
Anyway. In short, mid town is HUGE and busy and slightly terrifying to start with and if I do get to go to NYC again, I'll explore the boroughs more - everyone raves about Brooklyn, so I might actually leave the subway station next time.
I digress. Friday night was spent on Broadway, obvs. We caught The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (one of my favourite books) and I have to say, it threw me a bit. It entirely wasn't what I expected, and I was shattered, so I spent the first half in a total grump. By the second half, I had warmed up slightly to the set (which in all honesty is visually stunning, just not what I expected) and the lead who plays Christopher. In hindsight, ti was a very good play, and I'd definitely recommend catching something whilst you're there.
Saturday morning (and Sunday actually), I hopped out of bed super early before the city woke up and hunted down a Le Pain Quotidien where I hugged a coffee and some of their bread (it's to die for!). I then unsuccessfully hopped on the subway and met my friend Rebecca (who lives in NYC). We went for a typical American brunch in a art deco style diner - pancakes a plenty! We then got a yellow cab (yay!) up to the Natural History museum. It's good, but it's not got anything on ours ;)
The rest of the day, and Sunday was spent exploring 5th Avenue and the shops. I even got caught up in a snow storm!
Shops wise, I went to Muji, Anthropolgie, Levis, Sephora and every drug store I could find. I'd recommend Herald Square for shops, and the bit of 5th Avenue just below central park. Oh, also, Columbus circle - that's good too!
We went to 'the top of the rock' Saturday night - it was freezing but the views were breath taking!
On a side note, I love the grid system of streets! So easy to navigate. Oh, and I made some cute fat bird friends!
Have you ever been to New York? What would you recommend? Tweet me!