It’s almost been a year since I’ve left for New York and my Facebook ‘on this day’ feed is now full of photos of rooftop drinks, hiking adventures and sightseeing. Take me back! I thought I better pick up my game and continue the travel posts before I forget all the details.
Ryan and I said our farewells to our month-long travel buddies Mark and Monique along with our Williamsburg AirBnb. Ryan and I caught a cab to our new accommodation, The Ludlow Hotel in the Lower East Side, which I was somehow lucky enough to get a good deal online in Perth.
Room with a view! We could see the famous Katz’s Deli from our window… I could smell the pastrami from up there. Ryan and I were served a HUGE breakfast (how very America) every morning which kept us going for hours, or until we decided that we were hungry enough for a Salty Pimp from Big Gay Ice Cream.
Said ice cream:
Seeing as last time we were in New York it was snowing and I couldn’t deal with being outside for longer than five minutes – LET ALONE get on a boat – we decided to jump on the major-touristy (tourists are the worst, hey?) CircleLine Tour to see Lady Liberty up close. While she was the star of the show, I mostly loved the feeling of the fresh air on my face and sunshine on my skin.
We spent a lot of time wandering around the East Village, West Village and Soho checking out expensive shops that we couldn’t afford and sampling food from all the delicious cafes and street vendors we could find.
Obligatory pit-stop at Magnolia Bakery:
MoMA PS1 was a let down because literally ALL the exhibitions were closed for the week! At least the type on the wall was cool.
One morning we woke up early and legged it to the Booth Theatre to grab rush-tix for Hand to God. Super fun show! Super cheap tickets!
We picked the wrong day to go to the New York Botanical Garden and see the Frida Kahlo exhibition. It was about 45 degrees and the glasshouses only made things worse. We took refuge inside the building and spent as little time outside as possible, before grabbing a paleta from a perfectly positioned food truck and heading back to the early train back to the city.
Ryan booked tickets for the Comedy Cellar for our last night in New York. We gorged on a giant pizza from Lombardi’s, America’s first pizzeria before walking in the rain to watch the show. It was sort of smelly from the heat, but also romantic at the same time (right?) Side note: This is not the only photo of me about to devour an enormous pizza.
The last day in New York was spent wandering around The West Village, grabbing coffee from Happy Bones, checking out the street art, hoping for a Kanye West sighting (it didn’t happen, sorry Ryan) before having a big lunch feast at the place next to Jack’s Wife Freda… the lines were so long and everyone looked so hip, I felt a bit overwhelmed so we moved on!
After lunch we packed our bags and checked out of our super comfortable hotel. We spent the last few hours of New York walking across the inspiring Brooklyn bridge and taking in the sights of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. We even had a celebrity sighting: Keri Russell walking, no, flowing down the street. I was definitely sad to say goodbye to the most exuberant city in the world, but I was ready for new experiences (and smells) in Iceland. My only regret is that I didn’t get one more Shake Shack stuffed portobello mushroom burger before leaving.
In my new favourite dress and the usual camera around my neck on the Brooklyn Bridge:
Eat + Drink
Schiller’s Liquor Bar
Happy Bones Coffee
Salty Pimp Ice Cream at Big Gay Ice Cream
Have blueberry pancakes and fried chicken at Clinton Street Bakery
Jack’s Wife Freda (apparently it’s great, but i’ll have to visit next time)
See + Do
Wander through DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
Go to a comedy show
Go to the top of Rockefeller Center and see an amazing view of NYC
Take the train from Grand Central Station to the New York Botanic Garden
Take a boat tour on the Circle Line Cruise out to The Statue of Liberty
Grab rush-tix for a Broadway show (check their rush-tix policy on their website first)