Kicking off our final New York blog post, we’ll be resuming where we left off with the best way to spend the best week in one of the best cities in the world.
With only a week and endless possibilities of things to do, we hit up the big attractions first. As we said in part 1, our big tip if you’re looking to do the same is to buy the CityPASS. It’s just £110 and gets you into the big 6 attractions. Two of these are the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock.
Planning our days so it didn’t feel like a yo-yo going up and down towers all day, we choose to do them a few days apart – Top of the Rock in the afternoon and Empire State Building at sunset.
Doing one of these at sunset on a glorious day like we did is such a magnificent experience, but it’s also very busy. Make sure you get up there well before the weather app tells you to do so, avoiding the massive queues fo the lift whilst the magic’s unfolding outside. If you can get to the front before the masses, you’re in for a wonderful evening.
As the hoards of tourists marvelled at the scene in front of them, it bizarrely brought over an air of calm. Everyone seemed to be speaking so quietly and moving carefully as the sky consumed almost their entire attention. As I’m sure you can tell by the photos, it was truly spell-bounding. Also, make sure to go to one of the many nearby rooftop bars beforehand! We headed to Cloud Social on 32nd Street, looking up at the Empire State and down at the rest of the city during rush hour.
If you’re an early bird and looking for somewhere to spend sunrise, look no further than Brooklyn Bridge. Not too much to chat about here – the endless IG photos tell you everything you need to know. We wanted to experience it without a million passers by ruining our photos and the plan worked just perfectly. We went back to bed after this 5am start.
Away from the hustle and bustle in Manhattan, make sure you explore Brooklyn to the fullest as well. We fully recommend staying on this side of the river to first of all, save a bit of money, and second of all, experience a completely different side to New York. We spoke loads about this in part 1 and the wonderful Urban Adventures food tour. Perhaps the most famous part of Brooklyn is Williamsburg, where gentrification has hit hardest and is slowly spreading towards Bushwick and beyond.
We had a chill afternoon wandering the flea markets and Smorgasburg food market, which overlooks the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline from afar. Bushwick is a bit rougher around the edges but cool all the same – I’m sure if we returned in a few years time it would be completely different.
Thank you so much for taking a look at our New York content. It was a trip we’ll never forget and I’m sure we’ll be back in the not too distant future!