New York: What We Did In A Week (Part 1)

New York is one of the few cities in the world that we could come back to time and time again, and on each occasion experience completely different things. NYC never gets boring. Although we’re incredibly blessed to be able to spend a week in this magnificent place, the limited time made it incredibly difficult to decide what we should do with our days. 

Barring a short work trip, this was our first time in NYC so we felt like we just had to start with all of the standard tourist attractions. If you’re ever looking to make this process easy and affordable, look no further than the CityPASS. Costing £110, this gave us access to the “big 6”: 

  • Top of the Rock
  • Empire State Building
  • Boat trip to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Natural History Museum
  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Armed with our passes when we set foot in the USA, we knew we had a good chunk of each day filled with something brand new, exciting and paid for. NYC is by no means cheap, and considering the Empire State Building can be upwards of £60 alone, we deemed this to be an absolute bargain.

Going into complete planning overdrive to make sure we were maximising our time in New York, we also planned our visits to these attractions alongside other nearby places so we weren’t on the subway too much and didn’t end up being inside or outside all day long either. 


With our trusty Lonely Planet guide and map with us at all times, we knew for example that when we’d head to the the World Trade Center for a spot of shopping, we’d also take some time in the 9/11 Museum. This was a harrowing experience but one we completely recommend. The statistics about this fateful day are shocking, but it’s the individual stories of the lives lost that gave us awfully heavy hearts. This is documented so well and provides a wonderful tribute to those who lost their lives in 2001. Probably more than anything we did on our trip, it gave us the time and headspace to take some long moments to appreciate how lucky we are. 


The World Trade Center’s train station acts as a major commuter hub for those travelling in from from New Jersey on the PATH trains. It’s also where we caught our train to head out to station for our helicopter ride (yep, helicopter ride!!). 

With celebrating our five year anniversary the day after touchdown in NYC, we needed to find something that we really would remember forever. We needed something that encapsulated the journey we’ve taken both as individuals and as a couple to get to this point in our lives, and something that would make us step slightly out of our comfort zones and fill us with adrenaline. 

FlyNYON’s 30 minute ride over Manhattan was exactly that. It was one of the best singular moments in time we’ve ever had and we implore you to do this or something similar when celebrating a big milestone. FlyNYON is the only company to fly over Manhattan, not just around it, so make sure you go with them if you’re up for experiencing this to the fullest. 



Again making the most of our CityPASS with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we combined this with a stroll through the world famous Central Park and a spontaneous hour long row on one of the many lakes. Unlike our helicopter ride, the weather was absolutely glorious and made the photos look as dreamy as the day itself. This is also another pretty cheap option if you’re looking for something to do on a budget. You pay by boat and as there was four of us, we paid $3.75 each for the hour. 

We’re going to keep this post short and sweet, with part 2 of how we spent our week in NYC coming to the blog next week! We want to give you the opportunity to ask questions, give us your recommendations and let us know what you think of anything you’ve read above.

We’ll be answering all in part 2. Thanks for reading!

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  1. November 11, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    Wow, considering what the Empire State Building costs to visit alone, the CityPASS is an INCREDIBLE option. Think of how much money you saved compared to if you had visited all 6 of those and paid separately! Great post, as always! xxx

    • foodandbaker
      January 1, 2020 / 10:25 pm

      Omg so glad we found this pass because it was so worth it, especially when we spread across the trip and made it feel like we did so much more!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. November 11, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    Wow I’ve always wanted to go to New York and this post has made me want to go and there more! That was such a good deal that you could see the big 6 for that price. It looks like you had an amazing time! X

    • foodandbaker
      January 1, 2020 / 10:27 pm

      New York is such a great place and so worth visiting! The pass is so so worth it – we’d highly recommend it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. November 11, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    This sounds amazing! New York is the big trip that I want to take next year so definitely bookmarking this for the future! Also the boat ride sounds amazing, can’t believe it cost you $3.75 each for the hour!

    Jas xx

    • foodandbaker
      January 1, 2020 / 10:28 pm

      The boat ride was such a great addition to our day, as well as being able to explore the park!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. Kayleigh Zara
    November 11, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Oh my gosh those photos look amazing! Especially those ones from the skyline! I really can’t wait to read more of your new York adventures x

    • foodandbaker
      January 1, 2020 / 10:30 pm

      Can’t get enough of the skylines, such a view!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. November 11, 2019 / 6:18 pm

    This looks so good! I really want to visit NYC. The helicopter ride must’ve been amazing!

    Jess xx

    • foodandbaker
      January 1, 2020 / 10:30 pm

      The helicopter was the most amazing thing we’ve done – hopefully we’ll get to do it again in another city!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. November 11, 2019 / 8:37 pm

    New York is at the very top of my bucket list. I really need to start saving up as I’d love to visit in my 20’s. These images of NYC are beautiful! 🙂

    Soph – https://girlvsworldblog.com x

    • foodandbaker
      January 1, 2020 / 10:32 pm

      Considering the city, it wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be – still pricy but always so worth it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. November 12, 2019 / 2:30 am

    Totally agree about New York being somewhere you can go time and time again and never have the same experience twice. I’ve been 5 times now and still have a list of places I’d love to visit and places I wish I could have eaten last time etc. It’s also somewhere I agree that you need a pass for if you want to do more than a couple of the bigger attractions, definitely not a city where it’s cheap to be a tourist. Lovely photos too x


    • foodandbaker
      January 1, 2020 / 10:33 pm

      You’ve been 5 times!?!? That’s amazing – we really do hope to visit again because we’ve got so much on our list to see!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. November 12, 2019 / 11:52 pm

    New York is one of my FAVOURITE cities in the world (so far!) and after reading this I definitely haven’t seen enough of it. You managed to do so much in a week. The helicopter ride looks absolutely amazing, I would LOVE to experience that one day.

    I am hoping to visit New York in 2020 or 2021, so I will definitely be referring to this post when I do. Thanks for sharing – your New York series has been great!

    Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

    • foodandbaker
      January 1, 2020 / 10:35 pm

      New York is defo at the top of our places we’ve been so far! We’d love to go back for sure! We hope you get to go back and fulfil your dream!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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