I have recently returned from New York it was my first time to this beautiful city and words just can’t describe how much I loved it! We booked to go to New York for Ciarans 21st birthday (hes my boyfriend you’ll hear me mention his name a lot) so on the 12th January we headed to Heathrow and flew to New York for a week away together and we were both so excited!
When we arrived in New York we couldn’t wait to get to the hotel, drop off our bags and head to Times Square, our hotel was right next to it on 47th street. We stayed at the Edison which was a smaller hotel than some of them, however it was lovely and a great location if you don’t mind being in the hustle and bustle, as it can be a bit noisy.
Im not going to write about everything we did because quite frankly I would be here all night as there is just so much to talk about, but I’m going to tell you about a few of our favourite things we did –
The Top of the Rock views were breathtaking, this was one of our favourite places throughout the whole trip. You can go to the top day or night, we chose the daytime and it was just wonderful you could see all over Manhattan.
Central Park was beautiful even in the winter, we were so lucky that it snowed when we were there, it made it looked even more magical than I thought it already was. I would recommend the horse and carriage ride, the tour guide tells you lots of information which you wouldn’t know from just walking around. Also it was nice to sit down and take in the views, also I found it quite a romantic sightseeing experience.
The Empire State building at night time was the perfect view of the beautiful city lit up. We went to the 102nd floor which is so overwhelming but honestly you have to go up there. | would really recommend doing one of the Empire State and Top of the Rock at night and one in the day then you get the best of both worlds.
9/11 Memorial was a very emotional place, the fountains are huge and give you a real sense of just how big those buildings were. It was lovely to see that they had built something in memory of the buildings and the people who had lost their lives, however words cant describe how you feel when you’re reading the names engraved. Your heart is filled with sadness and pride all at the same time, the same emotion comes over you when you are visiting the museum which is full of stories from survivors, personal belongings and objects from the day.
The statue of Liberty we saw from the cruise around Manhattan which I would recommend to do as you see so much more than just the statue, however as you can imagine in January it was freezing, this was a 2.5 hours trip which we really enjoyed.
So heres my checklist for things you HAVE to do New York –
  • Top of the Rock
  • Empire State building
  • 9/11 memorial
  • Statue of liberty
  • Central Park
  • Broadway
  • Times Square
                     I really hope you enjoyed my first ever blog post!
                                        Love Em x

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