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New York, New York, USA

After relaxing on the beach in Long Beach Island, we were on our way to a place that is probably not relaxing but a huge drawcard due to the excitement and hustle bustle of one of the best cities in the world – NEW YORK!

We had visited New York two years earlier but there is so so much to do here that we were keen to spend a week looking around knowing that the large touristy ‘must do’s’ (things like Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockerfeller Centre and walking over the Brooklyn Bridge), had already been done. The plan for the next week was to really live it up in New York. So here is a list of some of the things we did this time:

1. Times Square – it doesn’t matter how many times you go to New York, you’ll always find yourself in this frantic hotspot where there are shops galore, Broadway, insane traffic and so many people no matter what time of day.

Doesn't matter what time of the day it is, Time Square is always busy!!!!

Doesn't matter what time of the day it is, Time Square is always busy!!!!

2. A Broadway Show – this time around we decided to see a show that we didn’t know too much about. It was called Promises Promises and it was fantastic. The two leading actors were Kristen Chenoweth (RV, Four Christmases, The Pink Panther, Ugly Betty, Frasier) and Sean Hayes (most well known for his role in Will and Grace). Such a fun show – well worth checking it out.

Broadways shows are a must when visiting New York

Broadways shows are a must when visiting New York

3. Central Park – you can continue to explore this place every time you go there. Lunch or a drink at the Central Park Boathouse (particularly on a hot summers day) is so good. Highly recommend some bubbly and a cheese platter.

The Boat House Restaurant in Central Park offers a great view.

The Boat House Restaurant in Central Park offers a great view.

4. Upper East Side – a visit to Bloomingdales is always necessary, plenty of beautiful shops and cafes which we spent an afternoon exploring as well as checking out the incredible apartments and houses as you walk along the streets.We also enjoyed a coffee at a restaurant called Lumi. A scene from the first Sex and the City Movie was filmed at here (its the scene where a heavily pregnant Charlotte sits down for lunch and spots Big…)

We were told to sit at Big's table..

We were told to sit at Big's table..

5. 5th Avenue – shops, shops, shops.

Fifth Avenue is a dangerous place for the men in the relationship!!! Unless of course you love shopping....

Fifth Avenue is a dangerous place for the men in the relationship!!! Unless of course you love shopping....

6. Grand Central Station – seen in so many movies, so its good fun to check out. There are nice restaurants on either side of the main area and the gourmet delicatessen in the station is also worth wandering through.

Grand Central Station, like Time Square is always busy!!! There is a nice bar there to enjoy a drink and people watch.

Grand Central Station, like Time Square is always busy!!! There is a nice bar there to enjoy a drink and people watch.

7. Greenwich Village – the markets which take place along Bleecker Street on Sundays are so busy and there are lots of cool little vendors selling all sorts of things – clothing, jewellery, art, antiques and a variety of different cuisines. The shops along here are beautiful boutiques. A great day of retail therapy in this area.

Bleecker Street was buzzing because of a carnival. There are not only great shops but relatively inexpensive places to eat and drink.

Bleecker Street was buzzing because of a carnival. There are not only great shops but relatively inexpensive places to eat and drink.

8. Harlem – the first time we came to New York, we saw Harlem from the seats of the Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour. So this time we decided to spend a little more time here, and did the Harlem Gospel Tour. The area of Harlem has definitely been cleaned up in the last few years and the stigma that this place is really dangerous is starting to dissolve. We found ourselves in the Greater Higher Deliverance Temple and for us Mass and praying took on a whole new meaning. Where we are used to being extremely quiet and reflective at Church, the live band (with the loudest drummer), singing, praising and repitition of the word Alleluijah was all done at peak volume. So too was just calling out to God whenever you wanted to.

Tourists are packed in to view the spectacle which is a genuine mass for the locals

Tourists are packed in to view the spectacle which is a genuine mass for the locals

9. Ground Zero – with barricades up there is not a huge amount to see of the area that once housed the two World Trade Centres other than a huge construction site where rebuilding is now taking place. Be sure to visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a place that honours those killed in terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. This Memorial is across the road from

10. A few nice dinners were also had in Little Italy, the Meatpackers District, Soho and Greenwich Village and picnics in Central Park and Bryant Park were a beautiful way to spend an afternoon in hot New York.

A gorgeous park on the corner of 6th Avenue and 42nd Street

A gorgeous park on the corner of 6th Avenue and 42nd Street

So a week in New York flies by extremely quickly and even after two visits now, Elissa would go back again and again….
Pete  might sit the next NY trip out.

To see more pics of this fab city, check out our gallery….

  • Leonienolan

    Great to see Elissa using those piano lessons in NY!!!

    Mumxxxxx

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