I’ve just returned from my first ever trip to New York. I can’t quite believe I’ve never been before because it’s always been a place on my travel list, but for some reason I’ve always found myself prioritizing travelling to other places.
I spent a full week and really think I maximized my time. To get around I largely used my good old trusty legs in lieu of the subway, as one of my favourite things to do is explore aimlessly and get lost down the side streets whilst going from A to B.
Here are some of my higlights:
❤ Brooklyn ❤ I absolutely loved Dumbo. Full of hipster cafes and vintage shops, it gave me Manchester and Shoreditch vibes.
❤ Central Park was definitely a highlight for me. I love the juxtaposition of a peaceful, green and open space in the middle of the vibrancy of a city.
❤ Exploring the side streets and finding little quirks in the city. (In order: Little Italy, The Met, TriBeca, SoHo, Nolita)
I much prefer to explore places off the beaten track because I really think that’s where you get the real feel for the culture of a place – whether it’s the less popular side streets, local eateries or just general scenery that doesn’t feature in tour guides. I tend to start by including the top tourist attractions (albeit only the ones I actually want to see), but aim to find spend most of my time finding more local and back alley spots that the locals enjoy.
❤ I also spent time exploring the artwork and graffiti lining the streets. (In order: Chelsea, NoHo, Nolita)
❤ plus a few obligatory views of the skyline and Times square!
The hustle and bustle of Times Square reminded me of Shibuya in Tokyo or Leicester Square in London. Basically an assault on all of your senses!
All in all I absolutely loved the energy of New York and it’s definitely now one of my favourite cities. I guess I just love that big city busy feeling as you get caught up in the energy and vibrancy. It makes me want to go out and grab life – perfect for someone like me that struggles to sit still. It also reminded me of other cities I adore like Tokyo, Hong Kong and London. Some parts even reminded me of Manchester ❤
Have you ever been to New York? Is it one of your favourite cities?
Thanks for reading,