In early June, Sean and I went to New York for 5 nights on a bit of a last minute trip. We booked into Yotel in Hell’s Kitchen which was a really funky hotels with cabin like rooms. The price was a lot cheaper than hotels in the city, and we weren’t planning on spending much time at the hotel.
When I was 21, I spent three months living and working in New York, so I didn’t want to do touristy things this time round – plus I really really really hate queueing for things or being rammed in a tour with other tourists. I don’t find it a nice way to see and experience somewhere. I found this book amazing, and such a great way to find out the history behind a certain building, street or district. Each day we would have a new area of the city to go and explore, and I would check the book for little things to check out, some of which are called out below:
- Greenwich Village Explosion
- The Wall Street Bombing
- The Brill Building
- American Merchants Mariners Memorial
For years this has been number one on my list for New York and we walked the Highline on our first full day. It starts close to our hotel and as we strolled along we could look in at the various buildings being built and down onto the streets below. We continued along until we got the Chelsea Market and got a look in on the Google building that surrounds the Market – still raging we didn’t go in for a tour.
Chinatown & Little Italy
We spent an afternoon strolling around Chinatown and Little Italy, which I highly recommend – you can find so many cute and random little places to go and visit. We stopped off for lunch in Ferrera in Little Italy, before getting ice cream in the Chinese Ice Cream Factory. Strolling through the street and looking in at what the shops are selling is fantastic.
We visited the Tenement Museum to find out about the Irish immigrants that lived in these tiny rooms in New York during the 1800’s. The tour guide was brilliant, and the small tour group made it really good experience. Highly recommend a visit as the rooms inside are pretty much unchanged. We also went for a drink in a bar across the street that I would highly recommend.
This is the oldest distillery in New York and it was founded in 2010 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The old building is cool and its still a relatively small distillery with the whole process taking place in one large room in the building. They even take volunteers at the weekend to bottle the whiskey. We found out a couple of things about American whiskey that we didn’t know before – like burbon only has to be matured for two years. Kings County have won a lot of awards and have a good collection of whiskey to chose from – along with some ginger “whiskey” that is actually just the new make spirt bottled and is very cheeky calling it a whiskey.
We went for a stroll and some lunch in Brooklyn before walking to the Kings County Distillery. After we did the tour, we decided to cycle back to Queens, so we cycled along Kent Avenue, which looked to have some cool bars & coffee shop. We have added this to our list to visit the next time we’re in New York.
When I was in New York years ago, I did the Circle Line tour all around the island which gave a great opportunity to see and hear about various parts of the island. This time we decided to take the Brooklyn tour and spent two hours out by the Statue of Liberty and up along into Brooklyn. The tour guide was amazing and good fun – which made the two hours fly by.
We spent our first full day walked around downtown, where we went through Battery Park and along onto Wall Street. This was when we visited the Dead Rabbit for lunch. We wanted to visit the Irish Famine Memorial, but it was closed when we went – I have been before, and thought it was well worth a trip back. Its a nice change to stroll around down here and is lovely to walk along the winding streets.
Chelsea Market & Eataly
On the first day we walked along the Highline and stopped by Chelsea Market, which was really cool. It also looks to have a cool Google Office above it too. We went to Doughnuttery where I picked up some Cider Donuts, that were amazing! It was pretty crowded in there and with very little seating options we kept walking. We also heard about Eataly and decided to pay it a visit. It’s a similar style and all of the food looked unreal.
We read about this online and decided to check it out. Its a huge store on 80th street that has everything – homeware, hardware and amazing food. They had the largest selection of olives and cheeses I have ever seen and I was happy out.
Standard trip to central park – we got bikes and cycled around a small bit. Didn’t spend too much time here, but love cycling around the lake and people watching.
We visited the 911 Memorial which is extremely eerie. We didn’t go to the museum but we spent some time by the memorial which I would recommend visiting. Its close enough to the Irish Famine Memorial and Battery Bark.