Sunday, 14 May 2017

THE NYC SERIES: THE REST

It dawned on me today that I STILL hadn't shared the final NYC post with you lovely lot and that I should probably get to work so this little series can be boxed off ready for whatever trip I take next.

There are still so many places we either visited, or stumbled across, that I'm yet to show you and let's be honest, these are the the best bits.

COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM
On Day 2 we headed to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum - in the Upper East Side - for the only compulsory trip on our 5 day itinerary, because oops this actually was a university trip! Scraps was only a small exhibition yet quite interesting and the museum itself is so interactive that if I hadn't been so eager to soak up this city, I could have spent waaay longer in there.
HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA & MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Okay, there's no denying that this trip was definitely done on a budget and whilst it wasn't the fanciest of hotels, the location was so incredible that I would definitely consider staying there next time I head to NYC.

Directly opposite the Hotel Pennsylvania was Madison Square Garden. Serious. The only saddening thing is that I wasn't there whilst a major concert was happening because I'd so be there.
If that wasn't cool enough, if you turn right out of our hotel and then right again, oh hi Empire State Building. And if you avoid the second right and walk 10 minutes down the road, you're in the middle of Times Square.
I didn't realise how small this area of the city actually is!
HARD ROCK CAFE

This Hard Rock Cafe restaurant is absolutely amazing, I was in awe the whole time I was there. And I've never had such massive food portions.

TIP; I really ought to point out the tip situation again though, be careful when tipping because our group were made to feel terrible for not tipping a waitress something extortionate for doing so little for us. I'm not giving anyone $7 for bringing me a drink.
FIFTH AVENUE
Fifth Avenue is every bit the window shopping experience you imagine it to be. There's so many major names down there (it's also the longest damn street I've been down!), we headed into a few stores but you know you gotta step away when there's doormen guarding outside. 

And yes, we definitely went into Tiffany's!
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
There were a few last minute/accidental places we saw like Radio City Music Hall. It's so iconic and, although it was on my list, we hadn't actually decided to see it, it was just by chance that I looked down a street and found it! Also cool side note; when travelling up the Rockefeller Centre, you can see RCMH!

And just a few doors down is the studios where the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is filmed.
GRAND CENTRAL STATION
I had the biggest Friends With Benefits freakout moment, not just whilst stood in the station, but seeing the Pershing Square that Mila Kunis & Justin Timberlake went for dinner *ahem* at the end of the film. Not excited by that. No. Not. At. All. 
On our way to South Ferry we managed to completely miss our stop, continue travelling on the subway and ended up in Bay Ridge which is so far from our stop that we had to laugh so much just to avoid crying. I recommend looking up both places just see how tragic our travelling was.

However, how cute does it look in Bay Ridge?
All I can say in response to this vacation is; Holy Moly, pinch me, this actually really bloody happened!

It was crazy start to finish, unforgettable and it's left me with this overwhelming urge to return ASAP. The only other place to capture my whole heart is Paris. See you in November, France.

S xo

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Ps. I'm so disappointed that I sung neither Welcome to New York or New York, New York whilst I was there. Sob sob.

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