If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago, I was able to cross another item off my bucket list and visit New York! I’ve wanted to visit NYC for so long, and when the opportunity came up at uni, I couldn’t say no. I had such an amazing time; even after a terrible first night during which I hated New York and decided I was never travelling again. It makes me laugh, looking back, but what can I say. Jet-lagged and hangry.
Travel posts are some of my favourites to write, but unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to be doing it a lot at the moment! I really loved making my Marseille Photo Diary, and as I haven’t written anything on here for months, I thought I’d do a similar one for New York.
*Please excuse the funny photo layout. I edited some of the images for Instagram so they have large (and invisible!) white borders*
Our first day (I’m not even going to talk about our first night), we started with breakfast in the amazing Big Daddy’s diner, before heading down to Times Square. We explored a bit, shopped a lot, and bought tickets for a basketball game at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn. The game was so much fun: we started out with no idea what was happening, and by the end I was so into it. As you can tell from our hats, we’ve all become big time Brooklyn Nets fans.
On day two, we spent most of the day in Central Park. We walked from Colombus Square to the boating lake, which took a lot longer than we thought it would, as we were distracted by amazing street performers and photo opportunities! The weather was amazing, so we took rowing boats out on the lake and ate ice creams. When I’m next in New York, I’d love to visit the Central Park Zoo, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
Our last day was probably my favourite day because we managed to get so much done. We started on Fifth Avenue, with the St Patrick’s Day Parade (before things started to get messy), before heading down to the High Line walk and Chelsea Market. We made it down to Battery Park with literally minutes to spare to get on the last boat to the Statue of Liberty, which also took us around Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge and up the Hudson River to Times Square (New York Water Taxi if anyone’s interested!). The weather was … dodgy, but I think the moody clouds looking amazing in the photos. Then we walked up to the One World Trade Centre and the 9/11 Memorial, which was much more emotional than I was expecting. We walked through Grand Central on our way to our last meal at this fab Chinese restaurant (Evergreen on 38) before eating Dunkin Donuts in Times Square at midnight!
I had such a fantastic trip, thank you to everyone at Winchester School of Art and the Fashion Marketing/Management course for making it happen!
Although, if I’m totally honest, New York wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Everyone I spoke to said I would love it, but I can’t honestly say that I do. I like it, it’s a fun place and I’ll definitely go back one day, but there was something about the ‘atmosphere’ that didn’t make me fall in love. It’s not exactly like it seems in the movies. What can I say, London will always have my heart.
Panda Eyes xx