HOW TO SPEND FIVE DAYS IN NEW YORK
For six years I have dreamt about spending New Year’s in New York. I can officially now say that I have ticked that off my bucket list! I had never stepped foot in the Big Apple before so all I had no idea what to expect. We were only there for five days so planning was crucial. If you are looking to do the same, carry on reading for what I got up to.
We travelled from Heathrow to Philadelphia, unfortunately, due to the time of year the direct flights were super expensive and we ended up being delayed for three hours. All my plans of having a nice afternoon strolling around Times Square were completely destroyed and we ended up getting to our hotel at 8.30pm. Now I know, it’s the city that doesn’t sleep, but I do. So we found a cute little restaurant and then went straight to bed.
We stayed at the Hudson New York on West 58th Street, literally only a stone’s throw away from Central Park.
Aesthetically, the Hudson was unreal. It had a mix of a botanical yet Americana vibe which strangely worked and there were neon lights everywhere.
Our room was pretty small, which I did expect but the quality was a bit lacklustre. Again interior-wise it was great, wooden panels and quirky lighting but that didn’t really make up for the issues. I’m not trying to sound like a Debbie-downer, but there were a few issues. We found the safe had no batteries in, walls were cracked and the main light didn’t even work. We also discovered on our first morning that there was an intense stench of weed in the corridors.
Day two held a bit more action on our part. We found on the corner of our block the most incredible 24-hour diner, Flames. We loaded up on carbs then headed off to the Empire State Building, which was insane. We actually got passes for trips through an app called New York City Explorer Pass, it ended up saving us loads of money so I would definitely recommend it.
After the Empire State Building, we headed toward the Flatiron but ended up getting completely distracted by an Asian wine bar. Slightly tipsy we ended up walking to Grand Central Station and actually witnessed a proposal while we were there! Carrying on without walk we stumbled upon Bryant Park and Radio City while on route to Times Square. One of the best parts about going at that time of year is that all of the Christmas lights are still up and there is still such a festive atmosphere.
Day three, New Year’s Eve, took a
After that, we had to explore the Rockefeller and we found the most delicious pizza place inside. Outside though we obviously saw the famous Christmas tree and the ice rink, whilst I tried to take loads of photos it was crazy busy and every picture had someone’s head in it.
Five Avenue was literally a block away, so I went on a bit of a shopping spree… I didn’t get loads because my luggage was on the heavier side
A slight inconvenience though was a sudden bout of flu that hit me that afternoon, so we began to head back but got distracted by The Plaza Hotel’s French Wine Bar. After a bottle of medicinal rosé we ended back at the room to prepare for festivities (i.e. I had a nap).
Unfortunately, the NYE party was very close to Times Square so we had to walk due to road closures. It was pouring with rain and I looked like a drowned rat by the time we arrived. The party was held at The Rickey and entrance included a free bar so I was happy. I did have a good time all in all. However, the mix of flu and prosecco completely ruined my memor of the night. Typical.
Day four was my last full day in New York. Since it was New Year’s Day, I was always going to be relatively hungover. I just didn’t plan on being as ill as I was. We had a boat tour of the island booked, which was incredible and I highly
The tour took just under three hours and when docked we had no clue where we were but managed to found the High Line. It was pretty damn cold so most of the plants were dead, but honestly, if you have a chance to walk the High Line, I couldn’t recommend it more. After we finished our walk we ended up in the Meatpacking District and found a cute restaurant for me to recover in where we had an insane burger.
We did have plans of heading down to Brooklyn and also visiting Ground Zero, but I was far too ill to manage that. In the
With our car picking us up at
Ice skating in Central Park has always been a dream of mine. Due to time, we had to do it on our last day but it was magical. I did look like
New York was an absolute dream and I can honestly say I’ve already been looking at prices to go back again the summer. I would love go back in full health, experience the places we didn’t end up going to and see the High Line in its glory. I probably wouldn’t stay at Hudson again and I would try to book direct flights as I’m impatient.