Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and taking in the streets of Soho are just three of my favourite things to do in NYC. For a few months now we have been planning a little trip, well actually a HUGE trip as we plan our 40th birthday celebrations. It’s been nearly ten years since our last visit and if truth be told I wish we could go back tomorrow. We first visited in 2006 and again in 2008, both times were at Christmas time whereas our next trip will be in April. I’m so looking forward to seeing how different the City looks and despite being so pretty at Winter-time I’m really looking forward to riding a bike with George in Central Park in the sunshine.
What did I love about New York? The fast pace but in equal measure the quiet moments stolen sitting on a park bench in Central Park. The streets, the yellow cabs and of course the skyline. NYC is quiet literally mesmerising, breathtakingly beautiful, the people were lovely but most of all it has a special place in my heart. The moment I said yes to Mr H. I remember taking a Pedicab Central Park tour and despite the snow it was so magical. Such a gentle way to enjoy the sights. Guiding you around the park, highlighting all the famous spots as well as taking in the views. Just writing this post brings back all those memories from the day we got engaged on Bow Bridge.
I cannot wait to go back in 2020 to celebrate our 40th birthdays, and best of all we’ll be taking our little boy with us and showing him the spot Daddy proposed to Mummy. He always asks about the story so we thought we’d have a little picnic in Central Park and show him the exact spot. I also cannot wait to capture the City on camera, these photos were taken so long ago when I wasn’t as crazy about photography as I am now. And to see it from George’s eyes will be pretty special indeed. And so I thought I would pull together a list of my Top 10 Reasons to Visit NYC just in case like us you are planning a special trip. Whether you are blown away by skyscrapers or the shops there is something for everyone in NYC!
- Ice Skating in Central Park – I can’t help but think of that moment in the movie Serendipity. So romantic, under a star filled sky if you are lucky. Personally I prefer this location for its skating rather than at the Rockefeller Centre. Less crowded, less expensive and the views are just WOW.
- Shopping in NYC – Centre of the fashion world, the shopping capital, an irresistible feast for all. Start saving now as you won’t be able to resist!
- Times Square – quite literally grab a coffee and sit on the steps in the middle of Times Square and take it all in. On our last trip we stayed right in the centre of Times Square and loved walking out into the centre of a morning and watching as the streets came alive.
- Stomping around the streets of Soho – the shops, the deli’s, the restaurants, the markets, the billboards. A must for tourists. I literally walked around the area with my head up in the air.
- Museum of Natural History – Need I say more? We spent hours inside on the day it snowed, a must visit and perfect for when you’re travelling with a little one. George will love this place.
- Broadway Show – we watched Grease whilst we were there. Unlike our theatres it was so small and quaint, expensive but a must. Book in advance.
- Brooklyn Bridge – this needs to be high on your list. The views are incredible especially as you walk over and look back. Just another way to see the skyline but with the most beautiful sunset if you’re lucky.
- Breakfast at Viand – Yes the coffee shop from the movie Devil Wears Prada. I remember having many a breakfast here, surrounded by the locals. Situated not too far from Bloomingdales. We loved the atmosphere and I remember the pancakes and corned beef hash being so good.
- A tour around Greenwich Village – The village as it is known was the home of Sex & The City’s Carrie Bradshaw. It is actually in the West Village between Bleecker and West 4th.
- Magnolia Bakery – another reference to Sex and The City. Can you tell I’m a HUGE fan? In Season 3, Episode 5, Carrie and Miranda sit on a bench just outside the bakery talking about Aidan. I can confirm that the red velvet cupcake was the most delicious-looking and tasting cupcake ever.
Would you add anything else to the list? And as we haven’t travelled with a little one to NYC before I would love to hear any of your recommendations of must do’s whilst we are there, he will be 9 years old.