Top of the list, Head of the heap, King of the hill…… New York, Neeeeeeeew Yooooooork…..
I love New York. I can’t think of any other big city that I’d choose to travel to if I could choose…
It has everything that you can wish for and then it’s like walking around in a movie….the
different areas of Manhattan, the different people, the different smells, the pulse….
HOW TO GET THERE?
There are numerous ways to go to New York.
However, my favourite way is direct by SAS .
Last year, they introduced their new cabin on intercontinental routes and I must admit that I do love the new SAS PLUS travel class. The airline choose to call it “for a little more comfort onboard“, I’d definitely like to call it “for a lot more comfort onboard“.
Seats are a lot wider than in economy class, lots of legspace with a footrest, bigger screen, free drinks, priority check-in, free wi-fi, fast track in Scandinavia, lounge access (the lounge at Newark is great!), 2 x 23 kgs (great for shopping…) just to mention a few of the extra perks .
Meals are also really good and I loved the beef stew that was served on our latest trip back from New York.
About 1,5 hour before landing, you’ll get a light meal served and meal type depends on what time of the day you arrive.
I can also highly recommend British Airways via London or Delta’s non-stop service to JFK from Copenhagen (summer time only) and Delta business class is really good.
Immigration procedures upon arrival can take time so always make sure you have a bottle of water at hand, some sort of snack as well as a book or a magazine. If you’re unlucky, you can risk standing in line for more than an hour before reaching the counter. However, now there are immigration-automats/kiosks as well, which is a lot faster.
Getting from JFK to Manhattan is easy via taxi, there’s a flat rate to Manhattan hotels (about 55-65 usd.) and it takes about 30 min. – traffic depending.
Taxidrivers don’t cheat you, at least, I’ve never met one of those and I’ve been using taxis a lot in NY.
WHERE TO STAY?
Where to stay can be tricky. However, I do prefer Midtown Manhattan, around 40-45th Street. It’s very central and you can easily walk Downtown or Uptown.
However, areas like Tribeca and Greenwich Village both are in a lot more quiet surroundings, almost village like…
The Sofitel New York though, is my favourite hotel after staying there during my last 3 visits in New York city.
It is truly amazing with outstanding service from very friendly staff and the rooms are lovely! Spotless clean, beds extremely comfortable and the room is quite spacious as well. The bathroom……soooo nice with fresh flowers….
I also love the way they combine the interior with a French/New York twist – very elegant, yet cosy….
Great location as well, a quiet part of 44th. street, just around the corner from Times Square and 5th. Ave. Despite the very central location, there is no noise to be heard from the rooms.
Can’t wait to return!
|Oh well, what can I say other than most of the bags were inside the suitcases….|
The Bowery Hotel is another favourite place if you prefer to stay in the lower part of Manhattan in East Village/Nolita.
This is probably one of the most charming boutique hotels there is in New York and rooms are so cosy, stylish, luxurious with stunning views!
We loved the Double kingsize standard room and service at the hotel is also outstanding!
Breakfast at “Gemma” is great as well, with tables outside during summertime.
HOW TO GET AROUND TOWN
When in New York, the best way to experience the city (like any other city) is to walk around. New York is a very safe place to walk (at least up to 120th. Street). If you do need a rest, take the underground, it’s very easy as it goes either uptown (North bound) or Downtown (southbound).
The subway is fast and cheap. The easiest way to get around is to buy a prepaid MetroCard, that way you don’t have to buy single ticket rides every time and you can add any amount you wish to the card at any station.
Don’t miss Tribeca, Ground Zero, Central Park (don’t miss the H.C Andersen statue!), Meatpacking district, Brooklyn Bridge (MUST!), Soho, Noho…
Greenwich Village, aka “The Village”, is a great area and one of my favourite New York street is located here, Bleecker Street.
If you’re, like me, a Sex&TheCity fan….you’ll also feel at home in The Village 🙂 And yes, Carries apartment is just around the corner in Perry Street.
Take a boat trip as well and see the Statue of Liberty – Everything always looks nicer from the waterside…
If you’re visiting town for the first time, I can highly recommend a guided CityTour, one that includes both a bus ride and a boat trip. This way, you’ll learn how to orientate yourself and see most top sights as well.
I can recommend this guided tour, organised by Viator.com .
|Yeah….was kind of a windy day 🙂|
|YES, you’re right, this is where Mr. Big left Carrie on their Big Day. How could he???!!!|
|The Dakota building. Famous people lived/live here. Period.|
|Washington Square Arch – down in the village|
|Time Square – it just never gets dark here…|
|Strawberry fields in Central Park|
|Lower Manhattan, close to Pier 17|
THAT VIEW over New York is best seen from the Rockefeller Centre, “Top of the rock”.
Best time of the day is just an hour and a half Before sunset to get that magic, beautiful light over Manhattan…
From here, you “look down” on the Empire state building. Tickets can be purchased on-line.
THE SEX & THE CITY HOTSPOTS TOUR
If you looooove SATC and are in New York you must do this tour!
It’s really, really entertaining and we had a great guide, who took us around various locations from the series and the movies.
It was like a pilgrimage and a lot of fun. Along the way, you see various clips from the series and get to taste yummy cupcakes and a cocktail 🙂
You can easily book the tour on the “On Location Tours'” website
Next time….. Gossip Girl Sites tour……
|Sipping Cosmos at Steve’s bar|
THE NEW YORK HIGH LINE is also well worth a visit.
Old railway line that has been transformed into a lovely garden area, you walk above the city and enjoy the view and the lush area at the same time.
I was highly positively surprised and am sure you will enjoy it too!
THE 9/11 MEMORIAL
This museum is built at the twin tower site and definitely a place worth visit.
I don’t think I actually fully understood the 9/11 event until after having visited this museum.
It touches you and you can’t imagine just how New Yorkers struggled this day.
My Swedish friend, who visited the museum with us wrote a great blogpost in Swedish about the museum and you can read it here, should you wish to do so.
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY was opened for visitor in 2015 and this is definitely another MUST-DO when visiting New York.
The building is currently the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, standing 546 metres tall.
It’s very popular so booking tickets on their website is highly recommended.
Being afraid og heights, I was a bit worried to go up there at first. However, all my concerns disappeared immediately once I got inside the building.
The elevator ride up to the 102nd. floor took less than a minute. During the ride, an impressive LED technology picture-show is visualising the history and development of Manhattan from the 1500’s until today. This is extremely well documented and all I can say is WOW. WOW!
The view from the 102nd. floor is something else as you can see very far from all the way up there on a clear day. Since you’re in south Manhattan, you get to see the whole of it, as well as the rest of surrounding areas.
If you only have time to visit one view point during your stay – this should definitely be The One.
WALK FROM BATTERY PARK TO HIGHLINE along the Hudson River is a lovely 4 km walk.
I kan highly recommend this and you’ll see lots of “local life” along your way
SHOPPING is obviously a MUST and my favourites are:
-Woodbury common outlet
http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=7 , cheap and a huge selection of shops.
Located in New Jersey and the busride takes about an hour. Public busses from Port Authority Busterminal (42nd. Street) or private busses (more convenient) http://www.expresstrails.com/ – When at Woodbury, don’t miss the cinnabon sticks….www.cinnabon.com/ – delicious!!! Maaaaany great shops!
|Shop like a Pro…….|
-Jersey Gardens http://www.jerseygardens.com/ Located next to Newark Airport.
If you’re flying out to Newark, then I’d recommend that you spend the 1st. night at an airport hotel close to Jersey Gardens, do all your outletshopping there and then go to Manhattan.
To get to Jersey Gardens from Manhattan, take the public bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd. Str.). Very convenient and only takes about 25 minutes. Bus 111 and 115 and, as of Feb. 2017, they depart from gate C223 on 2nd. floor, and a return ticket (5 zones) can be purchased in the machines and is only 14,- usd.
Have used the bus twice and first time we had to line up and wait for about half an hour when returning to Manhattan but the second time there was no waiting time at all.
-Macy’s isn’t too bad either (34th. Str.)….(remember to go to the Visitor Centre with your passport to get a 10% discount card). The store i huge though….
-Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store on 5th. Ave. is good – as well as their smaller shop on 199 Water Str. (less people, more bargains).
|Receipts from Nordstrom Rack are hilarious….|
|10 hours later at Jersey Gardens…..|
WHERE TO EAT?
FOOD in New York is great as well….and me loving food….I could write forever about this favourite thing of mine…
There are many delis everywhere and if you’re visiting in the sumemertime, then breakfast from a Deli (or even Starbucks) can be taken in one of the parks, like Central Park or Bryant Park (next to the library).
|Breakfast in lovely Bryant Park|
-Strip House (Midtown location) is probably where we had the best steaks ever! The cosy Strip House Midtown branch is located on 44th. Street, just around 5th. Avenue.
So special and such a great experience it deserves its’ own blogpost…Read more here.
-The Musket Room was recommended to me by my Croatian friend who runs Jenys Restaurant in Tucepi.
The Musket Room is an amazing place! Not too big and very cosy (and non-noisy) in Nolita. Food is inspired by New Zealand and the red deer is amongst the best meat I ever had!
Service is excellent and this restaurant really deserves its Michelin star. https://www.musketroom.com
–Loeb Boathouse in Central park is a MUST (where Carrie and Mr. Big fell into the water :0))
|The hard decisions in life…..|
–Buddakan in Meatpacking district. Lovely, yummu asian food – and where Mr. Big’ and Carrie’s rehersal dinner took Place…www.buddakannyc.com
-Balthazar New York is another classic place in Soho. I love this building and the food is delicious! The beef stroganoff is probably the best I ever had and next time I’ll have the mussels…
–Uncle Jacks (Midtown branch) has great burgers and meat – and deliiiiiiciooouuus sweet potato fries…And oh yes, the tuna steak is to die for…. http://www.unclejacks.com/new-york-steakhouse-locations.php
–Bubbys in Tribeca or at the Highline should never be missed….. it’s like sitting somewhere on the countryside and food is extremely well prepared and tasty….
DON’T MISS THE BANOFFEE……! I’m just saying. http://www.bubbys.com/our-restaurants/tribeca/
|Must be the best banoffee in the world!|
-Wholefoods Market is great for take-away. Extremely wide variety and all fresh and organic! Even the cookies…. Love this place! Several branches throughout Manhattan, the one opposite Bryant Park on 6th. ave. being my favourite. There are several stores though… Bowery, Union Square, Columbus circle.. https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list
–Cafeteria New York in Chelsea is another favourite with great food. Their salads are to die for and the waffles…..stunning! And very basically love everything here but they do serve the best tuna poke in the world! Salads are great as well, as is the waffle banana split… Yuuummmy! Ask for a table in a quiet part of the restaurant or, even better, sit outside whenever possible and enjoy the streetview. http://cafeteriagroup.com/home/
-Magnolia Bakery.… Those famous cupcakes….so tasty…..
Several branches, like Grand Central and Midtown.
In case you need a SPA treatment, then Bliss spa is a favourite.
There are several branches on Manhattan.
New York is amaaaaazing and there is so much to see and do that I know I’ll never get bored here!
Next on my list is the UN-building and Ellis Island.
|Africa and Louis Vuitton – what is not to love?|
|No words necessary….., right?|
|H.C. Andersen in Central Park – very slippery to climb…|
|Love my PJ’s|