I have just come home from a 5 week trip through the East and Southeast of the USA. I began the journey in New York City and ended it in Key West. I was so lucky that I had two friends living in Hoboken, New Jersey which is right across the river from New York, making it endlessly convenient for me to live with them while touristing New York. In this first post about the city I want to show my experiences in ‘Midtown’ – meaning from Times Square down to Chelsea Market.
Walking into Times Square was exactly as fabulous as I had hoped. It’s all real, you know?
What a place! I was also enjoying very much to have my ‘own personal’ photographer with me in my friend from the city. He was happy to show me around and show me all the tricks to have a good time in New York.
The (in)famous Naked Cowboy, who today had some company in the form of a very old lady in the same outfit (off frame)!
From Times Square it’s not very far to Top of the Rock, the place that I had picked for my view over Manhattan. It’s expensive, but kind of a must!
It’s incredibly windy at the top and the wind comes from all directions, so make sure you DO NOT wear a loose skirt when you’re up there..!
From there down to Bryant Park which isn’t too far from the Rockefeller. It’s a lovely little place, with a nice little coffee shop at one end and the New York public library at the other.
I saw a whole bunch of this kind of trees in New York, I really think they’re pretty!
New York public library was pretty high on my list of things I wanted to check out, as a) there’s books, b) it actually looks like a pretty magnificent building whenever I’ve seen it on movies and tv.
Time for lunch! I had read up on food in New York and since I am more of a burger person than a pizza person (don’t judge me) I really wanted to try out Shake Shack which had its very first location in Madison Square Park. It’s kind of a long walk down there, but you’ve got to walk if you want to see New York properly! You know you’re getting close when you see the Flatiron building getting closer:
There always seems to be a long queue at that Shake Shack, but luckily it moves fast enough. And the place is just lovely.
I got the ShakeBurger and my first and last cheese fries.. That was just too much for me! By the way, nice beer they make..!
Actually, this was just around sunset, not lunch time, even though I did get back for lunch another day. Another good place for lunch, dinner or if you’re just hangry, there is Chelsea market due west of Shake Shack and the Flatiron. I went to Chelsea Market when I was nearby checking out Greenwich Village, as the walk from there isn’t too far.
The place is packed, and there is so much goodness to choose from (and a few non-food stores as well). I ended up having this pair of super delicious chicken tacos.
Since it was just nearby, I made sure to check out the famous High Line as well, a green ‘park’ built on an old railway track that was running above the street. Pretty cool idea!
Finally, still in my ‘Midtown’ because it’s almost on the same street as Times Square is the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which is actually situated in Hell’s Kitchen. The Intrepid is an old aircraft carrier (ship) that is now permanently anchored and used as a museum that is unmissable if you think that kind of thing is cool (since I’m a pilot I kinda had to go!).
One thing is that the aircraft and the ship (and the USS Enterprise in the Space Hanger!) are super cool in their own right, I think the backdrop of New York City just makes it even better..!
All in all, there’s so much to do in New York City, even just in this small section of Manhattan. I’m so glad I had a full week there, and even that wasn’t half enough to see it all. Out of all the places I visited on my 5 week roadtrip, New York is in the top 3. I love that there’s so much to explore, and so much life and colour and unexpectedness! Luckily, airplane tickets to New York are getting cheaper..