Nikki in New York
Published: 15 June 2017
After dreaming of going to New York for years, my friend and I finally took the plunge and booked a 4 night break. Immediately on arrival I was taken aback with how vibrant the city is. The hustle and bustle of Times Square was exactly how I had imagined. I was captivated by my surroundings in an instant, from the fabulous Manhattan skyscrapers, the enticing aroma of the street vendors to the brilliant lights on Broadway. WOW! I could get used to this city!
Day 1: With great eagerness we were off exploring the city. Our hotel was in Times Square, and from there we took a leisurely walk to Central Park, stopping off at Macy’s and The Empire State Building on route. It’s hard to believe this enormous 103 floor building was built in only 410 days. On the way back another spot of shopping at Bloomingdales was a must (if not only for one of their famous ‘Little Brown Bags’).
Day 2: We were up and out early today to visit the main lady herself, the amazing
Statue of Liberty! For this we needed to travel downtown on the subway to pick up the ferry to Liberty Island. Once at Liberty Island we walked up to this awe inspiring monument in stunned silence. I was unashamedly moved to tears at finally standing beneath this 111ft lady. She most certainly takes your breath away. After spending some time at Liberty Island we jumped on the ferry to Ellis Island to visit the Immigration Museum. This was a really, really interesting visit.
Day 3: Today we went to pay our respects at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Again this required a quick journey downtown on the subway. The Memorial site had a silence and complete calmness that I have never experienced before. This was despite the hundreds of visitors around us, each quietly contemplating the enormity of what had happened here. Even so, this was a beautiful place to be. If you visit one place whilst in NYC, this is a must!
Day 4: Off to the Top of The Rock today to take in some breath-taking views of the city. We then had a wander around the famous Rockefeller Centre which comprises of 19 buildings over 22 acres. With the vast array of shops & eateries here, plus the beautiful fountains & of course the famous ice rink you won’t be lost for things to see or do. If you get the chance you can take a tour of the NBC Studios too!
Day 5: Finally it wouldn’t be right to stay on Broadway without taking in a show. There are so many theatres between West 41st & West 52nd Street that you will be spoilt for choice. We opted for The Phantom of The Opera at The Majestic and found this an incredible experience. Nothing beats that magic you feel from a live performance. Bravo!
There are no rules while you are in NYC. You can fit in as much or as little as you want. One thing for sure is that once you have been, you will ‘be bitten by the bug’ & be booking a return visit.
Tips: Travelling on the subway you will need to purchase a Metro Card at a cost of $1.00 (new card fee); however you can load this up to cover both travellers’ fees. If staying longer or using more frequently look at the 7-Day & 30-Day options. Sightseeing can be costly if you don’t do your homework. Plan before you go & opt for either the New York CityPass (which we purchased) or the New York Pass.