If you missed my blog about all the food I consumed in New York you can read it here. In this blog post I will highlight what sights we saw.
We started Friday with a trip to Brooklyn on the subway, walking down all the pretty streets. We walked back over the Brooklyn bridge in 30 degrees heat, taking in the sights of the Manhattan skyline.
In the afternoon we visited the observation deck in the World Trade Centre, the views of mid-town and beyond were fantastic but I still prefer the view from the Empire State building with all the beautiful art deco design and having the option to go outside and feel the wind on your face. The world trade centre is a bit minimalist for my taste and I didn’t like having to take photos with the glass reflection in. But still the views are amazing s you can see!
Following the World Trade Centre visit we went to the 911 museum, you could easily spend 5 hours reading and watching all the footage it really was very humbling and heartbreaking for all involved, I learn’t so much that I didn’t know or had forgotten. I would definitely recommend making time to visit here if you get the chance.
On the Saturday we decided to walk the high line, a disused rail track that has been turned into a nature garden with art exhibits. You can walk all the way from 34th street to 11th street or vice versa, taking in all the sights on the way. We stopped off at Chelsea Borough market which is full of handmade stalls and yummy food shops.
While we were in New York we went to see Come From Away a new musical about the week after 911 when the planes were diverted after they closed the US airspace and 7000 people were stranded in Newfoundland, Canada. The minimal cast did an amazing job of taking us through the emotions following the terror attacks. No spoilers but I would really recommend seeing this show, there was not a dry eye in the room once it had finished. We booked the very last row in the theatre for $55 a ticket, this was a bargain compared to the other seats, the view was still fantastic, so if you love a bargain don’t be afraid to book rows further back to save money.
One of the best things we did in New York was head to Governors Island, for $2 you can get the 5 minute ferry from South Ferry. The Island is quite large and has lots of empty houses (I still need to Google what the Island was used for). If you fancy it, you can hire bikes to get around and the first hour is free, which is more than enough time to explore then take in the views of Liberty Island and the Manhattan skyline.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip around New York, we didn’t have a great deal of time for sightseeing but we certainly packed in as much as we could.
Love Claire Xx