I’m Catriona, Marketing & Operations Assistant and the newest people’s poncho team member! For my 21st birthday this year I got the chance to travel to New York with my family (it had always been on our bucket list to do together). October is a really lovely time to travel to New York as it as the weather is mild and autumnal and there are lots of pumpkins around! The Christmas festivities are also beginning to appear with ice rinks dotted about the city.
We visited some really great places and did lots of amazing things and I would love to share them with you!
Firstly I feel anyone thinking of heading to New York will need to know comfy walking shoes are a MUST! I managed to walk 80 miles in just over a week, however this is probably a good thing with all the pancakes and bagels you will eat. Another top tip is to pack light when you head out for the day, no big heavy backpack or handbag only a small bag with the essentials.
For our stay we decided to book an apartment in the wall street area, this is a great area of Manhattan if you like a good quiet night sleep as it is the business orientated area of New York and falls quiet at night (but also really close to everything). As it was an apartment it had a little kitchen which was really handy to rustle up the occasional breakfast or dinner which helped us save money for experiences instead.
Now the fun stuff!
These are my must go places in New York, I have whittled it down to five.
Walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn- Over the Brooklyn bridge: We did this on a Sunday and set off at around 12. There was a great flea market in Dumbo Brooklyn which was great. It is also a great day out away from the madness of Manhattan with lots of independent shops and coffee shops. I would recommend setting off in the light and heading back while night falls. The city lights are so beautiful and great to see.
The High Line: A beautiful walk through the city, It was once a railway track but now is covered with wildflowers and is a great place for a relaxing stroll. As it is a raised rail track it is away from the traffic and completely pedestrianised.
Chelsea Market: One of the best finds of the trip. We has planned to just drop in as It doesn’t look like much from the outside. However it is a maze of shops, great food of all cuisines and a place you could easily spend 3 plus hours exploring. The market holds many stalls with handmade jewellery and art. Definitely the best place to get a one off keepsake.
Central Park: A gem of the city well known to all heading to New York and it does not disappoint! Head there on the best weather day of your stay, stroll and relax. We also took a rowing boat ride which was 15 USD for a boat for an hour, the boats can hold four so this is a very reasonable price. Definitely something I would highly recommend as it was a beautiful experience. Also keep your eyes and ears open for some great singers and performers while exploring the park.
Ellis Island & Liberty Island: This is a great one if you have a longer trip. However if you don’t and still want to pass the Statue of Liberty, get the Staten Island ferry which is free and takes about 15 minutes (try to get past all the salesman trying to sell you boat tours). The Ellis Island tickets must be purchased (but include Liberty Island and the museum on Ellis island) the best tip is to get there for the first ferry at 9am. You will only have short wait at this time, later in the day the queues are 2 hours long and there are much more fun things to do in New York! Ellis Island and Liberty Island are a great day out of the city and explains some of the history behind New York immigration.
Whatever you decide to do, try not to plan too much into each day and just Enjoy the many things this great city has to offer. Pack light, and always carry your waterproof poncho for that unexpected American shower!
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