THEY, WHO EVER THEY MAYBE, SAY THAT ONCE YOU VISIT NEW YORK IT NEVER LEAVES YOU AND I THINK THEY ARE WHOLEHEARTEDLY RIGHT. THIS SEPTEMBER AS PART OF MY HONEYMOON, I'M RETURNING TO MY BELOVED NEW YORK FOR THE THIRD TIME. IN ALL HONESTY, MY TRIP FEELS OVER DUE SINCE MY LAST IN 2012. KNOWN FOR ITS REPUTATION FOR BEING FAST PACED, NEW YORK CHANGES BY THE MONTH, PROBABLY BY THE HOUR. IT'S A BOUNTY OF INNOVATIVE, CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION THAT FILLS ME WITH CHILDLIKE EXCITEMENT, WIDE-EYED AND CLAPPING LIKE A SEAL AT THE THOUGHT OF GOING BACK TO THIS MAGICAL PLACE.
SO AS I'M FORWARD PLANNING MY OWN TRAVEL ITINERARY, I THOUGHT I'D SHARE A FEW PAST FAVOURITES IN ADDITION MUST-DO'S FOR THIS YEAR'S VISIT WITH OBJECT READERS JUST INCASE YOU'RE PLANNING A TRIP STATESIDE ANYTIME SOON. TODAY, I'LL BE MAINLY FOCUSING ON MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN AND HAVE INCLUDED TWO AERA MAPS OF THE BOROUGHS.
if you're a local or have visited new york, please do pop a recomendation in the comment box below, i'd love to hear your suggestions!
For now here are my tips on what to explore in nyc...
You can’t really pin point what New York considers it’s signature dish, unless we’re talking pizza right?! It’s not unusual to find 10 or more different cuisines neighbouring one another on the city’s bustling streets, the choice is endless.
Newbie, ABC Kitchen (Flat Iron District, manhattan) and it’s innovative ‘haute green cuisine’ will please diners wanting to push their culinary boundaries.
How’s about the simples? Damn good wine, delicious home cooked food and a charming cellar space adorned with hundreds of pillar candles to cosy up with your nearest and dearest, be sure to check out Bacaro (Broadway, Manhattan).
And finally, a supper club! A rare and slightly nerve-racking but still so interesting opportunity to dine with strangers, in someone’s apartment in a secret location, that could be awkward as hell or could be one of the best night’s of your life. Try The Whisk and Ladel.
Independent Stores and Markets
For beautiful, understated feminine wares, unusual objects for the home, micro library and botanical skincare range, visit Brooklyn based concept store Oroboro.
Brooklyn Flea, (Williamsburg and Forte Green, brooklyn)
If there's one shopping experience not to miss it’s a visit to the Brooklyn Flea where artists, makers, bakers, designers, collectors, crafters and everything in between gather to showcase their creations. Running every Saturday in Fort Green and Sunday’s on the Williamsburg Waterfront.
Urban Cowboy BnB (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
A log cabin in the city? Well kind of and it’s housed in a 4 bedroom Brooklyn brownstone building tastefully furnished with exposed brick, industrial lighting, mid-century interiors and in-room pot-belly stoves. There’s also an awesome communal hot tub in the back yard to be enjoyed!
Ace Hotel (Mid-Town Flower District, Manhattan)
If you’re looking for a party hotel with DJ lobby sets, in-house gallery, cocktail and oyster bar and 'nose-to-tail' meat-centric restaurant, Ace Hotel is the place to stay. Taking the standard mini-bar to a whole new level you can even purchase in-room amenities such as Pendleton blankets and vintage vinyls.
Moma (Mid-town, Manhattan)
No trip to NYC would be complete without a visit to the wildly influential house of modern and contemporary art. Go on Friday evening, when admission is free (4-8 p.m.). Follow up with dinner and drinks at the design-minded (award-winning) restaurant, The Modern.
Alice Austen House (Staten Island)
Time in New York is precious, if you’re terribly impatient or have severe fear of heights, maybe give the big sights a miss and discover something new in the city, such as Alice Austen House on Staten Island. Discovering the camera as a child in the 1800’s, Alice Austen was the original Humans of New York photographer. She pursued a successful career as a photographer when it not an accepted profession for women, taking hundreds of photos of friends and life, not only in NYC but also across the country. Alice Austen House, is where she lived and worked for a good portion of her life, is listed as one of the oldest homes in New York City. There are rotating photo exhibits in the house, events on the grounds, and gorgeous views of NYC from the lawn.
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm (Brooklyn)
Who ever came up with this idea, is pure genius! We’re talking a 6,000 square-foot organic veggie garden built on top of a warehouse overlooking Manhattan. Stop by during market hours (Sunday afternoons) and pick up your very own Brooklyn-grown produce, perfect if you’re staying in self-catering accommodation!
Rockaway Beach (Rockaway Peninsula,Queens)
If you’re staying in New Yorkers for longer 3 days over the summer and fancy exploring beyond the grid, why not make the 30 minute journey to Rockaway Beach? Surfers, young creatives types and old-school New Yorks flock to one of America’s largest urban beaches to feast on fusion flavour ice-cream, Mexican street food and boutique beers whilst bedding down at the super cool, design motel, Playland. If riding the waves isn’t really you thing, you can also check out Hot Yoga at Rockaway Beach. Or you could just sunbathe!
The Highline (Meat Packing District and Chelsea, Manhattan)
Like most major cities, New York can certainly tug at your purse strings! One of the best ways to see the incredible, urban landscapes is to walk The Highline. Stretching between West 30st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues and Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking district, this open-air exhibition formed from a disused railroad allows you to take in every amazing sight and landmark from up high. Grab a fresh cup of artisan coffee and baked treat from Blue Bottle Coffee before starting a foot.
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Words: Rachael Adams
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