New York! The Big Apple! What can I say, from the moment we arrived late at night to take our bight out of it and celebrate my upcoming 50th birthday, we hit the ground running. What an exciting city, the list of things to do is inexhaustible. When you visit New York, an adventure awaits you… Our first stop the morning after we arrived was The Rockefeller Center, it’s the best place to go for an aerial view of the city. The building itself is a beautiful art deco skyscraper, you can do a tour of the building before descending to the viewing platform. On Easter Sunday it was charming to see people skating on the rink in front of the building.
The reception area, everything is so tall and grand in New York I couldn’t fit whole buildings and images in frame.
We felt very safe in New York, there were police everywhere.
DOWNTOWN. Below is 5th Avenue where we spent alot of time shopping, tired Hayley and I retired to Starbucks a few times in Trump Tower for a coffee and frappuccino. We’d then find a seat and fantasise about what it’d be like to live there and the people who do.
MOMA. There is free admission to Moma (Museum Of Modern Art) on a Friday night so we visited along with all the other tourists, I must admit some of the art there went over my head but it was great to see and be part of the atmosphere the night we visited.
UNION SQUARE GREENMARKET. Union Square Greenmarket was high on my list to visit so the first Saturday morning we were in New York we caught a taxi straight there. I was glad to get out of the taxi as the driver drove very fast through every pothole on the road imaginable. He was also a bit weird so it was nice to finally arrive at Union Square and the relative calm of the market with all it’s offerings. Delicious looking fruit, cheeses, preserves, bread and flowers. Quite a few people were walking their dogs. I was very surprised to see people take dogs into stores and was totally shocked on our return trip home to see a guy take his dog on the plane with him. This just doesn’t happen in Australia.
We went to a diner for breakfast after visiting the market. Quite a few times on our trip on ordering eggs they’d automatically come with fried potatoes. It took me back to my childhood as my mum used to slice leftover boiled potatoes from the night before and fry them in the pan. We used to call them scallops and I loved them, it was a real treat. The best fried potatoes we had were at Cafe Pick Me Up in the East Village on our last day.
One of the many foodtrucks we saw throughout our stay.
ABC Carpet & Home is one of the most beautiful stores selling furniture, rugs, lighting and gifts I saw in New York. After wandering around the store, I was keen to see the restaurants and they were gorgeous, I couldn’t stop snapping photos, I’ll do a separate post on ABC Carpet & Home soon.
FLATIRON AND EATALY. After Union Square we walked to the Flatiron Building and Eataly. along the way we saw so many interesting restaurants and shops. The Flatiron building sits on a triangular island-block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle’s northern (uptown) peak. The name “Flatiron” comes from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.
The area outside the Flatiron building and Eataly had lots of bright green cafe tables and chairs for people to sit on in an island in the middle of the road, it was a lovely space that was dotted with pots of spring flowers.
Mario Batali’s Eataly is a must visit if you’re in New York, it’s a high end Italian food market, a one stop shop for all Italian food goodies. I read today that they’ve just opened a Nutella Bar that has queues snaking down the street. It’s very busy and Nick thought it was a bit of a theme park as it was so big and stylised. I’m going to do my New York posts in parts as there is so much to cover it’s impossible to do it in one blog post. I hope you enjoyed hearing a bit about the beginning of my trip to New York, there’s lots more to tell you about so check back next week…