My Trip To New York Part 2

Chelsea

Welcome to part 2 of my New York trip.  Today I want to show you around the Meatpacking District, West Village, The Museum of Natural History and a bit of Central Park.  It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we walked to Chelsea to connect with the Highline, an old railway line repurposed into an elevated garden and public open space.  The park extends from Gansevoort Street north to 30th Street and you can glimpse great views of New York as you walk along.  If you look really closely at the photo below you can see the Statue Of Liberty in the middle distant background.  The park was packed with tourists, some people were enjoying the park benches and reading, there were people selling various trinkets and towards the end food vendors carts if you’re feeling peckish.     We began our walk at Chelsea and finished at the Meatpacking District.  Upon alighting the stairs there was an artist selling his wonderful New York prints, Hayley couldn’t resist buying one for her bedroom.
The Highline
Meatpacking District.  Spring was late in New York this year and this particular Saturday is the kind of weather the city had been waiting for.  The Meatpacking District was full of life on it’s cobblestone streets with buskers and people drinking at bars and restaurants alfresco.  I loved this guy busking with his piano, there was chairs set up around him and people were loving his music.

Meatpacking District

Meatpacking District
A wedding!  They were in amongst it all having photos taken on the street.  Bill’s Bar and Burger served delicious sweet potato fries.
Meatpacking District
Meatpacking District
Meatpacking District
After the Meatpacking Districk we walked onto the West Village where we enjoyed a pizza at Moustache.  We were told the building a few doors down on the corner was the apartment facade for the tv show Friends.  There were so many people taking photos of this building, a testament to how popular Friends was and still is.  The restaurant at the bottom The Little Owl looked like a gorgeous little place to eat, I’d love to go there next time for a meal.
West Village
West Village New York
Magnolia Bakery, West Village, queues were starting to build, their cupcakes are very popular in New York.
West Village
Grand Central Station at night.
Grand Central Station
Museum Of Natural History.  Step off the subway and straight into the Museum Of Natural History entrance, you will spend hours here there is so much to see.  Highly recommended.
Museum Of Natural History
Museum Of Natural History
View of Central Park from the Museum of Natural History.
Central Park
Museum Of Natural History
Museum Of Natural History
We had our first American hotdog from the food truck across the road from the Museum at Central Park.
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
The blossoms were just starting to bloom as we arrived in New York.
Central Park
I hope you enjoyed Part 2, there’s going to be one more and final post about New York but I’ll break it up with a recipe for my next post.
Catherine x

17 Comments

  1. Kylie

    I have never had a huge desire to visit America but your NY posts have been wonderful. Such a lovely family trip and your photos are great….I especially love the shot of your husband and daughter at the table- nice to capture those moments. Cant wait to read and see (and drool over) more NY posts xxxx

  2. Mel

    Did you ever feel overwhelmed that you couldn’t do everything? I think it’s one of those cities that you need to live in at one point in your life, well for me anyway. I think I would be one of those people taking photos of the Friends building, I loved that series, it used to make me cry with laughter, so good for the soul. Love the photo of the blossom tree. M xx

    1. Catherine

      Not really Mel, as I knew before we went it was going to be sensory overload and we wouldn’t be able to do everything. We were full on everyday so felt like we covered most of it. By the last day we had that feeling we were ready to leave. Yes it’d be great to live there at some point and take time to soak up everyday life there. So happy you liked the blossom tree photo, that was one of my favourites also. xx

  3. anastasia

    more amazing photos – what I loved about NYC was it felt familiar because of how the city is shown and perceived in films, music videos etc…it such a part of our pop culutre – if you ever watched ‘Fatal Attraction’ that showed the Meat packing district when it first started to become ‘trendy’ where Glen Close’s character lived there in her large hip loft…before that it was basically industrial, lots of prositutes and drug dealers…its amazing how cities change! I loved exploring this area – the High line is a great idea, it had just opened when we were there in 2009 – an awesome restoration!
    Central Park is breathtakingly beautiful!

    1. Catherine

      Thanks Anastasia, I get so excited when I see NY on a tv show or in a magazine now as I feel I know it now. I may have to rent out Fatal Attraction now to revisit the Meatpacking District. Sounds like you guys really enjoyed your trip there as well. Thank you for your NY tips also, we visited the Tenement Museum and I saw Murray’s Bagels but couldn’t get back there to try one. Yes loved Central Park. xx

  4. e / dig in hobart

    i will agree with kylie – even movies have never made me really want to go to the US – but your photos show a real energy about the city, and make it also seem like not such a huge, daunting, frightening metropolis – just a great city with people livign their lives! (the wedding photos in the sreet – gorgeous). thank you for sharing with us!

    1. Catherine

      Thank you so much Elizabeth, you summed it up perfectly. Before I went I felt it was going to be a frightening metropolis but it wasn’t at all. Yes it’s busy but the streets are wide and it has a positive, creative vibe and we saw lots of police everywhere so felt safe. I loved that people burst into song walking down the street and so interesting to see how people live in a big city like this.

  5. tina@colourliving

    Oops, apologies Catherine.. I did visit yesterday but in my haste (Bank Holiday) didn’t see the Part 2 bit an clicked off:-(
    Wousa… such beautiful photographs and great account of this part of the trip. Really want to see the Highline. What great memories for you. Thank you for taking us with you. I look forward to Part3:-)

  6. Lauren

    Oh, I love seeing NYC through your eyes. I just said on another blog, that the Highline is on my to-do list for the next time we’re there. So much to see and do, how do you ever narrow it down! Do you want to come back ever?

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