I took more than 800 photos during my one week in New York but I could have taken more – almost everywhere is beautiful architecture, fantastic views and street art. It’s taking a while to whittle down my favourite pics but here’s a handful (more to follow, obviously).
Williamsburg, where we stayed in a gorgeous flat with a very generous friend, was my favourite area – great bars and cafes, fab shops and a much more chilled out atmosphere than the city. I’ll blog some of the best places to eat and shop this week. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the snaps!
Strolling around Williamsburg.
The Empire State Building doesn’t disappoint – it’s a great piece of art deco architecture and looks fantastic at night. But we didn’t go up it, opting for the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) instead.
The consensus seems to be that the Top of the Rock is cheaper than the Empire State Building, and has shorter queues and arguably better views – I’d say so, since you can get a great view of the Empire State from it. The Top of the Rock was a mission enough – between queueing up for tickets, getting to the top and back down again, it probably took us at least three hours. But the view at night was spectacular.
But by the end I was certainly in no mood for a similar experience at the Statue of Liberty.
The view from the Top of the Rock.
The market at Union Square is full of fresh fruit and veg and other organic produce. It’s also very near the Flatiron Building (overlooking Madison Square Park) so get some honey from upstate and take a look at one of New York’s most iconic buildings.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s best freebies – take a walk along here, even just to the middle, for great views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and to look at the beautiful structure up close.
If you go to Central Park (which you must because it’s stunning and there are so many follies and little buildings creeping out of the trees), I recommend arriving at the entrance on West 72nd Street – opposite the Dakota where Yoko Ono still lives on the seventh floor (the balcony level). Strawberry Fields is just a minute’s walk from the road.