7 days in New York

Monday:

  • Brass – A quintessential local cafe to start the day in and watch the city rise
  • Guided bus tour of Manhattan – Not the most chic way to travel, but definitely the most convenient

  • MoMA – With some of the best modern art and no barriers to keep you from getting close, as well as allowing the use of cameras, MoMA is one of the best art galleries

  • Bergdorf Goodman – A retreat from the heat boasting excellent iced raspberry lemonade and an assortment of cookies (the most normal looking things on the menu)

  • Garage – A restaurant in Greenwich (home to our friends Ross, Joey, Rachel, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe) with amazing live jazz music each night

Tuesday:

  • A stroll through the streets of NY – I quickly learned that 7 years, let alone 7 days, wouldn’t be enough time to experience all that NY has to offer

  • SAKS on Fifth Avenue – Another afternoon shelter when in need of respite from the sweltering heat. I’m starting to get very used to the idea of an afternoon breather in an air conditioned department store by now

  • The Irish Exit – an Irish Pub with hilarious stand up comedy each Tuesday

Wednesday:

  • A morning boat ride on the Hudson and East rivers

  • The Meatpacking District – one of Manhattan’s many cool neighbourhoods although this one promised to be “star-studded.” Indeed we spotted Rod Stewart

  • The High Line – a redundant rail line that has been transformed into a multifaceted public park, from exercising to napping to busking to gardening to frolicking in the sprinklers

  • Nolita (North of Little Italy) – delicious Italian restaurants line the streets
  • Muron – Ben and I managed to get a last minute outside table in this bar in Chelsea that had a perfect view of the 4th of July fireworks (much to the dismay of the crowds that queued for hours to catch a glimpse of them). This was followed by a Mexican bar next door with an abundance of mojitos and margaritas – perhaps a questionable  choice on our behalf to celebrate America’s national day. Afterwards, we took to our new and beloved Garage again where a jazz quintet played into the night

Thursday:

  • Pier 17, Wall St, Ground Zero and lining up for discounted Broadway tickets

  • Afternoon siesta in Central Park

  • Cute messages on the park benches!

  • Gotham Comedy Club – I thought nothing could be funnier than Tuesday night but this brought with it new levels of hilarity

Friday:

  • Guggenheim Museum – an ingeniously designed  art gallery that’s worth seeing even if you don’t like art

…my only regret? Not being married to one of the 4 main actors

  • The Grand Central Oyster Bar – hidden in the depths of Grand Central Station there is an oasis, perfect for an afternoon refreshment
  • Statten Island Ferry – curious about Statten Island, we ventured over – upon arrival we asked the taxi driver to take us to the best place for dinner. When he tried to drop us at an “all you can eat” buffet in a mall, we decided to go straight back to the ferry terminal. It turns out there is a reason Staten Island is left out of any NY travel guides. All there is to see is the bright lights of Manhattan that tease you from across the river. Carrie Bradshaw made it look far more appealing than it really is

Saturday:

  • A bike around Central Park in the 40 degree heat wave –  a sweaty affair and not recommended for first-date territory but one of my highlights nonetheless

  • Barneys, Bloomingdales and the stores on Fifth Ave – I was more interested in the air conditioning than the shopping
  • The Bull & Bear – my new favourite restaurant!

Sunday:

  • There were 2 options for how to spend our last few hours in New York – go to Harlem and see some gospel singing amongst various other things, or get a pedicure and say goodbye to Bloomingdales just down the road. I opted for the latter and after experiencing the most holy of pedicures and my new goddess feet, it was a sanctified morning for all

After a brief flirtation with New York, I was in love with the place. It was like the New Yorkers had turned on a show for me – it was immaculately clean, I never waited for more than 4 seconds at a crossing, everyone was friendly – there had to be a catch? Sure it’s expensive but that’s a small price to pay for a city you feel passionate about. Yellow taxis would race through my mind as I drifted off to sleep each night, the city noise would hum in my ears and the vibe had gotten under my skin – 7 days was long enough to be take hostage by New York. I’ll be back!

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