Sunday, 18 January 2015

Anyone who knows me or follows me on social media won't have been able to escape the fact that I went to New York a couple of weeks ago and spent New Years Eve there. Emil bought me the tickets for my birthday and Christmas (I am a very lucky girl and have the best boyfriend ever!) Both of us had been so busy at work/university that we hadn't had any quality time together and with working in retail, it meant that I didn't really get a Christmas, so this trip was a much needed break! We had such an amazing time that I thought I would share with you some of the things we got up to, I took over 500 photos and have been able to whittle it down to just a few for this post. I love reading about other people's travels and so thought I'd write about my own, but I hope that it's not too boring. I'll try and keep it as brief as possible!

Due to the Jet lag, we both woke up really early and decided to make the most of it by walking from our apartment through Central Park. It was such a clear day and we saw lots of scenes from famous films. Times Square isn't far from Central Park, so I told Emil I'd like to visit there before it got all crazy at New Year. When we were there, we made it onto a billboard, although only for an advert and only for about 10 seconds, it was such a special moment. In true American style, we had a McDonalds for lunch, you have to try the local delicacy, right? After Times Square, we walked up Fifth Avenue and jumped on a Subway back to the apartment. That night we went to a Texan restaurant near Madison Square Gardens which was like nothing we'd experienced before, you went up to the counter and ordered your meat by the pound, we definitely looked like tourists as we had no idea what was going on. However, the food was incredible!

Emil has a friend who lives in New York and works in the Hearst Tower where magazines like Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire are based. She very kindly invited us to her offices in which you can see beautiful views of Central Park as it's right by it and not many buildings obstruct the view - which is unusual for New York! Afterwards, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, which I really enjoyed and then ended up in the financial district. Without planning to, we visited the 9/11 memorial, which I found so moving and it really made me reflect on the events of that awful day. Having not been to New York for a while, I was so moved by how much they had changed 'Ground Zero' and the touching memorials they had put in place for all of those people who lost their lives. Next, we went to Grand Central Station which has to be one of the most extraordinary train stations in the world and then went home and ordered, what felt like, the world's largest pizza!

For Christmas, I bought Emil tickets to the top of the Empire State building and as it was such a clear day, we decided to go up it on the Wednesday. Although the queues were long, it was so lovely to be able to have such amazing views of New York. The last time I went up the Empire State Building, I was only about 12 and I don't really remember it, so it was great to do it again. Afterwards, we walked to the Rockefeller Centre and had lunch over looking the ice rink. We then went home via Macy's to do a quick bit of shopping before having a nap to prepare us for the evening in Times Square, we couldn't go to New York and not see the famous 'Ball Drop' in Times Square on New Years Eve. Although I have never been so cold in all my life and the wait was really long, I am glad we went as it's something that not everyone gets to experience and it was such a great atmosphere at midnight. 

As we had had such a late night the night before, we both slept in and when we woke up, decided to go to the East Village to this cafe that Emil recommended. However, with it being New Years day it was super busy so we had to settle for an American diner instead. Afterwards, we walked around the area a bit and then decided to get on the Statten Island ferry to have a look at the Statue of Liberty. It was so beautiful as the sun was starting to set and the sky was such a beautiful colour. That night we went to a typical American restaurant called 'Brother Jimmy's', the portions were huge, American football was on the TV and the drinks were bottomless - I definitely felt like a New Yorker that night!

We woke up super early in the hope of being able to get a table at the cafe we hadn't been able to get into the day before. Once we got there, even though it was only 9.30am, the wait was still an hour and a half! We put our names down and went to do a bit of exploring. We ended up in the most incredible sweet shop, it was so amazing to see all the different American sweets and the 'imported goods' which was all the English chocolate! We then went back to the cafe and after another wait, we were finally seated. When I say this was the best breakfast I have ever eaten, I'm not lying, although not to everyone's taste I had a chocolate peanut butter milkshake with chocolate pancakes and maple syrup (no judging - I have a sweet tooth!). It was worth the wait and the wasted trip the day before because it was absolutely incredible! Afterwards, we got a Subway to Brooklyn and visited the Barclays Center where the Brooklyn Nets play, we had a little look round and then headed back to Manhattan. That night we went to a Meatball restaurant. Although not typically American, the food was amazing as you pretty much got to choose whatever you wanted to eat, from the meat, to the side, to the sauce etc - so so good!

This was our last full day in New York and so we went for one last walk through Central Park and visited some of the shops on Fifth Avenue, using up the last of our dollars! We had lunch in Five Guys which was incredible and so much better than the ones in England! This was our only bad day with the weather as it was raining and snowing all day. After a look around a few more shops, we went home. That night we went to an amazing Mexican restaurant as I had been craving burritos all week. Afterwards, we went for a drink with Emil's friend which was really lovely and sadly returned to the apartment for the last time.

I genuinely had one of the best weeks of my life and would go back in an instant if I could. Sorry for rambling on in this post, I hope I didn't bore anyone. Emil also vlogged a lot of our trip so click the link below to check that out!


  1. Fab post, New York is on my travel list so hopefully I get to go in the next year or 2. I would love to go for new year too :)

    1. Thank you! You should definitely go if you get the chance, it's one of my favourite places! x

  2. Amazing post and photos! My boyfriend is going to New York in September and I'm so so jealous...will need to show him this post in preparation :) xxxx

  3. Oh wow it looks and sounds like you had the most amazing time! I would LOVE to go to NYC... It's definitely at the top of my travel wishlist xx

    Gemma |

    1. Thank you(: If you ever get the chance, you should definitely go - it's one of my favourite places ever! x

  4. Sounds like an amazing trip - I'm very jealous. You took some wonderful photos too :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced


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