My top 6 activities in New York (and 2 I’d skip)

Now that I’m back from New York I thought I’d share with you my favourite activities, just in case you have a whirlwind trip planned and want some inspiration for what to do.

In the spirit of full disclosure – I’m an introvert traveller whose likes include walking, food and history and whose dislikes include large crowds and organised fun. If any of those sound like you, then you may like my suggestions…

New York Activity 1:  The Top of the Rock

I feel like this one makes everyone’s list, and rightly so. The views from the observation decks at the top of the Rockefeller Center are absolutely breathtaking; all of Manhattan is laid out before you. The building doesn’t look like anything too special from the outside, apart from a really tall piece of real estate with a random perpendicular pool in front of it.

Top activities in New York Rockefeller Centre

But when you get up to the top, the whole city just unfolds beneath you.

Top activities in New York Rockefeller Centre Central Park

There’s a killer Empire State view; you can even make out the Statue of Liberty in the background.

Top activities in New York Rockefeller Centre Empire State

You can see basically all the main sights of Manhattan from up here – except the Chrysler building, sadly. I could only see this by squidging right up into a corner and taking it through about three layers of glass. Hence the gnarly reflections.

Top activities in New York Rockefeller Centre Chrysler Building

Also, it gets a bit windy at the top. This was the best photo of me and my bestie/travel buddy Emma – for the worst, see my last post!

Top activities in New York Rockefeller Centre Empire State windy

Pro tip: go when there’s a big parade on. We happened to visit during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, so the place was deserted. We hadn’t pre-booked tickets and breezed straight through. There were no queues at all!

I would have liked to go at sunset, but those tickets sell out a few days in advance and we weren’t quick enough about it. So if you want to go at sunset, book well in advance!

Cost: $26-32 for normal admission to the observation deck; I paid $50 because I got a combo ticket with admission to MoMA as well, which you can use any time for the following 6 months.

New York Activity 2: A walking tour of the Lower East Side from the Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum is based in a tenement building (funnily enough) in the Lower East Side, which has been restored to its original condition. You can only look around on a guided tour, of which there are many different types at many different days. I fancied a more extensive walking tour of the Lower East Side itself, looking at architecture and social history in tandem. Entitled Building on the Lower East Side, the tour lasted two hours and was absolutely excellent.

Top activities in New York Tenement Museum walking tourOne of the oldest surviving buildings on the LES. Note the unusual pitched roof, and the fact that the two upper floors of prime real estate are being used as box storage!

Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and gave a thoughtful account of the changing demographic of the area and how this has affected the architecture. As someone who generally dislikes organised tours, I thought this was excellent. There was no forced audience participation or any such silliness, just balanced discussion and plenty of interesting facts.

Top activities in New York Tenement Museum

I’d also recommend arriving at the the visitor centre early to watch the half-hour film about the Lower East Side tenements which plays on a loop. It gave me a good background to the tour and was generally very well done. I can’t recommend this whole experience highly enough.

Cost: $25; you get 40% off all subsequent tours you book

New York Activity 3: Taking the boat out to Liberty and Ellis islands

You can’t come to New York and not get a closer look at this beautiful lady. I know a lot of people rate the Staten Island ferry as a free alternative to the paid-for cruises, but honestly at $18 a ticket with the Statue Cruise company I thought being able to visit the islands and Ellis Island museum was well worth it. The views from the water are incredible.

Top activities in New York Statue Cruises

We didn’t get off at Liberty Island because we hadn’t booked tickets up the statue – similar to the Empire State Building, if you’re up the statue you can no longer see the statue any more. I preferred the view from the boat, which circled slowly in front of the statue before we docked on Liberty Island itself.

Top activities in New York Statue of Liberty

Plenty of opportunities for a photo or two!

Top activities in New York Statue of Liberty cruise

I even snuck in a selfie with Lady Liberty, which you may have caught on my Insta…

Lady Liberty & I got a little better acquainted today. Isn’t she a beaut? New York, USA. 2016.

A photo posted by Rachel (@anestingnomad) on

We did alight at Ellis Island and took a tour around the museum. It was very interesting, and would have been much more so had we had ancestors who had passed through the immigration process. However, we did find the audio guide a little repetitive and I’d have been quite happy to walk around the exhibits and read the signs at my own (somewhat quicker) pace. Still, it was very educational and I’m glad we did it.

Top activities in New York Statue Cruises Ellis Island

Sidenote: I now want my own herringbone tiled vaulted ceiling.

Top activities in New York Statue of Liberty cruise view

The one downside of the boat we took was the seats. I don’t think I’ve sat at a more uncomfortable seat in my life!

Cost: $18 and up if you want to include access to the Statue of Liberty or other bolt-on tours

New York Activity 4: Central Park (North)

Emma and I took a delightful stroll around the Harlem Meer and Conservatory Garden before she caught her Uber to the airport.

Top activities in New York Central Park North

I loved the Conservatory Garden; it was beautifully laid out and maintained, quiet, and it had fountains. I do love a good fountain.

Top activities in New York Central Park North picnic

This would be a great place for a picnic, don’t you think?

Cost: free!

New York Activity 5: Walking over the Brooklyn bridge at sunset

Ok so to be honest, I only half managed this. What I wanted to do was walk over the Brooklyn bridge, and then walk back over it in time to catch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline. Unfortunately, I only had one day left and I’d already jam packed it with activities. So I thought maybe I’d catch a taxi to the other side and then walk back. But I also wanted to go for dinner first, because sunset was at 8.30pm, and I didn’t want to be sitting down to eat at 9pm because grandma needs to go to bed. I wanted to be back in my hotel room eating gluten free donuts in front of HGTV by that time.

So I ended up cutting it a bit fine, and the traffic over the bridge was bad so I got dropped at the Manhattan side instead, and power walked up as far as I could, desperately glancing back over my shoulder as I went.

Top activities in New York Brooklyn bridge sunset

I tried to pretend that I’d caught the sunset, although in reality I’d missed it by minutes. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed my walk and now I want to go back for actual sunset.

Top activities in New York Brooklyn bridge sunset skyline

(I did enjoy the donuts though, so it all worked out in the end)

Top activities in New York Brooklyn bridge sunset lamp

Cost: free! (if you don’t get a taxi)

New York Activity 6: All the food and drink

This is mega. I ate so, so well in New York. A separate post is coming on all the delicious gluten free food I found to eat and drink. Stay tuned!

Top activities in New York donuts

And just to make this a balanced account, here are the things I’d skip if I went back again.

Skip it 1: Central Park (South)

Maybe it’s because I went at lunchtime. Maybe it’s because I went alone. Maybe it’s because I’m used to British parks and gardens, which in my opinion are one of the few things we do better than anywhere else I’ve seen in the world.

Top activities in New York Central Park South

Whatever the reason, I didn’t enjoy walking the southern parts of Central Park half as much as I’d enjoyed the northern parts. They felt too busy, a bit tired, and not actually that interesting. Sorry.

Skip it 2: Times Square

Times Square was beyond hectic, and I’ve never seen so many screens in one place. It was all quite bewildering and I was very happy to get away from all the people as soon as possible.

Top activities in New York Times Square

Maybe it would have been more exciting to go at night?

So those were my very favourite activities that I did when I visited New York. What would make your list?

-Rachel

Find out my 6 favourite activites from my recent trip to New York, as well as two I'd skip

Linking up with Kristen and Gretch for What’s New With You? and with Wander Mum and Mummy Travels for City Tripping

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57 Comments

  1. Jen
    7th July 2016 / 21:04

    Going to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty was really the highlight of NYC for me. It was incredible.

    • 12th July 2016 / 17:02

      I wasn’t sure I’d be that fussed about going there but I ended up loving it. Definitely a highlight for me, too!

  2. 7th July 2016 / 21:12

    I agree, Times Square is overrated and it makes my senses go a bit crazy! NYC is something special though… the scenes/views/people watching can’t be beat! — Lisa | Naptime Chai

    • 7th July 2016 / 22:10

      I personally don’t find lots of big screens aesthetically attractive so it was a never going to work out for me! Plus the crowds thing. Should have known… But it’s one of those things you have to do, right?

      Oh and you’re so right about the people watching. I could have just done that straight for 5 days and not been bored for a second. It’s just such a cool place, I loved it!

  3. 7th July 2016 / 21:25

    i have been to nyc twice, once was for like 18 hours so it doesn’t really count, all i saw was times square and my hotel room. in 2014 (i think?) we went for a few days in the winter, and it was good but i don’t know if i’d go back. central park was disappointing, but it was winter so i can’t blame the park. i was so sad about the top of the rock – it was foggy as shit and we couldn’t see a thing. i guess that’s what you get when you go in the winter though. i would go back just for those doughnuts though, so can’t wait for that post!

    • 7th July 2016 / 22:12

      Oh that’s gutting about the fog. Especially if you had to queue. Did you have to queue? There was a massive to-do where the queue would have been but we just walked straight through it on account of the parade. If we’d have had to queue through it I would have been miserable by the time we’d have actually reached the top!

      Let me tell you, I’d go back for the doughnuts too. Maybe we should meet there instead of Chicago?!

  4. 7th July 2016 / 21:53

    I totally agree with you about the views from the Top of The Rock! I loved being able to see the Empire State Building from there as well as Central Park. I feel like going to the top of the Empire State Building that you have to try and do, but Top of the Rock is still my fave. We did the boat tour and Ellis Island the first time I went to NYC, and like you, I think that it would have been a lot more powerful if I had a family member that immigrated through Ellis Island. I think that most of my dad’s side of the family immigrated before it was open and my mom’s side of the family immigrated through Galveston. And yes to all of the food! NYC food was so incredibly awesome, so I was really glad that there’s so much walking involved! I can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

    • 7th July 2016 / 22:16

      We totally skipped out on the Empire State Building in favour of a boozy brunch, whoops! Maybe next time 🙂 I just loved the views from the Top of the Rock so much that I felt I didn’t need to go up the Empire State just in case they weren’t quite as good.

      It must be so cool to know your family’s point of entry into the country. I have no idea about mine, it happened so long ago! We can trace our family back pretty far but they still come from England or maybe Scotland or Wales. I suppose at some point I must have Saxon or Celtic or Norse ancestry but I’m basically never going to get back that far, ha!

  5. 8th July 2016 / 00:14

    I am in NY every year…. I think it’s time I take a break from working and explore a little more. The views are insanely beautiful!!!!
    Time to make a NYC bucket list. 🙂

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:31

      Lucky you! And you definitely need to take a break to explore. I had the best time just roaming the streets! If you need any help with that bucket list, let me know. Although mine mostly revolves around donuts, so.

  6. 8th July 2016 / 09:15

    Am I completely uncultured that the first thing I thought of when I saw Ellis Island was the movie Hitch? This is a great list and not just the typical tourist attractions. Now to just get back to NYC one day. Also, now to go find out if my (or Travis’) ancestors came through Ellis island…

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:33

      Nope not at all, I largely navigated around by movie references the whole time I was there! Although it’s just occurred to me that I didn’t go and see the Friends apartment building so I dropped the ball on that one. I hope you do make it back one day, what an awesome holiday for Baby Alkek! And I don’t even know how you go about researching Ellis Island ancestors, but good luck!

  7. 8th July 2016 / 09:41

    all of these plus also the empire state building;) and a gossip girl or satc walking tour:) I’m sorry but I’d just have to do one of those or both:)))

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:34

      We did a self-guided SATC walking tour if that helps? We went to Carrie’s house, the Magnolia bakery, and then I went to the Bethesda Terrace fountain and the Boathouse in Central Park. I think that’s about it… I never watched Gossip Girl so that’d have been lost on me, unfortunately. I wish I could have stayed for longer! There was so much I didn’t do!

  8. 8th July 2016 / 13:37

    ha i agree with all of these! as someone who goes to NYC a few times a year 🙂 all good tips for first timers too! and times square – i tell people to avoid that like the plague even if you don’t mind crowds. it is just not worth it. and even more overpriced than the rest of town. my fav fav area of nyc is the meatpacking district and the high line. swoon.

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:37

      Phew, glad I get the seal of approval from someone in the know 🙂 I just didn’t see the attraction of Times Square at. all. Totally lost on me, that one. We did have a walk around the meatpacking district and the high line, that was fabulous. Not enough time to explore properly, though!

  9. 8th July 2016 / 14:20

    Thanks so much for this list! I’ve been to NYC several times but I’m thinking about going back with my family in the next couple of years and it’s hard to decide what to do. This is an excellent breakdown of options!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:38

      Thanks, I’m so glad you found it useful! As a first time visitor I found it really hard to narrow down what to do, because everything in NYC seems to be a ‘must-do’! It’s all quite subjective though, and we all enjoy different things when we’re on holiday. For me, there’s a lot of food involved!

  10. 8th July 2016 / 16:23

    That is like a bucket list place for me so this post just excites me….
    Time Square just looks like some place you have to go to just to say you were there 🙂

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:39

      Yay! It was definitely a bucket list destination for me, too. And that’s absolutely what we did in Times Square – rock up, take some pics to prove we were there, then scarpered! Far too stressful for me. And when there are so many other cool places in the city, why waste your time and energy on a token photo?

  11. 9th July 2016 / 15:42

    I’ve been to NYC a few times and funny enough, I’ve only done activities on your DON’T list! Hahah! I actually ran a race in Central Park last time I was there so I guess I got to see both areas. I didn’t really see a difference in the two but I love that area so much! Thanks for linking up with us 🙂

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:41

      Oh noo! The thing about Central Park probably just goes to show how subjective our experiences are based on circumstance. For the bit I liked, I had my friend with me, the weather was beautiful, we weren’t pushed for time. In the slightly disappointing bit, I was alone, far too hot, a bit hungry, and was flying home that evening. Interesting!

  12. 9th July 2016 / 17:37

    Oooh those gluten free doughnuts look awesome! I’ve tried 3 brands of gluten free doughnuts here and been disappointed all 3 times sadly!

    It’s great you had such a fun time in NY! My sister did the Empire State building and the Rockerfeller centre but it’s a good point that if you do the Empire State one you won’t get to see the iconic building in the skyline. I think you got some great sunset photos too even if it was a little after the actual sunset 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:43

      Oh they were so amazing Mica, I can’t even describe how good they were. I took some home on the plane with me! Definitely helped ease my transition back into ‘normal life’.

      Even though I missed the main event, I still saw some beautiful pink sky and I had a great walk regardless. I’m amazed the photos came out as well as they did, I really thought they’d be rubbish!

  13. 10th July 2016 / 02:37

    I’ve never been to NYC, but I’m hoping to change that soon! Those gluten free doughnuts look so yummy 🙂

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:43

      Oooh I hope you get to make a trip soon too! Let me know if you do go 🙂 The donuts were incredible. I’d have eaten the whole shopful if they’d have let me.

  14. 10th July 2016 / 17:08

    Ah just love NYC, it has such an awesome vibe. Definitely agree about Times Square, it’s the same as Picadilly Circus, it’s like why visit? It’s just full of people and nothing to do!!

    • 11th July 2016 / 21:44

      Doesn’t it just? I loved walking around the streets, soaking it up. Especially around cocktail hour 🙂 When you compare Times Square to Picadilly Circus I really don’t know why we even went. It was never going to be that great, was it?!

  15. 11th July 2016 / 01:56

    new york never gets old for me. it’s such an incredible city. I think times square is a fun place to see, jus because there’s no place quite like it, but seeing it once was enough for me. it’s so crowded and touristy, but it is super cool at night!

    • 11th July 2016 / 22:15

      I’ve only been once and I can’t see it getting old for me, either! I think going during the day was a crucial mistake. I imagine it’s got more of a fun vibe at night, and obviously the screens would be a lot more dramatic, too! I’m really glad I didn’t stay in a hotel near there, though. Having to deal with that every time I came and left would have been so stressful!

  16. 11th July 2016 / 21:22

    I have just written my own post and I must admit I love Times Square! The sights, the sounds and its sheer hecticness! My daughter who I took over for her 19th birthday was less impressed! After 2 visits I still have loads to see and do. (And eat lol)

    • 11th July 2016 / 22:16

      Hm, not quite sure what happened to my comment there – sorry! What I was trying to say was, horses for courses! That’s the great thing about travel, there’s something for everyone. I’m glad you had such a great time and I’m heading over to check out your post now 🙂

  17. 12th July 2016 / 12:31

    great round up and I agree re times square. we loved the upper west side off of Times square for all the old diners and so much cheaper too! we are huge Seinfeld fans though so did a tour 🙂 we also have a very windy pic at the top of the Rock too hehe! #citytripping

    • 12th July 2016 / 18:45

      You know I never even made it to the Upper West Side. It sounds great! I’m a fan of an old diner. I’ll just have to go back 🙂
      I’ve never seen Seinfeld (sorry!) but did my own self-guided Sex and the City tour! I am just so cultured.
      And stupidly I just hadn’t figured it would be so windy at the top of a skyscraper. Not a good day to wear a dress!

  18. 12th July 2016 / 14:06

    I’ve never been to NYC but have always wanted to go. Hoping to get there either July or Dec next year. I love your tips- that view from the Top of the Rock looks amazing! I’d love to see it at night.
    I do agree that you Brits do parks and gardens like no one else in the world!

    • 12th July 2016 / 18:51

      I really hope you make it! I had the absolute best time. I’m glad you enjoyed the tips, they’re brief but I tend to get bogged down with all the information there is about New York and I wanted to write something easily digestible 🙂 I can’t recommend the Top of the Rock highly enough. Just book in advance and don’t wear a skirt…!

  19. 12th July 2016 / 15:20

    Great list! Especially love that Top of the Rock was part of it. I haven’t been to the 1 WTC, but TotR is definitely my favorite view of NYC in comparison to the Empire State Building.

    I went walking through Chinatown for the first time during my most recent trip (July 4th, near the tenement museum) and loved it! Then we went walking through East Village and Union Square… There is so much to see just by walking! We discovered small mosaics all up and down the road, a series of 100 paintings, and so, so much more! It was like seeing NYC anew! And far cheaper than visiting all of the museums… (Even though there are still many more museums in NYC that I’d love to visit!)

    Did you get the chance to check out the Highline, the Meatpacking District, and Chelsea Market?

    #citytripping

    • 12th July 2016 / 18:57

      I’m glad to have another vote for the Top of the Rock over Empire State team! I just wish I could have gone at night to see it all lit up.

      I went walking through Chinatown too, I found it so weird how it was suddenly changed from New York Street to Chinatown and then to Little Italy! Such a fun place to walk through. Although I did get a bit frustrated at having to keep stopping for the lights… Downside of a grid system!

      I did go for a walk along the southern half of the Highline, and I walked through a bit of the Meatpacking district to get there. I did not feel cool enough to be there! I loved it though, what an awesome bit of town. I totally missed out on Chelsea Market which I’m bummed about. We just ran out of time. Next time…!

  20. 12th July 2016 / 18:59

    Ahh how I’d love to go back to NY! I was there only for a day and we did a lot! But that was before my blogging days and before I knew so much about NY! I’d like to take my German fiance there one day! Preferably in the fall! Your pictures are so amazing and the view from Rockefeller Center is breathtaking! We went up the Empire State Building and it was hot and crowded but the view was ok! I dont remember seeing Central Park from above though. 🙁 #CityTripping

    • 12th July 2016 / 22:19

      Oh just a day! That must have been so hard to decide on what to do. I’d love to go back around Halloween as well, it must be so fun to see all the decorations up. I hope you do get to go back with your fiance, and that you both get to see Central Park from above 🙂

  21. 12th July 2016 / 19:05

    Sounds like you had a fab time, and still plenty to return for. My list would include the Gugenheim and the speak easy’ sin the meat packing district. Oh and the bbqs in Brooklyn. Oh and the skywalk. Aw man, where do you start-it’s New York! #citytripping

    • 12th July 2016 / 22:20

      Oh it was the best. And I’m so desperate to go back already! I walked past the Guggenheim but didn’t have enough time to go in 🙁 We also skipped out on the bbq as my travel buddy Emma is veggie so I’d have felt super bad dragging her there! What’s the skywalk?? That sounds like fun!

  22. 13th July 2016 / 00:21

    Times Square is SO OVERRATED!!! It really is just absolute chaos. I have not been to the Top of the Rock because the price makes me cringe…NYC is a bit more expensive than the EU cities I’m used to visiting! It looks like you crushed it, though, and I bet you found gluten-free heaven as Americans are hell-bent on catering to every dietary need EVER! 😀 Great post, Rachel!

    • 14th July 2016 / 18:20

      Oh I completely agree. I’m not a huge fan of being around a bunch of people so it was not my favourite thing we did. Still, at least I’ve been and now I know I don’t need to again 🙂

      NYC is definitely on the pricey side, but I have to say that ticket to the Top of the Rock was 100% worth it in my opinion. If you can, I’d so recommend it! I did indeed find gluten free heaven all over the city. Oh my, it was so good. I want to go back so badly!

  23. 13th July 2016 / 06:35

    Love this.. Will definitely revisit this post when I visit NYC. Not sure when though.. The thought of flying from Singapore to New York is a huge deterrence. Hahaha…

    When I saw your pic of Times Square, I can totally understand why you say ‘skip it’. That kind of crowd is the last thing I need when I’m on vacation. I go on vacations to get away from crowds! #CityTripping

    • 14th July 2016 / 18:21

      Yes it’s pretty far – and especially with kids! You’d certainly deserve a holiday if you made it, ha! Glad I’m not the only one who likes to get away from crowds on holiday. I know New York is a busy place in general but that was just ridiculous. Luckily I found quieter places that I much preferred!

  24. 14th July 2016 / 14:18

    Really enjoyed reading about your time in New York. I’ve been a few times and one of the things I most enjoy is walking around the different neighbourhoods – there’s so much difference between them all. I’ve not done a guided walking tour in NYC but that one looks really interesting. I’d definitely go to some of the fabulous art museums too. #citytripping

    • 14th July 2016 / 18:22

      I completely agree about the walking, that was my favourite bit too. It’s so cool to see the neighbourhoods switch from one street to the next! My favourite transition was Chinatown to Little Italy. So surreal.

      I hugely recommend the walking tour I did with the Tenement Museum, and I’ve heard the others they put on are just as good. Although with a bit more ‘character acting’ which isn’t my thing tbh. Mine was character acting free, just sensible and well informed. And a good chance to get out and about!

  25. 14th July 2016 / 20:44

    Love these tips – I completely agree with you about Times Square. But I have to confess that I thought Top of the Rock was another overpriced option, looking at your photos it’s amazing and straight onto my list when I get back to New York again. I did love the boat to Liberty and Ellis Islands, and I’d love to explore Central Park a bit more, which is almost certainly a given if I’m with my daughter. A few more air miles to go and I think I’m there… #citytripping

    • 15th July 2016 / 16:17

      Yes the price made me think twice too, but it was hands down one of the most fun things I did. The views were priceless, I have to say. I hope you get there soon, and get to explore Central Park a bit more. Let me know where the nicer bits are!

  26. 15th July 2016 / 14:29

    Sounds like you had a great time in NYC. Looking forward to your NYC food post.

  27. 16th July 2016 / 12:34

    So glad you enjoyed NYC and appreciate your honesty. Times Square didn’t hugely impress me either. I got engaged in Central Park so it’s all a bit of a blur…I do remember the south end being busy though as my hubby struggled to find a quiet spot to pop the question. I loved Ellis Island and top of the rock too although I don’t think my pics were as good as yours! We didn’t make it all the way across Brooklyn bridge… It’s pretty far. When we go back, I wouldn’t mind seeing a show on Broadway and visiting Ground Zero museum. Greenwich village is also worth a wander around too. Thank you for linking to #citytripping great to have you join in.

    • 18th July 2016 / 20:41

      Oh how lovely! That’s such a nice memory to have of a place, and a good excuse for repeat visits! My husband actually proposed in the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, and he too struggled to find a quiet place! Funny.

      I’ve been recommended a broadway show although I’m not really a theatre/musicals kind of person so I’m not too sure about that – I did go to the 9/11 memorial and whilst I can’t describe it as enjoyable, it was very poignant. I’d recommend stopping by if you can. I walked through Greenwich village but only briefly, I’d like to go back. I actually enjoyed wandering around the various neighbourhoods the most! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  28. 19th July 2016 / 08:45

    I agree with you about Times Square. It’s just too much of everything bad about big cities… Thank you for the NYC memories.

    SSG xxx

  29. 10th August 2016 / 21:53

    same as you loved the north side of the central park. Because our hotel was one of those in front of it, we went a few times for walks there. Just loved it! Also Times Square, my last night I’ve stayed in the Times Square. It’s really busy, but that’s pretty much it! There was a lot of construction work and it would take ages to cross. A bit like Picadilly Circus but even more crowded, so there were times I was trying to find ways to avoid it!

    • 11th August 2016 / 23:07

      Oh good I’m glad I’m not the only one! I only ever see pictures of the south end so I assumed it wasn’t worth going up north. Not the case!

      Yes I also spoke to someone who stayed right near Times Square, and she said it was a massive pain because it took ages to get anywhere what with the crowds and the construction. I’m glad we were far removed!

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