Summer City Break In New York

To me, New York seemed similar to other Europeans cities, but on a huge amount of steroids. We all know it is big, but this adventure showed me that it is much much bigger than I thought it would be. And I live in London!
- Jun 2019 -

DURATION:

6 DAYS

TYPE:

COUPLES HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

EXPLORATION

BUDGET:

$1,400

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

We came to New York obviously by plane and we landed at JFK around lunch time, but it took us around 3 hours to get our visas sorted at the airport, so we got to our hotel in Lower Manhattan late afternoon. It was long and stresfull day for us, so we decided just to take a walk by East River that day. 


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Wall Street Bull

Wall Street Bull

Going back from our walk, we met this guy! Charging Bull is one of the most popular symbols of New York. 

There is a legend, popular among tourists visiting NY according to which a bull will bring financial success to anyone who touches his genitals.


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Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Our first full day in New York we decided to spend not in Manhattan, but Brooklyn. To do that we had two options to go by Subway or to cross East River with a Brooklyn Bridge.


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Brooklyn

Brooklyn

And here we are! 

Brooklyn is New York's most populous neighborhood.

This district is often called the "bedroom" for residents who work in Manhattan and live in Brooklyn.

I found Brooklyn very interesting. It is not ethnically homogeneous or compact. It can be divided into many parts, both due to the wealth of residents, buildings or ethnicity, (for example, Borough Park is inhabited by the Jewish community, Bensonhurst - Italians, Greenpoint - Poles).


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Borough Park

Borough Park

In Borough Park we stopped for the most New York food I can think about - the best bagels ever! 


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DUMBO

DUMBO

We also stopped at DUMBO, part of Brooklyn where this very photogenic place is located. View to Manhattan Bridge.


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Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

Our amazing day in Brooklyn, we finished in John Street Park, from where you can see this amazing view to Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan at the other side of the river.


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Manhattan

Manhattan

Next day we just couldn't wait to see, this what we've really came to New York for - Manhattan. 

For the first couple of hours we were just really hanging around, admiring New York's skyscrapers and never-ending streets.


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Times Square

This is definetly the postcard from New York, its biggest icon, Times Square.

There is no place like this in Europe.

I was shocked and amazed by its size, noise and number of adverts surrounding me. I would never imagine it like that, it was 1000 times bigger!


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Trump Tower

Trump Tower

From Times Square it is only 15 min walk to get to Trump Tower, which is maybe not the highest or most beautiful skyscraper in NY, but it was worth at least the ice coffee we had there.


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Manhattan Market

Hanging around the Manhattan, we found a market with a lot of street food.


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Pizza

Pizza

What would be a city break in New York without street pizza? We checked the best ones online and choose one of them, which was the nearest to us. 

I'm a fan of italian style pizza, but I need to say this one was truely delicious.


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Central Park

Central Park

This hot (36 degrees) day we finished relaxing in the shades of trees in Central Park

Being in NY I kept comparing it to London, where I live, and I need to say - if I ever thought Hyde Park was huge, I was totally wrong. 

 


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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

What is one of the most famous symbols of New York? Statue of Liberty. 

The statue has become a symbol of free and rich America for many emigrants arriving in New York.

 


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Staten Island Ferry

For us the best available option to see the Statue of Liberty was a ferry. From Lower Manhattan (Battery Park), passenger ferries depart to Staten Island every half hour. Admission to the ferry is free, the cruise lasts about half an hour.


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WTC Memorial

WTC Memorial

We started the fourth day of our trip around New York in a rather sad place, at the WTC memorial. The names of the victims are carved in stone surrounding two huge square waterfalls, with sides over 60 m long. They were dug into the ground exactly in the contours of the two World Trade Center towers that collapsed after aircraft strikes.


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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building's view point is (I think) the best in NY. It is located in the middle of Manhattan.

Till I get there, I still couldn't imagine how huge and how tall that city is!

The view is breath-taking, or even much more than that. 

The tickets you can buy online.


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Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building

The name Flatiron comes from the similarity of the building's body to the iron.

Built in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in New York, which is hard to believe today.


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Wall Street

Wall Street

Our last stop that day was New York Stock Exchange building on Wall Street.


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Subway

Subway

The most convinient and fastest way to travel around New York is Subway. 

For me it was a bit more complicated to use it than London Underground, but with always crowded NY's streets it is the best way.

Meeting T-rex

Meeting T-rex

To start the day with meeting a T-rex? Why not!

American Museum of Natural History - located in Manhattan at 79 street and Central Park West in New York.

Is one of the most famous natural history museums in the world, and of course the biggest one (everuthing in NY is the biggest...). 

For me the most intriguing part of the museum was Fossil Halls, but you can find there anything you could imagine. 

Reserve at least 3 hours to spend in AMNH.

The tickets you can buy online.


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Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

After our meeting with T-rex, we found this amazing place. Grand Central Terminal is a commuter rail station, located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue.


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Golden Hour, NYC

Golden Hour, NYC

That day ny said a beautiful goodnight to us. Golden hour is especially remarkable on ny's streets.


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Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

Our last day before going back to London, we decided to spend on one of the NYs beaches. We rented a car and we drove around 30 min to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. It was a nice change after a few days in crowded Manhattan, the weather was also amazing and I had a chance to touch the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in my life. 

Alongside the beach you can find multiple bars and pubs.


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Coney Island

Coney Island

That evening we had to say goodbye to New York, so we drove around 1 mile, to get to Coney Island Beach and Pier. The sunset was very romantic, but it was a sad moment to us. 

New York we will be back!


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