Our first week in NYC has flown by! I was really worried that time would drag whilst I didn’t have a day job out here and because I don’t know that many people in the city but actually with the mix of exploring, gymming, blogging, writing, friends visiting and wedding planning, the days zoom by!
We are staying at a large studio flat in lower Manhattan, not far from Freedom Tower and Ground Zero, which is where I spend most of my weekdays writing and working. It comes with a gym overlooking the city too which makes it a little easier to drag myself up there!
Our first night here was actually New Year’s Eve and we ended up at a small party at Marc’s friend’s place in Bushwick, Brooklyn where we drank, ate chilli and popped Prosecco on his rooftop at midnight watching the fireworks across the city. It was a pretty cool New Year, even if our eyes were Terminator-red bloodshot from jetlag!
The rest of that weekend we did lots of exploring, including central park, 5th Avenue, Times Square, the Rockerfeller centre, Ground Zero/Freedom tower, walking the High Line, visiting Chelsea Market and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The following weekend we went to Marc’s work Xmas party on a rooftop in lower Manhattan, I met the lovely Stephanie O’Quigley for brunch at Two Hands, we experienced our first freezing cold snow day over here and we also explored more of Brooklyn, including Greenpoint and Williamsburg which are two cool neighbourhoods that I am now totally in love with.
One word about New York in winter though – COLD. People kept warning me but honestly I have never known cold like it! My nose is constantly red and I need my gloves attached to my hands at all times! So if you plan to visit when snow is due, make sure you get yourself a warm ‘down’ jacket (mine is a ‘Light Down Coat’ from Uniqlo and has been amazingly cosy), hat, gloves and snow boots. I had to make a last minute dash to Century 21 over the road for this fetching pair…
Despite the cold, it’s fair to say that this is an amazing city with so many cool hotspots, so I will be compiling a little essential NYC bucket list soon for anyone else who might be visiting!
And thanks to everyone for all of their amazing recommendations and sweet messages, I can’t wait to catch up with everyone in March!
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