New York, New York

As my Instagram showed you all, I was in New York for the first week of December. It was a very last minute thing, G was going over there doing an event (here) which I wasn't originally planning on going along to - but when I was approached by Pink Lady to do a campaign (probably as I eat so damn many of them) I thought what better place to talk about them than the Big Apple itself?!

After a frantic round of phone calls, we were on our way; flying with Norwegian for the first time, which I whole heartedly recommend. As it was such a quick visit, we had to cram in a lot. We've both been to New York before but always with work so we made sure we cleared the diaries for a day and had a proper explore.  Here are a few tips of where to go and what to do if you ever only have 24 hours in the city that never sleeps...

Hudson Hotel
356 W 58th St

I've stayed at this hotel before - always find myself leaning towards the Morgans Hotel Group whenever I'm going away. Although the rooms are very small, they're perfectly formed (and they have Malin and Goetz shampoo which is a massive plus). Our room (here) had everything you need and is perfectly placed by Central Park. Ooh, and the coffee is excellent too...

The Brooklyn Diner
212 W 57th St

On my first ever trip to New York I stumbled upon this place by myself. I turned up covered in New York snow grey mush and desperately needed sustenance. I ended up spending five hours in there, talking to the staff (who gave me a list which I still refer to today of things to do in NYC), to locals and to other passers by.

The food is everything food should be in a diner - calorific, oversized and salty. The coffee is probably made from granules, and the orange juice is most definitely from a box. However, the whole vibe in the place is electric - you really feel part of the city. The seats, the bar, the little metal plaques for all the famous people that have been there... You just have to go...

Soho House New York
29-35 9th Ave

It's a complete Instagram cliche, but this place really is rather good. As its part of the Soho House Group, you do have to be a member, but if you stay there you can come and go in the club as you please. I'd never been before and pretty much knew as soon as I walked in that I loved it - itching to go back in the summer when the pool can be made use of! We used it as a base for the day to go exploring....

We started off at Chelsea Market which is a dream for any food (really reminded me of The Biscuit Mill in Cape Town is any one has ever been) with row after row of speciality Italian, seafood, pastry and general gastronomy stores and pop ups. Next was something I inexcusably didn't even know existed - the High Line Walkway. I can't remember the story fully, but an old trade railway line which runs through Manhattan was going to be knocked down and people objected and turned it into a walk path... Beautiful (though the weather certainly made for an awesome

Having walked the full stretch we ended up in the heart of Greenwich Village, we made a stop at the Gansevoort Market. It's a complete haven of cafes; everything from Thai to English (yes, there was a pop up van that did everything from Spotted Dick to a Full English - in fact it was the most popular cafe in there).

I'd never been here before and would definitely recommend it, Chelsea Market is great but this one felt less distinctly less touristy and had a really cool local vibe.

Central Park and the Zoo
64th St and 5th Ave

When in New York, you go to Central Park. You just do. It's two miles of green heaven, especially in winter. Flitting between the ice rinks and the boating lakes with hot coffee (and a pretzel), we ended up spending hours just meandering about.

coat, Hunter / bag, LK Bennett

The zoo was an unexpected visit - but this is what happens when you get up early with plans to visit museums that aren't open yet. It had been years since either of us had been to the zoo, and this one is brilliant! Complete with snow leopards, red pandas and very enthusiastic sea-lions.

I decided on a plan for the sealion, to feed it an apple - or at least get a good photo of it posing with it. Fellow bloggers will know that when you get this kind of idea in your head, nothing else matters. You just need the photo. Unfortunately Sam the Sea Lion decided he'd rather muck around, so here are the attempts and the outtakes...

I have no idea why the last photo tickles me so much, but of the 1000 taken its the one that has me in pieces. He would not swim/sit/stand still. I very much recommend going just to see this guy alone, especially as it's only $12! Details here (and if you go over Christmas there is a 4D showing of the Polar Express - you'll be the only person over 5 in the audience, but its well worth it).

Boqueria Soho
171 Spring Street

We found this place by accident when shopping in Soho became a bit much (for some of us). Having done some research it looks like its a chain, but it certainly doesn't feel it. Really nice local vibe, with long communal tables big jugs of cocktails and platters of tapas. Perfect place to deposit a man whilst you pop around the corner and spend to your little dollar-to-pound-exchange-rate-dream-heart's content.

Grand Central Station
89 E 42nd St

It's a complete cliche, but standing in Grand Central Station just has something very cool about it. I've loved it ever since first going, and would happily sit and people watch if I could. The whole "travel" vibe and hustle and bustle is just amazing, and there are a couple of good places to eat/drink there.

Really recommend The Campbell Apartments (walk through Cipranis - just do it - through the double doors and up the stairs; a whisky bar awaits) and the Oyster Bar underneath the station is very good too...

Lastly, having now given it a go myself - I actually do have to admit carrying a couple of apples (Pink Ladies, naturally) in your pocket really did come in handy. I am always struggling to balance my diet on the go and in truth an apple is not only easy to keep on you (I have one in the bottom of most of my handbags) but also very good for you! Obviously Pink Ladies are my favourite - my grandmother always ate them at home and we used to dip them in honey from the jar when I was a little' un!

Thank you so much to Pink Lady for the chance to get over to New York and see my favourite places, and discover some new ones! Flights to JFK with Norwegian start at £330 return from London Gatwick, click here for details.

This post was in collaboration with Pink Lady UK



Sarah said...

Aaaah I miss NYC so much!! Central Park Zoo is so beautiful, and you can't beat a bit of Grand Central!

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