A Very Important Trip to New York

In 'very exciting, never thought it would happen, can't believe it actually is' news: Devo and I are going to New York! 

*happy dance*


Devo has a certain VERY IMPORTANT BIRTHDAY coming up soon and for years and years we promised that when said, VERY IMPORTANT BIRTHDAY came, we would go on a massive family trip to the US in honour of the arrival of his golden years.

Even though all of his favourite things (excluding me and his daughters, obviously) are American in origin he has never been 'Stateside', so we wanted to go and soak it all up by seeing as much of the huge, giant place as possible.

Then, I went and spent all of our savings on taking a prolonged period of parental leave and the road-trip dream was well and truly shattered.

But a VERY IMPORTANT BIRTHDAY is still a VERY IMPORTANT BIRTHDAY and though the budget was more or less non-existent, I still wanted to give him a tiny piece of the gift I had always promised.

The two-month mega-trip has been 'trimmed' down to a 5 day city-break - but what of it? WE'RE GOING TO NEW YORK!

Lately, a good portion of my days is spent daydreaming about what we'll do when we get there. What we might eat. What we'll see. What we'll buy, etc. But the more I think about it the more I remember that we're not actually very 'touristy' tourists. 

Neither of us really cares to see Times Square or The Statue of Liberty or press all of the buttons in the lift in the Empire State Building. Schlepping out to some gigantic Outlet Mall does not appeal either. And visiting ground zero seems like a bit of a depressing thing to do on such a short little dream-break.

Both of us would like to get a feel for the real city. A taste of what it would be like to actually live there (you know, if you didn't have to get a job or anything...) To that end, we've opted to use airbnb and stay in some guy called Dan's apartment for the few days we're there. He seems nice... I hope he's nice...


Devo has a list of places he'd like to visit that he's heard of from reading interviews with musicians, listening to podcasts, watching comedy shows... and pretending to not watch Sex and the City with me...

I have a few ideas of my own. Mostly from reading blogs and books where the city features... and ok, maybe from Sex and the City too...

But I want to make sure we have the BEST five days possible. So I'm asking for your help.

Give me some tips, please! Have you been to NYC? What did you LOVE? What did you hate? What was the best thing you ate? What off-the-beaten track stuff did you get the inside scoop on? What should we watch out for? What is unmissable? What is 'only ok, don't waste your time'? What did you wish you'd done differently? 

If you haven't been before - what's on your wish list?

Please just tell me all of the things.

Yay, New York!

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21 comments

  1. No ideas... Never been, but top of my list. And I would never do anything tourist-y. I'd go to MoMA and Natural History Museum. And there HAS to be vintage markets, flea markets in abundance?! ENJOY!!!

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    1. Oh good suggestions- I never even thought of looking for flea markets! There will definitely be some galleries thrown in and I've had several people suggest the Natural History Museum, so that's practically bumped itself to the top of the list by now! Thanks Emily, I hope you get to go soon :)

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    2. Weeeeelll, Fergal is one day older than me and we have a "big birthday" in a couple of years. And now you have planted this Great Idea in my head ;-)

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    3. Well now, there's as good a reason as any! Happy to help ;)

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  2. Wow, how wonderful. I have spent 24 hours in New York, a long layover for a flight back to the UK, not really long enough for much exploring......

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    1. It's very exciting. We've never done anything like this - not even for our honeymoon - so we really want to make the best of it! I'm intrigued now, as to where you were coming back from that had an NY stopover?!

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  3. So fab! NYC is one of my favourite places - I love just walking around, looking up at the skyscrapers, soaking in the atmosphere...

    Most important question - is it just the two of you or are you taking the girls? Those would be two very different trips, though both great. One thing to remember is that with the time difference you'll be up early (good for taking advantage of touristy things if you want to do any of them) and you'll probably crash early too, so don't be planning a big nightlife filled time.

    Wander through Central Park, check out the Met Museum or the Guggenheim, walk down Fifth Avenue marvelling at all the famous shops, get to Times Square just because it's right there; go to Canal Street and Greenwich Village, have a cocktail in The Algonquin Hotel where Dorothy Parker used to hang out... so many things. Wear good walking shoes!

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    1. I think there will be a lot of strolling around (with our jaws on the floor!) We're going alone this time - yay! Great point about the time difference having us up early. I never even thought of that. Thanks for the tips!!

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  4. Oooh lovely! we've been twice! (Before kids) once in summer and for new years. Surprised me how close all the 'touristy' stuff is to each other and how quickly they can be done ie empire state, rockafeller, time square, radio city music hall, Chinatown, downtown, twin tower memorial... the underground is amazingly handy and will get you everywhere you want to go very quickly. :)

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    1. Oh that's good to know - we'll have a packed 5 days! Thanks!!

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  5. I just love all of it. It's my favourite city in the world. I think you pretty much can't go wrong, no matter where you go. I loved being on streets that I'd heard of in films, or areas - like Greenwich and Little Italy. I am obsessed with all things American. I'm not helping you at all am I! You will love it. And you can't go wrong. Yay!

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    1. We are both VERY interested in things/places from movies etc. I think we'll be in a constant state of awe :)

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  6. Biking in Central Park is wonderful! As is the secret burger joint just around the corner. I'm going to link drop now - sorry! http://www.katetakes5.com/2014/12/48-hours-in-new-york-what-to-do.html

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  7. Fabulous. New York Pizza is a must. And check out a few of the posts on heynataliejean.com She regularly lists the best cafe for.... (http://www.heynataliejean.com/search/label/NYC) for other stuff. Enjoy the trip!

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    1. There will be MANY pizzas involved :) Thanks for the tips. I love an inside scoop!

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  8. Oh awesome I can't wait to hear all about it :)

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  9. I know you said you're not into touristy stuff but the Ellis Island Emigration Museum is amazing and really moving, especially if you have relations who emigrated to the US. The ferry trip over gives you a good view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan too.
    I really like Little Italy. It is like being on a film set. Just wandering round Manhattan is great. It feels so familiar. Even my brother said he kept expecting to see Carrie Bradshaw's picture every time a bus drove past!
    Enjoy yourselves!

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  10. I know you said you're not into touristy stuff but the Ellis Island Emigration Museum is amazing and really moving, especially if you have relations who emigrated to the US. The ferry trip over gives you a good view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan too.
    I really like Little Italy. It is like being on a film set. Just wandering round Manhattan is great. It feels so familiar. Even my brother said he kept expecting to see Carrie Bradshaw's picture every time a bus drove past!
    Enjoy yourselves!

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  11. We've been twice (with kids and without- very different trips) these are touristy tips but think you have to go to 1) Top of the Rock, it's better than the Empire state building, less queues and you get to actually SEE the Empire State Building from the top. 2) Anything in central park, the boathouse restaurant is fab, very romantic, you can take a boat on the lake and it was featured in Sex and the City, the one when Carrie falls in. 3) Go to the River Cafe in Brooklyn for a real dining treat, it's expensive and posh (there's a dress code) but perfect as an ultimate treat, breathtaking views and food and service that is top class. It's a restaurant right on the river, like floating on it, with the most magnificent views of the Brooklyn Bridge. 4) Speaking of Brooklyn, walk the bridge for a romantic stroll. 5) Visit FAO Swartz to get pressies for the kids and see the piano from the film 'Big'. I actually preferred Toys R Us in Times Square for toys but it's worth a visit. There's so much to do, show on Broadway, so many restaurants/bars, really want to go back!

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