New York: Day 3

New York: Day 3

Another day of waking up in New York brings the exact same excitement as the very first day. There’s so much life in this city that a fresh day in it always feels like the beginning of a new adventure, and that’s because it kind of is, with so much more to do and see.

Like any other day in the big city, a substantial breakfast is important to start off a busy day, given the fact you’re up at the crack of dawn and aren’t likely getting back to your hotel until 11/12pm. Now, patisseries always provide some of the best on the go breakfasts so we popped in to Maison Kayser located just across from Central Park for our daily fix of coffee and a croissant to set us up for the day.

CENTRAL PARK 

Weather wise, day 3 of our trip couldn’t have been any better, nothing but clear blue skies and the sun was absolutely blinding. A day for central park then? I think yes. Sangeeta almost questioned my decision-making when I told her I was packing a pair of sunglasses, but she done the same and soon found out that my quick thinking was a good idea as it was a day for shades and thankfully we both had them at the ready. If it wasn’t for the sunglasses we probably wouldn’t have truly enjoyed the beauty of Central Park as we physically couldn’t see much of it when walking in the direction of the sun.

I knew Central Park was massive but until that day I never really knew the extent of its size so make sure you have comfortable footwear on. There’s many ways to take in the beauty of this magnificent park, by foot, bike, or horse and cart, but on this day we decided it was best to be seen on foot – obviously meaning we wouldn’t get to see it all but what we did see that day was amazing. Note: if you have enough time in New York you could always split Central Park over two days and cover half of the park each day, this is what we chose to do as it was just too good to only do once.

Throughout parts of Central Park you will find clusters of rocks randomly dotted around, and these can make great sun traps or the perfect photo opportunity. Upon entering the park we quickly found these rocks and took part in a spot of rock climbing to reach the top in order to get that typical Central Park picture everyone posts with all of the skyscrapers in the background. Again, this is when I can confirm that sensible and comfortable footwear is a requirement as I attempted these uneven rocks with chunky heeled boots on and it was a little bit on the risky side. Really though, anywhere in Central Park provides the picture perfect background so you do make many stops throughout the day to snap plenty of pictures.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS MEMORIAL

One thing you MUST see in Central Park is the Strawberry Fields Memorial for John Lennon. I’m a big fan of The Beatles as is my mum, and since she wasn’t on the trip I knew I had to visit this both for myself and for her. It’s not hard to find with the help of Google Maps, and when you reach a certain point it is sign posted. Some people may think an ‘Imagine’ mosaic isn’t all that special, but there’s just something about it that makes this a must see. The added touch of fresh flowers around the word ‘Imagine’ made it that little bit more sentimental and with this being a quiet space it was so serene. As we stood taking it all in a busker was tuning his guitar and getting set up for playing a few songs, so we took a seat on one of the many benches in the sun and waited to hear some music. Obviously the first song he sang was Imagine, and I’m glad I had my shades on as being in the middle of Central Park at John Lennon’s memorial across from the location where he was sadly killed had me welling up. Not only that but the busker himself looked really like John Lennon had he been alive today. It was a moment I’ll never forget, truly surreal. I could have sat on that bench with the warm sun beating down on my face all day listening to the busker play, there was something so peaceful about it. I felt so content. That’s the strange thing about Central Park, despite it being in the middle of the city, it’s so tranquil and the noise of sirens and traffic soon becomes a distant memory once the park swallows you up.

I love the diversity in Central Park, there are so many performers, whether violinists, buskers with guitars, or individuals making beats by banging on plastic tubs, pots and pans whilst shouting ‘I’m making smoothies‘. There’s not just people making a living in Central Park but people starting their lives together, with wedding pictures being taken, couples practicing their vows, it really is like something out of a movie. You could get lost in people watching, trying to figure out someone’s story or what’s brought them here. Speaking of weddings, we headed to another Gossip Girl spot *GOSSIP GIRL SPOILER* – don’t say I didn’t warn you. Whilst walking around Central Park we found the spot where Blair and Chuck got married in the final episode of Gossip Girl, it’s at the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain for anyone who is interested. Although slightly disappointed that Chuck Bass wasn’t in sight, it’s always cool seeing a filming location in real life.

TIP: If you walk up the stairs at this spot and continue straight along the Mall and Literary Walk then look out for stalls selling art work as you can pick up some wall worthy art at the cheapest of prices. I ended up purchasing 5 paintings for 20 dollars, so whether for yourself or as a gift, these are affordable and can be a nice way to remember your trip. With our paintings in one hand and a smile on our face we spotted a carousel. I may be 24 but come on, no one is too old for a carousel and as soon as you get your leg over one of those horses and start going round with the typical fairground music playing in the background, you can’t help but feel 5 again.

TURNSTYLE UNDERGROUND FOOD MARKET

Street food and food markets are becoming more of a thing in the present day, popping up here, there and everywhere to fulfill all of our foodie needs. After a busy morning burning calories walking round Central Park we headed to the Turnstyle Underground Food Market. Located at 56 St – Columbus Circle subway station, this is a great spot to grab some food before taking a subway to the next destination on your itinerary. As New York has an incredible food scene, my aim was to try out as many different kinds of food as possible and not limit myself to the same things I could easily get back home. With that mentality day 3 called for some Mediterranean style food from Taheni. This place has screens for placing your own order and operates on a “build your own” basis which I much preferred as it meant there was no awkwardness asking staff to remove certain items from my order (I can be fussy). I decided to build my own wrap and so I chose the chicken shawarma for my protein, the hummus for my spread, garlic for my sauce and then I added, wait for it……halloumi cheese. YES… BIG BITS OF HALLOUMI!! Within a few minutes I was sitting on one of the many shared tables tucking in to one of the most amazing wraps I have ever had the pleasure in trying, whilst watching many undecided people try to work out where they were getting food from due to the many eateries on offer at this market.

TOP OF THE ROCK

After an absolutely gorgeous morning at Central Park, our next stop was Top of the Rock and with the weather that day we knew the views were going to be incredible. As we were visiting this AND the Empire State Building during the trip, I was curious to find out which one I would prefer, you’ll just have to stayed tuned for my post on day 5 to find out which one came out on top.

The Top of the Rock, located at the Rockefeller Centre has THREE observation decks so you can easily spend an hour or more up there. After taking the typical window photograph with the Empire State Building in the background we headed outside to take in some more breathtaking views. We started off with the Central Park side and given the fact we had just been there all morning, we were excited to see it from a great height. It’s no wonder we never got to explore even half of it, the view from the Top of the Rock showed off the true size of Central Park and I couldn’t quite get over it.

Nothing is more beautiful than New York from above and Top of the Rock really does it justice, showing off New York in its all true beauty. After exploring all three observation decks, we decided to take a seat at the top and just soak it all in. It’s not everyday you get to experience something like this. It really felt like being on top of the world, and I could have stayed up there all day, it was so peaceful and despite it being the middle of Winter, the sun was warm on my skin. I had that New York glow.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end as we had to head back down to earth and back to the hotel to get ready, but on another note we were seeing a show on BROADWAY that evening!

JUNIOR’S CHEESECAKE

For dinner we decided to head to Junior’s Cheesecake as we had spotted this on our way to Times Square the previous couple of evenings. The place was very busy so we were seated at one of the high tables beside the bar. I went for the jumbo shrimp and chips, which cost over a whopping 32 DOLLARS! It was nice enough but in terms of food I’d say this place is overrated and the food is definitely not worth the prices they charge. For 32 dollars I’d expect something that was absolutely incredible. Maybe it was my fault that the visit was disappointing due to not trying what Junior’s is famous for…. the cheesecake, maybe the cheesecake is what makes the visit, but from the main I ordered it wasn’t anything spectacular. The prosecco was good but I could get that anywhere, it’s the food that has to bring me back to the place and I found this to be average. If I’m ever to go again I’d go for a cheesecake and hot drink, but nothing else. This brings me to another tip: avoid standard/big chain restaurants that almost everyone goes to as they’re all the same, overpriced and average and really you’re just paying for the name. By all means go if that’s your thing, but just be aware that you may end up missing out on some incredible food at smaller or unheard of restaurants if you continue giving your money to these mainstream chain restaurants.

MEAN GIRLS ON BROADWAY

You CANNOT, I repeat CANNOT, go to New York and not see a show on Broadway. If the theatre isn’t your thing then I’m 99.999999% sure it will be after seeing a show in this city. With so many theatres in New York you will not be short of shows to go to during your visit, you’ll be guaranteed to find one to fit your genre/needs/taste. Where can you get Broadway tickets from?

  1. You can get Broadway tickets cheaper on the day either from the theatres box office directly or from the TKTS Discount Booth under the red stairs at Times Square. You can get 20-50% off regular priced tickets.
  2. You can also get them cheaper from the following sites in advance: BroadwayBox and TheaterMania.

There were many shows on around the time we were visiting so it was hard to make a choice with shows such as The Lion King, Mean Girls, Aladdin and Wicked making us spoilt for choice. Given that Sangeeta has already seen The Lion King and I have seen Wicked, we decided a girly night at the theatre should involve Mean Girls. Of course, with it being Mean Girls we decided we had to see this on a Wednesday, for obvious reasons (you Mean Girls fans will know what I’m on about). Although as mentioned above you can get cheaper tickets on the day of the show, we had a very busy itinerary so didn’t want to spend time waiting in lines and we wanted to make sure we definitely had a show to attend. I purchased these online through BroadwayBox, which meant that we got them a little bit cheaper than the normal price.

Getting into the spirit for the show, I was dressed in all pink, pink dress, pink fur jacket, I basically looked like a pink Elmo, but ‘on Wednesdays we wear pink‘ so it worked. Sangeeta had her ‘you go Glen Coco’ t-shirt on and I had bought us Mean Girls themed hair-clips, because you just have to go all out when it comes to Mean Girls. Turning up to the August Wilson Theatre in our themed outfits we half expected everyone to have received the memo but we must have been the only ones who did because it was just a sea of dark/black clothing everywhere. Tip: take plenty of money with you if you’re going to the show, as it’s not just the merchandise that’s expensive! For two cocktails and two bags of m&ms we were 80 DOLLARS! I actually thought I misheard the guy that served, but no, he was correct.

Not long after being seated in the 7th row, the show started and it was everything I had expected plus MORE. It was glamorous, spectacular, girly, and by far the best show I have ever seen. In all honesty, I wasn’t quite sure how such an iconic movie could be turned into a musical but it was, and it worked. The show was produced by Tina Fey, the genius who wrote the film, so of course it wouldn’t be short of amazing. When the show sadly came to an end (I really didn’t want it to), we were humming the songs on the walk back to the hotel and found the soundtrack on Spotify to listen to whilst we got ready for bed. Lesson learned: nothing compares to a Broadway show.

So the curtain has now closed on day 3 of my trip and it was another busy one, it tires me out just thinking about it. Day 4 involved boat rides in temperamental weather and American portion sizes almost killing us off, you can read all about it here.

 

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  1. February 26, 2020 / 7:39 pm

    I lived in New York for a whole year last year and up to this day there are still parts of Central Park I haven’t been to because it is so huge! I’m so glad you’re enjoying your stay in the city that never sleeps although the weather isn’t perfect right now ❤️

    • Holly
      Author
      February 26, 2020 / 8:15 pm

      Oh my goodness, seriously? I am SO jealous!!! How was living there as opposed to visiting as a tourist for like a weeks trip?

      Holly x

      • February 26, 2020 / 11:34 pm

        Honestly sis, it was the same. Although I became like a local but I was still a tourist in the sense that I’d be amazed by everything I discover everyday. The one place I really started hating was Times Square lol omw I couldn’t stand it Holly 😂

        • Holly
          Author
          March 1, 2020 / 1:47 pm

          I really would love to experience living in a city like this, the constant business and the food and the shops. UGH. I will always be jealous of you! Oh yes I can imagine with that tbh!

          Holly x

  2. Angie M.
    February 26, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    That is so exciting, visiting the Gossip Girl filming locations!!😍 It is one of my favourite shows ever. I am also a Beatles fan, so reading your post makes happy! Have fun in New York (:

    • Holly
      Author
      February 26, 2020 / 8:13 pm

      It really was so exciting, and I’m a massive fan of The Beatles too! I was I was born during their time!! Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  3. February 26, 2020 / 8:28 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to New York it looks so amazing! I’d also love to go to all of the gossip girl places especially where Blair and Chuck got married! The food also looks so good x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:48 pm

      It’s truly wonderful, and the food is just on a whole other level. Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  4. February 27, 2020 / 9:54 am

    Ah I would LOVE to do a fat Gossip Girl tour in NYC omg!! Loved this post!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:45 pm

      They actually do official gossip girl tours over there!

      Holly x

  5. February 27, 2020 / 1:38 pm

    You had quite the day. It’s great to have Central Park in the mix. Somehow it’s relaxing even though it’s in the middle of this crazy city. I could go back there every weekend and still have more to see and do. Nice post!

    Mark / Mark’s Travel Journal
    https://www.markstraveljournal.me

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:43 pm

      I completely agree, Central Park is something you could do all the time yet still find yourself discovering new things to do/see! Thanks for reading!

      Holly

  6. February 27, 2020 / 2:03 pm

    This sounds like an absolute DREAM visit to NYC. I live only a few hours away, but I confess that I’ve only been a few times. My longest trip up there was when I was performing in a show for the NYC fringe. I had more time up there, but it was hard to sight-see as I was mostly performing. And sadly, I’ve never been to Central Park! Next time I go, I’m definitely prioritizing it. Thanks!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      Oh you performed in a show there? That’s so cool!! Definitely see more of the sights whenever you get the chance to go back.

      Holly x

  7. Lisa Alioto
    February 27, 2020 / 2:19 pm

    this sounds like quite the adventure. I would love to go to NYC!! Thank you for sharing your journey!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks for reading!

      Holly x

  8. February 27, 2020 / 4:27 pm

    What a fabulous day in New York! You did so many things I love so much – Central Park, delicious food, Top of the Rock and Broadway! I did all those things when I was in New York in 2015 and it was amazing. Totally agree with you that a Broadway show is a must when you’re in New York!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:37 pm

      It was one of my favourite days for sure!! It definitely is a must, there’s no show quite like it.

      Holly x

  9. February 27, 2020 / 5:53 pm

    I have not been to New York before but it sure looks like a beautiful place with lots of exciting adventures. Thank you for sharing your amazing experience

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:34 pm

      There is so much to do, you would never be bored!! Never a dull moment in NYC! Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  10. February 28, 2020 / 11:51 am

    Oooo it sounds amazing, a very exciting trip and sounds like you’re managing to fit a lot in!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks so much, it was fantastic! I felt like I needed a week long spa break after it haha!

      Holly x

  11. February 29, 2020 / 10:40 pm

    Fabulous photos ❤

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you!

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 1:30 pm

      I would so love to book a trip back!

      Holly x

  12. March 1, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe you did all that in one day!! It looks absolutely incredible. So many great tips and honest reviews too. If I ever (finally) get to go to NY, I’ll be taking these on board. I like the idea of the show, but $80 for 2 drinks and m&ms is crazy money 😮

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 9:08 pm

      I’m the master of itineraries so it was organised well to make sure we could get a lot done!

      Tell me about it, it’s so expensive!

      Thank you for your lovely comment.

      Holly x

      • March 1, 2020 / 9:15 pm

        Right, well, I know who I’ll be getting in contact with then when I need itinerary advice 😂 x

        • Holly
          Author
          March 1, 2020 / 9:17 pm

          Oh yes just hit me up! I always usually keep a copy of them haha! It’s my second full time job (I wish).

          Holly x

          • March 2, 2020 / 12:00 am

            It’s probably a great idea for a traveller’s hand book or something though. There are loads of people out there who want to visit places but wouldn’t know how to organise their trip as well as you did x

          • Holly
            Author
            March 2, 2020 / 11:48 am

            Hmm I could definitely put them all together one day for some of e-guide I guess!! Have a fab week! X

  13. March 1, 2020 / 2:55 pm

    First time visitor here! It was so interesting to see all the quirky things you can get up to in New York, about to subscribe for more!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 9:06 pm

      Welcome!! Thanks so much, I really appreciate that.

      Holly x

  14. March 1, 2020 / 5:02 pm

    I love your top in the first picture, it’s so so pretty! Central park is such an iconic place, it must of been so cool to walk around there x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 6:40 pm

      Awww thank you, it’s from Zara! It was amazing, I felt like I was in a movie set the full day basically.

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 9:05 pm

      You definitely should if you get the chance one day! Thanks for reading!

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much!! The last four posts will be up every Wednesday at 6pm then it will be my Venice posts!

      Holly x

  15. March 1, 2020 / 9:14 pm

    New York looks super exciting! I still haven’t been but maybe one day!! Central Park is such a classic place to visit. I love all of the different sightseeing places! Oooh the food looks delicious as well! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Holly
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 9:21 pm

      Hopefully one day, it’s a city like no other! Thanks so much for taking the time to read them!

      Holly x

  16. makeupmuddle
    March 1, 2020 / 10:02 pm

    Ooh it sounds like you had an amazing time! I would so love to visit one day xo

    Makeup Muddle

    • Holly
      Author
      March 14, 2020 / 8:27 pm

      You definitely should if you get the chance to!

      Holly x

  17. March 2, 2020 / 7:03 am

    Ah I’m so jealous! A few years ago I spent 3 months living about an hours drive from NYC and spent many weekends there! It’s honestly my favourite city in the world. I know what you mean about Central Park being huge – I wasn’t expecting it to be so big either aha I still don’t think I’ve seen all of it! Fab post

    Emily x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 11:53 am

      Quite a few people who have commented on this post have actually experienced living in NYC or close to it, I’m super jealous! I would definitely be there every weekend too. Thanks for reading!

      Holly x

  18. March 2, 2020 / 11:50 am

    Man I have always wanted to go to New York!!! This trip looked awesome, I love your pictures at the Rock!!!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 11:54 am

      Thanks so much! It was fantastic, with some insane views.

      Holly x

  19. Hannah Louise Blog
    March 2, 2020 / 11:59 am

    Sounds like you had such an amazing day! I’ve never been to New York but I’m dying to visit, it looks sooo amazing!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 12:17 pm

      It was one of my favourite days for sure!! Definitely go whenever you get the chance.

      Holly x

  20. March 2, 2020 / 10:13 pm

    I’ve never been to New York, it’s definitely a bucket list destination though. And top of my list would be Central Park, I’ve heard so much about it and your photos make it look an absolute must-see. I had no idea it was so large though! In fact all your photos are lovely, they’re making me get very itchy feet 🙂 Thank you for sharing your visit! x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 10:56 pm

      It’s the most wonderful place ever!! Central Park is just a complete dream, you would love it I’m sure. Thanks so much for reading!

      Holly x

  21. March 3, 2020 / 10:42 am

    I got engaged in New York way back in 2009 and I would absolutely love to go back. This is giving me massive travel envy! 😅 We did quite a lot but there’s so much more to do.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 3, 2020 / 11:09 am

      Awwww that is so romantic, what a city to get engaged in! I know, you could live there and still always have so much to do each day. Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  22. March 3, 2020 / 2:12 pm

    Wow, what another fabulous day in New York! Your photos are incredible, and the view over the city looks absolutely amazing. I’d love to visit someday and see all the main attractions. It’s crazy how expensive some things are though, but I guess it’s allowed as you are on holiday! Thanks for sharing Holly, fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Holly
      Author
      March 3, 2020 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you so much!! I completely agree, when you’re on holiday you don’t mind so much about spending that little bit extra! Thanks for reading!

      Holly x

  23. March 3, 2020 / 4:45 pm

    There are so many great thing to do in New York that each day is always exciting! I think Central Park is best done when you have a bit of time here and there, I love the part of the park where the GG wedding was held though, it’s so pretty down there. I’d love to see Mean Girls on Broadway, it sounds so fun! x

    Sophie

    • Holly
      Author
      March 3, 2020 / 7:19 pm

      So true! Yes definitely, Central Park can’t be rushed or you end up missing so many beautiful parts of it! It’s coming to London next year possibly, so if that’s close enough for you to get to then I’d highly recommend seeing it.

      Holly x

  24. March 3, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    Looks like you have had a great trip! You have done so much in one day! The photographs look great. Thank you for sharing!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 14, 2020 / 8:28 pm

      I don’t know how we had the energy but we managed to do so much each day! Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 12:00 pm

      Oh yes, Central Park is a must!

      Holly x

  25. March 4, 2020 / 10:45 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to New York it looks so amazing! Your photographs look great. Thank you for sharing! xx Manon | Bondi to Basic

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      It’s amazing!!! Thanks so much for reading!

      Holly x

  26. Ineya Hsu
    March 4, 2020 / 11:18 pm

    Wow! I’ve always wanted to visit NY and especially Central Park! The photographs were amazing and makes it so temping to book a trip to NY right away!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:23 pm

      Ohhhhh I dare you to book a trip now!

      Also, what’s your link so I can check out your blog?

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 12:31 pm

      Oh you HAVE to visit Central Park! Thanks so much!

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 10, 2020 / 10:06 am

      It’s honestly been the best trip of my life!! I don’t think any other trip could top it.

      Holly x

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