Where we stayed: East Village Hotel | rate it 4/5 (remembering it's a 3* hotel) | +v's: excellent location, tidy, reasonably spacious room, pricing very good | -v's shower pressure diabolical, not pristinely clean, no lift
How long: 10 nights, 9.5 days
How we got there: 3.5 hour train to NYC
How we left: 5 hour plane to San Francisco
City EXPLORING highlight: The Guggenheim and the Alberto Burri Collection
Part Two- Exploring New York City
We had a list to tick off for our 10 day stay in the Big Apple, and tick off we did (thanks Swinga). We thought in hindsight it was a pretty good list of things to do...
And this graffiti beauty, well you'll find her strolling through TriBeCa...
Broadway - The show, Matilda, is the one we picked but there are so many to choose from and it's really just the live Broadway stage performances that you need to experience. The theatres echo old school glamour and it for less than $100 person, it is a great way to spend a night out. Line up at the TKTS booth in time square to grab half price tickets on the night.
Financial District - We strolled down Wall St, had a photo with the raging bull, reflected on the amazing monument that pays tribute to the lives lost in 9/11, and wandered Battery Park on the waters edge.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - from Battery Park we jumped of the $18pp ferry to Lady Liberty and didn't get off. You can get off the boat on both Liberty island and Ellis island if you wish to explore.
Metropolitan Museum of Art - home to Monet's three giant panels of lillies, Edgar Degas' ballerina studies and numerous works by the most revered of artists from the Renaissance and impressionist movements. America's art gallery continued to blow my mind...
Brooklyn Bridge walk - we walked towards Brooklyn, and once over the bridge, explored Brooklyn Heights on the waters edge, looking back over Manhattan
United Nations for Friday drinks - now this was special and rather entertaining as it was going off in there with cheap drinks and a DJ. We were allowed in because we're special :) actually, I lie, we know someone special.
The High Line to Meatpacking is a gorgeous walk, about 30 minutes in total, along the old railway line, landscaped with beautiful flowers, shrubs and timber walkways and seating. The Gansevoort Market at the end of the High Line is an absolute must. We loved it so much we returned multiple times. There is good shopping around there too; Warby Parker for super trendy $95 prescription glasses, and high fashion boutiques, including DVF's flagship store. After that we made our way down Bleecker Street to Soho, which has brilliant shopping
Central Park wander from Harlem to MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art where there is everything from Monet, Pollock to Marcel Duchamp Ready-mades.
Woodbury Common - we took the shuttle service for $49 person to the 220 store outlet centre. The discounts while very good, are mostly on last season trends, odd sizes, or bad sellers. In saying that, it is definitely worth the hour trip out there, but make sure you are feeling up to 5 hours+++ of shopping. In hindsight, we thought the Las Vegas Premium outlets were better.
Century 21 Outlet store - stare clear, it is terrible!
Walk down Fifth Avenue from about 60th street down to browse the chains, boutiques and luxury brands
The Guggenheim - A trip highlight. A building that encompasses freedom and reflectiveness, and one of the last works by Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition on during our trip showcasing Alberto Burri has given me so much inspiration in my quest for unique textures through the use of mixed media in art. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed in the exhibition.
Grand Central Station - just a pop in on our way through on the subways to witness the grand hall that once was the centre stage for NYC travel. Beautiful details in marble, paint and brass.
Strolled to TriBeCa from East Village
Empire State Building to the 86th floor observatory - highly recommend doing this, there is so much history in this grand old building (but we didn't think it was worth the extra $20 going to 102nd level)
11th November Veterans Day Parade in Fifth Avenue - floats, military, and amazingly talented youth marching bands.