Now some of you may or may not know but I heart NYC, mainly because I'm a walker and it's a city that allows you to roam up and down their grid streets and avenues. I spent 7 days there with a day trip to Washington D.C to visit the National museum of African American history & culture (I know it's a bit wordy).
Despite me going to NYC before I still had on my 'Dora the explorer hat' & did a few tourist stuff (again) in the patriotic city... (everywhere u turn there is a flag)
I stayed in Brooklyn (Myrtle Avenue) with my cousins - we found an air bnb which was nice but just a tad bit noisy but I guess that's New York right...
Travellers tip: When going to New York book a flight leaving no later than 11.30am so you get to NYC in the day time and have time to do things...
Once we had settled in, we headed straight to 5th Avenue to the Apple Store & Saks... I had to fix my phone and my cousins wanted to shop.
Travellers tip: its very easy to get around with a metro card $1 and u put on a weekly pass $31. It's not as efficient as the London Underground but if you're travelling alone once you realise that theirs loads of stairs, no signs telling you when the next train is coming and not many people know places you'll be fine! You just have to figure it out for yourself and download the MTA subway app.
Midweek we headed into town again to explore. I went to my favourite shop in NYC - Bookmarc on Bleecker street. I'm big on accessories and just collectable items so I was in awe when I walked in there, it's a really good store for gifts so I highly recommend...
I ended the day at Shake Shack, yes there are a few in London but it's my Top 5 burger joint now, it's just too delish.
Travellers Tip: make sure you say you want fries not chips (they get confused). They have a few in the city but I went to the one in Penn Station W34th St.
Wednesday was DC day! It's fairly far on the train (took just over 3hours) but it's worth it. D.C is different compared to NYC it's much cleaner and building aren't on top of each other. It just has SPACE. Now the museum is fairly new and we experienced it in all its glory having a tour guide take us through the floors of African American History. The food is well cultured as it's all from down south so I had mac & cheese with fried chicken and greens.
Tickets are hard to come by and the next release for tickets is June 7th 9am E.T be quick if you want to go!
On Thursday I took it easy and started my day on Brooklyn Bridge, I never got the chance to go there the first time so I strolled down and took a few pictures. Then I headed down the Glossier a new cosmetic store on 118 Lafayette Street. Currently they don't ship to the U.K so I stocked on a few bits (boy brow, concealer and lip gloss).
As I'm a foodie for lunch I went to Katz Deli on 205 E Houston St... the infamous restaurant for a Pastrami sandwich. You can't go to NYC and not go Katz Deli it's everything.
Traveller Tip: its very crazy in there so try and get a table first before ordering
Over the weekend as my cousin got married I wasn't exploring but still took in the city during the drive up to Yonkers.
The day before we came home I went to The Wing, a new female only club down on 20 St between Broadway & Park. Think of it as a Shoreditch house but with females and all things pretty and pink. As I'm not a member (sad face) I could only take a picture but it's a beautiful space and fingers crossed they build one in London.
In the evening I went to see Chris Brown the party tour at the Barclays Center - probably the highlight ofmy trip, he bought out guests such as Lil Kim, Young ma, Camron, Fabulous just to name a few...
The weather was ok but I would probably choose to go in May or August when it's really not but my summer roster is uber busy so I'm thinking of going back in November for thanksgiving!