There are a number of reasons why we love New York. Not only is it filled with iconic sites and urban beauty but its unique buzz evokes a sense of excitement and makes us feel like anything is possible. We have made numerous visits to this beautiful city and yet there is still always so much more to see and do. From magnificent skyscrapers to fine eateries, here is the lowdown on some of our favourite features.
- The Empire State Building
An iconic beauty, which contributes to that spectacular New York skyline, we can never get enough of The Empire state building. Located at the centre of Midtown Manhattan, the view from the top is truly breath taking and will allow you to soak up the beauty and experience all the magic of New York in one go.
- Russ & Daughters Café
Described by the New York Times as ‘one of the 10 best new restaurants in New York’ we were delighted to have breakfast at Russ & Daughters. Timeless and delicious this legendary café located on Orchard Street has a real atmosphere of authenticity, which is often referred to as ‘hamishness’. We ordered the ‘Ida’ Platter, which serves 3-4 people, and consisted of a variety of smoked salmons, cream cheese, onions, tomato, capers, new potato salad and a Russ & Daughters bread basket. This was simply delicious and the warm and inviting atmosphere only made the experience even more enjoyable.
- Tenement Museum
Located on the Lower East side at 97 Orchard Street, the Tenement Museum is a national historic site, which was home to 7,000 people from 20 different nations between 1863 and 1935. The museum offers an intimate and fascinating insight of immigrant life, taking us through the history and experiences of generations who had built lives for themselves on the Lower east Side.
- The Townhouse Inn of Chelsea
This time round we had the luxury of staying in the most beautiful of accommodations at the Townhouse Inn. Located in the wonderful neighbourhood of Chelsea, this 19th century townhouse is the perfect little hideaway that will make you feel right at home. The 14-bedroom hotel is friendly, personal and rather trendy, offering the warmest welcome you could possibly imagine. Its prime location, which is central to everything, makes it even more of a catch. We stayed in a lovely large sized bedroom, which was full of character and featured exposed brick walls, vintage furniture and chandeliers. The apartment also featured a grand dining room and living room area, which was equipped with beautiful homely rugs, and upon arrival we were even given our very own key so that we were able to come and go as we pleased.
The service was fantastic and during our stay we were looked after Eric and his team who gave us the full lowdown on the Inn, Chelsea and anything to do with New York. They were incredibly friendly and helpful and we really couldn’t have asked for a better stay or a warmer welcome. We would highly recommend this little gem for anybody wishing to experience and independent living in New York.
- The High line
The High Line is a public park owned by the city of New York and built on a disused railroad called the West Side Line. It was founded by local residents, Joshua David and Robert Hammond in 1999 and began preservation between 2002 and 2003. The park aims to encourage community engagement and holds a variety of workshops from dance parties to performances. We thoroughly enjoyed taking a leisurely walk through here and soaking up the wild beauty.