A couple of years ago I’ve been to New York City for 10 days, with 3 friends. 10 days in a city seems like a long time, but in NYC it wasn’t enough. There’s still so much I want to see and do! Finally the time is here to share some of the photos I took there. Keep in mind that I wasn’t really into photography just yet, lol. So, are you ready? This is really photo heave, so grab a cup of tea or coffee and have a seat. Maybe you can use this article when you plan your own trip to The Big Apple!
We chose to buy a NYC pass for 5 days, we calculated all the entry fees of what we wanted to do and with this pass it was way cheaper. We also got ourselves a subway pass.
On our first day we took a train to Amsterdam Schiphol and flew to New York, after a nice flight with KLM (my favorite company for long flights) we arrived at the airport. We took a cab to our hotel. We stayed in Hotel Wellington where we had a room with 1 queen sized bed and 2 single beds. We also had a mini kitchen with a fridge.
We were pretty jet lagged, but because we were so close to Central Park, Laura and I decided to go for a short run in the morning. It was super cold and everything looks closer than it really is. But it was fun and something I had on my bucket list. Check! When we warmed up and changed clothes, the four of us walked to Times Square, we we looked around, and shopped a bit.
On our third day we had a blue sky, so during our typical American breakfast we decided to go to Rockefeller Center, the Observation Deck for the view!
From The Top of the Rock you have an amazing view over Central Park and The Empire State Building. Definitely a recommendation.
After our visit to Top of the Rock we went shopping, we walked by the New York Public Library where had a little walk around. On our way to Victoria Secret we spotted the most beautiful buildings, like The Flat Iron building.
On day 4 we visited the top of The Empire State Building, because we had a beautiful sunny day with a clear blue sky again. From this sky scraper you have a beautiful over the Hudson River, the skyline with the (then unfinished) Freedom Tower.
After a while we took the elevater down again and took a subway to Queens, not really a place to go as a tourist, but we wanted to see 5 Pointz, a place famous for it’s empty building and lots of graffiti. Too bad, they took everything down years ago, so I’m very happy I was able to see it!
After our visit to 5 pointz we took the subway to Brooklyn, where we went to the best pizza place Grimaldi’s and a night time view of the skyline.
On the fourth day we visited the WTC Memorial and the Ground Zero museum, so sad, but beautiful, I’m glad I’ve been there.
Later that day we booked a tour guide to show us Wall Street, very fun to see all the Dutch influences there.
Because the weather was so nice, we also decided to walk over The Brooklyn Bridge, we took lots of photos!
On the sixth day we did something different, we took a bus to an other city, Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the famous liberty bell, chilly chease steak and Rocky! I’m going to make a seperate blogpost about our day in Philly.
The seventh day was again a busy one. After our breakfast we went to Harlem, where we did a tour with a nice guide. Afterwards we had a delicious dinner at Sylvia’s, where they make soul food. In gravy smothered fried chicken, candied yams, delicious corn bread, you name it! After our dinner we went to the Apollo Theater to Amateur night, so much fun!
The day started with a visit to Cathedral of St. John the Divine, when we got outside it started to snow, so we decided to visit some museums. We went to the American Museum of Natural History (Night at the Museum!), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and when the weather cleared up we took a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. In the evening we went to a basketball game of the Brooklyn Nets, that was amazing!
This was our last full day in the city, we shopped the last bits and chilled on a rock in Central Park. The day before it was super cold and snowy, this day we had blue skies and sunshine, we didn’t even need a jacket. Love it.
On our last day we had only time to pack our bags (which was a challenge with all the stuff we shopped) and our flight back to Amsterdam.
We had 10 amazing days in this wonderful city, I would love to go back some day. Warmer weather would be nice though. It’s my dream to go there in fall when Central Park is orange.
I would love to hear about your NYC experience and things you can’t miss there!