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9th October 2020

USA – New York, ‘The Big Apple’

New York City is quite simply one of the world’s most exciting cities and certainly one that never sleeps!!

NYC is a place everyone should visit at least once in their life. Famous landmarks including Central Park, Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Empire State and of course Statue of Liberty along with over 150 museums, 500 art galleries and over 40 theatres will certainly fill your time whether you are here for a long weekend or longer.

I stayed in NYC with my family for 3 nights as part of a 2 centre holiday with Florida. We stayed at a lovely hotel called ‘The Renwick’ which was Midtown on 40th Street. We could walk to Central Station in about 2 mins and Times Square was around a 15/20 min walk. I had read various reports on hotel’s being noisy due to the constant traffic but we did not notice this at The Renwick. A lovely contemporary hotel with great sized rooms and restaurant on site. We asked for a room with a view on the Empire State and that we had.

Over our 3 days, we booked onto a ‘Hop on Hop off Bus Tour’ which I would highly recommend. We got to see so much more of New York as it took in Downtown for Statue of Liberty whilst on a Liberty Cruise (included), Ground Zero, Wall Street & One World Trade Center. Uptown & Harlem taking in Midtown, Times Square, Central Park & Guggenheim Museum, A night tour which myself and my daughter took in (the boys found a sports bar) and we went over The Brooklyn Bridge and after rode ‘The Subway’. Another stop on the bus tour is ‘Little Italy’ which we loved. Authentic Italian restaurants and amazing Gelato!

Our trip to the top of the Empire State was fantastic with such amazing views. We timed it so we saw the sun going down however, it was very busy at this time. I would recommend booking in a time if you can as queues can get very long.

Shopping on 5th Avenue is great. My son loved looking at all the designer shops. One great thing about NYC is that you will never get lost. Just remember, Avenues run North to South and Streets East to West and 5th Avenue is the dividing line between East & West… Another tip, do not forget your walking shoes as there is a lot of walking.. but it stops the pounds piling on with the over sized portions!

By Faye Coles
9th October 2020