My New York trip that happened less than 15 days ago is something I obsessed over for weeks. I couldn’t wait to get my visit visa and actually land in the city. I am well acquainted with some of the best hotels and brands in London and just getting the experience of another city was something I have been hungry for ages. However, its not just the glamour. I have always wanted to visit the neighbourhoods, the cafes, bookstores and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere of the city.
I must say New York is much more relaxed overall as a city if you were to compare it to London. People tend to take life a bit more easy and the morning commuters to work seemed to be a bit more sociable even though they were equally in a rush to get somewhere.
My trip consisted of walking around for hours, just getting a feel of Madison Avenue, 5th Avenue, Times Square, the West Village, Upper West Side, Upper East Side and the list goes on and on!
I must recommend to all visitors and especially those who want to get a real New York experience. Dont plan everything. Let a few things happen naturally and stumbling upon little streets and stores is the most enjoyable part of NYC. I particularly enjoyed discovering The Plaza Food Hall! I mean, what an amazing idea! One of New York’s most iconic luxury hotels actually managed to open a very European yet stunning food hall in their basement open to foodies, guests and tourists.
My favourite building was The Trump Tower on Madison Avenue. The black exterior with the welcoming door men just does the magic. If you get a chance do walk through it. Do also visit the Four Seasons New York for a morning coffee. The cafe is situated right above the lobby so you get a chance to enjoy people watching and don’t feel too enclosed.
Above all, I love how New York does start coming back to life at 5:00 am. The Starbucks’ start opening up at 5:30 and that is the best time to take a walk around in your vicinity watching yellow cabs lining up and if you happen to be near Time Square, actually getting a sight of the lights without the crowds.