Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of…

Me and my best buddy Sharni have just celebrated an anniversary, we’ve now known each other for 20 whole years! That is not a milestone that can ignored and seen as though we have never been on holiday together (madness I know!) we decided to go big… to the Big Apple to be precise. Or, in the immortal words of Alicia Keys, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of.

We had been planning our trip for months and when the big day finally arrived we were ridiculously excited. Not that it ruined our appetite or anything… fuelling up for the 8 hour flight!

Frankie and Benny's

After a good night sleep we got up early and headed down town to get our NYC trip off to a windy start on the Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty (2)

There are a lot of sight seeing boat tours that will take you out to Liberty Island and give you a closer view than the ferry but they will cost you when the commuter ferry it still gives you a great view and its absolutely free! Plus you get a great view of the Brooklyn bridge thrown as well… just a little tip from me to you.

Brooklyn Bridge

After leaving the ferry we visited the 9/11 memorial site, a.k.a. Ground Zero.

Ground Zero

There are two huge cascading square, double step waterfalls that disappear into nothingness. It is a beautiful and poignant dedication to the tragedy of the terrorist attacks that have left a black mark in American history.

Its an oddly stunning place. The water running over the slate looks like it is sparkling as the sun hits it. I guess whoever designed must be a believer that something beautiful can come out of even the most terrible times.

From there we left the memorial site and wandered through China Town, where you will find a lot of this…

New York Merchandise

We carried on our wanderings through Little Italy and Soho. We stopped to grab some lunch on the go, in true New Yorker style. It was a little place called Andi’s Deli on the corner of Broadway and Reade Street. It was the world’s biggest burrito and damn tasty!

New York Burrito

We continued through Greenwich Village taking in the architecture that is so stereotypical of this big city.


I particularly loved this building covered in fish eating dogs and dogs eating fish. Only in New York.



New York High Rise

We then re joined Broadway and headed north. We walked past Madison Square Garden, which looked amazing all lit up. I wish we could have gone to see a basketball game but there were none on whilst we were there unfortunately.

Madison Square Garden

As we carried on up we got our first site of Macy’s, the world’s largest store. Plastered across is their Christmas motto – Believe. We didn’t go in but never fear that was on the agenda for tomorrow, we’d be back!

Macys New York

We finished our day with the glow of the neck achingly massive Empire State Building. A fitting end to a momentous first day!

Empire State Building


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  1. November 26, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    Looks like a blast! I love the city πŸ™‚

      • November 26, 2014 / 10:37 pm

        Me too, on my last trip there. Was this your first time?

        • November 26, 2014 / 10:49 pm

          Second, I went once when when I was a teenager I would go back again in a heartbeat. Its my favourite city (apart from London of course!)

  2. November 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    I’ve been to New York before, and it’s an amazing, even if somewhat intimidating, experience!

      • November 27, 2014 / 4:10 am

        Just how big the buildings, the skyscrapers, the massive crowds of tourists and locals alike. But an exciting experience!

    • November 26, 2014 / 10:48 pm

      I do! I really hope I’ll get to live out there at some point!

  3. November 26, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Fun! πŸ˜„

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