After these past seven days, I am in urgent need of a spa vacation. A peek into my whirlwind week: I’ve had out-of-towners and first-time New Yorkers visiting and spent most of the last week touristing around the Big Apple. I have to say that my visitors came at the perfect time – I was just starting to take everything about New York for granted, in a way, and it’s good to see New York through a new set of eyes from time to time; it makes you appreciate again what makes this city such an incredible place.
I put together a tiring and exhausting but at the same time amazing and well-rounded itinerary – all on a tight budget. I think I’ll have to make it into a post and share it here on the website one day because they loved every minute of their time in the city and kept telling me that half of the places I showed them weren’t mentioned in any of the travel guides they used. From street fairs in Manhattan to flea markets and food markets in Williamsburg, a pizza picnic dinner in Brooklyn Bridge Park to taking the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island, salsa dancing in Coney Island to discovering Central Park’s hidden gems, walking the Brooklyn Bridge and the entire length of the High Line Park (to name only a few of their highlights), they got to see A LOT in their few short days here in the city, and I loved seeing New York through the eyes of a tourist again. The picture above was taken on our sunset cruise along the Statue Of Liberty – which didn’t cost a penny! (Take the free Staten Island ferry from Manhattan about 45 minutes before sunset, and head back to Manhattan when the sun has set).
And as if having visitors in town didn’t keep me busy enough, I moved house, went on a tour of NYC’s best rooftop bars, revisited the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, toured the Bronx for a day (for the first time ever!), made cupcakes for a friend’s birthday and celebrated said birthday on a Brooklyn rooftop, played Bocce Ball, and went to an outdoor dance party. Somehow I managed to fit in a crazy amount of work, too.
Even though this has been such a busy week, I loved every minute of it and I can say one thing for sure: I love New York more than ever.