It is nearly 10 years since I last visited New York City and, the last time, I said I had done it. I had seen it. I didn’t need to return. The city that, really doesn’t sleep, almost has a huge magnet hanging over it, just dragging me back. I started to miss it around 2 years ago and, now I have friends living there, I had the perfect excuse to head back.
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The first time I visited New York, I went with my Mum who had won the trip through work. Apparently we were supposed to be flying with Concorde, staying in a top hotel on Times Square and spending 3 night exploring ourselves. Unfortunately, it was that year that Concorde stopped flying, so we were treated to an array of trips including a dinner cruise around the Statue of Liberty and champagne at the top of the World Trade Center. When people say they will always remember where they were the day the Towers fell, I definitely will. Mainly because, nearly 12 months to the day, I had been sat at the top panicking at the height and how they moved ever so slightly, which made me queasy. I still think about the man who was sat eating his lunch and gave us directions to Century 21, he told us he worked in the upper floors of the building. I hope and wonder every day whether he was there that day and managed to get out.
In that short trip, I fell in love with the city. The people, the vibe, the craziness. I definitely didn’t get the best out of it in such a short time, so my Mum and I arranged to go back the next year to see some more.
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The second time around, I have to admit, I don’t remember an awful lot! We spent some time just outside the city at the incredible Woodbury Common Outlet, which is 5 times the size of the UK designer outlets and at much better prices, and shopping in all the usual haunts of Bloomingdales, Macys and Saks. I bought jewellery in Tiffany and dreamed of being able to stay at the Waldorf Astoria.
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Little did I know, my parents treated me to my third trip to the Big Apple for my 21st, staying at the Waldorf Astoria. I was surprised with a limo, that drove us from JFK to the Waldorf Astoria, before being whisked off to the revolving restaurant The View within the Marriott Marquis, for dinner and drinks. The views of Times Square from here are insane and amongst the best, if you ask me. We did the Sex and the City tour, ate cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery and wandered through Central Park to dine at Tavern on the Green. It was, what you could call, a typical tourist’s visit of New York and it satiated my need for the city, for a while at least.
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My last trip was with a friend, who won a scholarship to go and work within one of the universities just outside of the city. I travelled out with her in between Christmas and New Year, spending New Years Eve in one of the most expensive clubs I have ever visited. I bought Christian Louboutins at Henri Bendel, ate banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery, sang along with the wait staff at Ellen’s Stardust Diner and got drunk in an Irish bar in Greenwich Village spending around $10 all night. I also spend New Years Day at the top of the Rock and explored the Bronx, where I slept on the floor of my friend’s academic room.
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This time, I am staying with friends in New Jersey and I plan to do the things that I have missed on my previous 4 trips. I want to visit Ellis Island, enjoy some time in the suburbs of Brooklyn and Long Island, as well as drive out to nearby cities of Philadelphia and Washington. As a food blogger, I have more interest in the restaurants and bars of the city this time around and have a fair few recommendations to try out.
After 4 trips, I thought I had done it. Got my fix. I was ready to move on and try other places. But New York is like no other place in the world. It still has that pull for me and, I know I’ll find things that I hadn’t seen before when I visited.
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I have an extra long trip this time with a full fortnight dedicated to all things NYC and surrounding areas. For now, I need to sort my luggage, arrange holiday insurance that covers medical conditions and do some more definite planning!
Any recommendations I need to add to my list?