New York, NY
Christmas Eve, NYC
We made it.
After missing our connecting flight from LAX, waiting on standby for 6+ hours, catching the red-eye into Newark and hauling a cab from Jersey to Brooklyn at 5am, we made it to NYC. Our goal was to experience New York at Christmas and after a few hours of sleep, we left our apartment and started exploring Manhattan on Christmas Eve, 2016. We made our way from lower Manhattan and walked up 5th Avenue to Rockefeller Center, absorbing all the holiday vibes on the night before Christmas.
The High Line & Chelsea District
The High Line is a 1.5-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan. The abandoned spur has been redesigned with a fusion of multiple disciplines which include landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology. In the warmer months it blooms with greenery however during our trip during Winter, the greenery was sparse; however still provided a stunning, elevated walk from Chelsea through to Hudson Yards.
Our first snowfall experience, looking for dinner in Little Italy. The look of joy on everyone’s faces as they rush outside to see the dusting - can’t beat it!
New York isn’t short on Museums and what better to retreat yourself than the number of world renowned Museums such as The Met, MoMA, Guggenheim and more. The December/January season brought a number of rainy days so we took to each of these. From the likes of Picasso and Monet at MoMA to the Egyptian relics from millennia ago at The Met; there is plenty of culture and history to absorb.
I guess you could call Williamsburg the hipster borough of Brooklyn. After intense gentrification over the years, it is characterized by it’s street and contemporary art scene, indie and house music influence and different cultural groups.
Dawn & Dusk
I don’t think this applies to NYC alone but some of the best times to explore cities are when the sun is rising, or setting. We had seen how busy Brooklyn Bridge had been throughout the day with every tourist and their selfie stick taking up the entire walkway; so we decided to hit it at dawn. Waking up early we get to the bridge just as the sun starts to rise over Manhattan. The bridge is empty with a couple of early morning runners the only other inhabitants. Cue ‘Empire State of Mind…’
Just as magical as sunrise, two amazing spots to catch the sunset in NY pictured above. Firstly, grabbing a cocktail at the Ides Rooftop Bar in Brooklyn will give panoramic views of the Manhattan Skyline. Secondly, Lady Liberty in all her glory as seen from Pier 2, Brooklyn.