Well. i'm posting post trip as i was having just too much fun -
With four days in New York, I had a plan. To see and experience as much as possible, which shouldn't be too hard considering the city sells itself as the city that never sleeps. Â
Madison Avenue, check. Fifth Avenue, check. Broadway, Avenue of the Americas, check and check. Manhattan is colossus, a checkerboard of sites, sounds and streets, some so familiar you wonder if you've been there before. Arriving in New YorkÂ was familiar, but not because I've visited before its becauseÂ its the backdrop to so many of our favourite shows and movies!
Â SERIOUSLY! It is no exaggeration; I shopped with Carey from Sex and the City, popped by the Greenwich Village apartment building which was home to Rachel, Monica, Chandler and Joey of Friends,I even had a bite to eat at the soup kitchen where the infamous Seinfield Soup Nazi episode was filmed. I saw Grace's design studio from Will & Grace and even sampled some rice pudding at Rice To Riches as seen in Hitch.Â
When i first arrived aÂ sightseeing tourÂ really helpedÂ me get my bearings - checking off thee major sites: the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Central Park.Â
Â The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is awesome - home to examples of modern art from the late nineteenth century to today. If you're on a budget visit MoMA on a Friday eveningÂ as entry is free between four and eight - it'll leave you with cash to spare which you can spend when you head out on the town.Â With my fellow Contiki travel buddy's my first night in New York was soon morning as we tried to pack as much into our trip. Some of our fav places were the Meat Packing District, East Village and Greenwich Village where there are cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs galore.Â
There is an amazing hotel in the Meat Packing District, called the Gansevoort if you're in NY you HAVE toÂ visit. It has what they call the first spa-by-day/lounge-by-night and while the Gansevoort is super exclusive it's well worth the effort - definately frock up and try your luck at the door, it might not pay off, but if it does you'll be rubbing shoulders with uber-cool local late-night revellers. If the doormen aren't in the mood, head down the street, where you'll find loads more venuesÂ - Salon and Trust Lounge were good but i heardÂ Gas Light and Soho House rock too.
Â Â Gotta run but ill finish my NY tales soon