9 days in New York City

As you might have already realised, we had a great holiday, and 3-4 days after we got back we’re only now adjusted to the time zones. Just in time to go back to work.

I know I wrote this down day to day and posted it on my Facebook page, but I thought I’d put a post together about what we did in New York, so we can look back, and others can look too.

We flew United Airlines out and back – direct from Glasgow to Newark, spent 6 nights in Manhattan, then travelled up New York State to Bear Mountain and had a few chill out days there (3 nights) – including one rather rainy day at Woodbury Common Outlet stores.

We had planned 5 nights at Bear Mountain, but the weather wasn’t in our favour (rainy and cloudy) so after 3 nights we checked out and spent 3 further nights in New York City.

We bought a 5 day New York Pass before we went, and got the AirTrain to and from Newark Airport.

When we were in Bear Mountain it was a chance to chill out with some walks and runs, but our heart was in the city. The best hotel we stayed at was the Double Tree Hilton Times Square south (but the price was higher than the others).

I did three runs when I was away, one short hotel room strength session, and lots of walking.

The weather was very warm the first week, and clear, then it seemed to have the outer effects of Hurricane Florence and it got more cloudy and rainy in our second week.

We didn’t let it dampen our spirits though – and I even got a really good American Eagle umbrella for $6 in the sale (I’m Harlem of all places).

Here’s what we got up to in our 9 days there:

Day 1 – Mon 3 Sept

– Staying at Hampton Hilton, 31st Street

– Times Square

– Natural History Museum

– Guggenheim Museum (brought back some memories 😳)

– Central Park

– Museum of NYC

– Central Park / Alice in Wonderland

– 5th Avenue

– Chrysler Building

– Empire State Building

35,000 steps / 15 miles.

Day 2 – Tue 4 Sept

– Breakfast out at Friedman’s

– Bought bus tickets for our journey to Bear Mountain

– Bus Tour tickets at 42nd St

– 13 various stops on bus to downtown

– Battery Park overlooking the Statue of Liberty / War Memorial

– Sky Scraper Museum

– Walk up to 9/11 Museum and One World Trade Centre

– Sphere and 9/11 Memorial

– 9/11 Museum

– One World Observatory

– Dinner out in Tribeca

– Walk up through Greenwich, Soho & Flat Iron District

20,000 steps / 10M

Day 3 – Wed 5 Sept

– Up to the Hudson Yards & the High Line

– Whitney Museum

– Chelsea / Gramercy 🌳

– Union Square Gardens (lunch)

– Chrysler Building / 42nd St up Lexington ave

– Grand Central Terminal Tour

– Magnolia Bakery – Cupcakes

– Madame Tussaud’s – met ET (my childhood hero) etc

– Macy’s

– Dinner at the Harold

23,000 steps / 11M

Day 4 – Thu 6 Sept

– Out for breakfast 🍳 Andrews

– Subway to Brooklyn (High St)

(- Rockin’ Robin Quartet on the train)

– Brooklyn & Brooklyn Bridge Park

– Ice cream looking over Manhattan / Piers 5 & 6

– Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge

– City Hall Park

– Wall Street & Trinity Church

– South Street Seaport Museum / Piers 15 & 16

– Front Street & Pearl Street

– Sara D Roosevelt Park (watching locals play basketball)

– Chinatown & Little Italy

– Union Square

32,000 steps / 12 miles

Day 5 – Fri 7 Sept

– Out for Breakfast at Till & Sprocket 🥞

– Walk to Union Sq, down 6th Ave

– Some shopping

– Up 5th Ave, Madison Square Garden 🌳

– More shopping

– Keen Steakhouse for lunch (burger) 🍔

– Rockefeller Centre 🏙 & Top of the Rock

– St Patrick’s Cathedral 🕍

– Museum of Modern Art

– More shopping

– Time’s Square

21,000 steps / 10M

Day 6 – Tue 11 Sept

– Travel from Bear Mountain – staying at NYLO hotel in Upper West.

– Lunch out Sarabeth’s Upper West

– West side Broadway down to Columbus Circle

– Central Park

– Boating pond (ice cream)

– Strawberry fields

– Chinese meal

20,000 steps / 10M

Day 7 – Wed 12 Sept

– 5M run through Riverside & Central Parks 🌳

– Brunch at Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen 🥞

– Walk up Amsterdam & Broadway to 110th st

– Walk in Riverside Park 🌳

– Columbia University 🏢

– Morningside Park (Turtles, stork, stairs)

– Harlem🏚🏠

– Marcus Garvey Park 🌳

– Madison Ave

– Central Park Conservatory Gardens 💐

– North & East Meadow 🌳

– Upper East side down Lexington Ave

– Through Central Park to West side 🌳

– Dinner Pizza / Pasta ‘Bettola’ on Amsterdam Ave 🍕

– Wee bit of shopping

10,000 steps running, 25,000 steps walking / 5M & 12M walking

Day 8 – Thu 13 Sept

– Breakfast at Serafina’s – I had a 6oz steak 🥩 eggs 🍳 and chips 🍟

– Hayden Planetarium

– Coffee ☕️ & cookie 🍪 at Parliament Cafe at the Historical Society

– Taxi 🚕 downtown to next hotel – 36th St / 8th

– Walk around Garment District / some shopping

– Madison Square Garden – lunch

– Manhattan Mall

– Walk up Broadway & 7th

– Pedlay Centre for Media 📺 📻

– Radio City

– Rockerfella

– 6th & 5th Avenue

– Bryant Park 🇺🇸🌳🏢🌳🇺🇸

– Hotel room on top / 26th floor with city view

12,000 steps / 7M running

20,000 steps / 10M walking

🍳🚕🇺🇸🏃‍♀️🍪💵☕️🥩🏢🗽🇺🇸🏢

Day 9 – Fri 14 sept

– Staying at Double Tree Hilton, Time’s Square South, 36th Street, free upgrade to top floor corner King room. (Best hotel of the trip).

– Breakfast

– Walk down 9th Ave

– Greenwich

– Chelsea & Chelsea Market

– Friends apartment

– New York Fire Station Museum

– Washington Square

– Graffiti on walls

– Lunch on 7th / 13th in Cafeteria

– Airport

21,000 steps / 9.5M walking

There we have it… 9 days in New York City – much fun, many memories and many pictures taken. Many beef burgers, pizza and steaks and eggs eaten – not enough ice cream (only two!)

Better get paying for it now.

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