It has been a little while since my New York diaries! The last couple of weeks have been hectic and then I had surgery which left me with no choice but to sleep and binge watch Ugly Betty.
However, I’m back today with the fourth part of my NYC posts. On our last day, 23 December 2018, our flight home wasn’t until late at night so we had pretty much the full day to explore.
It made sense that as we were staying in Downtown Manhattan to head across to Brooklyn for a good few hours, rather than heading back Uptown where we had spent all week.
After checking out of our room and leaving our luggage in the complimentary storage at the hotel, we headed to the subway station where we got the train to the High Street station in Brooklyn.
We had already decided the night before that we wanted iHOP pancakes for breakfast, so we made the short walk to the Livingston Street branch for exactly that.
Now, let me tell you, I’ve eaten my fair share of pancakes in my lifetime, but I don’t think anything will ever beat the ones I ate that morning.
Megan went for the Birthday Cake Stack while I obviously had to try out the New York Cheesecake Stack and oh. my. God.
The pancakes were the best pancakes I’ve ever had and definitely live up to the hype!
After filling up on brunch, we went to Nordstrom Rack to see if there were any Good American bargains and TJ Maxx for a quick browse. I also needed to go to Macy’s for some brow gel and miraculously managed to resist buying any more makeup.
Shopping sesh completed we popped in Starbucks for a pit stop. I FINALLY got to witness the iconic pink drink (and try a sip, thank you Megan!!) which was really exciting…it’s the little things.
By this point it was just after lunchtime and decided it was a good time to make our way to Brooklyn Bridge for the 1.1 mile walk back across to Manhattan. We unfortunately didn’t have time to explore as much of Brooklyn as I’d have like to, but DUMBO and the other cute, picturesque neighbourhoods are firmly on my list of priorities.
Once you’re walking across Brooklyn Bridge, it’s easy to forget just how far of a walk it actually is. At a leisurely pace, you should factor in at least 60 minutes. It was a crisp but clear day, meaning the bridge was rammed, but it made stopping for photo opps and to admire the incredible art was even more appealing.
I wasn’t brave enough for the typical insta shot of sitting on the bridge and risking your life, because let’s face it, I’m that clumsy I’d fall backwards into traffic, but next time.
Back in Manhattan, we walked back to the hotel, collected our bags and made the journey to JFK. When we had arrived, we had been advised to catch the subway back to the airport no later than 4pm, giving us a good five hours to check in and get through security. Admittedly, this was a long time and we probably could’ve left it a little later, but it’s much better to be there sooner rather than later.
The process of getting through to duty free and the gates was much quicker than expected which gave us plenty of time to have a look around and have a cheeky free vodka shot (and also buy a MEGA CHEAP bottle of Grey Goose each)!! There was even a DJ banging out the tunes!
I still can’t get over how amazing our trip was. I have been dreaming of New York at Christmas for many, many years and will always be so grateful that I had the chance to visit.
My trip to NYC was the most incredible time of my life and has left me feeling so inspired and determined, which is the best possible outcome from a trip.
I cannot wait to head back and make more memories, seeing more of the beautiful City and exploring the lesser known areas, seeking out hidden gems and feeling as good as I felt.
I will be going into more of the finer details of my trip in more posts coming soon, so do keep an eye out for those!