Wednesday, 10 August 2011

New York, Here I Come!

So my exciting news for the week continues... I'm going to New York in September! I am beyond excited to spend two weeks in New York as a very special birthday present from my parents.  And even more wonderful is I get to take my two favourite girls! I can't wait to wander the streets with my mum and sister. Oh the mischief we will get up to!

Have you been to NYC? Do you live there or close by? 
I would love to hear your tips, tricks and secrets of the Big Apple!

PS. I've just bought The Stylist's Guide to NYC by Sibella Court and I'm devouring every page.  It is just amazing and a must for your coffee table and handbag!

Much Love

Gorgeous illustration by Julie Mercier


  1. Hi,

    I live two hours from New York city, I don't get up there as often as I should for living so close. But a couple of things I've done and like are:
    Walking the Brooklyn Bridge.
    Visiting China Town off Canal Street.
    Eating at Carmine's Italian Restaurant. I ate at the one in the Theater District. Just Google it. My company does a company dinner there every year, family style, lots of fun.
    Of course walking Central Park.
    So just a few things I've enjoyed.

    Lil Bit Brit

  2. That's so exciting! I've never been so i have no tips but i look forward to hearing yours when you get back! x

  3. What an amazing birthday present!

  4. so freakin exciting! yay! macaron cafe on madison ave is a must and so is some thrifting behaviour at the village thrift shop in the village...ahhhh...soooooo exciting!

  5. Oh hooray, you must be over the moon! I lived in New York (SoHo) for just under two years, and it was absolutely amazing. It still feels more like home than anywhere else in the world. You will have the BEST time.

  6. If you plan on visiting any of the museums that have "suggested donation" prices for admission, you don't have to pay what they're asking. You can pay a dollar and still see as much awesome stuff as would if you paid twenty. You may get a dirty look, but don't let that bother you. They make enough money off of the tourists who don't know that. And there's millions of dollars worth of paintings in the basement. So don't worry :)

    Also, if you're taking a purse, I suggest a messenger-type style or one that crosses over your body. Especially if you plan on taking public transportation. And be aware of your surroundings. This will make you less of a target for getting robbed. And it will free up your hands to read a map or hold onto the overhead bar (in the subway or bus).

    Hope this helps! I lived there for five years as a single girl and had to be smart about things and I never had any trouble. So be smart and you'll have a great time I'm sure!

    Oh, and if you do go to Carmine's in the Times Square area, you might want to check out a place called Junior's Cheesecake. You can get a slice of cheesecake to go. If that's your thing, you won't regret trying theirs :)

    All the best!

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  8. I'm going for the first time in October for my 21st birthday! With you going before me I can hear about the great things you saw!

    E :)

  9. I'm gunna be watching these comments and can't wait for your report. It's on the list for a long trip to the US of A in 2013. I know, seems forever away, but it's all part of bigger plans.

  10. you will absolutely love love love NYC!! i agree with Cindy's advice about a purse. People in NYC are just people, however, so it's probably no different than any big city you have in Australia: sure you hafta be smart but don't be overly freaked out about it. Walk with a purpose and don't look up; you'll look like a tourist.

    Do try to get to Macy's if you can!

  11. So excited for you! Grew up Upstate n my mom is from the city so it's a special place for me. I went n stayed w girlfriends last Spring n we stayed downtown off of Grand St. n Broadway....excellent shopping n chill atmosphere, not as touristy. Also, try the Highline for a great afternoon walk. It's a section of old raised train tracks the city turned into a park that leads to Chelsea~ The Collective off 9th I think is an amazing club/bar they had local artists decorate!!! And, of course, the markets! LOTS of wicked cool vintage so bring an extra bag!!!

  12. oh you lucky gal ! i LOVE New York!

    And sure, you have to be careful, like any big city, but honestly, i never once felt unsafe in NYC. Altho the handsfree bag tip is a good one - you'll take better photos, eat more pretzels, read your map easier and have more hands for shopping bags.....
    So, the good stuff :
    Magnolia Bakery
    roaming Greenwhich Village
    Half price Ticket Booth in Times Square for Broadway shows
    SOHO flea markets
    food in China town
    Central Park
    Serendipity cafe after shoppping at Bloomingdales
    ooohhhh so many, you may have actually inspired a blog post.
    Have fun, Dee x

  13. NYC is a wonderful city! I spent quite a bit of time there when I lived close. {Now I'm a DC girl!}I agree with the comments about it being like any other big city safety wise; people are people everywhere, and all cities have crime. The cross body bag is excellent advice, particularly if you are going to take the Subway and for walking in crowded areas. It's also a good idea not to wear much jewelery. Two things that I think are a must for a first time visitor would be to go to the top of the Empire State Building, and to see (at least!) one show. Have a wonderful time!

  14. omygoodness!I went for a 4 day trip with hubby and a couple of friends and we had such a great time!all the newyorkers were just so friendly!
    Tips...we booked tickets on the internet before we left..for the Empire State, Rockefella, Bus tours, so less to worry about and no queuing!
    We did the Rockefella centre in the morning and the Empire State at night, so you get the different atmospheres...fab!!
    And we walked everywhere (apart from the couple of bus tours) Walking around was as easy as everyone says it is and such a great way to see everything
    I can't wait to hear about your trip!

  15. ps. how did i forget magnolia???? pps. lunch at your own personal school desk in bryant park is also divine!

  16. wow you lucky thing!! i have been briefly and my favourite thing was Serendipity cafe on E 60th.. like in the movie Serendipity, AND more importantly Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe used to hang out there! its really cute lots of weird stuff like chairs hanging from the ceiling. Have fun!

  17. This show is on in NYC in Sept-Oct:

  18. i went to new york for my honeymoon and really loved the "not for tourists guide to new york) it's little too, and fits pefectly in a pocket or purse. one of my favorite things we did was ride on the row boats in central park. touristy, but nice.

  19. What a fantastic present - a trip to NYC! That is what dreams are made of. I'm looking forward to seeing your adventure as you report back.
    Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, Central Park... *sigh


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