With just a couple of weeks to go until our visit to New York, we have been planning our itinerary. We sat down as a family and pitched where we would like to go and why we have two weeks to fill so we are hoping to get around everywhere on our wishlist as well any impromptu places we come across while over there.
The Famous Sights
Statue Of Liberty without a doubt, we were planning on using the free Staten Island Ferry to see it, but with our CityPASS, we get to see it on the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. Visiting the island is on the maybe list depending on the kid’s mood as I’ve heard it can get quite busy. The sights of Coney Island is also something I’m looking forward to seeing with my own eyes, standing on the boardwalk consuming one of Nathan’s hot dogs.
Another iconic place we wish to visit with our CityPASS will be The Empire State Building. Just saying that puts the ‘Empire State Of Mind’ tune into my head. Heading up to that 86th floor will be a real test of my fear of heights, the idea of being so high up makes me feel a tad bit nausea, but I know it will be totally worth it. With this pass, we get the option of going both day and night, so it will be cool to see such a fantastic view in two different lights.
The Rockefeller Centre to marvel at the ice rink, like seriously it’s so iconic that ice rink. I don’t think we will do any skating but just watching it will be exciting enough. We’re planning on checking out the view from the Top Of The Rock while we are there. Other buildings on the list are the Chrysler Building and the Flatiron Building. Our hotel is not far from Times Square so without a doubt we will be visiting this area of New York a few times during our stay.
Being a sucker for romantic spots means we added Brooklyn Heights Promenade to the list, It’s one esplanade I’m looking forward to strolling along. This is on the ‘if we have time and nothing else to do list’ along with the Flushing Meadows Corona Park and The High Line. The Washington Square Park is somewhere I want to go so we can see the Washington Marble Arch.
The man has Madison Square Garden on his list, and I’m looking into the possibility of us going to watch The Original Harlem Globetrotters one evening as a surprise, failing that I might look into the All Access Tour. Also on his list is Wall Street which I have to admit will be kind of cool to see.
The New York Public Library and YES because of Sex And The City! And maybe yes because of it being one of the World’s greatest libraries. I’m secretly hoping I can recreate some of the scenes (minus the wedding dress). St Patrick’s Cathedral because it simply looks breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, we will be taking a trip to the most famous terminal Grand Central Station, and apparently, there are some free food tastings happening while we are there. Brooklyn Botanic Garden currently has free entry during February, and it will be the kind of place that our youngest two green-fingered children would love to explore.
Central Park has it’s very own checklist, as well as visiting the park itself, there are certain parts of the park that we want to see while there. Bow Bridge has been something I’ve wanted to stand on for a long time now, it’s been the scene in lots of films I’ve watched, and the bridge’s history itself is fascinating. The Delacorte Clock is something the kids will love with its nursery rhymes every half hour, and it’s circling animals. Belvedere Castle especially for Charlotte who is very into castles at the moment and apparently it provides the highest and best view of the park. Harlem Meer as it’s sounds like a fun place, here’s hoping the winter ice skating will still be happening when we arrive. We have booked on for the Heart Of The Park led by Central Park Conservancy guides, we would have loved to of done the Discovery Walks For Families: Balto’s Winter Wonderland, but it states children age 5+, our almost three years old would have enjoyed it more than her brothers.
The Man is convinced the only reason I want to visit New York other than to see the Sex And The City is for the food and I’ll admit to you that he is kinda right. I cannot wait to try out the food carts, the amazing cafes and restaurants and American breakfasts. For Chelsea Market alone I plan on wearing some stretchy pants, Sarabeth’s Bakery for. Creamline NYC has a delicious looking menu which looks like the perfect comfort food; I just cannot decide though between one of the grilled sandwiches or burgers?! Fat Witch Bakery for some brownies, because who doesn’t like brownie?! LOS TACOS No.1 which doesn’t even need an explanation once you see the menu, I can totally get on board with those prices.
There are soooo many sweet treats which we are already lusting after, but at the top of that list is Dough Doughnuts where I cannot wait to get my hands on one of those Salted Chocolate Caramel Doughnuts! We will be taking a trip to the Dominique Ansel Bakery for the famous Cronut, Oli is a huge croissant and doughnut fan, so he’s particularly excited about trying this, I, however, am looking forward to the chocolate cookie shots. Will be hitting up Dylan’s Candy Bar not only because it shares the name of our baby boy but the flatbreads sound delicious, and we will be following those up with one of those sweet desserts while sitting in a cupcake shaped booth.
2BrosPizza is our backup plan for our fussy eater Oli, along with anywhere which does hot dogs. I read somewhere that they are quite large for £1 a slice, that’s him & Charlotte sorted for the odd lunch. I want to experience Chinese in one of those little take out boxes, I’m yet to come across it anywhere I’ve been for Chinese here in the UK, but I guess Chinatown will be the perfect place to experience that.
Naturally, the LEGO shop is going to be the first shop we step foot into, and even more, exciting is that there are two for us to visit. I already have my eye on a couple of sets which will be returning home with us. This gaming loving family will be visiting Nintendo just because it’s Nintendo.
The ‘I <3 NY’ range is something I’ve loved ever since I saw ‘Rank The Pug’ wearing it in Men In Black, Piccoliny has the cutest range of kids ‘I <3 NY’ clothes and accessories, seriously how adorable is this PiccoliNY LoMein Pizza NY Tee?! I got the taste for Hershey’s chocolate while in California last year, and I’ve had the odd imported chocolate bar since then I am looking forward to having it without the pricey price tag and the excitement of Hershey’s Chocolate World.
The CityPASS gives us access to 3 museums – The American Museum of Natural History is the one place Oli cannot wait to visit thanks to the film ‘Night At The Museum’. The Night at The Museum tour is the one we’ll be following around the museum. Also, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and The Metropolitan Museum Of Art which is two places which I’m sure will leave us speechless in its different ways.
The New York Transit Museum is one off my wishlist, just like the London Underground, it’s old stations just simply fascinate me and so does this museum which is housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn.
I’m starting to think maybe we need longer than two weeks to explore New York City! If it’s possible, is there any must visit spots we’ve missed off our wish list?