I recently returned from my New Year’s trip to New York City with 9 friends. We had around 5 days all told, staying at the Kimberley Hotel in Midtown East, Manhattan. The hotel was great – we had two suites, on the 26th and 30th floor. Both rooms had balconies with views of the top of the Chrysler Building, which was pretty cool!
We packed a lot into the trip:
- A helicopter flight over Manhattan (we went for the 12-15 minute tour with Helicopter Flight Services, which was well organised and well worth doing. It was very smooth and provided a great view)
- A trip on the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty with a stop on Staten Island for lunch
- The 9/11 memorial, which was tasteful but we were disgusted to see plenty of people taking smiling selfies
- Times Square, both at night and in the daytime
- A wander around the Upper East Side past the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- A trip to Brooklyn, with the view of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park and walking back over the bridge to Manhattan as the sun set (fabulous)
- A walk around Central Park and the Upper East Side, followed by skating on the Central Park rink
- The main concourse at Grand Central Station
- The view from The Top of the Rock (fantastic!)
- The High Line and the Meatpacking District
- Walked past the Empire State Building
- The Flatiron Building
To say nothing of New Year’s Eve in a rooftop bar!
It was good fun and though I didn’t love New York quite as much as I expected to, I still liked it. New Yorkers were friendlier than we expected! The subway system was a bit confusing and once tax and tips were taken into account, food and drink was pretty expensive.
I was able to tick off two of my bucket list items in one go – visiting New York and taking a helicopter ride. On the other hand, I’ve now added two new items to my list!