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NEW YORK CITY

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 CENTRAL PARK AND CITY VIEW

CENTRAL PARK AND CITY VIEW

NEW YORK CITY

It's hard to know where to start with this amazing city- there is just so much to see, you could literally spend a whole year here and never run out of things to do! It's true- this city never sleeps- we find ourselves jet lagged and tossing and turning at 3am, so we wander across to the 24 hour supermarket to stock up on supplies. These supermarkets are like nothing I've ever seen. Wide aisles full of every goodie you can imagine- there is just so much variety in America, especially in New York!

The next day we spend the whole day in central park. It's breathtaking- especially in Autumn when the leaves are changing colour. There are theatre productions in the park, movies being shot, kids playing ball, people in canoes, romantics proposing. It's everything you imagine it to be (and more!) and I would recommend you putting at least half a day aside for it. We purchased some deli items and lay on the grass in the sunshine- we were in heaven!

A few more highlights of our trip include:

Browsing boutique shops in Greenwich Village- such a pretty little area! It's full of character and would probably be our favourite spot in New York to stay.

A walk across the highline- this is an old converted (raised) railway line. Its been redesigned and landscaped - so its bursting with plants, water features, bench seats and is a nice relaxing break from a very busy city.

Department store shopping- try and plan a trip around the sales in America- black Friday is probably the best and falls around Thanksgiving (end of November).

Food, food, food! Separate reviews to come, but I can thoroughly recommend Grimaldi's for authentic Italian style pizza, eataly for great coffee (which is actually hard to find in New York!) and the River Cafe for a very romantic meal overlooking the Hudson. Feel like a burger? Shake shack is your place- the fries, shakes and burgers are nothing short of perfection.

Brooklyn flea markets are a medium sized flea markets with some great quirky stalls and tasty food trucks. This was a really fun day and very easy to find. Its location varies depending on what time of the year and weather conditions. Check www.brooklynflea.com for more information.

Hiring a bike and riding over the Brooklyn bridge- if you feel like burning off some calories, this is a great way to do the bridge. People are surprisingly patient with novice bike riders (yes, me).

Magnolia bakery cupcakes- very touristy I know, but really yummy nonetheless. We sat in the little park opposite in the sunshine and watched the world go by.

John Lennon's apartment- it's very surreal walking past this building- what an absolute waste of talent. The building is beautiful and still feels so old fashioned.

We loved New York and would go back in a heartbeat!

For more information- www.nycgo.com

 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

 GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

 CENTRAL PARK

CENTRAL PARK

 QUIRKY SHOP

QUIRKY SHOP

 JOHN LENNON'S APARTMENT

JOHN LENNON'S APARTMENT

 NAKED COWBOY

NAKED COWBOY

All photos by Belinda- www.outoftheoffice.com.au