On my travel bucket list a few weeks ago I mentioned my
eternal love for the city that never sleeps; New York. Now, (perhaps not fitting
to be on my bucket list) I have actually been lucky enough to visit New York
twice now! Both times I have jetted off with my mum on some last minute trips
and the very first time we did, I accompanied her on a trip (she’s an air
hostess) in which we were there for literally about 24 hours. Therefore, I saw
it only fitting that I did a post on my experience and some of the key must-dos
if you ever find yourself in NY for a day…

1. BROADWAY SHOW

As the plane ride was a good 8 hours (+ the 5 hour time difference meaning we arrived 7pm NY time which was midnight UK time!) we found ourselves
landing in NY pretty late in the evening, however that didn’t stop us. After the pretty long journey from JFK airport into Manhattan (about half an hour drive minimum but with the crew bus and getting through customs – always a long one in America, never underestimate it, it took us a good 1.5/2hrs to get to the hotel), we dumped our bags at the hotel and headed straight to Broadway to grab some last minute tickets for a show. At the time Sister Act was on and was featuring Raven Symone – needless to say she was pretty epic and
absolutely hilarious. Such an amazing atmosphere and fab experience!

2. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING AND TIME SQUARE

Of course, you can’t quite get away with visiting New York
without popping through Time Square and letting your inner tourist be revealed
as your head tilts back and is overwhelmed by the incredible lights, bustling
atmosphere and just pure amazement. We tottled along, knackered and hungry, but
ecstatic after the show and wandered through and headed to the Empire State
Building (luckily as it was late evening the queue wasn’t as bad as I expect it
probably is during the day). As you can imagine the view from up there – and at
night too – is simply spectacular. I was hypnotised by the beauty of it
all! Some may say the view from The Top of the Rock is better (which it might
well be – I still haven’t been there – that’s next on my list!) but I feel
they must be pretty similar.

3. HELICOPTER RIDE

Perhaps a bit more on the pricey side (was a birthday
present – and was also 4 years ago – so I’m afraid I can’t quite say how much
it was), but if you’re only there for 24 hours, definitely worth it! I shotgunned the front seat (not the drivers obvs) of a helicopter and the lovely New Yorker whisked us off around
the concrete jungle and took us around to see the Statue of Liberty
and everything – pretty awesome if I do say so! Definitely a great chance to get a snapshot of the city and just spend half an hour- an hour just in awe! (Can you tell that NY is probably one of my favourite places on this planet?)

4. CENTRAL PARK

Absolutely stunning – in summer and winter – Central Park is so tranquil and pretty that I could walk through it for hours (1.
Because it’s gorgeous, 2. Because it’s bloody huge!). In winter there’s a
lovely ice rink (although expect a long queue) and in summer the trees and sun
are just lovely to bask in. Due to lack of time me and mum took a nice walk and
then called upon a lovely horse and carriage to take us on a quick trip and
gave our feet a little, well needed rest!

Little pic of when my brother joined us just the second time we visited – just after Christmas, so it was extremely cold! If you ever go at that time (which I suggest that you do, NY at Christmas is even more magical) I suggest seriously wrapping up – like I’m talking even Northern England cold!

5. BURGERS

America are notorious for their overindulgence on food, but I feel a good way to embrace the New York experience is to of course grab yourself a good burger (hence the name) or hot dog and indulge! However I must point out that when we were there for our 24 hours, we trekked a good while looking for somewhere to grab dinner that evening and were fooled by the term ‘city that never sleeps’ when in fact it was more like ‘the city that sleeps at around 11pm’ – just to warn you!

Of course, I’ve only picked out a few of the many must-dos
in NY and the bits that really stood out to me! – little bits you can probably also fit into your 24 hours are taking a
yellow cab (obviously) and pop down to 5th Avenue! There are also so many more
things I want to do next time I’m there (Top of the Rock, visit Greenwich
Village, the zoo etc) but I could probably write forever about my love and lust for NY
and that may bore you a little (though I don’t understand how!)

I wanted to do this post after seeing Amy’s post over on Salt and Chic, on 24hrs in Amsterdam and hearing about the AccorHotels competition to win a stay in Paris/Amsterdam/Berlin which you can find out about here, and also to share my love and experience in this magical city!

If anyone’s ever been to NY – any more tips? Any good local
places that are great to visit?

16 Comments

  1. Frock Me I'm Famous
    November 28, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Oh girl, I also absolutely ADORE NYC, the first time I went was also for 24 hours! I was visiting family in New Jersey and I was desperate to see the big apple so they took me for a day and I've loved it ever since and been back twice more since then, the most recent in September. It will never not be magical for me – such an incredible city! Sounds like you had the BEST time with your mamma! <3Hayley xowww.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 28, 2016 / 2:10 pm

      Oh fab! I'm glad you share my adoration for it – an absolutely incredible experience! I wish I had family over there so I had more excuses to visit! We did have the best time – you can't not I don't think when you're there!

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 28, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      I agree, any time you get there is precious enough!

  2. Mercy F
    November 29, 2016 / 3:29 am

    Such a nice blog you have here, I'm entertained reading this itinerary in NY. I would love to see this city too one day soon.www.busyandfab.com

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 29, 2016 / 9:45 am

      Aww thanks so much Mercy, I would definitely recommend it if you get the chance it's incredible!

  3. batsheva dueck
    December 1, 2016 / 2:17 am

    haha!! I love this topic as I just moved to NY three months ago! It's funny, I still haven't visited the empire sate building, but now you are making me really want to go! some cool places you definitely need to check out next time you are there– Union Square– its just so quirky and epic, and feeds directly into soho/chelsea so the vibe there is uber quaint and hipster. underground concert in somewhere like bushwhick or williamsburg. (not really underground, just cool up and coming bands) china town!!!! there are 2– one is queens, and another in manhattan. haven't been to the queens one yet, but the manhattan one is really awesome. oh yes, and the Met. 😉 https://cynicalduchess.blogspot.com

    • Josie Brownlee
      December 1, 2016 / 9:26 am

      Oh my Goodness I am so jealous! I would love to live in NY for a bit! Thanks so much for the recommendations, they sound brilliant. Definitely going to check them out next time – love the sound of Union Square and the underground concert!!

  4. Summer Read
    December 2, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Ohh I love New York! I was there for 5 days and still had SO much more I wanted to see, but I think you can squeeze a lot into 24h! Central Park is definitely a must! xSummer, http://www.thetwinswardrobe.com

    • Josie Brownlee
      December 3, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      I know there's just too much to see! You definitely can fit a lot in as it's all pretty central to Manhattan. I still can't wait to go back and see the rest though!

  5. Tinna Lang
    December 4, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I love NYC it's my fav city and you took so many great pictures! Love x T I N N A

    • Josie Brownlee
      December 5, 2016 / 8:46 am

      Thanks so much Tinna! It's got to be my fave too I think, absolutely incredible!

    • Josie Brownlee
      December 5, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      It really was! Absolutely amazing!

  6. Jessica
    December 8, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    How I wish I could visit NYC! xJessica — NinetyCo

    • Josie Brownlee
      December 8, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      I hope you get the chance some day! It's amazing, I wish I could go back!

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