Taking A Bite from the Big Apple

Sarah Freeman on 10 March 2022
New York, New York…so good they named it twice!

I was fortunate enough to live here for 12 years and I’m actually writing this article from my hotel room as I’m visiting to see how the city is post Covid.

New York is such a fantastic place to visit and there’s something for all the family. For this trip I was staying in Chelsea, it’s a great neighbourhood being very centrally located without being in the middle of the usual tourist traps. In terms of accommodation the city offers so many wonderful options, from 5 Star hotels with Michelin starred restaurants through to good value 3 Star chains.

It’s critical to plan your trip in detail as the number of tourist attractions is mind boggling, from standard ones like the Empire State, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, Times Square, Grand Central, Rockefeller Centre, Central Park, South Street Seaport, the 9/11 Museum & Memorial the list goes on and on. There are also a number of new attractions I’ve just visited that are also well worth adding to your hot list, Hudson Yards features The Edge (an amazing viewing platform) and the Vessel (a funky interactive sculpture), the extended Highline (an old elevated railway line that stretches down to 12th Street), Little Island (an urban park on the Hudson River), Summit One Vanderbilt (an interactive viewing experience) and The Colour Factory (perfect for Instagram moments).

But one of the great things about New York is just simply exploring the neighbourhoods, from Soho and Little Italy, Chinatown to the Lower East Side, Meatpacking to Hell’s Kitchen, Brooklyn to the Upper East Side, part of the cities charm is how the city changes between blocks. I like to walk as much as I can, but the subway is easy to navigate or simply hop in a cab. Ready to explore?