The view above is what we woke up to every morning in Brooklyn. It was quiet a view. If you stuck your head out the window you could just about see the Manhattan Bridge too. Now I’m all for independent businesses over chains but this hotel had that view and waffles for breakfast from a machine that sounded like Jimmy Carr laughing. That view though.
A rainy day in NYC. We went for a wander to Soho and the Leica store where I bought a copy of the official Leica mag which featured an interview with Sarah Lee and her work in LA which was great. There was also an exhibition of work in Cuba that was stunning. After that we went shopping because it was really quite cold in the rain. We tried to get into one of those trendy bakeries but the queues were really absurd. I didn’t fancy spending an hour or two of my time in NYC waiting for a doughnut.
We wake up to this incredible view from our hotel window. I told Hampton Hotel I was a photographer and they gave us a great view. It never failed to disappoint. Though I’m not sure what the buildings are in the photo, other than One World Trade Centre.
We had a bit more of a chilled out day planned. A trip to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Dumbo and then One World Trade Centre.
Day 5 in NYC. Our first full day going to Manhattan from Brooklyn and our first go on the subway which is a never ending source of interesting people.
Our day started at the Flatiron Building. It’s home to the Daily Bugle and basically just a cool looking building. I’ve wanted to see it for years. Oddly I never noticed the 3 ripples in the side before. We turn around and there’s the Empire State Building. Nice. Read More
This was our last day at our Central Park hotel. It was very expensive so we treated ourselves to Christmas in Manhattan and New Year in Brooklyn. Today was moving day.
But first we got up early. Real early. I found out that the Snap Spectacle popup store would be open while we were in town and not only that but literally over the road from our hotel. So we got up crazy early and queued outside the store around 6am or so. When the store opened they were giving out time-slots not glasses. We went and got breakfast to kill some time.Read More
Our 3rd day in NYC and it’s Christmas. We wake up to a beautiful crisp winter morning with the light bouncing off buildings and the brown tones of Central Park’s trees. As a treat we have room service for breakfast. It’s expensive but it is Christmas morning and we’re opting for a simple day. It’s my first Christmas without parents. At 38 when you’ve spent the past 10 years wondering if this would be their last Christmas and then it is… It’s just never the same again. It was a magical time that my parents gifted me with as a child. Now? This is why we are in NYC. I’m not dealing with what Christmas is any more this year. This year we’re exploring New York. I’m taking in the view and it’s an amazing view.