Sunday, 10 January 2016

Postcards of New York

What a joy plaque in Central Park in New York December 2015
Bleeker Street station in New York December 2015
Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn December 2015
Katz Deli graffiti in New York December 2015Squirrel on bench plaque in Central Park in New York December 2015
Lantern in Macys Santa Village in New York December 2015

I have a terrible habit of coming back from holiday and then not sharing the photos anywhere for weeks on end, despite being taking hundreds. Perhaps that's why, actually - that memory card full of photos can be more than a little intimidating.

Anyway, I'll no doubt do it the next time I go away too, so let's just move on and ogle some photos of New York at Christmas, shall we? It was just the perfect time to go. We went on the last weekend of November, so we crossed into the first week of December. NYC gets Christmassy pretty early, so all the decorations were up, the shop windows in place and Santa was everywhere. I don't know how he did it.
I deliberately booked this week because I wanted to attend the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza which is on the first Wednesday of December. Typically though, that one plan was the thing we didn't do - but with good reason! It was absolutely pouring, and the idea of standing in the rain for hours on end really didn't appeal, so we went to a bar instead and swung round the next day to see the tree all lit up - spectacular!

Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Centre New York December 2015
Christmas trees for sale on street in New York December 2015Squirrel in Washington Square park in New York December 2015
Tyrannosaurus Rex Museum of Natural History New YorkChristmas Decorations at Rockefeller Centre New York December 2015
Central Park lake view in New York December 2015
Macys Santa Village in New York December 2015
Salvation Army Santa in New York December 2015

It was my third visit and Matt's first, but we worked out a good combination of touristy activities and slightly more unusual ones. Obviously food was a massive feature - there's a whole separate post coming about that! We rode the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, we met Santa at Macy's, hung out with dinosaurs in the Museum of Natural History, wandered through Central Park, and I took a lot of photos of squirrels. Did you know they have black squirrels in New York? It's all true.

One highlight was heading up to the Top of the Rock at the perfect time on our last night - 3ish - to catch the last of the daylight, an amazing sunset and the spectacular night view. Absolutely recommended - the views are breathtaking.

View from Top of the Rock day in New York December 2015
View from Top of the Rock day in New York December 2015
View from Top of the Rock sunset in New York December 2015
View from Top of the Rock sunset to night in New York December 2015

As always, I felt like I just scraped the surface of New York and am already itching to go back. Although, I must confess I was craving a beach holiday by the time we got home - turns out a busy, city-exploring break when you're exhausted from being a few weeks into a new job and have a chest infection isn't the best option - my Spartoo trainers were pretty much worn out - but we still had an amazing time.

Like I said earlier, a separate food post will be coming soon, plus one about the shocking amount of money I spent in Sephora. I will never admit how much it was. *burns receipt*

Washington Square Park in New York December 2015
Yellow cabs in New York December 2015
View of Liberty from Staten Island Ferry in New York December 2015
Natural wood bench in Central Park in New York December 2015Black squirrel in New York December 2015
Chelsea Market clock in New York December 2015
Outside chessboard in New York December 2015
Fifth Avenue sign in New York December 2015
Katz Deli in New York December 2015
Squirrel in New York December 2015Museum of Natural History Christmas Tree December 2015
Happiness Lust sign in New York December 2015
Leonard dear moving plaque in Central Park in New York December 2015
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7 comments

  1. I love your photos (and I did not know about the black squirrels!) The tree looks amazing!

    Liz x
    Distract Me Now Please

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  3. We went in September for our honeymoon and I wanted to go back almost straight away - there's just so much to do and you definitely can't fit it all in. I'd love to go at Christmas time, your photos make it look magical!

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  4. Gah I want to go back!! I really hope I manage to get something booked in this year. NYC is definitely a city you visit over and over again. I'd love to see the Rockefeller tree! It reminds me of home alone....also you got the money shot! That pic of the Empire State is just EPIC! X

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  5. Great photos, especially the sunset photos on Top of the Rock, amazing! Glad you had fun here!
    Blue Jazzmin

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  6. What an amazing trip!

    This post made me miss NY :)

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