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So this week I’m showing you some photos from my recent trip and maybe some tips for my favourite spots in the great city that is The Big Apple. Where I work, we take a group of students to New York every year and have done for the last 13 years.
First up is our annual breakfast spot, it’s tradition, we have our breakfasts in the same place every year, I know that sounds a bit samey but it’s just what we do. Eisenberg’s is a deli style sandwich shop which is classic New York. You’ll find in on 5th Ave on the left of the fabulous Flat Iron building.
As always my eyes were bigger than my stomach! I do this on the first day every year. I’m tired and travel weary and I think I need all of the food to feel better, I don’t, but that big glass of orange juice definitely helps!
We got tickets to see the Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 67ers at the Barclays Center. That is one cool looking place I can tell you! We were quite high up as you can see but that didn’t matter, we still had a good view of the court. The constant entertainment from people dressed up for St Patrick’s Day firing t-shirts into the crowd and cheerleaders meant there was no chance to get bored. The Nets won by the way.
Awesome patterned floor in the subway in Brooklyn, had to get a photo of this. Geometric shapes! *heart eye emoji*
The next day we walked across the beauty. If you’re in New York I definitely recommend doing this walk. It doesn’t take very long but you get so many opportunities to take photos of Manhattan island and Brooklyn it’s really cool. Sadly our day was a bit grey, typically the next day was much nicer. I’d do that walk again and again.
Speaking of walking this pic was taken by accident, you can tell, but i would definitely recommend wearing decent trainers if you’re planning to walk around a lot. The last 2 times I’ve been I’ve ended up with blisters. I wore these trainers every day this time and my feet were happy even by day 6!
More food, this time from Lombardi’s Pizza. Another place we’ve frequented over the years. Huge pizzas and they are absolutely delicious too! You can half and half if you want to. I’ve never got as far as dessert so I can’t tell you how they are! Perched on high you have to eat beneath the tray and if you don’t manage the whole thing at once, they’ll wrap it in tin foil so you can finish it for breakfast. If you don’t go to Eisenberg’s again that is!
On the way back to the subway last night my colleague Darren spotted this little gem of a shop on Mulberry street. I pressed my nose against the window and could instantly see that this was a shop that was made for me. So we ventured back the next day to Goods for the Study and I was not wrong! This beautiful shop is on Mulberry Street, open from 12:00 noon, we were a little early so I got a cookie from City Bakery at the bottom of the street. It was worth the wait, full of unusual notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, pairs of scissors, erasers, staplers, paperweights, paper files etc etc, all displayed on gorgeous furniture, I want my house to look like this shop, except I don’t because I could never keep it that tidy.
After some retail therapy we headed for Katz’s Deli. Famous for *that* scene in When Harry Met Sally, this place is an experience I can tell you! Full of customers, shouting staff members telling you where to go, where to stand, take a ticket and not lose the ticket! Eeek! We went for waiter service which seemed like the least stressful option as otherwise you had to join a massive queue, do as you were told and sit wherever you could find a seat. If you like large amounts of meat between two slices of bread this is for you!
Lastly, a view that is so New York you couldn’t mistake it for anywhere else….
I love New York and I’m so lucky to have been several times. I know how to plan my time and how my body reacts to travelling that distance on very little sleep (I never really sleep on the plane over) My tips for you are to pace yourself, sleep at night so you can start early in the morning to avoid the queues at the big attractions, eat lots but eat fruit too, my body needed fibre by day 5! And wear good shoes because you’ll want to walk all over the place.
Next week….. Stationery purchases of note!