What better way to celebrate Lulu’s birthday than with a city break to our favourite skyscraper-fest with the most elite vibes of all time? That’s right – New York! Our third trip to New York City marked the first time we’ve visited while having our #FLIGHTSANDFEELINGS platform so you already know we had to pack as much as we possibly could in. We know that no matter how many times we visit, we’ll never be short of things to discover, things to see or places to eat at because The Big Apple is exactly that – BIG. We found so much to do that we hadn’t done before, but because of the sheer size of the city we thought it would be helpful to break our “Eat, See, Do” series down into smaller chunks, starting with Lower Manhattan:
Eat at the Supermoon Bakehouse
Other places to eat: Verlaine is a bar that is located a short walk away from Supermoon Bakehouse and is widely known for their Lychee Martinis; of course we had to pop in during Happy Hour and grab a couple! They also serve up some yummy snacks and bites, and we helped ourselves to calamari and Verlaine hot chips.
Pietro Nolita is another one for the ‘grammers which is tucked away just north of Little Italy (hence the name of the neighbourhood it’s in being ‘Nolita’). The teeny restaurant is decked out in all pink everything! We popped in for a couple of cocktails as we already eaten elsewhere.
See the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Centre
Now we must admit, this is something we did during our 2016 visit but in the interest of grouping an itinerary by area we would still always recommend getting to Ground Zero if you’ve not been before. Reading the names of every life lost is overwhelming and deeply saddening as there were so many fatalities, but the memorial is beautifully designed and it is so moving. Almost everyone remembers where they were at the time the tragedy took place (we were both in primary school at the time). The event is something that cannot be imagined, and visiting the site all these years later is still met with a sense of disbelief that it could even have happened at all. However, coming from London which has had its share of horrors it reminds us to be thankful for the bravery of those who responded in the moment – those who were doing their jobs as well as bystanders – and to also admire the strength of those who have been personally affected by it all. The memorial is an architecturally stunning place designed for reflection, and in a city as busy as New York one place you’re guaranteed to find some peace is right here.
Do Spend a Few Hours at The Color Factory
Other things to do: Shake a leg at the Vig Bar. Located on Spring Street (not too far from Nolita) this is a cute, quiet spot to enjoy happy hour and a mid-week leg shake if you go on a Wednesday or Thursday, where our friend DJ Carver The Great is the resident DJ spinning the greatest and latest in Afrobeats.
What gems do you know about in Lower Manhattan? Let us know!