New York City in the winter is magical. It is very rare to have enough snow, and cold enough temperatures, in Manhattan for the covering to last on the ground for any real amount of time, so the freak weather we experienced on our trip allowed the very unusual sight of NYC in the real snow.
Brownstones are the ultimate NYC abode. Streets lined with architecturally beautiful buildings, each with dramatic steps fit for the movies. This would be my New York City dream. Carrie Bradshaw has a lot to answer for. If I wasnt excited enough about seeing them, and finding out they are every bit as romantic as I had imagined, then seeing them under a blanket of crisp white beauty was almost too much for me to take. I couldn’t help but pick my favourite and try the steps out for size, I think we look at home here don’t you?
After the success of our boat trip to the Statue of Liberty the previous day we decided to hop on board the Staten Island Ferry (another tick off the bucket list) to see what all the fuss was about. While we loved setting foot on Liberty and Ellis Island during our Statue Cruises trip, there was something almost better about this boat trip for me. Firstly it is free (bonus!), but mostly it was the views that sold it. The sight of Manhattan approaching, growing ever more imposing the closest you get, gave me goosebumps. I don’t know what it is about NYC, but I certainly have a part of me that feels so at home there.
As this was our last day in the City I had one more place to visit and one more travel bucket list tick to complete. On our last visit to New York in 2011 it was Top of the Rocks, this year we chose The Empire State building. Either way, a look at NYC from the chilly heights of a skyscraper is a must. On the ground there is just no way to fully comprehend the enormity of such a small island, but from above, this sprawling metropolis fully comes to life. Being up there is like turing the pages of a pop-up book, you want to reach out and touch it, it is mind-blowing.
I’m back in the sunny UK and reunited with The Essex Husband.
It is so lovely to be home, but I really have left a piece on my heart in NYC.
I miss it already.