Here is the first of many New York posts! I had high expectations for the city. I’d heard so much about it and seen it basically every day on TV/Instagram. I’m happy to say all my expectations were met if not exceeded. It’s big, it’s crazy, it’s crowded in places, but it’s just so damn cool. The architecture, the street style, the street art, the overall vibe … there’s always something to do, something to see. I feel like you’d never get bored there. If it weren’t for Lady I seriously would have considered missing my plane home.
Anyway, here’s my first look. I upgraded a jeans/leather jacket combo with a sheer iridescent blue top from SheIn. I didn’t do the best job packing and couldn’t wear most of the outfits I had planned due to the weather. This one turned out to be a bit more basic than I had originally wanted, but what can you do. I
stupidly optimistically believed the forecast that said there would be one day of light rain and only brought 2 pairs of pants. Of course, it ended up being cloudy/rainy for 3 days and even the sunny days were cooler than I expected. Luckily most of the items I packed worked well together so improvising wasn’t hard.
These photos were taken on our second day in the city. We spent it exploring Lower Manhattan. I was pleasantly surprised at how walk-able Manhattan is. Even though it’s big, the major sights are close to each other which makes sightseeing super easy. Some streets run for a long time but the blocks are short so you can get pretty far in only 15 minutes. On this day we walked everywhere – starting from our Airbnb in the Lower East Side to SoHo, the Financial District, Battery Park, and back. We only took the subway about 4 times during our whole trip.
The Financial District
On our way to Wall Street we made a detour to check out these beautiful court buildings. New Yorkers, please correct me if this isn’t really the Financial District. This was one of my favourite spots in the city. It reminded me of London a lot. I told Kirill when you look at the architecture there it’s like they just gave up when they got to the west coast.
9/11 Memorial Site & Oculus
So it turns out the Oculus is a mall. I’m not really sure what I thought it was, but I didn’t expect it to be a mall. Visiting the 9/11 site was interesting. There’s still a very heavy/serious mood in the air there.
After a quick sandwich stop we made it to Wall Street. It was a lot shorter than I expected (it only spans about 7 blocks), and I barely saw any businessmen. Oh well.
Statue Of Liberty
We ended our day in Battery Park to take the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry. You can still see the statue pretty well from Battery Park if you don’t feel like paying the ferry fee. Seeing the Statue of Liberty up close was cool, but I didn’t really enjoy Ellis Island. It’s basically just an immigration museum that shares how horribly racist people were back in the day. I know how important history is but tbh it bummed me out.
Comedy Cellar & Washington Square Park
In the evening we went to a comedy show with Judah Friedlander (Frank from 30 Rock), which was hilarious. It was cool to see him in person and to go to a club where a lot of our favourite comedians do stand up. We actually went to a different club than the one below, but this is the one that Louis CK comes out of in his TV show so we had to snap a pic.
I really recommend going to a comedy show if you’re in New York (or anywhere) – just book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. It’s way funnier watching stand-up IRL than on the computer/TV because comedians love interacting with the audience. Warning: there’s a high chance you’ll get picked on if you sit up front. It’s also more interesting than just sitting in a bar. This was Kirill’s first comedy show and he loved it. He said he preferred it to the music festival we were at the day before.
Before heading home we stopped in Washington Square Park to eat some falafel sandwiches and admire that famous arc. Btw, food in New York is actually pretty reasonable! There definitely are expensive restaurants but you can easily find affordable food in smaller cafes. The falafel sandwiches we found were only $3.50 each and a decent size, which is actually cheaper than Vancouver (the cheapest falafel sandwich I’ve seen here is about $5 USD).
Have you been to New York?