What’s the first thing you do when you go to a new city?
In New York, I put my little red suede dress on and headed to Central Park. I wanted to spend the first day getting all the super touristy things out of the way because:
a. They’re conveniently located close to each other
b. We’d be able to spend more time exploring the different neighbourhoods later in the week
c. I was curious to finally see all the famous landmarks
Tourism is a strange thing. These days it’s the dream to travel as much as possible. The “jet-set life” is constantly glorified on social media. But once you’re at the destination, tourists always seem to have a bad rep. Most people’s goal is to blend in as much as possible. Our Lyft driver even gave us tips on how to look like locals on our way from the airport.
But really, what’s so bad about being a tourist? It just means you’re someone that has the opportunity to discover a new place. I know touristy places tend to be crowded and noisy, but they’re popular for a reason. I think it’s nice to see a blend of famous landmarks and local spots when travelling. Even though I preferred the less touristy areas in New York, I would have regretted it if I skipped out on all the famous places.
Tbh Central Park was probably my least favourite part of New York. There’s nothing wrong with it; it has plenty of nice bridges/plazas, and it was cool to see places I’d seen on TV/movies (so many Gossip Girl spots!). But apart from that it’s just a really big park. New York excels a lot more in the architecture/night life/fashion/art departments. Also I’m pretty spoiled up here in Canada when it comes to parks. Nature is what we do.
After doing a loop in the park we walked down 5th avenue to Rockefeller Plaza and then Times Square.
All of those places were really crowded so after we decided to go to some quieter spots: Bryant Park/New York Library and Grand Central Station. Those are all in the same area as the Chrysler Building, which I decided is my favourite in the city. By then the sun was beginning to set and we were too tired to do anything (we had flown in the night before on a red-eye and barely got any sleep). We ended our night with our first of many pizzas and a walk home via the Flatiron Building.
DRESS: GOLDIE LONDON | SNEAKERS: SKECHERS | SUNGLASSES: STRADIVARIUS