Snowy Afternoon At Central Park

Our last afternoon in New York came by all too quickly.  We decided to spend it in the green heart of the city – Central Park. This oasis of green in a wall of buildings, smack bang in the middle of Manhattan is a chance to escape from the insanity. Water, wooded paths and lawns,…

Empire State Views

One of the New York skyline’s most famous landmarks, probably the most recognisable building in the USA and a tourist trap – the Empire State Building and I loved it. Once the world’s tallest building, it just has a certain je ne sais quoi – the height, the lines, the spire, those 102 storeys that…

Exploring Liberty and Ellis Islands

Another day, another New York icon – this city sure does have plenty to choose from in that department! The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island was first on our list today – Son was super excited and had been eagerly awaiting this visit. We bought our ferry tickets at Castle Clinton, only queued for…

A Stroll Over Brooklyn Bridge

As iconic a symbol of NYC as the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge is, I think, the most magnificent of the bridges across the East River linking Manhattan to Brooklyn. Having always wanted to walk across it, this trip we managed to tick that one off. An early start on a frosty morning, we took…

Times Square Traditions

Edgy, frenetic and lively we always visit Times Square when we’re in New York, the bright lights and electric action seem to draw us in like a magnet. We were there more than usual on this trip – Toys R Us with its ferris wheel, numerous candy stores and the Hop On/Off bus had us there…

Sunday Morning in Harlem

Harlem with its rich culture and fascinating history has always intrigued me. Having never made it on previous New York jaunts we put that right this trip and spent Sunday morning there. We opted for a guided tour figuring this would eliminate the guesswork and let us focus on the highlights – jet-lag was still…

Staying Near Grand Central Station

The search for a place to stay in New York for our December week was not so straightforward. We discovered prices climbed skywards as soon as the holiday season started – there seemed no exceptions to this rule. Resigned to paying through the nose we stumbled upon the Shelburne Murray Hill Hotel – not exactly cheap but…