what’s it like in new york city?

new york

As you guys might know, I was lucky enough to visit New York over Easter! This was a really big trip for me, and I was crazy excited beforehand. And now I am lying in bed and listening to Hey There Delilah on repeat. But whilst I was away I wrote in my travel diary — yes, I did actually remember, gasp — and I thought it would be fun to share everything I did! (To flail about New York, mostly.)

To reduce the chance of me relaying every single detail down to you in a very very long post, I put my pics + words into some handy little categories.

➝ sights & art (statue of liberty, ellis island, empire state building, moma, the met, the guggenheim, the natural history museum)
➝ wanderings (the west village, lower east side, new york public library, the high line, various cute shops)
➝ broadway (the phantom of the opera, fun home)
➝ events (winner’s kiss launch with marie rutkoski & renée ahdieh, mocca fest)

sights & art

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The Guggenheim Museum


We got a pass which allowed us to go to most of the major sites & museums for a slightly reduced price each. Except for the Empire State Building, the queues were actually pretty good and we got to see some amazing buildings + views! I hadn’t known the Statue of Liberty was a gift from a French guy, so that was cool to find out. (Even if the audioguide narrator was intensely irritating. Please go away, Cynthia.) There was a museum about immigration on the nearby Ellis Island — we had to take a ferry between Manhattan + Liberty Island + Ellis Island. It was an immigration centre until about the 1950s, so we got to hear a lot about immigrants coming over to America.P1000237[1]

 

THE ART WAS HONESTLY SO COOL GUYS. I saw Van Gogh’s Starry Night! IN PERSON!! There were so many famous works of art, particularly in MoMA & The Met — argh, it was absolutely amazing. I wish we’d had more time to look around. The Guggenheim had a slightly odd main exhibition but the building was stunning. The Natural History Museum was pretty similar to the one here in London, but we saw a beautiful video with photography of National Parks in the USA.

wanderings

We were staying in the West Village, which is basically where Manhattan starts to become a lot less grid-like. I hadn’t realised the city was so near the water! Because mostly the streets are straight, you can see water at most points — it was really cool. And the area we were staying was lovely and old, as well as being home to a) the flat from Friends and b) a house from Sex and the City. I don’t watch either but there was a surprising amount of people taking photos.

 

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New York Public Library, AKA the prettiest library I have ever seen

The West Village is also at the end of the High Line, which is a park walkway along an disused railway track above the city. IT WAS SO COOL. I can imagine it would be absolutely boiling in summer.

 

There were various cute shops around, like a lovely stationery one, and we also passed the Stonewall Inn. (Overall very cool.) I visited Strand Books, which had SUCH high bookshelves and asdfjkl it was amazing. I was definitely wrong in thinking that books are cheaper in the US, though. Most of the books on the shelves were hardbacks! Whereas here the hardbacks are mostly reserved for display.

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Wall Street. Ahaha.

The other area we spent some time in was Lower East Side, where we took an all too brief visit to the Tenement Museum. We ended up there having taken the wrong subway to Brooklyn Bridge, but we decided to wander around anyways.

broadway (!!!)

So. No, I did not see Hamilton whilst I was in New York. Trust me, no one’s more sad about it than I am. I tried super hard to get tickets, but they were completely sold out except for $2000 dollar resales and I didn’t win any of the lotteries.

P1000221[1]HOWEVER I did go and see two other stunning shows! I GOT MY BROADWAY EXPERIENCE GUYS. The first one was Phantom of the Opera, which I’d listened to but not in great detail. It was on a pretty loud train journey and even from the start of the show I knew that I’d missed a lot. The set was so cool and asdfjkl the Phantom’s mask and PARIS and GHOSTS and OPERA it was all amazing.

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The other show I went to see is Fun Home! Fun Home was pretty different from Phanton — I mean, it isn’t really your classic Broadway musical. It was set in the round, and the songs aren’t exactly your tradition Andrew Lloyd Webber style. But I think I actually preferred this… I mean, I’ve talked about it a lot. It’s based on Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home, and there are three Alisons (child, college, and now) throughout the show. There are upbeat songs and super gay songs and sad songs. I just…I really want to be back there watching it.

 events

In addition to those Broadway shows, I also went to two events! That was a book event at the bookshop McNally Jackson with Marie Rutkoski and Renee Ahdieh. I actually was sitting next to two of Marie’s college students which was pretty cool. (Can I get please an author as a teacher?) I got both authors to sign my books and eep it was very fun and they were lovely.

I also went to MoCCA Fest, which was a sort of mini-con for illustrators! I did already talk about it in my March Favourites, but it was sososo amazing to have Noelle Stevenson sign my stuff eek. I was slightly overcome with adoration. There was a TON of other awesome art (including lady knights, which is my aesthetic) (have you seen Morgana in armour? HAVE YOU?) and asdfjkl it was very fun.

I’ve basically been jetlagged for the last two weeks, but I WOULDN’T GIVE NEW YORK UP AT ALL.

are you filled with wanderlust like me? any places you’d love to visit? any new york themed-songs to share!?

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7 thoughts on “what’s it like in new york city?

  1. I AM SO GEEKING OUT ABOUT YOUR TRIP. That sounds like it was AMAZING! And asldhflskdhf you got to see Starry Night holy fluffernutters that’s amazing and Phantom of the Opera? And Fun Home? And Noelle Stevenson? That just sounds like the best trip ever, honestly.
    AMERICAN BOOKS ARE SO EXPENSIVE. Not as bad as Canada, I think, theirs always appear to cost more on the little price stickers- but yeah, we have, like, entirely hardcovers. -_- Urgh.
    Someday I’d love to go to New York, and the UK, and France, and Iceland- Iceland is my favorite country in the history of ever and I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH.
    “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra is (obviously) about New York! I am a Sinatra dweeb and love that song a lot.

    • AAH THANKS SO AM I ASDFJKL. *flails* muSICALS AND AT AND aah I wish I could go back!
      THEY ARE. Like many other people, I was under the impression they were cheaper but…um, I’ll stick to Waterstones haha.
      YES ICELAND. My teacher lived there for like 10 years, and she’s always telling us such wonderful things about it asdfjkl. It’s somewhere on my list of ‘places to travel whilst a student if I have any money left (which is unlikely)’.
      Ooh yes I know that one! It was on my New York journey playlist. *nods*

  2. OH. MY GOD. I AM SO JEALOUS. ASDFGHJKLKJ NEW YORKKK! I’m so glad you had a good time and it’s weird because I literally just read about the High Line in Lady Midnight and it sounds incredible. Um. Yeah. Just full of wanderlust af right now and I think I’m gonna go write a NYC wanderlust post. Yay. Also, NOELLE STEVENSON YES!!! EEEKKK I’M JUST SO HAPPY FOR YOU 🙂

    • AAAH I’M SORRY TO MAKE YOU JEALOUS. But I’m glad you enjoyed the post eep! I felt very knowledgable when I read that part — & I was reading it whilst in New York, so that was super fun! *starts singing* YOUR HEART IS FILLED WITH WANDERLUST, DESIRE TO GO ELSEWHERE. Ahem. And what a wonderful NYC bucket list it was! ❤

  3. OH MY GOSH YOUR TRIP LOOKS LIKE IT WAS AMAZING. I think I’d be listening to Hey There Delilah on repeat as well (also probably Empire State of Mind). Totally need to go to Broadway ❤ ❤ Although West End in England is first on the list!

    • YAY I have a lot of NYC enthusiasm, so I’m hoping some of it came across. Ooh, Empire State of Mind was on my playlist too — I love that song. The West End is also fabulous, but it was very exciting for me to go somewhere new. *nods* I hope you get to visit!

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