New York in Pictures
Dear Mummy, you’ve just returned from a whistle-stop tour of New York. It’s the first time you’ve ever been to the Big Apple and it was a holiday trip of a lifetime to celebrate Daddy’s 40th Birthday and your 9th wedding anniversary.
You left me at home with my Grandparents while you guys went on your anniversary-moon. You stomped up and down the streets and ticked off all your sight-seeing itinerary. I’m sure once you’ve got over your jet lag you’ll write some more in-depth reviews of the places you’ve visited but here’s NYC in a nutshell.
Seeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
My folks couldn’t miss this while they were in the United States! The parade is one of the most popular annual attractions in NYC and has been a Thanksgiving tradition since 1924. Attracting more than 3.5 million people to the streets of Manhattan every year, and watched by an audience of nearly 50 million TV viewers, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade combines a huge collection of performers from cheerleaders to musicians and of course, the famous big balloons.
My folks got up early after traveling the previous day from LDN Heathrow to JFK and secured their spot on Central Park South just round the corner from Columbus Circle.
They got there at 7am and stood patiently until the parade started to go past at 09.30. At one point the crowd was 10 person deep behind them! My folks had never seen a street so busy. It was surprisingly mild for a November in New York, however in the shadows of the buildings and with the wind it became quite chilly.
They watched marching bands, giant inflatable balloons and even saw Mariah Carey on a float at the end! It was the 26th parade and organised by the largest department store in the world, Macy’s. It lasted a couple of hours and was such a great experience – one that was ticketed off your bucket list.
Afterwards you popped over to Central Park to sit in the warm sunshine. You visited in one of the warmest Novembers on record in NYC. It was very mild and sunny. Bright blue sky meant a lot of people were happy strolling through Central Park.
Central Park is a massive urban park in middle-upper Manhattan and it is the most visited park in the United States as well as one of the most filmed locations in the world. You can see why…
It was a beautiful location. My parents followed the route taken by Kevin in Home Alone 2, stopped by the famous Bow Bridge, Gapstow Bridge and tried to find the pigeon lady.
You even found the Friends fountain used in the Intro of the series and the avenue of trees, The Mall and Literary Walk, used in many Hollywood films.
Visiting the National History Museum was a highlight of your trip.
Night at the Museum is one of your favourite films and you were amazed at the enormity of the exhibition space! Every room seems to lead to another chamber and the building is massive. The museum complex comprises 27 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library.
You visited this fantastic museum filled with four floors of dinosaurs bones, world culture and history, animals and space discoveries.
And even found Dum Dum and the crazy monkey from the film!
It wasn’t all about the culture though and my folks had an interesting time at the Black Friday sales at Macy’s and Bloomingdales. Absolute chaos but you picked up some great bargains.
What possessed my folks to visit two of the largest department stores in the world on the busiest shopping day is beyond me!?! But it was an experience…
They did pick up some great discounts and great Christmas decorations/souvenirs for family and friends. My mummy even treated herself to a Marc Jacobs handbag with 40% off!! Bloomingdales and Macys also offered a further ‘Tourist’ discount on top on the sale prices and they found that American brands were super cheap to buy.
Enjoying the bright lights in Times Square.
The hotel that my folks were staying in was just around the corner from Times Square, so they had to walk pass this block ever day. They saw some interesting characters in costumes and took in all the sights and sounds. There were lots of Police around and they loved a good photo opportunity, posing happily for photographs. My mummy loved the Mounted Patrol in Times Square.
It was great to capture some shots of the bright city lights at every hour. It always felt like constant day light here which was a bit strange in the middle of the night walking back from a show!
Standing still at Grand Central Station.
My folks couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit the most famous train station in the world. Grand Central Station was a hive of activity on the day they visited. They witnessed 2 weddings and hundreds of tourists taking selfies. The terminal is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, with 21.9 million visitors in 2013. It was beautiful in the main concourse and the starry ceiling depicting constellations was out of this world!
The famous clock at Grand Central Station is rumoured to be made out of opal and brass and that Sotheby’s and Christie’s have estimated its value to be between $10 million and $20 million.
The large American flag was hung in Grand Central Terminal a few days after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and my folks saw this when they visited.
Who you gonna call? ….Ghostbusters in NYC.
My folks had fun finding the locations from the Ghostbusters films at the Public Library, Central Park West and tracking down the Ghostbusters headquarters while having a good giggle reanacting scenes from the films. They felt like kids again and loved watching the films in the buildup to their NYC trip.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner.
Round the corner from Times Square is an awesome popular restaurant which is a theatre performance all in itself. It plays host to great food and even greater singing from performances by the waiting staff! My folks had an awesome singing waitress bring their drinks out and they even sang Happy Birthday to my Daddy.
Kevin and Indy Mike impressed us with their signing talents…oh and one of the best beards we’ve seen in NYC. An amazing experience and well worth a visit. My mummy had an amazing Coke Float and juicy cheese burger!
The city comes alive at night, it’s so pretty with all the twinkling lights and steam coming from the subways. NYC is such a bustling city and there is a constant hum of activity.
Being amazed with the spectacular views at the Top of the Rock.
My folks visited an Observatory on top of Rockefeller Centre, with an ocean-liner style design offering city views. The Rockefeller Center is an American Art Deco skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. At Christmas time it is the epicentre for New Yorkers who gather to see the famous Christmas Tree Light Switch on and for the Ice Skating Rink. It’s been featured in numerous films like Home Alone 2 and Batman.
My folks purchased the Sun & Stars tour which allowed them to go up to the top of the skyscraper twice in 24hrs to see the sunrise and sunset over New York. It’s very high more than 70 floors at its highest view-point and it gave great views of New York. Well worth the money…and the ticket queues.
The second time they went up they got to queue jump with their pre-booked ticket. Be warned though as the crowds get crazy at sunset on a clear day! Next to the Rockerfeller Cntre is Radio City Concert Hall, a famous entertainment venue and also the NBC Studios and other Television companies.
Getting a hot ticket for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
My folks took in a Christmas Show while in NYC. They saw the famous Rockettes perform at Radio City and were impressed with the venue and their talent, especially the eye-high leg kicks in perfect unison in a chorus line! My folks loved the Christmas Spectacular and can’t wait to bring me back so I can see it when I’m a bit older. Their style of dance is a mixture of modern dance and classic ballet. During the Christmas season, the Rockettes present five shows a day, seven days a week. Phew! They must be knackered by New Year!
Another one of my parents favourite films is Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. A movie all about fate and romance. My folks had fun acting out the scene from Serendipity at Bloomingdales (my daddy bought her some cashmere black gloves) they then had lunch at the famous restaurant called Serendipity 3! My folks pre-booked back in the UK weeks before, as walk-ins had up to a 40 minute wait and the restaurant was very popular. People come from all over the world to eat Frozen Hot Chocolate and the most expensive desert in NYC at $1,000!
Home away from home at Yotel.
My folks stayed at the super modern Yotel, NYC. And loved their views of the city from the 22nd floor. They can’t say a bad word about this hotel. The staff were super friendly and accommodating. The room was neat and compact which was perfect for a mini break.
The guys in the lobby at ‘Ground Control’ we’re very helpful and professional. The hotel was hip and modern. My Daddy even had balloons and a bottle of wine waiting for him in their hotel room. We’ll be writing a full review of this hotel so keep your eyes peeled.
Eye in the sky.
My folks enjoyed a helicopter ride of New York from Liberty Tours at Pier 6 thanks to my uncle and spent 20 minutes flying over the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan. It was a brilliant experience and they would fully recommend it.
Afterwards my folks walked to Lower Manhattan and paid their respects at the 9/11 Memorial. It was a really humbling and emotional experience, some tears were shed at the enormity of the tragic disaster. A really poignant reminder to how fragile life is. My parents are trying to live their lives to the full at the moment and this visit to NYC has really opened up their eyes.
They can’t wait till I’m old enough to join them in experiencing what the world has to offer and be old enough to remember our travels. Next time we visit NYC it will be as a family.
Have you ever been to New York, any posts or review you’d like to share with us? Then please comment and let us know! We’d love to read them!
Love Bella and her folks x
32 thoughts on “Our New York Trip in Pictures”
Wow! Looks like you had an amazing time! I LOVE New York! And your photos brought back many happy memories for me! #TwinklyTuesday
Ah thanks for popping over! 🙂
Amazing – love New York! #twinklytuesday
Oh the memories! Love Nyc! Went for my 30th but couldn’t stay over as my daughter was quite poorly at the time. You look like you had a blast. I loved the Rockerfella and Grand Central too! Xx #twinklytuesday
Thanks Sarah! My parents first time and it was amazing! 🙂
oh wow, what a trip of a lifetime! I’ve never been to NYC but it’s on my bucket list – and seeing these photos has made me want to go even more! Glad your Mummy and Daddy had a great time! xx
It was on our bucket list too 🙂 x
I forgot to say, your Daddy was brave going to the shops when it was so busy….Elliot’s Daddy gets stressed enough going to Tesco on a Saturday afternoon 😉 xx
…My Daddy was getting a bit stressed after 3 hours!! 😉
Jealous, jealous, jealous. My sister lives on the upper east side of Manhattan but I haven’t been in seven years. I miss NYC terribly. Glad you had such a great trip. It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest cities in the world. #twinklytuesday
Great photos and what an amazing time of year to go. Can’t believe you got up at 7am but it sounds like you need to in order to get a good view. Like the way you got to see all the great film locations.
Can’t believe how tired we were when we can back! Exhausted!
New York is my favourite place of all time.
You’ve captured some fantastic pictures here – well done!
Wow that’s a lot to pack in. I really need to book another trip to NYC very soon! And I love the idea of spotting the film locations, something I haven’t done on past trips… #citytripping
What an amazing trip your parents did. I love their movie-themed itinerary. New York is a fantastic place – we went during our honeymoon back in 2008. Three days (one of which we went up state to visit family) was just not enough. I’d love to go back. Central Park looks gorgeous in autumn x #citytripping
Now this has whetted my appetite for a trip to New York – you both look as if you had a fabulous time, fitting so much in and so many links to films and TV shows. I’m hooked!
Brilliant pictures! You managed to fit so much in! I went to New York around 7 years ago and have wanted to go back ever since – so much to see and do! I think we would also have to find a babysitter though – just far too much fun to be had! x #TwinklyTuesday
Oh my goodness! What an amazing trip. Fab pictures! I can’t believe how much your mum and dad did out in New York, Bella. I have always wanted to go in a helicopter so am rather jealous of their trip – amongst all the other activities. I got engaged in New York so it holds a special place in my heart and I look forward to going back soon. I think your parents are pretty big film fans, I’m impressed at their movie location sightseeing. I wanted to do the Sex And The City tour but hubby wasn’t so keen! Thanks for linking up to #citytripping
My mummy wanted to do the Sex in the City tour as well!! But daddy said no way! They are absolutely knackered now though…
I bet they are! Phew! Make sure you give them a bit of a break 😉
Oh how I love NYC! I’ve been twice and could go again and again. It looks like your trip was perfect with that amazing weather and Thanksgiving/Black Friday. Hard to beat!
Looks like you made the most of it! We went in September and I loved every minute of it – these photos take me right back!
What an incredible trip – how amazing to see the Thanksgiving parade. That always makes me think of the Miracle on 34th Street movie! We visited NY once, but only for a couple of days so didn’t get to see everything. We did do the Sex and the City tour though – ha ha – my hubby must be a push over! x
Ah, I LOVED reading this post!! New York holds a very special place in our hearts. We visited when I was pregnant with our first child and while we were there we promised one another that we would bring our offspring one day. Last year, we did just that and took our daughter and son for the holiday of a life time. It literally brings tears of happiness to my eyes every time I think about that holiday. It was so magical and we talk about it ALL the time. The children are already desperate to go back….I blogged about it here – http://homeheartharmony.com/?p=545 would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much for bringing back happy memories xx
What a lovely memory to share! x thanks for popping over to comment 🙂
Wow what an amazing experience! I would love to go to New York and this has made me want to go more now! Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x
Brilliant. Looks like you had an amazing time. We did the same thing for my husbands 40th and we loved it too, although we took the kids as well and they loved it just as much.
What an incredible holiday! You fit so much in. I love NYC it is an incredible city. I have never flown in a helicopter over the city though so I am very jealous that you did! #MondayEscapes
Amazing!! What a trip!
You guys really did a lot… I love the pictures, you made me miss NY even more!
Happy New Year and thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes 🙂
Wow! All the best of NY in this post!
Central Park was definitely my favourite!