Hello there 🙂
A lot of you have asked about my big trip to NYC and if I would share some tips and must-see/do. And of course I will – it has taken me a some time to write this blogpost, but it is finally here 🙂
Beforehand I asked my wonderful friends on Instagram, if they had any tips or must see/do in NYC and of course – recommendations for crafty trips.
You can see the post and comments right here. I really loved how many chipped in with suggestions and tips. Makes me feel so grateful for our awesome crafty community.
Snapshots from our travel ( from top left corner) – airplane food, pulled pork burger at Helsinki Airport, Me at the moomin shop, Santas Official Gateway sign, me hot and sweaty after a long travel and then crazy hot weather in NYC, Jacob leaving our appartment in Denmark, Jacob at the airplane, our gate in Helsinki and our hotel lobby in NYC.
Our travel schedule over there was as follows:
- We flew from Copenhagen Airport at 8:55 Thursday May 18 to Helsinki. We landed in Helsinki Airport at 1,5 hour later. We flew with FinnAir to Helsinki and later to New York. We did flew the direct opposite direction of New York to get to Helsinki, but we saved a bunch of money by doing so + flying with FinnAir is something I can highly recommend! Great service, space and the airplane food was good. This is my first long distance flight, and they made it an excellent one.
- We flew from Helsinki to New York in 8 hours 40 minutes. I got terrible air-sickness on our way down, but other than that it was a smooth ride and I got to see my favourite movie “We Are The Millers” 🙂
We booked our plane tickets 2,5 months in advance via www.ticket.com. I spend a lot (like a lot a lot) time on this to get us the best deal.
Our hotel was booked 6 weeks in advance via www.hotels.com.
When we got to NYC we walked out into a wall of heat! It was 37 degrees celsius. Totally crazy!
We took the subway to the hotel. Our hotel was in MidTown, which was perfect! We walked every where and everything was closed by. We were literally right in the middle of everything.
I had my very own Spiderman join me on the trip. Every time we turned a corner he had a new Spiderman analogy.
New York City is just amazing, fascinating and a little scary. I mean – soooo many people and tall buildings! For a small Dane like me it was like walking around in a movie 🙂 So fun.
What we saw
Before we left I had made a list of what we wanted to see. I had divided it into the sections of the city based on my Lonely Planet New York City book.
We only had 5 nights/days so I thought it better to be prepared.
As a basketball girl, visiting the NBA store was a must! This is me and Shaquille O’neals shoes comparison.
- Times Square
- Empire State Building (more on this further down)
- Chrysler Building
- Rockefeller Center and Top of The Rock (more on this further down)
- Fifth Avenue stroll
- New York Public Library
- Grand Central Station
Lower Manhatten and Financial District
- The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
- 9/11 Memorial
- Brooklyn Bridge walk
- Wall Street
- If time: Free ride with the Staten Island Ferry
Upper West Side/Central Park
- Explore and picnic in Central Park + John Lennon memorial.
- American Museum of Natural History
- Flatiron Building
And I also had a must-see stores list with me (it IS the perfect shopping city!)
- The NBA store (I got myself some EPIC Lakers pyjamas pants)
- Michaels and The Ink Pad
- Paper Source
I had printed Coupons for Paper Source and Michaels on their websites beforehand. Do not do it too early before your trip, other wise the coupons will be outdated.
This was such an amazing store. And with great deals on Copic markers – the more you buy, the more you saved. I saved almost 40 % compared to the Danish prices. The markers were locked inside a cabinet and they had to watch me take my picks and then bring the to the cash register. It was a little unusual and made me feel like I was buying Diamonds.
I was really disappointed with the selection and did not buy anything here. It was a bit more scrapbook and planner minded.
The Ink Pad
This store is definetly worth a visit 🙂 Check out their site here: www.theinkpadnyc.com
IN LOVE. This store was so beautiful and had so many fun crafty, paper goodies. Including stamps and tools. I had a 10 % coupon for my entire purchase, that I had printed before we left.
Rockefeller center and Empire State building
I booked our tickets for both of these experiences online before our trip. We went to Empire State Building by day to get a good view of the entire city in the day. Since it was a clear day we could see super far. It was such a fun experience.
From Empire State Building
We went up to Top of The Rock late at night when it was dark. We decided to do it this way, so we could see the light on Empire State Building.
We saw both on the same day. When I booked our tickets for Top of The Rock, we had to choose a time for our visit and I chose 22:30. Which in hindsight might have been a little too late lol. We had been up at 6 am in the morning after our loooong trip the day before so were quite busted and jetlagged after seeing SO many things that day. Jacob had fallen asleep in our hotel room beforehand at around 21.00 I had to wake him up and tell him, that if we didn’t leave RIGHT NOW I would fall asleep on the floor and we would miss it. So we went outside and sat with a coffee and waited until it was time.
But it was SUCH an amazing experience. Definetly one of my absolute favorite of the trip.
Breathtaking, right? It was amazing.
THe Statue of liberty and ellis island
The day we went to Liberty and Ellis Island the weather had shifted. It was grey, raining a tiny bit and a little colder. Miss optimist went outside in bare arms and legs at first, but went back to get her jacket though. It was nice that it lightened up a bit with the heat.
I can recommend getting an NYC pass. We did not have this, but when we were standing in line for this + American Natural History Museum, people got a bit faster through the queue with this. I also believed they saved some money. I would definetly do this next time. We did not stand in line that long for this trip, but we did for ANHM.
This trip is amazing because of the New York skyline! I was completely in love.
We was also recommended taking a FREE boat ride with the Staten Island ferry. This would have been a great way to see the skyline, and I am a little bummed that we did not have enough time for this.
American Natural History Museum
The first time we really stood in a long queue and the rain was pouring down!
We had so much fum with this museum. Especially the Dinosaur department. We combined it with a walk in Central Park, seeing where John Lennon lived and was shot as well as hunting some Pokémons. Fun day!
I had wet shoes, socks and feet the entire day though. Must bring socks to change next time. Or maybe at least and umbrella lol.
I had to have a hot cocoa from Starbucks (I do not drink coffee)!
Well that got a bit long, and I could EASILY carry on for a few more pages lol. But I will spare you.
If anybody has any questions, please leave them in the comment section and I will do my absolute best to answer them. I am a travel newbie though, so please bear with me 🙂
And ooooone last recommendation – EAT AT WAGAMAMA when you have had too many donuts and burgers lol. It was SO good 😉
We had our best meals and Shake Shack (YUM!) and Wagamama. We chose not to spend too much money on food, but these places were DELICIOUS. Definetly visiting Wagamama in Copenhagen soon.
Next time I go there I also want to:
- Visit Highline and go for a walk (we did not have enough time)
- Walk through Chinatown (again – time)
- See a Musical on Broadway (Lion Kind for example – or maybe Kinky Boots?)
- Take a free trip with the Staten Island ferry
- Visit Central Park when it is not raining cats and dogs, and have a little picnic
- DO IT ALL ONE MORE TIME!
Okay, now I am done! Promise 🙂