Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York,
these streets will make you feel brand new,
the lights will inspire you,
lets here it for New York, New York, New York
- Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
We've just returned from the most amazing holiday and I am absolutely in love and besotted with New York! I honestly can't put my finger on why it is, but my heart now belongs there, and London. They really are the two greatest cities in the world and I can't wait to go back! I've missed Blogland and I'd love to tell you a bit about our trip.
Please forgive some of the pics, taken with my iPhone! We didn't visit everything on our list or do lots of shopping as we wanted to ensure the little ones had a good time too. There's always next time and we could never holiday without them! Read on if you'd like to hear about it xx
We flew over to New York on the Qantas Airbus. It really is a great plane, I loved the Skycam (a view of the flight from the tail). The little ones were so good on all 5 flights throughout the trip. 10 - 14 hour flights are hard on anyone and they were amazing.
We arrived in New York in the evening after 27 hours of travelling (a bit of a delay in LA). I'll never forget the car door opening and a voice saying "Welcome to The Plaza"! The Plaza is exquisite in every way and walking into the foyer was like walking into one of my dreams, really. Everything is perfect and the rooms are very big. Staying there for the first two nights was very special. The little girls really enjoyed the Eloise Shop and afternoon tea in The Palm Court.
Art Kane's August 1958 photograph of 57 of the most well known
jazz musicians, gathered together in Harlem. The current owner of
the building is a little tired of people sitting on his steps, hence the gate!
The two sides of Harlem
The very famous Apollo Theatre.. Michael Jackson, James Brown,
Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sammy Davis Jr,
Miles Davis, John Coltrane..the list goes on.
Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
The Dakota Building
45 Grove Street in the West Village, where John Wilkes
Booth plotted the assassination of Lincoln
A rare weatherboard home in the West Village
The 'Friends' Building
An apartment block with a rare private garden.
The narrowest house in the city - nine and a half feet wide;
Edna St. Vincent Millay lived there (No. 75 1/2)
Two great places to eat in the West Village
Washington Square Park, wearing their Eloise At The Plaza outfits - so cute!
One of the gorgeous iron buildings in Soho
New York Supreme Court
We took a cruise at sunset past the Statue of Liberty and under the Brooklyn Bridge, taking in the Manhattan skyline at night.
The Natural History Museum, well worth a visit.
Our new friend Freedom, on duty with his friend Brooklyn.
They were guarding Obama, who happened to be in town.
Drawing at FAO Schwarz
The little girls with their look alike dolls at
American Girl - 3 floors of doll heaven! Thanks for the tip Jane!
A very cool store - Evolution.
My husband bought a replica 'Lucy' skull!
Pizza & beer on Carmine Street in the West Village.