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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 Lower Manhattan, New York

Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho

Walkable from the Financial District are Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho. Chinatown and Little Italy are worth walking through just for something interesting and different to look at. Chinatown is full of massage shops and Chinese markets with funny looking fish and animal bits waiting to be purchased.

The streets of Little Italy are overflowing with Italian cuisine and are lined with fairy lights and the Italian flag colours of red, white and green.

Our final browse for the day was Soho, another favourite area of mine alongside Chelsea and Greenwich Village. The streets are more picturesque and fashionable with all my favourite stores in walking distance and much less busy than Midtown, I could just see myself working in the DASH store here!

Financial District, New York

9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 memorial surprised me in a few ways. Firstly I found it really moving. When you look at where the buildings used to stand and the huge number of names engraved it does bring up some emotions I didn't think I would feel. The park is really beautiful and on the whole people were very respectful.

One World Trade also feels like a big statement from the US - they just get back up and continue, never forgetting but not letting anything stop them which I feel is really important.

There is also a 360 degree observatory at the top of One World Trade where standard tickets are $32 with a totally different view than the likes of the Empire State or Rockefeller.

I'm so glad we were able to go and I would urge anyone visiting to make the trip Downtown.

Monday, 28 September 2015 Battery Park, New York

Back in Shake Shack - Again!

Did you guess correctly? I imagine you probably did. Another picturesque Shake Shack location with fantastic people watching and an amazing view of New Jersey. This time we finally caved and ordered the custard, it was a great decision ;)

Financial District, New York

Downtown New York

After our super fun day at the Yankees Game the previous day it was time to head Downtown to the most southern area of Manhattan see some of the New York big guns like the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street.

We were going to get the free Staten Island ferry but we decided we got a pretty amazing view of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park and didn't fancy fighting to get on it with all the other tourists. Instead we wandered around the park watching the street performers and the busy waterways.

Next on the agenda was to walk around the financial district with a little Argo Tea that I mentioned earlier. First was the Charging Bull but there were a million other tourists trying to take a selfie with it so we moved onto Wall Street which Rob recognised from GTA and the New York Stock Exchange. The street itself was just full of tourists and not many people that actually looked liked they worked there....

By this time we were pretty peckish so I'll give you 1 guess as to where we stumbledupon for lunch?

Sunday, 27 September 2015 Greenwich Village, New York

Greenwich and Washington Square Park

Another favourite neighbourhood of mine - Greenwich Village. We originally popped by to see the Friends flats, which were pretty cool btw but I actually loved the area. It feels like a nice blend of European and American with high end but unpretentious stores and boutiques.

Next up was Washington Square Park with it's mini Arc de Triomphe and locals playing chess. Another perfect people watching spot.

Our final stop for the day was the Upper East Side, walking up Madison Avenue passed endless designer shops, St James' Church and The Carlyle Hotel until we reached the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

You can see the outfit deets in the previous post.

Upper East Side, New York

Casual Leather

Shirt - Primark
Shorts - Old Topshop
Watch - Forever 21
Trainers - Primark
Lipstick - Max Factor Colour Elixir in Mulberry 685

One of my favourite outfits from New York. It was so comfortable but still put together. This is when we sat on the steps of the Met pretending we were in Gossip Girl!

Saturday, 26 September 2015 Chelsea, New York

Chelsea Market

If you didn't get your food fill at Gansevoort Market head North on 9th Av. for 5 minutes until you spot Chelsea Market. Slightly bigger (and busier) it boats flowers, wine, groceries, clothing, coffee, lobster, tacos and all that's in between - AND it's situated in the heart of one of my favourite New York neighbourhoods.

West Village, New York

Gansevoort Market

Step off the most Southern end of the High Line and just a few steps East along the cobbled Gansevoort Street is the Gansevoort Market with it's fashionable industrial feel and range of yummy food stalls.

Check out Crepe Sucre for the best crepes (what else?) and Meyers of Keswick for a little home away from home!

Friday, 25 September 2015 Chelsea, New York

The High Line

Oh the High Line. A little piece of Instagramable greenery set above the streets of Chelsea.

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