Postcards From | A Weekend in NYC
Some culture, an abundance of walking and one too many slices of pizza, here are my recommendations for things to do/see in Lower Manhattan.
I kickstarted September with a long weekend in New York City with family. I haven’t been to the Big Apple for over 10 years and chose to hang out in Lower Manhattan - a little less touristy (and pricey) and a little cooler. We camped out at the Arlo Soho (comes highly recommended!) for a few nights and these are some of the things we got up to in the city, which I think you should totally try out too if you get the chance to. Warning - bring comfy shoes because the walking in NYC is no joke!!
Visit Some Uni Campuses
It rained on our first day there so we decided to hideout inside some local universities. A random one perhaps but it’s a great way to see a different side of the city and have a peep into life as a NYC student. NYU offers maps for self-guided tours of their campus (which is spread out around Lower Manhattan) so you can stroll at your own pace and pick things that you personally find interesting. Spoiler alert: universities in New York are awesome!
Hop Over To Brooklyn
Not necessarily Lower Manhattan but I mean it’s just next door so it would be rude not to swing by. Walk along the Brooklyn Bridge, brunch at Sunday in Brooklyn, rent a bike to burn off the calories from their maple pancakes and most definitely pay a visit to the Brooklyn Museum. Our day spent in Brooklyn was my favourite day on the island by far.
Eat & Shop in Soho
I did most of my shopping around Broadway in Soho (hello Sephora!) but obviously shops are aplenty so walk around and grab some grub on the way. I had brunch at Jack’s Wife Frida and The Dutch, which didn’t go down well (not sure what all the fuss is about). Loved the burgers at Burger & Barrel and obvs there are shops selling large pizza slices on nearly every corner (why don’t we have those in the UK, why??!!). We also ventured into Chinatown for dinner but it’s difficult to recommend somewhere, there was so much variety.
Watch the Sunset on a Rooftop
The benefit of having so many high rise buildings is that you’re gonna get some incredible views overlooking the city, especially as the sun sets. Really recommend grabbing some drinks on the rooftop of Arlo Soho at the same time.
Pay Your Respects
On our last day, we decided to visit the 9/11 memorial, as well as the African Burial Ground National Monument nearby - the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans. It’s really important to keep remembering those lives and their stories.
There’s a million more things I wish I could have done so hopefully I’ll be back soon and get to do even more exploring. Until next time NYC, xoxo