25 Juni 2016

Travel Diary // New York City

Brooklyn Bridge

On our first day the weather was not too good, but this didn’t stop us from exploring Brooklyn. After a short walk from Nolita we stood in front of the 1883 built Brooklyn Bridge. I find the construction very fascinating with its steel cables and the wooden floor. Did you know that a german engineer designed the Brooklyn Bridge? Me neither! I also didn’t know you actually could see the Statue of Liberty from the bridge and would not have seen it if Sophie didn’t tell me. 

We heard lots of the flea markets in Brooklyn, so we decided to go see one. We were lucky enough to spot a sign right after we got off the bridge. I love vintage/old things, they are so precious and each piece is telling its own story. 

Nolita / Soho

We booked our accommodation with Airbnb and absolutely loved our neighborhood. There are tons of super cute cafes and stores/boutiques. Our apartment was just 10 steps away from The Butcher’s Daughter which was one of our favorite breakfast places. What I love about New York and its neighborhood are the brick stone buildings with the fire escape stairs. There’s also lots of wall art on the streets, especially in Nolita.

Flat Iron Building

It’s built into a corner which is why it’s a triangular form. It’s 22 floor high and used as office spaces. I think to know that it’s one of the most photographed buildings in the world. If you’re in town you should definitely go check it out and since Madison Square Park is very close, go enjoy the beautiful green patch.

One World Trade Center

The One World Trade Center or Freedom Tower was built after the Twin Towers got destroyed in the 9/11 terror attack. It’s the fourth tallest building in the world. What I was most impressed with is the not the height of the new building but the 9/11 Memorial; two pools each one placed where the Twin Towers stood. Each of the victims

Greenwich Village

Even though I liked Nolita I would look for an apartment in West Village next time. I just love the vibe and the people living there! I’m not like THE big Sex and the City fan but I have to admit that the buildings with the stairs leading to the doors are super cute and “instagramable”. Also they have lots of cool cafes and pizza places there. We ventured out to Chelsea for some drinks at the rooftop bar of The Standard hotel. There are also many other locations to have a drink or two J

Top of the Rock

If you want to enjoy the most stunning view of New York you either have to go on a helicopter tour or you can go up on Top of the Rock. I've never seen a city that beautiful from above. The long streets stretching from 

Grand Central Terminal

I have seen the station in so many movies but when I actually stood there I was totally overwhelmed by its beauty. The ceiling is super high and reminds me of the sky. You just need to stand in the middle of the hall and close your eyes for a moment - the feeling you get is incredible. Surrounded by so many people, movment and hectic you still feel alone and somehow relaxed. But of course you should open your eyes for the beauty of this place at some point, ok? ;)


New York is a huge City but what I noticed is that there are lots of smaller parks next to the enormous Central Park. People of NY love to hang out wherever there is a green patch. As soon as the sun comes out (and even if not so) people would lay in the grass, have picnics or go for a walk. They have a deep appreciation for those comfort places in the middle of the city. The highline is an old tramway which now is a super long walkway with various plants and trees. I love that you can walk uptown and not once have to cross a street or be careful you don’t get hit by a car. Very relaxing and such a great idea!

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