406 Linden St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Checked in: 18/05/15
20 W 29th Street
New York City, NY 10001
Checked in 21/05/15
I’m finally back and alive (just about) from the past week in New York. I booked this trip about a year ago so I was definitley ready for it! Despite turning up to the airport 25 minutes before our flight was about to take off, the travel Gods were in our favour and told us that it had just been delayed so they could reopen check-in for us (phew!). It’s not the first time I had been to New York but its always good to re-visit places, and New York is so big and ever-changing that there is always something new going on.
For this trip we booked an AirBnB for the first time. Our apartment was located in Williamsburg, which was made up of five separate rooms, including the one where our host(s) stayed. Our hosts were great and made us feel welcome and were on hand to answer any questions we had about the city. The location was ideal as I had never been to Brooklyn before so we got to see a different side of the city. We were also staying on Bedford Avenue which hosts many great places to eat and drink such as Lucky Dog, where we spent many a night. The commute in to Manhattan was around 15 minutes by subway or a pleasant walk across the Williamsburg Bridge which we did the first day. At a fraction of the price it would cost to stay in a hotel in central NY, I would definitely book a AirBnB again and stay in this area.
For the remainder of the trip we checked in to Ace Hotel in Manhattan which was in a great location (29th and Broadway) where we could walk to most places. In fact the Empire State Building and Times Square were both within a 10 minute walk away. We opted for a medium-sized room, which was probably a good idea, as the rooms were still not very roomy and came complete with it’s own personal guitar, a vinyl player and a selection of vinyls. The hotel itself is aesthetically pleasing, with DJ’s playing in the Lobby, a Photo Booth and housing an Opening Ceremony store. However at around $400 per night, and as nice as it was, I probably wouldn’t stay here again in terms of value for money after staying in the AirBnB.
Between changing locations we visited all the traditional tourist hotspots. New York is a great place to explore on foot as you discover so much more, in fact we rarely used the subway! Highlights of the trip included climbing to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, Shopping on Prince St. and watching the sunset from Brooklyn over the bridge.
I hope you enjoy these photos of our time in The Big Apple! Let me know what you think in the comments.
All photos were taken on a Canon S120, using VSCO cam B2 filter to edit.