New York Day 4 & 5
4 days into my trip I woke up to snow! It never snows at home, something to do with being on the coast, so this was really exciting and just helped to make me feel that little bit more festive. When it stopped mid-morning I headed down to Lexington Avenue to have a look around the stores and attempt to do the majority of my Christmas shopping. On route, I spotted Dylan's Candy Bar (another Gossip Girl location), the sweet store owned by Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan. I'm not a massive sweet/ candy lover but oh my god, this store was amazing. They have stuff from all over the world and some sweets that I thought weren't made anymore!
After starting to get bored of all the shopping and with the skies clearing slightly I thought i'd take the opportunity to do some more touristy things and headed downtown towards Wall Street and the World Trade Center. I'd been to the World Trade Center site back in 2007, they were still no where near starting to build there and supposedly were still discovering bodies within the rubble. There is now a beautiful water memorial on the sight as well as the new tower, tower 3, that hosts an observatory with great views of downtown.... unless you're unlucky like me and it starts to snow on your way to the top. Going to the observatory cost me $39 and I could not see a thing. I was really disappointed as I've seen photos and know that the view is amazing, but with no one warning us about the poor visibility when we purchased our tickets, I was really annoyed.
I then headed off in search of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange, It wasn't really a must-do on my list but since I was already down that end of town and having grown up with a print of the stock exchange deck in my dad's home office, I did enjoy seeing it with my own eyes. I was hoping I might get to go inside and have a look around, as my parents had done this on a trip in the 90s, but as you would imagine, they no longer let people inside for security reasons, so instead I got myself a Starbucks and just took in the amazing architecture of the building.
The snow was starting to get pretty heavy by this point so I decided to head back. I spent the evening bar hopping with my host, who taught me how to open a bottle of champagne with a knife!!!! Needless to say I had a very sore head the next day and felt a little bit sorry for myself.
Since I now only had one more night in New York I refused to let my self inflicted nausea stop me from making the most of my trip and headed downtown to the Brooklyn Bridge. My mum had managed to dig out a few photos of her from their trip in the 90s that I wanted to try and recreate so the Brooklyn Bridge was a must for this reason.
It was a very cold and gray day, which suited my mood perfectly, but having layered up and put on my comfortable shoes I spent the day walking the bridge and the sights around Dumbo.
If you're a pizza lover like me, you'll know that Brooklyn is famous for their pizza. I'd been told about the Grimaldi family who opened a restaurant on Old Fulton Street. Upon creating a world rebound name for themselves, they sold the restaurant to a big company. Years later, they regretted the decision and returned, opening another restaurant, right next door naming it after the grandmother of the family. Juliana's really does not look like anything special from the outside, and the fact that I had to que in the freezing cold for 30 minutes was not enticing to me, but I'd made the effort to find it and had sold myself on the idea of having a pizza. This massive pizza was on the table within 7 minutes of me sitting down at the table, and was absolutely amazing! Pizza will never taste the same again and it was exactly what I needed to get me through the rest of the day.
Having exhausted myself I headed back into the city to get myself changed for a New York Islanders hockey game that evening (that's ice hockey if anyone is wondering like I was). I have never played or showed the slightest interest in any form of hockey, but I love attending sporting events so when I was offered the tickets I couldn't say no. Ice hockey is by far the most aggressive sport I have ever seen, I sat in my seat for almost 3 hours and watched in disbelief as I saw numerous players get punched in the face for no apparent reason. Having been ice skating a few days before I could not believe how easy these huge guys found it to move so gracefully, as well as have full on fist fights without smashing face first onto the ice.