New York Day 6
My last day in New York was spent trying to make sure everything I wanted to do was done, my flight home was at 8 PM so I still had the whole day to explore. I still hadn't gone to a rooftop bar so that became the priority for the day. I love a rooftop bar and having been to quite a few in London a couple of weeks before, I was excited to see what New York had to offer especially since the New York skyline is far more iconic. I'd done a lot of research before my trip and found about 10 different bars with amazing views, so I started my day off by mapping locations and seeing which ones were easy to get to. Due to my trip being mid-December, a lot of the bars happened to be closed for the season, considering the bars in London were open 2 weeks prior I was really disappointed, It takes nothing to invest in a few outdoor heaters and New York is far less rainy than London is, other bars didn't open until the mid-afternoon and some now had covers for the season. Needless to say I was very disappointing, rooftop bars in New York are apparently only a summer thing.
After being very disappointed with the largest roof terrace in New York, 230 Fifth, I had a quick Instagram search to see what else was around me (this is my favorite way to find cool and interesting things to do somewhere new). I clocked a Insta-worthy cafe a block over called Cha Cha Matcha, Matcha isn't a very British thing and so it isn't very widely sold, especially in my small home town, so I was intrigued to try it especially after hearing the health benefits it boasts. I tried their Matcha Lemonade, which was surprisingly good, considering it's bright green colour. I then headed up Broadway towards Time Square where I spotted a restaurant called La Pecora Bianca, I never see anything with my name on so seeing a restaurant I obviously got really excited and had to have a little photo.
After stopping in a few tacky souvenir shops on the way, trying to spend the rest of the cash I had, I was finally back in Time Square, by far my favorite place in New York, I love to people watch so it's like heaven to me. Time Square is an iconic place to spend new years eve (a big one on my bucket list), throughout the square were a few New Years related things including a kiosk passing out confetti strips for you to write your resolutions on, and to be released at midnight on the 31st and in the middle of the square a huge "18" and a sign next to it explaining that they were going to be put up onto of the big screens for when the ball dropped! New Years Eve is by far my favorite night of the year and loving Time Square as much as I do, I couldn't think of a more perfect place for me to spend it.
After getting myself a little bit too excited about the new year I headed back to pick up my bags and head off to JFK. Having had to carry my 20KG bag up a lot of stairs from the subway when I arrived, I decided to take advantage of the $50 flat fare charged by taxis when you head to JFK (this does not include tax or tip), I did not fancy a workout before a 7 hour flight.
Having booked and flown with Virgin on my way, I assumed this would be the case on the return. Checking the screens I noticed that the 8 PM Virgin flight had been cancelled, something that obviously sent me into a bit of a panic. After calming down and frantically trying to get on the wifi to show an assistant my booking, I was told I was actually on a Delta flight (Delta now own half of Virgin Atlantic) and that I would still be heading home. After the wash of panic was over I couldn't help but be disappointing, I had fallen in love with New York all over again and couldn't wait to hopefully come back in the summer for my birthday.
After having booked this trip so last minute I now know that I need to be far more spontaneous and book more little trips like this and make the most of being young and able to drop everything at a moments notice.