Layover Life: New York, U.S.A

Ahhh New York. The city that never sleeps! This is my fourth time visiting, and I have to agree with the famous statement “if you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault”. There is always something to do here!

This time around I was blessed with a 42 hour layover. I had a few errands to run, but other than that I was really set on seeing the city.

When we landed, I headed straight for Times Square. Even though the crew made it to our hotel downtown around 11pm at night, the stores I needed to visit were open until 1am.

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Having a laugh on one of the Statue Cruises!

The following day, I met with two other Cabin Crew to tour the city. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been to NYC a few times, but never did a “hop-on, hop-off” bus tour. Needless to say it was worth it.

We went all around Manhattan and through downtown Brooklyn, hitting up: the Downtown Loop, Times Square North, Times Square 42, Empire State Building, Korea Town, Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village/NYC, NOHO, SOHO/Little Italy, Chinatown, World Trade Center/City Hall, Battery Park – State Street, Battery Park – Battery Place, High Line and Madison Square Garden. We even jumped on one of the Statue Cruises boats to get a closer look at the Statue of Liberty.

For dinner, we stopped at one of my favourite restaurants, the Hardrock Cafe in Times Square. It may be a huge tourist trap, but the food and the atmosphere is incredible!

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Cruising under the Brooklyn Bridge!

If you go: Brace yourself, the traffic is always bad in the city! New York uses a gridlock system, so when you are bumper to bumper, you better hope your tour guide is a good one with a lot of information to share!

Next Stop: Oslo, Norway.

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: New York City!

Ahhh, New York City! There’s so much to do here that I had a hard time deciding where I was going to go. Thankfully a friend of mine came to the Big Apple to meet me, so I didn’t have to make decisions on my own!

My layover was cut short due to the weather coming out of Dubai, but we still managed to visit Central Park, Times Square and two restaurants: Hard Rock Cafe and Tavern on the Green.

We arrived in NYC at about 7:00pm, and the first thing on my mind upon checking into our hotel was food (of course). With our hotel located a few blocks away from Times Square, we decided to venture that way for dinner. I have been to New York City before, so I knew exactly where I wanted to eat- Hard Rock Cafe. I love this chain, and want to visit each location across the globe. Why? The atmosphere, the staff, the food and the experience they provide their customers. I also LOVE rock music and the displays they have in their restaurants.

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Checking out Times Square!

Following dinner, we proceeded to walk around Times Square. Times Square is a major commercial intersection and neighborhood, brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements. It is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections as it is constantly bustling with people.

There are tons of touristy shops in the Square that are worth checking out, as well as your typical branded stores. Considering that the DXB-JFK flight averages about 13 hours in duration, after all of this excitement we called it a night.

As soon as we woke up the next day, we ventured to Central Park. It was also a few blocks from our hotel. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States. Established in 1857 on 778 acres of land, it is also one of the most filmed locations in the world.

We were hoping to find a nice restaurant to have brunch, and we weren’t disappointed when we stumbled upon Tavern on the Green.  According to the restaurant’s website, it was originally designed by Calvert Vaux and built in 1870 to house the sheep that grazed in the park’s Sheep Meadow. It has been serving visitors since 1934 and centres its menu around local, seasonal ingredients. The food was delicious, and the venue itself was gorgeous. Take a look:

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How good does our brunch at Tavern on the Green look!? Eggs benedict, scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms and toast, complete with a mimosa and sparkling peach beverage.

Following brunch, we continued to walk around the park. There were musical performances, street vendors and lots of people out and about taking advantage of the beautiful day.

I’m really looking forward to flying back to NYC this week.

If you go: Definitely visit Times Square at night. It is beautifully lit and doesn’t have the same effect during the day. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from there too, but they’re all fairly pricy. Be prepared for that!

If you go to Central Park, brunch at Tavern on the Green is highly recommended. It is pricy too, but the experience is worth it. If you choose to dine there, you should make a reservation because it can get busy. You can also check out the menu before you’re like me and are hesitant to try something new!

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Walking the streets of New York City!

Next Up: New York, again! I recently spent a week off in Dubai and had a short layover in Chennai, India which I will be writing about shortly. Stay tuned!

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.