Saturday 9th June.
Our first morning in New York!
Seen as though we did not leave the hotel early that morning some of us decided to go and find some food and have a walk around Madison Square and Times Square. We eventually stumbled across a breakfast place when we were greeted by what can only be described as a stoner (this is not an assumption he was smoking a spliff and smelled like weed…), He approached us with the promise of amazing bagels. At first, we tried to explain that we weren’t interested but he wouldn’t take no for an answer so we decided to follow him, it did run through our minds that following him was probably not the best decision…. but amazing bagels were promised… He eventually led us to Liberty Bagels. He was right they were amazing!! They were the best bagels in New York! (if you go make sure you try the cream cheese… birthday cake is the best!).
Anyway I’m getting a bit sidetracked back to the Empire State Building. So we left the hotel and headed to the Empire State Building in time for our booking. When we got inside it was just like I remembered (this wasn’t my first time to the big apple), it was beautiful and marble… Anyway we made it to the 86th floor and went out on the viewing platform and the view was incredible (last time I visited it was the end of December and the weather was pretty bad so I couldn’t see a lot). So we took photos mainly using the 2-meter long selfie stick that I bought that morning (what a mistake, did get some amazing pics though) and headed back downstairs as we had free time.
We decided to go and explore Coney Island, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Unfortunately for the staff with us, me and my 3 friends had consumed a lot of sugar by this point (2 days worth…. it was about midday) so they had a long day ahead of them.
When we reached Coney Island I was so excited as I had always wanted to visit. The weather was amazing and we consumed more sugar… We went into the sea which was freezing (Atlantic sea) and then 2 went off to go on the rides and 2 of us went to explore the pier. We found 2 friendly police officers who let us take a selfie and then found milkshakes (or in my case a slushy as I’m lactose intolerant). We met back up at the tube station and headed to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, by this stage hyper doesn’t begin to describe us.
We reached the Botanical Gardens and had consumed 3 days worth of sugar (mainly in the form of sweets, powerade, gatorade and mountain dew). For the hour we were there the gardens were not peaceful, instead there was 4 hyperactive 20 year olds running round (you can witness some of this in the vlogs). We went through the gardens and to the turtles which we were super excited for then headed on to Brooklyn Bridge.
By the time we got to Brooklyn Bridge the sugar was starting the ware off, we were hot and tired we had walked about 9 miles at this point. We walked over Brooklyn Bridge which was beautiful if not a little different then I imagined (why is the pedestrian section wooden?). By the time we finished the Brooklyn Bridge it was 6pm so we were very tired and desperately needed a shower (not only was it hot but it was humid) we made it back to the hotel with 20 mins to go until we had to leave and me and my roommate both needed a shower, which we achieved in the time frame. Then we headed to Ellen’s Stardust!
Ellens Stardust had the longest queue I had ever seen, not only did it loop around the building but also down the block. The singing was incredible, the staff was super friendly and the food was fantastic (you need to go and visit). We then went for a wander around New York and headed back to the hotel for another long day.