How has time flown since my trip to NYC with Zoe back in June? I’ve been so distracted by a couple of other projects I’ve been working on that I hadn’t properly had time to sit and sort through the HUNDREDS of photos I took whilst in the city and decide exactly which blog posts I wanted to write about my time there. I decided to start with some of my favourite photos which are from a sunny Sunday where we spent the day wandering in Central Park. That’s one of my favourite things to do when in New York, just wander – without an aim or specific destination and see what you find.
We grabbed a couple of ice cold drinks (being all ‘basic’ of course and going with Starbucks. I think we both drank our own bodyweight in lemonade ice tea on that trip) and just wandered around. It was a hot and sunny day in June so the park was packed with people exploring, playing games, having picnics or jogging/cycling/roller blading. As much as I love London’s parks, there’s just something special about Central Park and the green oasis in the centre of Manhattan. Our hotel for our stay – One Hotel Central Park – was so perfectly located for the park. We could see it from our window as it was just a stones throw away. Of all the times I’ve been to New York over the last twelve years since my first time in the Big Apple, I think this location was my favourite. So close to the park and right next to a subway line so you can shoot around the city so easily. Plus the hotel itself was gorgeous, but more on that in a separate post.
So, back to the sunny Sunday in the park. We walked the one block from our hotel and just walked up, past the pond, Umpire rock and the playgrounds. We popped over to the Upper West Side to grab a drink and then walked across the park to the Mall where we took a stroll up. The Mall was great, very busy with other people walking plus street performers and vendors. There are a few painted pianos that can be played by anyone so we stopped to watch this for a while as there was a guy playing and he was amazing. I actually got a lot of this on video, that I do plan to make into a vlog – I just need to sort through the footage and work out where to start with it all!
We then stopped at the famous Bethesda Fountain in front of the boating lake and the boathouse. The boathouse restaurant is one of the place in New York that I’ve wanted to visit every time I’ve been but never quite managed to. Next time I go, I will 100% go there for a meal.
From there we wandered over to the model boat sailing pond. Of course, all the way round I was pointing out locations from Gossip Girl and couldn’t help but imagine a young Nate Archibald maybe sailing his own (probably very large and expensive) boat on the model boat lake. It seemed like the sort of thing Upper East Siders would have done on Sunday’s as kids… ?! Just me and my imagination there.
From there we wandered back south, partly on 5th past the Central Park Zoo and then moving in to Madison Avenue to spy a few stores and generally just wander around. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours, just wandering and giggling our way around Central Park in the gorgeous New York Summer sun. I would definitely recommend taking time to just stroll if you’re heading to the city any time soon. You can really see why people fall in love with this city.
For more information on Central Park: centralparknyc.org
For more information on One Hotel Central Park: 1hotels.com/central-park