VISIT A MUSEUM/GALLERY
Whatever you’re into, the NY scene has something for everyone. I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend who could recommend the things she knew I would love, and these are the places I decided to explore…
THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Located right at the start of The High Line, in Greenwich Village, this is the perfect place to begin a day. With numerous floors to work your way around, it is completely personal preference as to how long you spend here. But be sure to leave enough time to explore the terraces at different levels that combine modern art installations with stunning views across the city. A large variety of artwork and sculpture is displayed, amongst it some familiar names such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois and Jasper Johns.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA)
An eclectic collection, this gallery is conveniently located central. Although it was impossible to sit out for too long in the high summer sunshine, the gardens were beautiful and a Henry Moore sat proudly between the angular landscape and fountains. My excitement grew when I discovered a Gilbert and George exhibition, artists that I had studied closely during art college. As I left the gallery, I noticed a Picasso sculpture exhibition being installed, which I can only hope will eventually appear in London. This runs through until 7th February 2016.
Located on Museum Mile, the Guggenheim is a must-see even if you just pause outside to admire the wonderful architecture. You have to pay entry to fully enter the gallery, but you can step foot into the foyer and take a look at the structure from the inside.
There’s two types of vintage shopping in New York: small, designer boutiques and huge, bargain warehouses. Both are equally as fun to shop and hunt for unique pieces. Head to the East Village for a number of charming independent stores and the chance to find a one-off gem. And if you’re prepared to roll your sleeves up and rummage and have a good try-on session, a number of large vintage warehouses can be found around Brooklyn and Williamsburg, often sporting rail after rail of Levi’s and the like for $5-$10! Pictured above is L-Train Vintage off Dekalb Ave, Bushwick.
It’s well worth checking Timeout to see which sample sales are on. I stumbled across a Billy Reid sample sale in Chelsea Market where I purchased a couple of good quality Autumn tops that have become wardrobe staples!
UNIQLO FIFTH AVENUE
As their global flagship store, this Uniqlo is worth a visit for a pretty fun shopping experience. When I visited, the mezzanine level displayed a Uniqlo-Moma collaboration.
A truly unique company, this ethically-conscious store creates on-trend and easy to wear pieces. Either reworking vintage garments or creating new styles from sustainable fabrics, Reformation uses clever design and manufacturing techniques that reduce the environmental impact of fast fashion.
Not available in the UK, J Crew’s younger and slightly more inexpensive brand is what all the cool kids are wearing in NYC. Worth a visit for some high street finds that no one else will be wearing when you return!
VISIT GRAND CENTRAL STATION
This magnificent building truly is a beautiful sight. Every detail is so refined, from the ticket offices to the departure boards. Not to be missed!
TAKE A WALK ACROSS BROOKLYN BRIDGE AT SUNSET
It’s worth taking a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge at any time of day, but timing it for a late summer sunset makes for a particularly special experience. The walk in total takes about an hour, and don’t forget to look back along the way to take in the view from every angle!
KEEP A MORNING OR AFTERNOON FREE TO EXPLORE CENTRAL PARK
It’s pretty big, with many hidden treasures, so make sure you save a good amount of time to really explore and take in what Central Park has to offer!
FIND A HIPSTER ACTIVITY IN WHICH TO PARTICIPATE IN BROOKLYN
I was promised the best Mexican I’ve ever had, and I wasn’t disappointed. We got take out burrito bowls from Calexico on Manhattan Avenue and rocked up at the local outdoor ‘bike-in’ film club to watch E.T. with a stunning view of the Manhattan sunset.
SNEAK ONTO A ROOF TOP AND PLAY PING PONG
Only joking, don’t get arrested kids.