By Caroline Towers

Continuing from my Frist Timer in New York part 1 today I am sharing part 2! The final part of my travel diary from my first ever trip to New York City.

You can read part 1 here.

Heading to Brooklyn

After it had been raining all day on Monday, the next day it the weather was back to blue skies and sunshine. We used our Google map to get us to the Subway and on to Brooklyn. We arrived in Brooklyn about 11.30 and walked towards Grimaldi’s – Our main aim as we’d heard lots of recommendations about it being the best pizza! It’s an easy walk from the Subway and we saw a great view of both Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. Grimaldi’s is just underneath the latter, we’d heard the queues can get big but as we arrived early we got a seat straight away. It’s the traditional New York style large pizzas and we loved them!

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Afterwards, we went down the street to the waterfront for some photos, you get a great view of the financial district across the Hudson.

I had read of an even better view though, so we went to The One Brooklyn hotel and up to the rooftop bar. Here the view was amazing, we also stopped for a cocktail but they seemed happy enough for you to have a look without buying.

Next, it was time to set off across the bridge. It was nice to walk from Brooklyn back to Manhattan but it was busy especially the closer you got to Manhattan. This meant it’s hard to snap a photo without someone in the background!

First Time in New York

We considered a few options once we got over the bridge and into City Hall Park. We thought about walking to Wall Street or you could go to the 9/11 memorial from here. Instead, we decided to walk back towards the Lower East Side.

We walked through China Town and Little Italy before stopping at the Little Cupcake Shop, which as you would expect offers great cupcakes. Near here is St Patricks Basilica which is another popular place to visit.

In the area, we noticed there was a few afternoon happy hours and so we took advantage of this and went for a glass of wine in Epistrophy. As it was soon going to be sunset we went back to Public and to the rooftop bar there for some more wine and some amazing shots of NYC!

For the evening we decided to stay in the LES area and went for some pasta at Spaghetti Incident, followed by a few drinks at some of the local bars, including The Late Late Bar.

The Last Day in New York

The next day was our final full day in New York, for breakfast we went to the Butchers Daughter, an Insta-friendly vegetarian cafe.

First Time in New York

We looked at the map and decided to explore an area we’d not yet been Greenwich Village. This was a really nice area full of New York Brownstones including Carrie’s steps from Sex in The City!

First Time in New York

We were having a bit of a TV moment so decided to also have a look at the Friends building (in between we stopped for tacos at La Toria).

First Time in New York

Once we got the photos we spent time just wandering with nothing specific in mind, taking in our last day of New York City. We stumbled across Jacks Wife Frieda which was another cafe on the list to try so we had some cake!

First Time in New York

For our final night, we decided to get dressed up and go back to the rooftop bar in Public. The outside area wasn’t open but the inside bar was so we had some wine, you could sill the views through the window. We then stopped off at Louie’s bar also in our hotel.

For food, we wanted to try something different so headed to the highly recommended Ivan Ramen. Afterwards, we went to Garfunkels the Speakeasy at The Burgary where we had been previously. It’s a secret bar!

On Thursday morning we had our last New York bagels in our hotel before getting an Uber to Penn Station to catch the train to Boston!

It was an incredible 7 days in New York City. I absolutely loved it and will definitely be making plans to go back soon!


Caroline Towers is a blogger, blogging educator & multi-passionate business owner.  She is the founder of The Content Edit.  In her spare time she loves to travel, go to the movies, watch sport & drink prosecco!