London will always be my home city, the place I come back to and I'm guessing the city I will settle down in, but New York... New York is a city with which I have a recurring love affair. A city that can't quite be described in a sentence and one that I'm extremely excited I'm going to be living in, come the New Year. There's a certain charm to New York that I've not yet come across elsewhere and that I hope I can share with you through some of these images.
The West Village
This is my favourite area of Manhattan, the streets are quaint, lined with trees and low rise walk-ups, as opposed to the skyscrapers New York is famed for. The area is a beautiful place to walk around for the afternoon, or stay if you're visiting. This is my dream neighbourhood and fingers crossed where I'm going to be living come the New Year.
A couple of things to do: visit Citi Pups and play with the puppies, go shopping on Bleecker Street, go for a walk/run along the Hudson River, explore the beautiful streets especially Perry Street (that's my favourite), EAT and check out the speakeasy above Five Guys.
Food that can't be missed: Jack's Wife Freda, Tacombi, The Meatball Shop, Bluestone Lane Collective, Buvette, Cafe Cluny, The Spotted Pig, Red Farm.
Meatpacking District + The High Line
The Meatpacking District can be found just north of the West Village and it's home to all manner of bars, clubs, restaurants and designer shops. The streets are predominantly cobbled and it's a really fun neighbourhood to visit or stay in. It gains it's name from it being the location of over 250 slaughter houses and packing plants in the 20th century, of which only a few remain.
The neighbourhood is also home to the beginning of the High Line, which is a converted overground railway line that runs down the West side of part of the city. It stretches from Meatpacking all the way up through to Chelsea. It's now been converted into a 1 mile long public park with seating as well as sun loungers built in.
To do: Have a little explore of the shops in the area, check out Ganesvoort Food Market, Chelsea Market, walk the High Line, the new Whitney Museum is also worth checking out, it has a great view of the city from the balconies.
This is without a doubt my favourite building in the city. Standing in front of it is really amazing. It's such an iconic building in the city and one I think everyone should go and see.
East Village + LES
As the name gives away the East Village and Lower East Side are located on the eastern side of Lower Manhattan. The East Village is definitely the quirkier of the two villages in the city. If I compared it to anywhere in London it would be Shoreditch. The village has the most gorgeous low rise walk-ups, delicious food spots and arty places to hang out and it's definitely somewhere you need to check out.
Food spots: Blackseed, Mud Spot, The Smith, Momofuku Noodle + Ssam bar and Milk Bar are a couple of my favourites.
The Lower East Side is located just below East Houston Street, it used to be one of the most run down areas of Manhattan but is now one of the most stylish neighbourhoods in the city. It also used to be one of the biggest Jewish neighbourhoods in the city, there's still remnants of this in the form of Katz's Deli (try their pastrami sandwich) and Russ & Daughters. There's also a great selection of bars and nightclubs in the area, Happy Ending being a great one to check out.
Food spots: Russ & Daughters, Katz's, El Rey, Freemans, Dirty French.
If you want a feel for the skyscrapers side of New York then you either need to head to Midtown or the Financial District. My preference would be the latter. The Financial District is right at the bottom of New York, it's everything you would expect from one of the centres of the world's economy. Huge glass buildings, business men in suits and of course, very tight security. It's fun to just go and wander around the area, find Wall Street and get a sense of the atmosphere down there. You'll also find Ground Zero, which is one of the most beautiful memorials I think I've ever seen. Everyone should go and visit it when visiting the city, it's really special.
Soho + NoLita
After the West Village this is my favourite area in the city. I stayed in Soho for a week whilst I was there and I absolutely loved it. There's every shop you can imagine and the buildings are stunning. My favourite being Greene Street and the pale blue buildings along there. NoLita is also gorgeous, there's so many amazing boutique stores mixed in with some more familiar labels. These two areas are also a hub of some of the best food in the city, so for any fellow foodies out there - you'll be in heaven.
Food you should eat: Jack's Wife Freda (the original), Two Hands, The Butcher's Daughter, Balthazar, The Dutch, Seamore's, Navy, The Mercer Kitchen, Tacombi.
Let me know your favourite areas, secret hideaways, restaurants and shops in the city so I can check them out when I move!