Now that the jetlag has worn off (after a mere 13 hour sleep, ahem..) I am excited to share some photos and recommendations from our six days in New York! A friend of mine moved to Long Island to work for 8 months, so this seemed like the perfect excuse to revisit New York. The first time I visited was in 2002, on a trip with university so I was keen to go back and explore the city to see what's changed.
We decided to spend our first three nights in Brooklyn. After a lot of searching on Air BnB (tip: book early as places get taken very quickly in New York!) we found a wonderful apartment in Greenpoint (here if you're interested in visiting). The owner, Mary Q was super friendly and she had impeccable taste. Her apartment was filled with interesting objects, vintage coffee cups and great books as you can see in the photos.
Scrambled eggs on our first morning.
Mary's place was unusual for New York as she had her own private patio outside! We climbed out of the window and ate pancakes and maple syrup under the trees.
Tom and my friend Laura strike a pose at Mary Q's...
Just on the corner was a great coffee shop called Eagle Trading Co. The list of veggie sandwiches was amaaazing...
It just so happened that Mary's place was just a few blocks from Hannah from Girls' apartment, so we thought it'd be rude not to get a photo on the stoop...
We also made a trip to Grumpy's, where Ray works in the show... it was a bit further out, and yes the staff did actually live up to the name, ha.
On Saturday there was a food & records fair held by Brooklyn Flea, next to the East River. There were some amazing food stalls, and I had probably the best veggie hotdog of my life from the stall below! YUM.
We were then intending on grabbing a beer from the Brooklyn Brewery, but due to the massive line outside we headed into Brooklyn Bowl next door which was also fun!
After that we went for a drink in the lovely beer garden at the Spuyten Duyvil bar, before heading to somewhere Tom picked out... Barcade! Even if you're not a massive fan of arcade games, you'll definitely enjoy this place. We discovered playing Ms Pacman, Frogger and other old games whilst tipsy was really rather fun! Although getting the subway back to Greenpoint proved rather confusing afterwards. Plan your routes before drinking, people!
Overall, staying in Brooklyn was great. When we first got off the subway in Williamsburg I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of people lining the streets in many hipster guises, but once you get away from the crowded areas there's lots of brilliant bars and great views of the city across the river, so I'd love to spend more time there. Part 2 of our trip, exploring Manhattan, coming soon!