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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Things I Notice About New York

I have learned many little things, on my trips to New York City. People who have never been to New York ask me if it's really like how everyone dreams of. You know what I used to watch Hollywood movies, seeing the big shiny Hollywood sign. When I went to Hollywood for the first time, the Hollywood sign is nothing like the movies. The second time I went to Hollywood, I heard Mary-Kate and Ashley got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. I knew what to expect, as I'd been before. New York is exactly that. It's not exactly how you dream it to be, but it's what you make of it.

Here am going to share things I notice about New York :

No matter how many times you go to New York, there's always something new to see.   

It's a very multicultural City, you could easily forget you are in America. 

You spot random whacky things, when you least expect it. I mean footprints on a drain ?


New York loves public art, expect to see many art sculptures around the City.


It's acceptable to have sign signs saying "YOU'RE A FUCKING LADY" 


Don't even mention the people who hold cardboard signs in Times Square asking for money for weed haha.

Americans love Scottish people - as soon as they hear the Scottish accent they go crazy telling you, they love Scotland. You will get people telling you their distant family were from Scotland. "My Gran was from Scotland" "My Dad's cousin, her sister inlaw was from Scotland"  

The Scottish bars in New York, is nothing like a Scottish bar. They don't even have Irn Bru.  

New Yorkers can be crazy people. It's so unpredictable, what you'll see in the streets of New York. It's very common to see people have argument with themselves, in the streets of New York. I don't know how many times I've over heard people shout to their mate "you're fucking crazy man".

You can also meet overly friendly New Yorkers. I once got stopped by road workers telling me their life story. They told me they love the Scottish accent and they live on Statten Island. I think I got their life story. I was coming back from Governors Island a couple weeks ago and a guy started telling me he works on Governors Island, laying carpets. He asked where I work in New York, mate am from Scotland. Next thing, he wanted a handshake.

When you take a photo of yourself, there's always one American who comes asking if you want them to take your photo. I appreciate you offering, but I feel awkward getting a stranger to take my photo.

New Yorkers love to shout, I hear ya. 

New Yorkers know where the horn is, especially in Times Square. I hear horns in my sleep every time I go to New York.



Cars can keep driving, even though it's green for walkers. The second you arrive in New York, you get into New Yorker mode and run around cars.

There's always people dressed, as characters in Times Square. It's not Disneyland. 

Shop workers say - "the following guest over here". It must be their way they are trained. Shops in the UK, it's kind of like bla not the following guest haha. 

There might be millions of people in New York City, but the woman who works in The Row (Mary-Kate and Ashley's shop) remembers me. 


You really can bump into celebs in New York City. I've seen Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Victoria Beckam. 


Some shops in Times Square are open till 2am.

I always thought Truancy officers were part of the New York movies. It is a thing in New York. I got stopped by a truancy officer, when I was 24. I was buying a McDonald's breakfast, when I turned round the truancy officer showed me his ID asking how old I was. I guess teenagers hang at McDonald's, so he would have thought I was skiving school.   

The NYPD will happily pose for photos 


This is why I love New York City. 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

New York Plans


No matter how many times I've been to New York and think I've seen it all, there's always someone who mentions something I haven't seen. It always gets added onto my next time, New York list. Later this month I'll be heading back to New York City. I don't think I have ever been so ready for New York. Am quite experienced with New York, having been several times. 

When I go to New York, I like to set aims of things I want to do and see. However this time will be different, it's my first group holiday (vacation if you're American). I have never been on a group holiday, except family holidays with my parents. I'll be heading to New York with a few Cousin's, so there's 4 of us going. 

It will be there first time visiting New York City and my 6th time. Am hoping to see a few new things, while they discover the city. I've put together a list of things I'd like to see and do while over in New York. 


My friend just came back from New York and mentioned The Mills Outlet. I had a look at The Mills website and the shops make me excited thinking of the American shopping.


I have read soo many beauty bloggers talk of Glossier Showroom, the past months. As soon as New York was booked I said Glossier Showroom is top of my list. When people ask me what I want to do this time in New York, I say I want to visit Glossier Showroom and they look confused. It's clearly not well known in the UK, yet. 


Mary Lane from New York Cliche wrote a blog post about Governors island. The views looking onto Manhattan look so pretty. As I've seen most touristy things, this can be my tourist thing to do. 

Rooftop Bars

My Cousin turns 21 (the legal age to drink in America), so we've planned to head to a few Rooftop bars.   

I am sure before I get to New York, there will be a million other things added to my list.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

4 Days Itinerary In New York

When you go to New York, you have to plan what you want to see as there's soo much to see and do. I have visited New York 6 times and I still haven't seen it all. New York is forever changing, so I don't think even a New Yorker can say they've seen it all. I get a lot of people messaging me asking for recommendations on what to do in New York. To make it easier am going to share with you, my itinerary of things I done this visit. The things I done isn't for a first time trip to New York, but hopefully it will give you a better idea to what you can fit in. 

I always plan what's near what, to what will work best each day. If you've never been to New York before, it will help to look at Google maps and work out what you want to see and if it's Downtown, Midtown or Uptown. It helped me to write down a list of shops, I wanted to see on the route.  

I have only went to New York on my own, except the second trip to New York my Mum came. This time I headed in a group of 6 people, although am sure I said in a post earlier it was a group of 4. My Auntie and Uncle decided to join us last minute. It was hard, as it was everyone else's first time to New York and my 6th time. My Auntie stated she wanted to do her own thing, so it helped for me to go of on my own and see new things. 

My list of plans : 

The Mills shopping outlet 
Glossier Showroom 
Dumbo Brooklyn 
Governors Island 
Roosevelt Island

Day One


We flew into JFK airport and got a taxi to our hotel in Times Square, Sheraton. After a 7 hour flight, I like to freshen my face. I put my phone on charge, while I washed my face and redone my makeup.

Everyone headed to the Irish bar along the street, so I headed to check out Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is only half an hour walk from Times Square, so I headed to 61st street and turned right along to the tram stop. I then had to get a Metro card, to get the tram. The tram only took a matter of minutes, to get to the Island and the sun was starting to set. I walked around the Island, then I snapped some photos of the view looking onto Manhattan. 


I then got the tram back to Manhattan, and headed for a walk around time Square. 

My favourite thing on the first night in New York, is going to Walgreens on Times Square and looking at the sweets or candy, as Americans call it. I always pick up Swedish fish, a packet of Lays crisps and a drink for the hotel room.


Day Two


We all headed to Ellen's Stardust Diner for breakfast. Then everyone went sightseeing, so I made use of it and headed to The Mills shopping outlet in New Jersey. 


I walked down to 42nd street and headed right, along to the bus authority.  After visiting Woodbury Common shopping outlet, back in January and reading The Mills has over 200 shops I knew it was going to take a day to get around. 


I picked up things at Victoria's Secret,  Michael Kors, Hollister, Bath and body work and a few more places. 

I read online IHOP was across the road from The Mills shopping outlet. I hadn't had an IHOP in 10 years, since I last visited Los Angeles. One of my fears was to sit in a restaurant and stick out from everyone else, sitting on your own. 

I told myself I am in New Jersey, no one knows me here so this is my chance to go for it. I walked into IHOP and the worker said "table for one?" Me "yea". I looked at the menu and picked the New York cheesecake pancakes, all in the name of New York. I ate the pancakes and paid, then headed out. There was no big deal, after panicking about sitting in a restaurant on my own.


I then headed for the Bus back to New York. Once I got back to the bus authority, I walked to the hotel to drop my bags of.  

We then got ready to head out to 230 Fifth rooftop bar.


We left 230 Fifth rooftop bar at half 2 in the morning and started walking back to Times Square. The thing about Times Square, there's always an atmosphere and it's interesting seeing it at different hours. We even stopped in Times Square, for a 3am McDonald's McGriddle.


Make sure you follow the McDonald's Times Square owner Jim on Twitter @McNuday and tell him you found him through me. He told me, his granny was from Glasgow. 

Day Three 


My Cousin Carla headed, with her mum to Woodbury Common shopping outlet. My Auntie and Uncle headed to see Grand Central station. 

One of my favourite things to do in New York, is to walk down Manhattan at least one day each trip. There's so much scenery to take in, while walking. I love waking down the high line and walking back up Broadway going in and out shops. I had to change my route this time, as I wanted to see Glossier Showroom and be there when it first opened

I started my walk really early heading down Broadway. I stopped at NYX at Union Square, for abit shopping. I then headed to Whole Foods for pizza and sat at Union Square to eat the pizza.


I carried on my route down Manhattan, over to Lafayette Street. I turned the corner, onto Lafayette Street and spotted a banner hanging across the side of the building saying Glossier. I could feel the excitement, I waited so long to see Glossier Showroom. 


There was mirrors outside saying "Glossier Showroom" and a worker standing by the door asking if I was here to see Glossier showroom. I was then directed to the lift, up to the penthouse. 

I walked round Glossier Showroom, seeing all the Glossier products. I had to fill out an "x" beside things I wanted to buy and take the form to the till. Safe to say I spent $125 at Glossier Showroom. 

I then headed to across the Brooklyn bridge, to Dumbo. I snapped some photos of the waterfront by the bridge, before heading back over the Brooklyn bridge. 


One of my last aims on this trip, was to visit Governors Island. My favourite New York blogger, is Mary over at New York Cliche. She wrote about Governors Island, so I had to check it out myself. I headed towards Battery Park for the Ferry across to Governors island. I met a few people who said they worked on Governors Island. They were telling me when the Island is shut for the season, they work in Florida. This year is the first year Governors Island was open in October, so I felt a little special being on the Island.


I got the ferry back to Manhattan and started my walk back up Broadway. I did make a quick stop at the Birchbox store. I've never been in a Birchbox store, so it was quite exciting to see a store. 

I got back to Times Square and had dinner at Shake Shack, before dropping my bags of at the hotel and meeting up with everyone else. 


I then headed to the Irish bar on Times Square, where everyone was. We stayed out till 4am, before making our way back to the hotel.    


I walked 16 and a half miles around Manhattan, according to my mobile.

Day Four 


I headed with my Cousin Carla, towards Central Park. We stopped at Tiffany and did a little Tiffany shopping. Then Carla headed back to Times Square. 


I carried on my walk to stop by The Row, on 71st Street. I walked in and it was the same worker who served me last year. The worker said "hi, oh hi. I remember you. You're from Scotland. You stopped at the store, when it first opened and bought sunglasses. Do you wear your sunglasses?" Me "Scotland isn't the weather for sunglasses haha".


I then heading onto the MET museum, to see the rooftop looking over Central Park.



I had a few hours left in New York and still didn't get time to stop at the M&M store. I managed to meet up with Carla in Times Square, before we split up trying to pick up last minute sweets to bring home. 

I waited on Carla at the end of the road, then we headed to pick up our suitcases from the hotel. We all then got a taxi, back to JFK airport. 

Things you'll learn from New York :

There's no such thing as, breakfast, lunch and dinner. You just stop when you have time. The meals in America are big, so you don't need 3 meals anyway.

You don't get a lot of sleep, as you are trying to make the most of being in the New York. 

Most of the streets are up and down and across ways, so it's easy to navigate around the City.

You'll be amazed at what you can fit in a day. 



If you want help with ideas, you're more than welcome to contact me.   

Saturday, 23 September 2017

New York | October 2017


You'd think after visiting New York 5 times, the novelty would have worn off. I still get that little bit of excited, when I book. When you think New York, you think shopping, Times Square, Central Park and Kevin McCallister running alone around New York. I've felt abit like Kevin McCallister myself running around New York City. I've traveled to New York 4 times myself and once with my Mum. It can be fun on your own in New York, tourists ask you where places are. I think you look like a local, when you are on your own. I used to say "sorry am not from here", but now I happily give directions on places.  

My Cousin turns 21 next month, so we are heading to New York to celebrate her birthday. There's 4 of us (Cousins) going. I've never been a group holiday before and it's safe to say, it was stressful booking. Holiday prices go up and down all the time. When you spot a good price and check with the rest of the group, the price shoots up. Then you have to check if everyone is happy with that flight and hotel. 

This morning we finally sorted things out and got booked. I still have that same excitement, as someone going to New York for the very first time. Stay tuned for many more New York posts. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Roosevelt Island

The word Roosevelt, I instantly think I stayed at The Roosevelt hotel in New York and Hollywood, or what they are named after President Roosevelt. I've walked up and down past 60th Street, many times and the word Roosevelt caught my eye. There was a sign for "tram to Roosevelt Island". It stated £2.75 with Metro card. My thoughts were "how do you get a Metro card" ?. I imagined I needed to get a subway, to get a Metro card.

When I wrote up my New York plans and didn't add Roosevelt Island to my list, as you don't hear people talk of Roosevelt Island. I try to see a few new things each trip to New York, so Roosevelt Island was on my mind if I had spare time. 

My first day New York tradition is always wandering around Times Square shops. It's something that has always been nice to see, after getting up at 4am UK time and spending 7 hours on a flight. This time I flew to New York, with a group of 6 people. Once we arrived at the hotel, everyone headed to a bar on Times Square. 3 nights in New York isn't a lot of time, so I managed to make it an excuse to head on my own to Roosevelt Island.

I headed up Fifth Avenue, turning right on 60th Street and followed the road to Queensboro Bridge. There was a huge queue for the tram, so went across to the machine and got a Metro card. My first ever New York Metro card, so I was a little excited haha.

I swiped my Metro card feeling like a proper New Yorker. Then the fun began crossing the water, seeing the ciews from above. It only took a matter of mins to cross the water, to Roosevelt Island. I walked out of the tram feeling like I landed back in the UK. There was roads, but not a car in sight. The only ways I could tell I was in New York was, how HOT it was, the Roosevelt red bus going around and looking over to Manhattan, seeing the skyline.

The one thing I went to Roosevelt Island was for the views of Manhattan.

The Roosevelt Island hospital 

 Queens

Are these Roosevelt Island apartments ?

Look at these Manhattan sunset views. 

Roosevelt Island is worth paying a visit and the $2.75. Half the fun is getting there and seeing the views, up high. 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Governors Island


If you're ever looking for something new to see in New York, head over to New York Cliche. Mary Lane lives in New York and she posts about her everyday life, in New York City. Follow her on twitter, she posts some of her funny happenings in the crazy City, of New York. She's so friendly, so give her a follow on twitter and you can tell her you found her through me haha. I first heard of Governors Island over on New York Cliche. Mary posted a blog post about Governors Island open for the Season. I looked on the Governors Island website and it showed it was open till the end of October. 

I love the atmosphere of Times Square at night, so I've always stayed in the Times Square district. It also means when I go downtown, I try squeeze in as many things as I can. I already planned to see Glossier Showroom and Dumbo, over in Brooklyn. So I planned Governors Island as an extra if I had time to fit it in.

I headed towards Battery Park and looked on Google maps, to see exactly where the Governors Island ferry terminal was. It showed 7 minutes walk and last ferry was leaving in 20 minutes. I thought let's do this. It was closing for the season and I'd never been to Governors Island.

There was only about 10 people on the ferry heading over, so it was like an escape from Manhattan. I didn't know what to expect on Governors Island, except seeing the fun summer photos on New York Cliche.

The first thing I noticed was how welcoming everyone was on the Island. I headed around the lanes. People were going by in golf buggies and waving. The workers were walking by saying hi. How was I still in New York ? Everyone seemed so friendly. I stopped and took photos of the views and the American buildings.  


It was a fun, yet brief visit to Governors Island and it only costs $2 on the ferry. I even met a few workers from the Island, asking to shake my hand haha.