A MINIMOON TO DO LIST IN NEW YORK CITY
Unfortunately, our honeymoon to Thailand was cancelled in the weeks leading up to our wedding and both Dr C and I wanted some time away following our nuptials so we decided to book a minimoon. We wanted to extend the excitement of the wedding and thought there could be no better place than a few days in the big apple, where we could relive all our favourite movie scenes and prolong some of that ‘just-married’ feeling! The few days we intended to spend on our minimoon, soon became a week long jaunt filled with a jam packed itinerary, which saw us zipping around the concrete jungle where dreams are made of!
Here are my minimoon top picks and tips for spending some quality time with the man or woman of your dreams in New York city! I just have to apologise for the lack of relevant photos, I can only say that Dr C and I were just photo’d out after the wedding! Just to add, there’s no soppy honeymoon behaviour either!!
1. A Limousine Transfer to and from the Airport.
We let our hotel, The Redbury know prior to our stay that we were in NYC for our minimoon and transfers to and from the airport were taken care of courtesy of their limousine service.
The Redbury 29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
2. Room Upgrades and those little Extras
Informing the hotel of our minimoon stay was made even more special when we were greeted by the manager himself and upgraded to a beautiful suite with beautiful city views but additionally we were able to toast our stay with complimentary drinks in the hotel’s snazzy bar venue.
The Redbury 29
E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
3. Helicopter Ride over NYC
There is no better way to see the Big Apple than by a helicopter ride. You get the most romantic aerial view of the city as you soar over the Hudson and Lady Liberty’s face! The best views over Central Park and the surrounding area is a memory that will never leave my head. You can read about my helicopter ride in New York with Liberty Helicopters on my post about helicopter rides around the world.
Downtown Manhattan Heliport 6 East River Piers NY, NY 10004
4. A Night on Broadway
Being the theatre junkie that I am, we decided that our trip to New York could not be complete without seeing a show on Broadway. We watched the truly magical Phantom of the Opera, which was just mesmerising. You can read more about my Theatre experience here
The Majestic Theatre 247 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
5. A Stroll through Central Park
Central park is one of the most beautiful open spaces to stroll through during the autumn time. Admire the views, hire a rowing boat to take out on the lakes, walk along the bow bridge and take a picnic. It’s really fantastic to have some time away from the skyscrapers and be amongst the greenery.
Manhattan Island New York, NY
6. The Statue of Liberty and THAT scene from Hitch
A trip to New York cannot be complete without taking the ferry over to Ellis island and experiencing the colossal statue of Liberty in person. Between 1886 and 1924, 14 million immigrants entered the US via New York. The statue of Liberty was a sign that they were arriving in a land of dreams. Dr C and I walked around the immigration museum at Liberty island and relived the scene from Hitch where Hitch (Will Smith) shows Sara (Eva Mendes) the immigration records of her family, tracing back her roots. I guess I’m just an old romantic at heart!!
Ellis Island. New York. NY
7. Treat the man or lady in your life to a timeless Tiffany’s piece
Ever since the day I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn stand outside the Tiffany’s flagship store after alighting her cab, on 5th Avenue, it was an iconic memory etched in my mind for a visit someday. To quote Holly Golightly (‘ we’re just crazy about Tiffanys’). It is every bit as glam as you think with each of the five floors specialising in different pieces and the fourth floor even features a café. Tiffany & Co opened its doors on 21 October 1940 and as Dr C actually sourced a diamond and had it set in a Tiffany setting, it was only apt to visit on our minimoon right?!
727 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
8. Cary Bradshaw’s Apartment
Probably the most important Apartment in the super trendy West Village, is that of Cary Bradshaw from the TV series SATC! You can’t go inside but you can most certainly reminisce about all those scenes you see Cary ascending up the stairs in her killer heels to the front door of her apartment!
64 Perry St, New York, NY 10014
9. Cupcake Heaven at The Magnolia Bakery
Just around the corner from Cary Bradshaw’s Apartment is the actual Magnolia bakery where the girls sat on many an occasion contemplating their love lives over cakes! Although there are two more outlets, the one of Bleecker Street, Upper West Side (West Village) is where you want to be! I can vouch the cupcakes are delicious. In fact, I never really got around to eating any wedding cake at my own wedding so this was a welcome sweet treat after a hard days sightseeing.
401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
10. Take in the city views at the top of the Empire State Building
So we made it this far. So it was worth getting the elevator up to the Empire State building and soaking up those views of the Manhattan skyline and Central park, with the Hudson making an occasional appearance! Try and beat the queues by arriving as early as possible and also it’s a lot quieter at the top if you’re planning on some cool photo opportunities. If you want to bag a romantic sunset scene then this is the place!
350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10111
11. The Iconic Brooklyn Bridge
The bridge that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan is inevitably going to be on your ‘must-see list’ and even if you don’t walk along it, you will get some pretty fantastic views of it. I would definitely make the ‘windy’ walk across it and have a meander in the very hip and cool streets of Brooklyn and dining in one of the many options available here. The bridge is also a well-known proposal spot! Stick to the pedestrian walkway and when you get to the Brooklyn side, you’ll be treated to an enviable view of the Manhattan skyline.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038
12. Times Square
I have to say there’s nothing really romantic about Times Square but it does pose some great photo opportunities and at the end of the day it’s an iconic part of NYC! It’s every bit as noisy, busy and frantic as you see it in the movies but it’s really close to Broadway so a little swing by is no big deal!
Manhattan, NY 10036
13. Grand Central Station
Quite possibly the most famous train station in movies, it’s worth paying this mammoth but well organised station a visit. Not only is this a commuter hub with lines accessing all over the states and Canada, it is also quite the cultural and dining hub, with many bars and restaurants to grab a tipple and nosh! Apparently each day 10,000 people come into Grand Central Terminal to have lunch without catching a train!
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
14. Brunch at Pershing Square
Just over the road from Grand Central Terminal is this bustling American Bistro. It’s jam packed day and night and not just for its location. If it’s traditional American fodder you desire, you’re sure to find it at Pershing Square.
90, 5409, E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
15. Shop till you drop
Aside from the many vintage boutiques we visited in the hip parts of NYC, which you will read about in many guides, there were two department stores that just needed to be visited, Macy’s and Bloomingdales. Well I guess, if you can’t shop a few items to take back from your honeymoon, then when can you, right ladies?!
Macy’s 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
Bloomingdales 59th Street and Lexington Avenue 1000 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
16. Rooftop Bars
In between all the sights and sounds, Dr C and I treated ourselves to plenty of cocktails and after dark drinks at the many roof-top bars, NYC and particularly Manhattan Island has to offer. The rooftop scene is vast in NYC and it’s very overwhelming but we went by recommendation of The Redbury. There is a bar at The Top of The Standard, which is also referred to as The Boom Boom Room at The Standard Hotel. It’s a popular place for New Yorkers to hang out but its not cheap, an Espresso martini will cost you back over $20 (they do taste great!) but the views are legendary and that’s what you’re paying for and here to see! A great place to toast to a NYC minimoon.
848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
17. Top of The Rock at The Rockefeller Centre
This is where you get your panoramic 360 degrees views of New York City. It’s all so romantic and this is where the best view of the Empire State building is from. Again, its advisable to get here at the crack of dawn as queues can build up during late morning-mid-afternoon but it’s great for a sunset view.
45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
18. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum
This is one of the most emotional sites I have visited to date, more so because the horrific and tragic events where hundreds of innocent people lost their lives. The spot where the Twin Towers once stood has tear jerking memorial below, which is the National September 11 Museum. Visiting the museum is touching, heart breaking, shocking and will send shivers down your spine. It is an unbelievable tribute to the men, women and children and the heroism of the servicemen and women of the United States of America. It will truly reinforce that Courage is red, white and blue.
180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007
19. The Beatles Inspired Imagine Mosaic & Strawberry Fields
Being a bit of a Beatles fan it was only apt to take a peek at strawberry Fields. The 2.5 acre garden located next to 71st and 74th streets, a tribute to Beatles’ late singer, songwriter, John Lennon. In fact his wife Yoko Ono has an apartment, which faces Strawberry fields, which will be pointed out to you by anyone of the Beatles Fans you’re sure to bump into here! You’ll see the crowds gathering around the Imagine Mosaic, which is beautifully decorated by fans everyday with fresh flowers.
W 72nd St, New York, NY 10019
20. New York Cabs
Hail down a cab in the city that never sleeps! Day or night! These cabbies know NYC like the back of their hands and will entertain you with their local knowledge. A lot pricier than I ever thought but if it’s the experience you crave then you’ll see them everywhere, however with the gridlocked traffic in Manhattan city, you’ll be better off on the Metro or walking!
And that’s a minimoon wrap in NYC! It’s most definitely busy and not the typical post wedding relaxation break most would plan but you have the option of taking at your pace and living out scenes from your favourite movies!! Let me know your experiences and thoughts in NYC and if you’ve considered it a post-wedding wedding break.
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