By Laura Hayden
It took me a while to find “Love”.
For some reason I refused to look up the address on the internet and kept trying to find it (getting lost many times in the process). Walking home from a day out in Central Park (it was one of my last days in New York, and I’d lost all hope of finding it), there it was.
I’ve been wanting to go back to New York ever since I got back a couple of weeks ago- with lots of lovely memories, from a lovely visit. Here are some of my favourites.
1. One of my evenings in New York was spent in Korea Town (curing my Korean Barbecue craving), followed by a visit to the Empire State Building. I don’t think I will ever forget the breathtaking view of Manhattan from the top of the building at 00:00 on my birthday.
2. The next day in the city involved a birthday dinner at an Italian restaurant called La Bottega (Maritime Hotel), birthday drinks at Electric Room, and lots of birthday dancing at Le Baron.
3. Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations at the MET was a must on my NY to-do list. I really enjoyed the display of beautiful dresses, outfits, & brilliant visuals.
4. The High Line became one of my favourite spots in the city. The park, built on an old railroad, goes all the way from Chelsea to West Side Yard. I recommend a trip to the Lobster Place in Chelsea Food Market for fresh made sushi to take away and a picnic in the High Line.
5. After lunch at the High Line, I popped over to the Gagosian Gallery to check out Richard Avedon’s amazing Murals & Portraits (from May 4th to July 27).
6. Does this pub ring a bell? McGee’s is the bar where Craig Thomas & Carter Bays used to go when they were writing the first episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” (they lived in the apartment on top of the pub). The pub inspired “MacLaren’s”, the fictional pub in the tv show.
7. It took me a lot more than a couple of hours to explore Central Park properly. Getting lost around the park on a rented bicycle is my idea of being a good tourist.
8. A walk along Pier 62 (between West 23rd & West 22nd st) is the first place I was taken to as I arrived to New York. I sat down, sipped my coffee & admired the beautiful views of the Hudson River, skatepark & carousel.
9. My sweet tooth: I developed a small obsession with Pinkberry’s for frozen yogourt (with strawberries, granola & white chocolate). The only thing that can compete with that is a Banana Cupcake from Billie’s Bakery.
10. Ed Sheeran played at the Bowery Ballroom on my last night in New York. It was lovely to see him live again.