NYC DIARIES #2: WHAT TO SEE
We admit it, we’re still suffering from major holiday blues, and scrolling further back on our Insta feed than we’d like to admit to get a taste of the Big Apple. Our time spent in New York, shooting our awesome Autumn/Winter campaign, was the perfect trip for fashionistas and foodies (aka the Primark squad). So, in an effort to shake off those FOMO feels, we’re dipping our toes back into the Hudson River with the final instalment of our NYC Diaries. We told you where to feast right here, up next? Sightseeing. Here’s a few of our fave places to visit between the three most important pit stops of the day (meal times duh). So grab the map and get exploring!
A day of sightseeing means an early start (ahem, peruse our concealer range here…). Though the early wakeup call brings shivers to the spine, there is so much to see, so quit moaning and accept the bed hair – a day of exploring awaits! With a coffee in hand and a bagel to-go, prepare to fall in love with the city that never sleeps.
First up, head to the Brooklyn Bridge for sunrise (around 7am in the winter season). Suspended above the East River and connecting Manhatten to Brooklyn (both boroughs you’ll be exploring), the bridge is iconic to the New York skyline. For the dreamiest sunrise setting and a killer outfit snap, wrap up warm and walk on over!
Central Park is obvious but necessary to the NY experience. There’s a huge number of hotspots in the infamous park and so much to see – it is 2.5 miles long after all! Head to the spots of your fave movie scenes, from Home Alone 2 to singing with Buddy the Elf. Should you fancy a run to burn off that 3-day doughnut binge, this is the place. Saunter the pathways, recline with a magazine, and absorb the buzz of free concerts and theatre productions hosted here. Feeling peckish? The Boat House is the perfect lakeside restaurant, serving up delicious food with fabulous views - you will stay here longer than intended! Leave the hustle and bustle of city streets behind and head for trees!
Up next, catch a southward train and head for Grand Central Terminal. The marbled floors and celestial ceilings are a real feast for the eyes (not all NY treats are edible after all). Whether or not your intention is to travel, it’s a necessary stop if only for the building’s architecture. Make sure to research the ‘Whispering Gallery’, a secret surprise for travelling lovers (we’re romantics at heart!) Follow on to the Empire State Building and New York Public Library to tick off a few more cultural hotspots located nearby!
Where to head next? The Statue of Liberty, MET Gala and Ground Zero Memorial deserve your time, so schedule this in for a humble reminder of New York’s history.
But how should an evening be spent in NYC? If your taste in musicals travels with you, then a trip to the Broadway stages is essential. 13 million individuals head to New York’s theatres per year, to escape to a world of jazz hands, harmony and harrowing scripts. Once you’ve returned to your seats from the standing ovation, plan the route to Times Square for a tourist encounter that’s just as dramatic. This lively square in Midtown Manhatten is sure to grab your attention. What’s a trip to NYC without seeing your selfie on the billboard?!
And with that we’re ready for a long night’s sleep! With tired feet, a filled camera roll and our taste for culture satisfied, it’s a trip we won’t forget. Since we’d struggle to fill you in on all the essential locations, we suppose another visit is in order… Passports at the ready Primark gang - please take us in your suitcase!