Everyone had recommended the Meatpacking District and walking the Highline. So we hopped over to Chelsea for breakfast at Bubby’s (A Nick and Caila recommendation). I was presented with the biggest plate of pancakes I’ve ever seen in my life. Ben went for eggs with a side of pancakes and we were both completely full afterwards. It was blue skies and sunshine, and we both fell in love with the area of The Meatpacking District.
Knowing Restoration Hardware was in the area, I made a beeline for it with Ben trailing behind me asking what it was. He understood as soon as we walked through those glorious Crittal doors. Into the huge atrium, with interior heaven either side of us. Doing a loop, we checked out the interiors before heading right up to the top floor for the rooftop restaurant. Still completely full from breakfast, we settled on enjoying the view from the rooftop rather than ordering anything. I would love to go back and spend a warm and sunny spring afternoon on the rooftop with a glass of rosé and that gorgeous view though.
Knowing we couldn’t very well come all the way to this area without walking the Highline, we climbed up between the buildings starting the long walk from the very end of it to the other side. being in such a cold winter month, there wasn’t a lot of interesting planting about, but the grasses were beautiful. The birds sang loudly and we paused at each art installation to take a look, before continuing on.
The calm grasses swaying gently against the breeze, juxtaposed the great glass skyscrapers they were sandwiched between. A calm platform, high above the rush of the city below (hence the Highline). The water sticks to your left, while the layers of buildings reach out as far as the eye can see on the right.
The Highline spits you out into a hub of new buildings and exceptional architecture. Including brand new The Vessel, which you can walk up or get the lift directly to the top. It’s a beautiful piece of art that’s free to visit if you book in advance. Otherwise you can pay 10 dollars and walk straight in. At this point, the cold was really getting to us. So we dove into the local shopping centre to warm up and figure out where to head next.
We resolved to jump on the subway and head to DUMBO to see the famous Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Of course, we couldn’t visit without getting the classic ‘gram shot at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. Trains rumbled above us as we looked out over the picturesque blue sky framed city of New York and walked towards the Brooklyn Bridge.
This area of the city, really is magical. Within central Manhattan, you can only see a few blocks in front of you and it can get fairly claustrophobic. It’s almost more impressive viewing the city from afar and seeing the buildings sandwiched between sea and sky.
With my feet deciding they were done in the shoes I was wearing, we jumped in a taxi over the Brooklyn Bridge and back to our hotel. Not wanting to miss anything though, we pulled on our trainers and headed right back out again. With a hot drink in hand, we walked all the way up 5th Avenue to Central Park and explored the park and Boathouse. We left the park as the sun set and headed back to the hotel via the Upper East Side, past phenomenal houses and gorgeous designer stores.
A quick snack from Whole Foods suited us perfectly for supper, before we passed out. Exhausted from the days walking, but ready to do it all again the next day!