New York Diaries; Day Two

New York Diaries

Day Two.

It was now Saturday in New York City and we woke up extremely tired from the day before. This was to be expected with the amount we fit into one day! We thought it would be best to keep this morning nice and simple, to head to the bottom of Manhattan and see what Wall St. had to offer us.

As usual we caught the subway into Manhattan and down to Wall st.

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 Now, as far as what Wall st. had to offer i would say it was very minimal. The buildings are beautiful, they are very grand and the architecture itself is amazing but i wouldn’t say its somewhere i would recommend when visiting NYC. Had you still been able to get into the galleries and see exchanges i can imagine it has a whole different feel but as for my experience it wasn’t that great. We carried on around the area and gradually made our way to the 9/11 memorial site.

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Perhaps the most emotional i was all trip was being here. It really does tug on your heart strings. Such a beautiful memorial for such a devastating attack, i was overcome with so many emotions when looking at all the names engraved onto the marbled square. I think this is because i remember how i felt when i heard the news of the attack, it’s the first time naive little ten year old Danielle realised their truly is evil in the world and not everything is in our control. We stayed her for a little while before deciding it was time to make our way back into central Manhattan and catch a glimpse of our friend in the Dance Parade.

This turned out to be quite the polar opposite experience of what we had just had.
The Dance Parade was so uplifting, the parade was filled with different styles of dance from people of all ages! It was really good fun to witness and just look at these incredible costumes!

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After we managed to see our friend Emily go by in the Dance Parade we thought it would be best to head for some lunch before we ran out of time to eat! We walked a little further down the street we were on and arrived at 230 this is New Yorks largest outdoor rooftop garden and they do an all you can eat buffet brunch which of course we were going to have to try. Sipping gin and tonic on a rooftop with a huge plate of waffles and syrup i was content with my ‘lunch’ even if we were now starting to notice the severe lack of vegetables this place had to offer. I would recommend this to any of you wanting a rooftop bar but the brunch wasn’t really good for myself as the lack of vegetables and the overwhelming supply of bacon made it a little hard for me to eat anything.

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(Our view just to get into perspective how high you are)

Now, it was the perfect time for us to go and change for what we had been excited about all day. THE STAND UP COMEDY NIGHT. Remember the tickets i told you about in my post here? Well we were going to that show to see if we had been scammed or not after all.

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In our first NYC Uber, dressed and ready to watch the show we head into a super rainy and traffic heavy Manhattan. Arriving ten minutes AFTER the show started we decided it would be best to book into the later show after all, however the guy on the door reassured us we had missed nothing and said if we didn’t mind sitting apart we could go in NOW! Excellent, we’re both the kind of people who don’t mind being split up in shows as we’re not there to talk anyway so head on in. As you could predict the last two seats weren’t the ones casually in the corner – OH NO, they were the ones that required a particular amount of ‘sorry- excuse me- sorry’ just to get your but on that seat. In my case however i literally got the last seat in the audience. SMACK BANG FRONT AND CENTRE OF THE WHOLE SHOW. I was petrified, have you ever been to a stand up comedy show?

You’re basically saying pick on me please, sitting at the front. As expected as soon as i arrived i was acknowledged by the comedian who told me ‘Giiiiiirl, thats a sexy little outfit, damn. You looking for a man tonight?’ ‘Oooh no’ i replied before she made a joke of ‘how i could send them all her way then!’ These three steps to my chair suddenly started to feel like a catwalk, taking forever! She even had time to ask me ‘Do you know there people you’re sat with now?’ ‘Absolutely not’ i laughed. ‘That’s my kind of girl!’ She laughed and carried on with the show.

As the show continued i was in love. The atmosphere, the jokes the people , particularly getting to watch Judah Friedlander was an amazing experience. Gradually the show was coming to an end and after enduring one more final attack on myself as a audience member from another comedian which went like this:
HIM: looks around audience ‘How old are you?’
ME: oh me? Im 23!
HIM: ’23? Well you look 12′
I nodded, i genuinely do. Everyone laughed and he ended the show.

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Im so glad we trusted our instincts and bought these tickets even if the promised Amy Poehler of course didn’t turn up. We laughed and we had fun. It was a brilliant show and for $20 i will most definitely go back if i am lucky enough to go to NYC again.

As with it being night now it felt only right that we used our trusty phones to find a cocktail bar and go for a drink, we eventually found a little place called Dakota Bar. 

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(This was called the SAUVIGNON SIPPER which consisted of Sauvignon Blanc, Stoli Oranj vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur, grapefruit and lemon juice ) It was delicious. Now very merry and having Emily come meet us we decided it would only be right to head to the Stardust Diner and witness the spectacle there,

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Now, i feel i should mention the diner itself is exactly what you expect when you hear the word Diner, but they have singing waiters and waitresses and not like standard people who can hold a tune. These people are AMAZING, they have wonderful voices and had it not been after midnight i bet they would have been more than happy to have been jumping around and performing their hearts out like i have head may people say they saw them do. So just a little heads up, don’t go here at night, make sure you go in the day and witness them at their full potential!

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(Here we are in a suddenly very rainy NYC loving life)

Danielle Jade

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New York Diaries; Day One-Part Two

New York Diaries

Day one; Part Two

Following on from my previous post here.

We left Radio City and head just down the street to Rockefeller Centre! For those of you who are wondering what this is, The Rockefeller Centre is home to a complex of 19 different commercial buildings from iconic ice skating rinks to the studios of SNL and The Today Show, Fashion, Food and Art exhibitions. It really has earned its place as one of NYC most famous landmarks.

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(The Rockefeller centre, just look at the size of it…Well look at the size of how much i could fit on my iphone screen ha!)

Instantly we were in love, the building is physically beautiful. Both inside and out. We decided now would be the perfect time to grab a bit to eat and so got a ‘slice’ and sat just outside the Rockefeller Centre and looked over the square.

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The centre of the square looked so relaxing and the detail in the architecture here was fascinating)

We had a look around some of the shops in that area including the NBC Studios shop, which had some fabulous merchandise of different shows filmed there. Myself and Naomi are both huge fans of comedy so were loving looking at the different SNL quotes on the shirts.

Heading on the L train we set off back home to get changed for our Dinner that night in Times Sq. Naomi had booked us a meal at the infamous The View restaurant. This restaurant was up on the 48th floor and in line with the top of some of the amazing skyscrapers that NYC has to offer you. Whats so special about this restaurant is how it rotates as you eat! You will go the whole 360degree turn throughout the course of an hour whilst you are there. So no need to worry about feeling sick from the motion, its not a rollercoaster! In fact if it wasn’t for the constant changing view id have forgotten we were moving. We went here at the perfect time, the sun was just setting and we got to see the city switch from day to night. PERFECT.

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Naomi and I at the top of The View rotating and eating- y’know the usual)

Now let me just mention here, this is not a place for travellers on a budget. This meal was most definitely a one off experience, and to be honest the food isn’t anything too special, which was kind of a let down, only to be made up by the amazing view of course. Now i would however recommend for the view maybe go to the mimosa Sunday brunch, as the buffet menu looked incredible for that and it is a lot cheaper at $59.00pp. On a positive side though, i had one of my favourite cocktails whilst in New York here!

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Deciding what to eat-Classic me, spending too long examining the menu)

Finally to finish what was becoming one of the best days of my life we left the restaurant and head to back to the Rockefeller centre to experience the top of the rock. Before going to New York we had the constant battle between going to the Empire State or Top of The Rock, but when asking the majority of people we knew had already visited the city, majority said go to the top of the rock as you will prefer the view with the Empire State building in it. So thats, just what we did, we arrived at about 10:30 and joined the queue up to the top we were placed just in front of a wedding party. The bride looked so beautiful and the whole group ecstatic to be getting that final perfect picture at the Top of the Rock. I’m sure that will be an experience the whole group will never forget.

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(Our view from The Top Of The Rock)

I don’t know if ill be able to explain just how incredible this view is as i truly think its something you need to witness to appreciate the beauty of the city. Its not often i am left speechless but i was overwhelmed by this view. Seeing all of the lights  i was in love with the greatness of New York. The buildings all different in height from the smallest to the tallest all offering such spectacles it really makes you feel capable of anything. Im not entirely sure how long we spent here, but i know i didn’t care to check the time. I was at peace, i was happy and i wasn’t concerned about anything but being in that moment.

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Here i am, content with being a little one in the giant city)

As it got later we were so tired from our fulfilled day we decided it would be best to head back to our accommodation in Brooklyn and call it a night at just gone Midnight.

It was the perfect first day in New York City.
Even if it did feel all a little surreal!

Danielle Jade.

What to do before jetting off?✈️

Hello beautiful people.

I’m sure by now you will all know that tomorrow I’m heading off to NYC. If you don’t know this, how? Ive posted it on literally every social media outlet I put content on 🙈

So I thought why not create a little blog post of my do’s and dont’s when getting ready the day before jetting off.

Now, if you’re anything like me you are a forward planner. I like to know exactly what I’m doing, exactly when I’m doing and have my scheduling down to a tee. That being said, I have worked non stop for the past two weeks straight and have somewhat slacked on the usual preparation. So this all cramming it into one day thing is a new concept to myself.

Take a look at my list of things I believe are essential at making that perfect trip. Tick these off and you’ll have a wonderful time!

1. PASSPORT. Find it. Keep it somewhere safe and visible in your room. Don’t chance going out the night before. Don’t miss your chance of going on holiday because you misplaced this document.

2. PACK PRACTICALLY. Now I am not this person. Usually I like a good 4 outfits per day to choose from, this time however we are sharing all our suitcases and making sure we both pack enough for firstly New York then secondly Guernsey. If you know you’re not going to be wearing those stripper heels. Take them out. You’ll appreciate your slippers more after a day of walking anyway! Also always weigh your case and leave it a little under incase you buy anything over there. No one wants to be paying that awful extra baggage charge.

3.PLAN YOUR ADVENTURES. There is nothing geeky about spending time to create that perfect itinerary for your upcoming trip. This is going to help you make the most of your experience in the long run. Keep realistic and make a note of how much everything costs too.Budget planning in advance is a great idea, it means the whole time you’re on holiday you won’t be scared to skip something in fear of the cost!

4. PRINT OUT ANYTHING YOU FEEL WILL HELP YOUR JOURNEY RUN SMOOTHLY. This includes all copies of flights booked. If you need them Etsa’s&Visas. Travel insurance documents. Maps and your new colour coded itinerary. Anything you think you may need no matter how little will help put your mind at ease, print it and take it.

5. GIVE YOURSELF MORE THAN ENOUGH TIME. Arriving on time to me, means I’m late. So if your flight is a long distance flight at 6 there is no reason why you can’t/shouldn’t get there for 3. Maybe even before! Set off with a clear plan of your journey from your door to the terminal and give yourself realistic intentions. You will take longer to get to places than usual with your heavy suitcase and unsympathetic commuters.

6. GET PREPARED FOR THE JOURNEY. Pack your handbag now. Get your money in there, your glasses, your documents. Grab your earphones, your electronic device, your crosswords whatever it is that’s going to keep you occupied for 8hours and pack that into your bag. Remember to not take anything that will mean you have to awkwardly get touched up after setting off the alarms in security, do yourself a favour, give jewellery a miss. Throw that water bottle out. 100ml or it’s a no go at airports.

7. GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP. Try not to stress about if you will need that cardigan or not. If your suitcase will actually be over the limit. If you’ll make it on time. You’ve already sorted all this. You got this.

Hope this helps some of you holiday go’ers out there.

Incase you were wondering.

I’m very excited!

Where’s your next holiday?!

Find out how YOU can stay in NYC without breaking the bank. Plus a discount code!

Hello everyone thanks for joining me again, today im going to be letting you all know how i managed to land some sweet accommodation whilst visiting NYC late last month.

Now originally i looked up hotels, hostels, you know the usual. I searched from the most prestigious places to the shared bunkbed places, everything was coming up extremely expensive due to the week we had decided to hop across to the states.

I reached out on facebook to ask a few people who live  nearer NYC to help point me in the direction of good accomodation, i mean, if it was going to cost a fortune it may as well be reliable. This is when i was recommended AIRBNB.

Now, i had heard briefly of AIRBNB before but had never thought of it as a contender when looking for safe and reliable accomodation. Its premis is simple, you search for homes in a location you are intending to visit and you will be matched by your search criteria to appropriate rooms within someones house or even someones whole house as they are away on vacation.

As i do with way too many questions in my life i turned to Google ‘AIRBNB NYC’  to further explore this option that was now looking like a contender in my accommodation hunt. The search results pointed me in the direction to download the companys app. After happily obliging i found this service was becoming super easy to understand. 


Here is what the home screen looks like after creating your account. You can type in any location around the world and the app will wither down accommodation to fit your needs perfectly.

So for this trip i was looking at the following requirements. 

 


There is also advance filters you can add to fully personalise your trip however I found a pool was not such a necessity for this trip 🙈You can also browse around the city of your trip using a map view  for more precise location accommodation choices.

As with any major city, it appears the further you branch out the accommodation becomes cheaper. Choosing location is key, especially in NYC. What with it being our first trip we went with somewhere our friends told us was safe and where you could explore if you wanted a day out of the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps. We finally decided upon, Brooklyn in Williamsburg just near Bushwick Avenue.

We found a lovely host, in an apartment that was extremely clean, comfortable and perfect location just a few minutes walk away from 2 different subway routes into Manhattan. Both routes were approximately a 20 minute ride into Times Sq. It was also nice to see the view every morning over the Williamsburg bridge.

One thing i will mention when looking for accommodation is, don’t feel like because you are going to the city you need to stay directly in the city. Had i gone with that mentality i never would have found such a great place for £351 (to be exact) Saving on accommodation meant i had more money to spend on exploring the big apple.

So what are you waiting for, if you’re having your doubts about AirBnb i can safely say my experience was nothing but dream and at just £70.02 per night or if i was to divide it by the two of us staying there £35.01pppn how could i have resisted.

So guys, here’s the exciting part. After booking my trip the App generated my AirBnb code that is going to save you £16 on a trip that you may consider booking in the future, so feel free to use my code and get saving on you’re next adventure: http://www.airbnb.co.uk/c/dallen351

Let me know about your AirBnb experiences and any upcoming trips you’re going on!

• Danielle Jade

It’s FINALLY here!! Have YOU started reading yet?

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Hello beautiful people, It’s finally the day.

The New York Diaries starts NOW!!

First off, i should let you know i have sectioned in out into chapters as it was pretty much a dissertation by the end of it.
What can i say? I wanted to share everything with you all!

Heres what you can expect to read all about throughout our NEW YORK DIARIES journey together…

  • Accommodation in NYC, where i stayed and how i went about finding accommodation for two for under £360 for 5 nights in NYC!
  • Sightseeing, how being a tourist in New York is super easy when you have the right plan and tickets.
  • The food, where to eat and where to avoid in the big city.
  • My personal recommendations, the highlights and lowlights of NYC. From what inspired, and overwhelmed to what let me down within the trip.

First chapter up is how you can stay in NYC for under £360 for 5 NIGHTS!
Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? 

Check out my next post to find out exactly how.

See you over there lovelies

Danielle Jade x