Best of East Coast – New York City.

Wren and I digging Brooklyn.

Ahhhh, New York. Big, bustling, unforgiving. Alive. The last time I was in New York I was somewhat more footloose and fancy-free and I remember a lot of margeritas being consumed. This time was a little (okay, a lot) different. I had to find a new way to love New York. And, of course, New York served up the goods. The highlights of our visit were unexpected. Brooklyn, meandering the High Line, the understated Chelsea food market. We noticed the small things – a two buck carousel ride overlooking the water and Brooklyn bridge, the thick duvet of Autumn leaves in Central Park, a tiny pub in Brooklyn Heights happy to serve us an early dinner.

My recommendations: To do: The High Line – Elevated subway walk. Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Brooklyn (we only managed DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights but there is a whole lot more). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. And, if Wren could give a tips they would be –  The big piano at FAO Schwarz  and the carousel ride in DUMBO.  To eat: We loved Westville restaurant in Chelsea (incredible sides menu and loads of fresh market vege), Chelsea Market (Amy’s Bread and Posman Books were favourites), Hot Dogs in Central Park, Laduree Macarons. To write: Hands-down the best place to write in New York is in a reading room at New York Public Library. Utterly in love with this place. I bought far too many souvenirs, like some kind of weird public library groupie.

We’ll be back New York of Many Faces, and the next time will be different again…

The Met. Matt is playing Where's Wally / Waldo.

Organic Hot Dog, Central Park. Lots of mustard.

Birdhouses on the High Line.

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