In New York I started a new adventure and accomplished a goal I had set for myself years ago: My first trip as a solo traveller.
When you arrive at JFK the easiest way to get to the city centre is by taxi. It is hard not to find a taxi in New York. Just put your hands in the air and within 5 minutes you are on your way. The public transport from the airport takes long and is not very convenient. Once you are in NYC you can easily go by metro.
As it was my first solo trip I had to endulge myself to a 5th avenue apartment to stay for the weekend right in the middle of Shopping paradise.
The best thing about having a jetleg is waking up before everyone else to avoid the massive crowds in the city that never sleeps. My first stop on the metroline was Wall street, the historical part of NYC where I got lost multiple times to finally stumble upon the famous bull and the Netherlands monument.
Half the fun of travelling is getting lost and explore new places. On Wall street I found Irish pubs and Swedish Fika coffee bars, a little europe on the other side of the ocean.
Take a free ferry from the terminal on Wall street to Staten Island to get a perfect view on the statue of liberty.
On my second day I decided to explore Soho, West Village and the Meat packing district. The typical New York homes you can find in West Village, try to find SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw’s home on 66 Perry street.
After a shopping spree in Soho I went to visit my favourite New York area: The Meatpacking district where you can find lovely foodcourts in Chelsea market and a beergarten hidden under the high line. Perfect for solo travellers.
On my last day I had the visit the last NYC highlights. I started at the Empire state building, followed by Times Square and finished in Central park. On top of the Rockefeller Center you can see the whole city. This was the longest city walk I took so far but worth every step of it.
After visiting Grand Central station my NYC trip came to an end. As I said goodbye to the city, a yellow taxi came to pick me up and dropped me off at the airport right on time to catch my plane from New Amsterdam to old Amsterdam.