So, the plan for the day was to explore Chelsea and West Village - areas that I already fell in love with on my previous trip to New York. As our hotel was pretty close to these places, we just walked all day instead of taking the subway. In my opinion, walking in NYC is a good idea as that way you get to see how different two parts of the city right next to each other can be, and obviously get a significantly better picture of where you actually are on the map. So, after breakfast, we walked along 5th Avenue down to Flatiron Building, which is one of my favourite buildings in New York.
|Madison Square Park.|
|My mum and I in front of Flatiron Building.|
Anyway, on to our first actual sight, the Chelsea Hotel. For those unfamiliar with it, it used to be where many famous people lived as long-term residents back in the 1960s and 1970s. People like Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, for example, were among these residents, and of course Nancy Spungen, Sid Vicious's girlfriend, was found stabbed to death here in 1978. Usually, you can go and see the lobby, which is filled with crazy art, but at the moment, the hotel is closed for renovations and so unfortunately we couldn't go in this time.
|There are various signs like this on both sides of the main entrance to the hotel.|
|222 West 23rd Street. And my mum's trying to get in...:D|
By this point, I felt like dying (I don't do well with heat, I have to say), and so we stopped for ice cream. Usually I wouldn't post this picture, but now I just have to. I mean, LOOK AT ME! I look dreadful, I'm all red and look like I'm suffering very badly, which I was! Try and avoid having to go outside in NYC on days like this! It felt like breathing a fireplace into your lungs!
And on we went. Our next destination was Carrie's house from Sex & The City and we needed another stop before we made it there. Chelsea and West Village are amazing places filled with coffee shops, restaurants and nice little bars so you definitely want to stop every once in a while to have a little something somewhere. These areas, especially Chelsea, it seems, are also the gay areas of NYC so you'll see lots of rainbow flags all over the place, and gay coffee shops, bars and clubs. The atmosphere is definitely very nice!
|Frozen strawberry margaritas at a diner in West Village. Very frozen indeed :D!|
|One World Trade Center.|
|Tiles for America, a memorial for the victims of 9/11.|
Carrie's house can be found at 66 Perry Street while another famous building, the house from Friends, is in the corner of Grove and Bedford, not far from Carrie's house.
|Me in front of Carrie's house.|
|The Friends house.|
|A random street picture.|
|The entrance to Christopher Park.|
|The legendary Stonewall Inn.|
We spent quite a long time at this restaurant as they had air conditioning, too, and we were in no hurry to leave the luxury of that behind. When we eventually did leave, though, we went straight to the hotel, took a shower, and then me and Satu went to check out Macy's department store very quickly. I didn't like it at all - maybe it was just this summer's trends or something, but I just hated everything they had on offer and could never have worn any of it. So, I went to get some sushi instead and then spent the rest of the evening in the room, watching a documentary called Justin Bieber: Around the World :D!