This was not my first time in New York, in fact I’ve spent many months there on an six month internship visa, again on a three month J1 visa and also a few shorter trips. I fall in love with the city more and more with each visit and always look forward to returning. This time I went with my friend Amy for a girly weekend, something we had talked about doing throughout college once we were in full time employment and could afford to treat ourselves. It was Amy’s first time in the big apple so I was excited to have the excuse to do all the tourist things again. To say we packed a lot into our five days there is an understatement. Our feet had practically fallen off by day three but somehow we managed to solider on and make the most of our trip.

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The logistics

We flew there with Aer Lingus and managed to get a great deal on flights at €459.74 return each. We stayed in DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hell’s Kitchen. Again, we got a great deal by booking through at just $573 for five nights.  We also decided to buy a New York explorer pass for 3 attractions as it worked out cheaper than paying for three attractions individually.

New york sky line

Check out my New York day by day diaries of the trip here:

Day 1 & 2: New York Days 1 & 2: Arriving, Times Square, Jersey Gardens, Refinery Rooftop and the Empire State Building

Day 3: Grand Central Station, Brooklyn Bridge, Helicopter, One World Tour

Day 4: Central park, the boat house, the met steps, 5th avenue, Top of the Rock, Matilda Broadway show

Days 5 & 6: High Line park, Chelsea Market, 230 Fifth, Madison square garden’s tour, home time