On our first trip to New York, my boyfriend and I decided to blow the budget on a yellow cab from the airport. The driver said he normally took the tunnel, but that he would take the bridge so we could get our first view of the skyline as we crossed he Hudson. It was perfect. Manhattan glittered in the sunshine against a bright blue sky, as magical as I had always hoped it would be. I grabbed my boyfriend’s hand and saw that he was feeling the same, and I swear I could hear Gershwin. One view that definitely should be shared, and that I will never forget.
Staying at the Wanderers Inn West in Harlem made taking a horse carriage ride through Central Park really easy. You don’t need to book in advance and carriages can be found lining up outside the Plaza Hotel. We went in the winter and were given a blanket which made our trip even more romantic. We loved our horse and enjoyed seeing such a familiar place from a new perspective. Just be sure to negotiate your price with the driver before you head off.
59th Street — Central Park South
(between 5th & 6th Avenues, across from The Plaza Hotel)
The Circle Line is wonderful for a tour around Manhattan Island. It should not be missed. But much more exciting was our cruise on the Schooner Adirondack. There are some four sailings a day and we chose the sunset one.
You board at Chelsea Piers (on the Hudson near West 23rd). The two-hour cruise goes to the Statue of Liberty and returns, with champagne served by the crew.
The sunset cruise is particularly beautiful because you see the sunset to the west over New Jersey and to the east looms the skyline of lower Manhattan which is lit up brilliantly by the time you turn around and head back.
Unfortunately the cruise only runs from the end of April through the end of October. Cost is around $50, champagne included. We will never forget it!
The Wollman Rink goes in Central Park in late October when it is still sunny and is there till March. I would recommend going late afternoon and, as you skate round, the sun sets and shimmers off the buildings opposite the park and as it gets darker the lights in all the buildings go on. It is a truly beautiful experience.
Central Park, mid-park at 62nd St
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