Our last day in New York was probably one of the best too. Not only because the weather was so good but we got to see a lot of iconic places. Plus, as it happened on almost every day, we stumbled upon some cool places that even though were not a priority, they deserved a spot on our lists.
DUMBO actually stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass – not sure if you knew this, but I Googled and here it is. It is probably one of my favorite spots in New York, so far. It’s cool and hip and the view over the two bridges – breathtaking.
I really wished we had more time to stroll in the area. Because I really loved the cool graffitis and that there were so many options in terms of food. I’ll talk more about it in a post dedicated to food in NYC, but nothing compares to sushi overseeing Brooklyn Bridge.
2. Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
I was so determined to get to Brooklyn Bridge that I didn’t even realize that Manhattan Bridge stands so close to it. Or that is just as beautiful. Walking through Dumbo we got to what I think is the best spot: right between Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Bonus: the West Elm store. I am obsessed with this brand! And getting to visit their store was one of the highlights of our trip. We left with four plates that luckily made the plane trip.
I loved the superb view of Manhattan with the little pebbly beach where couples took their wedding photos and the Main Street Park. There’s also a carousel that was not working but looked so beautiful. We loved this place so much! So we ran to grab a bagel and some sushi and had lunch in the park taking in the view.
From there we wanted to get to the Staten Island Ferry. For that, we had to cross to Manhattan with the East River Ferry from Dumbo Pier 1. But on our way to get tickets, we passed the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and couldn’t resist it! The view was amazing and the sun made it all too inviting. I highly recommend the experience on a sunny day.
3. Staten Island Ferry
Neither I nor my boyfriend were crazy about seeing the Statue of Liberty up close. But we both agreed that we had to a least get a glimpse of it since we were there. So we decided to take the Staten Island Ferry that passes close to the Statue and it’s free!
Tip: please don’t be fooled by the aggressive tour seller who will try to get you to buy a $20 ticket that you don’t want. Don’t get me wrong: if you want that experience go for it. But if like us, you’re not crazy about it, just say no and move along. One of these ticket sellers kept talking to us until we missed the free ferry. And I am pretty sure it was intentional so that we would buy a ticket from him instead of waiting another 20 minutes. However, we decided to wait and it was worth it. He also tried to convince us it would take an hour and a half to go and return with the free ferry. It proved not to be true and it took as a little under an hour.
The Staten Island Ferry’s main purpose is taking commuters from Manhattan to Staten Island. So it will not pass too close to the Statue. Nor will it stop there. You will pass by it and be able to take some photos. And you will also be able to return with the same ferry you came, without having to wait more than 5 minutes. The best part was the Manhattan panoramic view when we returned. Be sure to come down to the gate before everyone else does and you will get the best view over the financial district.
4. Zuccotti Park
The formerly Liberty Plazza Park was heavily damaged by the 9/11 attacks and has been used for several commemorating events ever since.
I spotted this little gem when we first visited the Oculus Mall and the World Trade Centre Pools but didn’t actually get to visit it. This time around we passed right by it and I couldn’t resist those adorable lights in the trees. I could have spent a lot of time there just gazing. But we were super tired so we took some photos and went to our AirBnB home.
5. Tom Otterness Subway Installation
Getting back to our apartment, we stumbled upon the prettiest subway ever. Thanks to Tom Otterness’ permanent public artwork, the 14th Street – Eight Avenue subway station is a little art museum. There was no one around, it must have been around 11 p.m. and I started documenting all these amazing sculptures spread around the station.
If you want to read more about this artwork go here. And if you are ever in the area, pay attention. You will be surprised at every corner by the wonderful creatures living Life Underground (name of the artwork).
This is where our trip to NYC concludes. If you want to read parts one, two and three I linked them here. And keep an eye out for a foodie article and one on how to plan your trip to New York.