We had a great time in New York. We had 2 full days and a morning to explore. We stayed in Williamsburg – in a room attached to an art-life-lab! This will not be everyone’s cup of tea as a couple of the art installations featured nudity or bad language (I hasten to add that we didn’t know that before we arrived but we didn’t feel uncomfortable staying there as some of the exhibits were very intriguing!).
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you – this is Spock holding a cat, painted onto a slice of bread!
The kitchen was particularly funky. All the pots, pans and dishes were permanently kept in the dishwasher so the cupboards could store the books. The travel mug you see in the foreground had a video installation of an eyeball blinking! The silver pan on the right and the (partly out of shot) bin also had video installations inside. It was a great place to stay and Williamsburg was a very cool hipster neighbourhood.
In fact on our first night we went to a couple of places that deserve a mention:
Bar: Clem (264 Grand Street) a long and thin bar where the bartenders are bearded hipsters with a great knowledge of beer.
Bar + food: Commodore: Mr B said he ate one of his top 3 burgers EVER here. I had a salad and a small portion of the most creamy mac n cheese – Delicious! They also have a wide selection of beers and cocktails, and free old school arcade games to play!
On our first full day we had planned a lot of walking (we had planned to do a lot of walking every day, but in New York we took it to the extreme) around Midtown. We started off at Grand Central Station and the Public Library Times Square, about 5% of Central Park for a sit down to rest our legs before walking back to the Rockerfeller Centre
If that wasn’t enough, we then took ourselves over Brooklyn Bridge, along with the other thousands of tourists armed with their cameras determined to get the perfect bridge or selfie shot.
Once we were in Brooklyn, it was time for dinner and once again I took Andrew to a place that I had been on my previous trip – Grimaldis – for some delicious thin crust pizza. We had a great view of the pizzas being made in super quick fashion.