We stayed in an Air BnB apartment, which we subsequently found out was illegal in New York, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. The reason for this was because it was infinitely cheaper for us to stay outside of Manhattan but it did mean getting the subway into the city on a daily basis, which took a lot of time out of our days.
We thought the city was fascinating, a vibrant blend of cultures and styles. Despite feeling apprehensive before our visit we felt very safe walking the streets and found the locals to be extremely friendly and were always offering us advice.
We were fortunate enough to meet up with our friend Josie and she kindly provided us with a tour of her favourite eateries and hang outs in the city. Highlights of our tour included pretzel croissants at The City Bakery off Fifth Avenue, Crif Dogs, a hotdog place in the East Village, stopping at McSorley’s Old Ale House to be double fisted (or double parked as we call it in the UK) with your preference of the house light or dark ale, then we hopped on the subway to the Upper East Side to Glaser’s Bake Shop to sample their famous Black and White cookie (which was actually orange and blue due to Mets fever) before heading to the Met to have a snoop around the exhibits. After all that culture we needed to quench our thirst so headed down to Hell’s Kitchen to visit Beer Culture, a unique bar experience! Lastly we went to Cafeteria to finish the day on a filling dinner of mac n cheese, fried chicken and biscuits.
Here are some of our favourite photos from our stay.