This has indeed been the year of adventures. Â One of my greatest has to be my trip to New York City in October for Sarah and Ewan’s Wedding. Â I was more than a little nervous about going to one of the biggest cities in the world for a week on my own, but I need not have been! Â It was an amazing week jammed full of new adventures, miles of walking and even some cycling.
I spent a week in this glorious city with Sarah and Ewan’s amazing wedding in the middle, here are a few snaps, a mixture of Digital & Film on my Canon AE-1 and some instagrams, and little bit of of blurb with what I was up to 🙂
Day One:Â I touched down in JFK airport around midday after a rather pleasant and what seemed like a surprisingly short flight. Â As I sat in the airport taxi on my way to the apartment a got butterflies every time I spied the NYC skyscrapers in the distance, as if something magical awaits. Â I rented an room in an apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn viaÂ Air BnB. Â For a single traveller it was perfect, a lovely clean room in a cool apartment in the heart of Williamsburg, a mere hop over the river to Manhattan and a welcome break from the busyness of Manhattan. Â After becoming acquainted with my apartment I took a walkÂ across the Williamsburg Bridge, complete with fleeting views of the city, the roar of the traffic and the woosh of 100’s of cyclists. Â I spent the rest of my afternoon wandering around Manhattan before hooking up with Sarah, Ewan and the rest of the wedding party for dinner in the busting Times Square.
Day Two:Â After an awesome breakfast at Marlow & Sons in Brooklyn, I got brave and hopped on a City BikeÂ intoÂ Manhattan to meet up with with a super talented and all round awesome guy Chris from Chris Bartow Photography, we had an awesome day exploring the city, visiting The High Line, Washington Square ParkÂ andÂ Bryant ParkÂ to name but a few and hooking up with Sarah and Ewan in between for their a few snaps at the Top of the RockÂ which you can take a peek at hereÂ 😀
Day Three:Â Wedding Time! Up bright and breezy for breakfast with the girls at Pershing Square Cafe next to Grand Central Station, awesome pancakes! before heading back to The Library Hotel, Madison Avenue where Sarah and the girls were getting ready for the Wedding 🙂 I won’t spoil this part as I have a whole other blog post (oh yes I do!) dedicated to the wedding. Â It truly was a wonderful Wedding, beautiful ceremony at the Cop CotÂ in Central Park followed by Dinner at the infamous Katz’s DeliÂ and a super romantic first dance in Times Square – swoon!
Day Four:Â After a rather busy day photographing the wedding, a day of relaxation was in order. Â I spent my morning wandering around Williamsburg after my awesome breakfast at Egg and dropped in to a local hair salon to get my hair trimmed – bliss! Â My friend Chris invited me over to New Jersey to explore, perfect post wedding day wandering. Â We had a lovely afternoon exploring and he very kindly drove me to HobokenÂ for this spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline, just beautiful.
Day Five: Another wandering day, this time a little lunch and exploration in Manhattan followed by a glorious cycle back to Williamsburg over the bridge, it was so beautiful watching the golden sun dipping behind the skyscrapers and spilling out over the East River with the wind in my hair and a rather large smile. Â I managed to grab a few shots after running around trying to find a suitable place to get to the shore side, no mean feat! In the evening I met up with a lovely friend of a friend who offered to keep me company in the big city, we had an awesome evening stopping for a drink & chat at the Brooklyn Ale House and a delicious mexican dinner at Cafe de la Esquina.
Day Six:Â Breakfast on the go today with a delicious Coffee and Muffin fromÂ Blue Bottle Cafe on Berry Street, Brooklyn. Then hopped on my City Bike to venture over to the Brooklyn Bridge. Â It was a glorious day to walk over and stop to enjoy the sights along the way, I know it’s predictable to say but the bridge really is beautiful. Â Afterwards I walked down towards the World Trade Centre for a peek and along to Battery ParkÂ Â for a stroll up along the Hudson towards Tribeca where I hopped on a bike up to West Broadway to explore Lower Manhattan, then up to the Flatiron District and a little more exploration before hopping on the train back to the Apartment and our for dinner. Â Delicious dinner was a the Rabbit Hole round the corner from my NY residence, beautiful food and an equally delicious cocktail, followed by a very enjoyable and brave trip out solo to a couple of bars for a pint of local ale.. just to say I did it 🙂
Day Seven:Â A rather foggy, drizzly day for my last day but still beautiful. Â Today I enjoyed a stroll around the flea marketÂ with many beautiful treasures followed byÂ some coffee and delicious pumpkin bread at Sweetleaf. Â Then I hopped onto the East River Ferry to Brooklyn Bridge Park/DUMBO where I had a lovely walk around the Park before heading up to Pier 5 to grab some delicious food atÂ Smorgasburg, an all-food market full of delicious treats, amazing place! As my legs were starting to give up on me I hopped on the train over to Manhattan to do a spot of shopping before heading out for dinner back in Williamsburg, delicious Japanese tapas at BozuÂ -YUM! and a few cocktails at uuber cool cocktail bar DRAMÂ with Sarah and Ewan, fab evening 😀
Day Eight:Â Time to go home, breakfast at the amazing EggÂ and a quick hop over to Manhattan for a walk down Museum Mile in the rain, the reflections are mesmerising!
LOVE this Zoe your photos are amazing! I really need to get mine sorted and it’s inspired me to get onto them again! xxx
Oh Zoe, these are just amazing!!!! You’re so so talented!! Looks like an amazing trip! x
Ooooooooooommmggggg Zo!!!, amazing shots!!! These are blooming gorgeous !! Holy moly!
Great views of the big apple! Xxx
Beautiful shots Zoe. A brilliant truthful portrait of New York. I want to go! 🙂
Owh thank you guys!! Kathryn, you definitely should go, put it on the to do list 😀 Lindsey, get yours up! 😀
Fab photos Zoe!
Gorgeous photos Zoe, all of them!
Amazing photos Zoe, fabulous work, and what a trip!
I love seeing the shots photographers take for themselves on their travels. Must see NYC, it’s on the list.
Zoe I am in love with this blog post!! These pictures are AMAZING!!! Very talented lady. xx
Gosh, thank you so much!!!
Great shots Zoe, love the Brooklyn Bridge shots especially 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the wedding pics!
Oh Zoe, you have such a brilliant eye! What an Amazing account of your time away! It looks like you had an awesome time 🙂 xxx
Always wanted to visit New York but could never quite save up enough before something fell apart at home! Your photos really make me want to visit, walk the streets and take in the air! Beautiful work
I love the colour in these – what an awesome (American) adventure.
Looks fab zoe making me very excited xxxx pics are fab! Xx