Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Marathon Day! Mum left early for Staten Island (like 5am early) and the rest of us headed to Williamsburg to spectate where we were treated to a live band and an amazing brunch in New York Muffins.

Sadly we missed my Mum in Williamsburg as she was running too fast, but we caught up with her in Harlem – still smiling at the 24th mile! What a trooper. 

After taking loads of photographs of Mum wrapped in foil, she went back to the hotel to relax while Viki and I shopped again and then we all met for a celebratory cocktail and dinner at Freemans (Freemans Alley, Off Rivington St). If there is one place you should go in NYC, this is it. Fabulous service, cocktails, interior and of course food. We shared the artichoke dip and I had a perfectly cooked steak for main. (Tip: you can’t book so get there early).

Viki and I attempted to hail a cab SATC style. We failed.

After dinner we moved on to Greenwich Village and CafĂ© Wha, an underground bar with live music which was formerly the stomping ground of Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Dylan. We booked and had great seats right in front of the house band who were as fantastic as I’d heard. Perfect night to end our stay in New York.  

For our final morning in the city we headed to Pastis for brunch. BEST MACARONI CHEESE EVER. I don’t think I would order Macaroni Cheese anywhere else, ever again.

Afterwards we wandered to the Magnolia Bakery, made a few purchases in the Book Marcstore and before a final tourist stop at Carrie’s Apartment.

On the way back to the hotel, we passed this memorial to 9/11.

New York, you were amazing. Until next time...