NYC Travel Guide: Part 219:06
Brooklyn Flea Market - The winter flea market located at Skylight One Hanson is the perfect spot to do a little vintage shopping and perhaps pick up a gift or two. Make your way to the lower level for a grilled vegan sandwich (or choose from any of the 25 food vendors on offer) before browsing some of the clothing, homeware and book stalls in the majestic main hall. Entry is $1 and I would recommend going early in the day to avoid crowds! Catch the subway to Atlantic Avenue - Barclays Centre to get here via public transport.
Union Square - Union Square is a wonderful green space in the centre of the city where you'll really get to experience the diversity of New York. Here you'll find street art and book stalls along the sidewalks as well as locals enjoying a game of chess and maybe even a protest or two! You can also pay a visit to the 'Greenmarket' (open every other day) to pick up fresh produce and baked goods. Vegan chocolate cake? Yess please! If the weather is nice, take a little walk over to the Flatiron Building where you can enjoy the outdoor seating area, admire the historic landmark and take advantage of the free public wifi to plan out the rest of your day.
9/11 Memorial - Head to the financial district to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks at the stunning 9/11 memorial. It's incredible to physically see exactly where the twin towers once stood and to read the names inscribed into bronze panels edging the pools. The memorial is even more breathtaking at night when the names are backlit and the waterfalls are running.
Chelsea Market and The High Line - The High Line is an elevated rail line that has been transformed into a beautiful public park. This is another great place to enjoy live music and city views as the sun sets - perfect for a blissful Autumn stroll. Chelsea Market is an indoor market just a few steps from The High Line where you can find a wide variety of food stores as well as a two-floor Anthropologie with a charming range of home decor items. It's definitely worth stopping here for a Matcha latte and a little browsing on a chilly afternoon.
West Village - This is by far one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Manhattan. The cobblestone streets of West Village feel like those from a movie set, and funnily enough, you will find both the Carrie Bradshaw and Friends apartments in this area! Not only are the photo opportunities plentiful, but you will also find a range of quirky independent stores, cafes and jazz bars - allll my favourite things.