Walking downtown New years eve in New York City

New Years Eve in New York

When I received an email blast at work offering a house swap with a couple who lived in New York City for New Years Eve, we jumped on the opportunity to cross it off of the bucket list.

New York - time square

The hustle and bustle around Time Square was amplified with extra toursists for the new year celebration and workers constructing the “the ball” that drops at midnight. Everywhere you look there are souvenir shops, overpriced touristy restaurants, and people trying to quickly absorb it all and flea from the overcrowded mess.

Stone Street, New York City

Stone street feels like a slice of history preserved at the very southern tip of Manhattan. Along this block one can find old man Irish pubs mixed in with some high end whiskey bars. It is here at a place called Vintry that Jeremy had the best Manhattan of his life.

Lion from stone street

Lion statue on stone street

We didn’t spend much time seeing museums or visiting the typical tourist attractions, mostly because it was so crowded everywhere but also because we wanted to experience New York like a local. That meant walking around the different neighborhoods and just poking our heads into different places. We found a pet shop that actually sells puppies, and an old vintage video game store. We walked past interesting window displays and bar hopped along the way.

Puppy for sale in New York Window
Bar in Brooklyn
Carousel on tavern on the green, NYC
Video game store in NYC
The penrose
coca cola window
Central Park in Winter

Golden gate park wasn’t all that pretty. The trees were bare and there wasn’t any fresh blankets of snow on the ground to mask the muddy soggy mess underneath. Still, it is a free attraction that we insisted on walking nearly the whole length of. Along the way we discovered a fun bar called Tavern on the Green where we rested our feet and enjoyed cocktails at the bar.

New york subway
Street art in Brooklyn, New York City
graffiti wall in brooklyn

The artsy murals along with the hipster bars and boutique shopping make Williamsburg Brooklyn a hip place to spend an afternoon.

Candy store

We made a happy discovery of Dylan’s, a two story candy emporium complete with Willy Wonka-esque candy decor.

Loretta and Jeremy in Central Park

Cocktails of New York City

Mimosa from the Penrose

Mimosa at the Penrose

Pumpkin rum martini at Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn, New York City

Pumpkin Rum Martini at Rabbit Hole

Cocktail from Caledonia bar in New York City

Cocktail at Caledonia

Two pears in a pod at Tevern on the Green in New York City

Two Pears in a Pod at Tavern on the Green

Vodka, vanilla bean, cream, pear

Hotel Nacionale at Vintry in New York City

Hotel Nacionale at Vintry

Dry blanco rum, commer de peche, pressed lime, grapefruit oils

Food of New York City

Macaron Set
Whoops! Baksehop in Brooklyn, New York City

New York Style Cheesecake
New York City

Sausage from Veselka

Grilled Ukrainian Kielbasa
Veselka in East Village, New York City

Perogis from Veselka in New york city

Perogi
Veselka in East Village, New York City

Ahi Tuna Sandwhich

Ahi Tuna Sandwhich
Orsay in Upper East Side, New York City

Souvenir Shopping In Brooklyn

Hand made stuffed toys in Brooklyn
Japanese Candy in Brooklyn
Elephant Figurines
Photos for sale at thrift store in Brooklyn
old match books in thrift store
old golf balls in thrift store in brooklyn
Vintage Geisha figurine

Making new friends on New Years Eve

Perhaps the best thing to come out of our trip was actually meeting Amanda and Linus, a brother and sister from Sweden also visiting New York for new years eve. We quickly hit it off over drinks and rang in the new year together. A memorable night turned into a long distance friendship over Facebook.

New york - new years eve 2016

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New years eve in New York City: We spent 2015 New years eve house swapping with a couple who lived on the upper east side of Manhattan. We spent our days wandering around Manhattan and Brooklyn, sampling delicious new york cuisine, drinking cocktails, and making new international friendships. New York City is a must-see city and requires more than one trip to see it all. Check out our adventures living like a local for a week in New York City. #NYC #Newyearseve #Newyork #newyorkcity #travel #traveltips #travelguide #wholewidenworld
New years eve in New York City: We spent 2015 New years eve house swapping with a couple who lived on the upper east side of Manhattan. We spent our days wandering around Manhattan and Brooklyn, sampling delicious new york cuisine, drinking cocktails, and making new international friendships. New York City is a must-see city and requires more than one trip to see it all. Check out our adventures living like a local for a week in New York City. #NYC #Newyearseve #Newyork #newyorkcity #travel #traveltips #travelguide #wholewidenworld
New years eve in New York City: We spent 2015 New years eve house swapping with a couple who lived on the upper east side of Manhattan. We spent our days wandering around Manhattan and Brooklyn, sampling delicious new york cuisine, drinking cocktails, and making new international friendships. New York City is a must-see city and requires more than one trip to see it all. Check out our adventures living like a local for a week in New York City. #NYC #Newyearseve #Newyork #newyorkcity #travel #traveltips #travelguide #wholewidenworld
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