Travel Diary | NYC Day 3 | Empire State Building and Grand Central Station

28th April 2015

Inside the Empire State Building

As were staying in Times Square, we were easily in walking distance of the Empire State Building. My top tip would be to get their early (8am) to avoid the queues. We literally went straight to the top with no waiting around what so ever.

It was raining a little bit when we got to the top but it didn’t spoil the view too much.

(The photographs in this post are a mixture of those from my camera, those from my phone and those from my mum’s camera, so the quality is very mixed!)

View from the Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

Holly Pryce at the top of the Empire State Building

Holly Pryce at the top of the Empire State Building

*This is the “I promise I went to New York but I felt super ill and so I avoided all photographs” photo.

Pryce Family Selfie

*Cute but crappy phone-quality family selfie.

Blogger Bracelet Empire State Building

*Power to the bloggers!

Blogger Bracelet Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

*Tried to be all arty and stuff.

Afterwards we decided to take a look at some of the shops in the area. I popped into a Lush where the shop assistant kept telling me she loved my accent. I also picked up some super cheap OPI nail polishes from a perfume shop (3 for £15!!). When we needed a toilet stop we went into a Macy’s and had a coffee to perk us up.

NYC fire truck

My dad asked how far away Grand Central Station was from where we by the Empire State Building, so after consulting our maps we decided that it would be worth the walk.

Grand Central Station New York

It is such an incredible building both inside and out.

Grand Central Station New York

Grand Central Station New York

And very dark on a dull day. I wish we’d been there to see the light pouring through those windows.

By the time we’d walked back to Times Square we were exhausted and in desperate need of food. We wanted to try some real American food in a real American Diner, and so we went to Ellen’s Stardust Diner. What an experience! All the staff at the diner are incredible singers and they each take it in turn to sing a song from a Broadway show. Our waitress sang Popular from Wicked when it was her turn.

Ellens stardust diner new york

I’d highly recommend this diner because it’s like going to see a Broadway show without having to pay the high costs. Every year the diner loses many of their staff to Broadway shows because they are just so talented. Plus, the food is pretty damn good. I went for the double cheese burger and fries. Yum yum!

We walked back to the hotel and I gave in shortly after. My cold was getting the better of me and my energy was incredibly low. After having complementary drinks at the hotel I went to bed. What a light weight!

Enjoyed this post? Next Tuesday I’ll be sharing my last NYC Travel Diary post, featuring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Until then, feel free to catch up with Day 1 and Day 2. :)

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  1. Great shots from the Empire State Building! Love your blogger bracelet and the watch! That’s a cool looking watch :D

    Grand Central Station is indeed a gorgeous building inside and out. That’s definitely on my list to visit if and when I make it to NYC!

    And that diner sounds awesome! I love how they sing broadway tunes. The food looks good, too!

  2. Great pictures. The ones from the Empire State Building are amazing x

  3. Beautiful! One day, I hope to travel to NYC and just take in the city and catch up with friends that live up there.

  4. Another set of awesome photos, Holly!
    Empire State Building looks great!

    I loved that BLOGGER bracelet :P

  5. It’s a shame you were ill, but it looks like you had a great time anyway! When I was last in NYC I went up the Empire State and Top of the Rock, I have to admit I do prefer Top of the Rock, mainly coz of the awesome views of Central Park. Man I miss NYC…. I spent 3 months there and I miss it all the time.

    • Holly

      When I go back to New York (because I will, someday!) I will have to go to the Top of the Rock, and also to the bottom for the ice rink. ;)

  6. Elena

    Wow the view is so pretty. I really want to visit the NYC and go to the top of the Empire State building at some point in my life.

    My friend told me about the Ellen’s Stardust Diner. They went there with their class. (she attended a year ‘studying’ “musical” at a ‘people high school’ here in Norway. Which is sort of like a gap year, where you go to live at a school, meet lots of people and study one subject that you like.) She and her friends loved it. So I am glad to see that you also enjoyed the place!

    • Holly

      Oh wow, that’s so awesome that you’re friend has been to the diner! It’s was full of Americans so I didn’t know if it would be as popular with tourists but it’s awesome that it is. :)

  7. Cat

    That’s such a nice view from the Empire State Building! Nice photos too :) I still love looking at NYC, no matter how many times I’ve been there.

    I haven’t heard of Ellen’s Stardust Diner, but that sounds like such a fun experience. The burger looks yummy too!

    • Holly

      NYC is so pretty, from every level. Next time I want to go up the Rockefella Centre and World Trade 1 to see the city from even different perspectives.