Travel Diary | NYC 2017 | Day 5 – Brooklyn Bridge

26th January 2018

I told you I wouldn’t make you wait too long for the next post in this series!

Here is day 5. The Subway, Brooklyn Bridge, Grimaldi’s Pizza and not one but two ferries!

On the Friday, we decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to find Grimaldi’s Pizza. But first, we had to get to the Brooklyn Bridge as we were staying at the other end of Manhattan. The Subway seemed like the best/cheapest option.

Now, I’ve got a pretty good sense of direction, and I tend to pick up transport networks quite quickly. But the New York subway? Ha. It’s got to be the most complicated system in the world.

However, we managed to hop on a train and head downtown to the Brooklyn Bridge with help from the hotel concierge and someone at the station. Oh and the app.

🗽 Top tip: Download the NYC Subway app on your mobile. It’s free and it really does help you to get to grips with the system.

There is a station right by the Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge, so we got off the train here and started our walk. Again, it was another stunning day weather wise.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

The bridge was pretty busy but we enjoyed the walk and took some great pictures of the Manhattan skyline.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

In Brooklyn we found the famous pizza restaurant, Grimaldi’s, but we were too early so we had to go sit in a Starbucks to wait for it to open! But at least being egger meant we didn’t have to queue.

Grimaldi's Pizza, New York

I loved everything about this restaurant. The food was good and cheap, the decor was industrial, and we ate off paper plates and drank out of plastic cups. Casual vibes forever!

We also had an amazing seat upstairs overlooking the chefs preparing the pizzas. It’s interesting how they put the sauce on last.

Grimaldi's Pizza, New York

We’d planned on walking back across the Brooklyn Bridge after lunch, but Tyrone discovered that there was a ferry that ran from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Wall Street. This sounded like a perfect way to save our already exhausted legs from more abuse. It was really inexpensive and a fun experience.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Seastreak, New York

The ferry terminal for Wall Street is quite close to the ferry terminal for the Staten Island Ferry, so we decided to take a trip to Staten Island while we were downtown.

🗽 Top tip: The Staten Island Ferry is free, and it’s the best way to see the Statue of Liberty without going on the Liberty Island and Ellis Island cruise. And I personally think you can get the best views of Manhattan from it.

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Statue of Liberty, New York

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Obviously we got off the ferry on Staten Island and ran back around to catch the next ferry back to Manhattan. We missed the first one, but we ate pretzels while we waited for the next one.

We then wondered back through the Financial District to the subway station by the Brooklyn Bridge and caught a train back up town.

That evening, we were still pretty full after our pizza at lunch time, so we just wanted something light for dinner. We decided to pay our first visit to Chipotle as they had lots of vegetarian options, and we really enjoyed it. We’re big fans of Mexican food!

My last blog post in this New York Travel Diary series will be up on the blog next week, and it will be about our last two days in the city, so pop back for that!

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  1. What a lovely day. I liked reading about your trip to New York. 🙂

  2. Chynna

    Agree with you about NY subway. When Mutay and I went we definitely got lost a couple of times. Uptown, downtown, all the way around. So confusing!

    Will definitely need to download that app the next time I’m in NY. Your pictures are making me miss NY – I went to Brooklyn Bridge at night, but would have loved to have seen it during the day. The weather looks gorgeous!

    Love this post! It’s made me want to book a flight back to NY ASAP!

    • Holly

      I thought it would be like the London Underground with the different coloured lines, but then there’s different number and letter trains running on the same lines. SO CONFUSING!

      I would love to do the Brooklyn Bridge at night!

  3. I just sent this article to my boyfriend, going “We should do this.” Hehehe. I’ve actually never crossed the Brooklyn bridge, and he lovesssss pizza so this is absolutely perfect. And I can’t wait to get the awesome views you got!!

  4. Awesome! 😀 The photos look fantastic and that pizza is amazing! :O

  5. I love the top tips! Hope to see more of them in your travel blogs 😄

    I just watched a video today that said that the skyline is just… well, you’re just going to be blown away when you first see it, and you won’t be able to stop looking at it. I’m excited.

    Knowing me I would have abused my legs even more and walked, but I am also addicted to getting steps up and getting exercise especially on holidays. Because you want to eat all the good food INCLUDING PIZZA!! 🍕

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