Plan your girlie trip to New York with Aer Lingus

New York New York. It’s a city that has so far escaped me, but one that I now have in my sights since I can fly there so easily from the UK with Aer Lingus. Starting at my local airport of Bristol (or any one of 19 airports across the UK) I can fly via Dublin where I’ll be pre-cleared through customs and arrive at New York with more time to enjoy and less time to stand in queues. You’ll be even more interested when you hear about the competition they are running to win two return flights to New York plus £1000 spending money. If you’re tempted, read on to find out more.

So here I am, thinking that it’s time to start planning that trip that I rather rashly promised my 19 year old daughter for her birthday some years ago (I didn’t say which birthday!) With no prior knowledge of what my daughter and I might enjoy in New York, I reached out to a few blogging friends for ideas and here’s what they came up with; (Thanks to Sherry, Barbara, Gary, Kenecia and Nancy for their tips)

Neighbourhoods to hang out in New York

I generally prefer to avoid the tourist traps in favour of neighbourhoods that have a more local feel, so Greenwich Village and SOHO sound perfect for wandering around the individual shops and cafes while Bleeker Street is the place for those cute vintage finds. I love the sound of Chelsea Market in the Meat Packing District, an enclosed food court with thirty five food vendors selling everything from artizan cheese to sushi. We might connect up with the Highline Park that runs past the market, an old railway line that’s been made into a green corridor and public garden high above the city along the West Side.

High line park in New York Photo: Karlis Dambrans on Flickr

High line park in New York

Foodie stuff in New York

Whereas in London I might go for cocktails with my daughter, it’s a bit of a shock to find out that in New York she wouldn’t be able to drink legally until she’s 21. Never mind, perhaps we could try an elegant afternoon tea with blinis and caviar and a secret swig of vodka when no-one was looking, at the famed Russian Tea Room. I love to take a food tour since they always take you to those interesting little artizan producers or quirky cafes that you’d never find on your own, so we might try one of the Foods of NY tours. Finally, since we both have a sweet tooth we’d be sure to visit Serendipidy  for a light lunch finished off with their special frozen hot chocolate or stop to buy cupcakes from Baked by Melissa at their cute little store on 14th Street in Union square where I’m told they’ll be selling a shamrock green version for St Paddy’s day.

Russian tea room in New York

Russian tea room in New York

Quirky tours and getting local in New York

When I travel I love to connect with the locals so it would be fun to book a dinner through EatWith in a local’s apartment to get a feel for how people live, over a sociable dinner with other guests. We might book some time with a Big Apple Greeter and have a local  rather than a tour guide show us around their neighborhood or learn to use the subway – it’s a free service although donations are appreciated. And speaking of tours maybe it would be fun to do a Sex and the City tour to see where the girls hung out in the TV series or take an entertaining group tour of the Met or Natural History museum through Museum Hacks where crazy photos are positively encouraged.

Take an unconventional Museum Tour with Museum Hacks Photo: MuseumHacks.com

Take an unconventional Museum Tour with Museum Hacks

Finding my Irish Roots in New York

OK, I admit I don’t actually have any Irish roots that I know of, but since we’re flying with Aer Lingus, it’s fun to explore the Irish connection. We might start with a walking tour with Walks of New York of the Lower East Side where many of the immigrants to New York settled to find out about this part of New York’s history and stop at the Tenement Museum to see how working-class families lived crammed together.

With St Patrick’s day coming up it’s worth looking out for the big parade through Manhattan on Tuesday March 17th starting at 44th Street at 11am, if you happen to be in town – there’s a Time Out Guide here. Unfortunately we’ll have missed the Craic Fest for this March with Irish music, films and dancing for the kids but look out for it next year and the Irish Arts Centre hosts music and literary events throughout the year.

See how immigrant families lived at the Tenement Museum Photo: Tenement Museum

See how immigrant families lived at the Tenement Museum

 Flying to New York with Aer Lingus

So here’s what you need to know about flying to New York via Dublin with Aer Lingus;

  • Through Aer Lingus and their airline partners you can fly via Dublin from 19 local airports across the UK
  • From Dublin you have six USA destinations to choose from: Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington DC
  • You’ll get US Preclearance in Dublin when travelling on to the USA, with less time waiting for clearance at the other end. 
  • You can enjoy plenty of food, shopping and free wifi as you transit through the state-of-the-art terminal in Dublin.
  • You get 23kg free check-in baggage allowance, with bags checked through to your final destination and pre-assigned seating on all flights.

Hint: Flying via Dublin Airport will get you stateside fastest with no Queue in the USA

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Thanks to my blogging friends, Sherry from Ottsworld, Barbara from Hole in the donut, Gary from Tips for Travellers, Kenecia from Passport2Pretty and Nancy for their tips.

Photos: High Line Park by Karlis Dambrans, other photos from the places mentioned

This article was brought to you in partnership with Aer Lingus and I was compensated for all my New York tips.

This article is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here

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  • Reply
    Sherry Ott
    March 13, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Ohhh – I hope you do make it to NYC someday – it’s a special place to me! And who knows – maybe we’ll even be there at the same time by some miracle!
    Sherry Ott´s last blog post ..Wild Atlantic Way Road Trip Guide

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      March 13, 2015 at 9:17 am

      @Sherry Thanks for your tips and wouldn’t it be great if we could explore them together!

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    A Lady in London
    March 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

    You’ve captured NYC really well! I’m heading back there in June for a wedding in the Hamptons, and I can’t wait to explore the city all over again!
    A Lady in London´s last blog post ..Lady’s 4 Luxury Travel Destinations for a Cheap Euro

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      Heather Cowper
      March 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      @Julie thanks – hope I do get to make the trip myself

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