New York – A Skoosh Perspective

I would love to go to New York, and hopefully will do very soon. The setting for some of my favourite films – Ghostbusters, The Godfathers, the seminal Maid in Manhattan - it is a city full of excitement, wonder and, I’m led to believe, the Beautiful People.

Doing some research, I looked back through our previous guests’ photos I found this delightful Day/Night view taken from the Affinia Dumont on 150 East 34th Street looking towards the Chrysler Building back in 2008 by UK guest ‘mx5madness’. Some great shots I think you’ll agree (aren’t our customers SO talented!):

Daytime: View from the Affinia Dumont

Daytime view from the Affinia Dumont courtesy of mx5madness, Clitheroe, United Kingdom.

Night-time from the Affinia Dumont

View from the Affinia by night, also courtesy of mx5madness, Clitheroe, United Kingdom










To get a genuine feel for the place I asked a friend of Skoosh, Rosie, what a good day in New York would be. Here’s her unique take on the perfect Big Apple experience:

“I would start my day with a hot steaming cup of coffee at my hotel before making my way to the Statue of Liberty to check out the views of the city and indulge in a bit of tacky tourism. I think I would have to resist buying myself one of those Statue of Liberty hats, although I may get one as a present for people back home.

Next it would on the ferry to Ellis Island to get the immigrant experience. I would take a tour of the museum, looking at all the things people brought from home and try and imagine how scary it must’ve been to travel thousands of miles in search of the American Dream. After that I think I would need to recharge my batteries so I would find a coffee shop in which to have a bagel and a sit down. Naturally the sun would be shining as this is my perfect day out, so I would go for a stroll around Central Park. I would look at the different fountains, maybe go rowing in one of the lakes in the afternoon sun and buy myself a big ice cream.

I would definitely have to have a look in the Strawberry Fields, a garden built for John Lennon around the place he was shot. Next, if there was time and I wasn’t too worn out, I would head over to the Met for a peek at some of the art on display. I would probably only spend an hour or two there as time would be getting on, but I’m sure it would take days to soak up all the museum has to offer. By this point I think it would be time for dinner so I would head over to Chinatown for some oriental cuisine.

Later on I might catch a Broadway play, or hit a drum n bass club, the club scene doesn’t hot up until at least midnight so I could even do both. After a night of pounding music and dancing with the best of them I would flop into one of those famous yellow taxis back to my hotel to catch up on some much needed sleep.”


Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge November 2010!

I’ve also asked around the guys here at Skoosh – I think I’m the only one in the office not to have crossed the pond – and they came up with plenty of great tips for a New York trip. Here’s the best of them:

Our own Pete recommends the Carnegie Deli for gargantuan sandwiches and the “Top of the Rock” experience at the Rockerfeller Centre (much better than Empire State) for views of the city, and ferry tours down the Hudson and rowing on Central Park lake.

Lua recommends going to Canal Street as the best great shopping area and she also loves the Greenmarket on Union Square, a world-famous farmer’s market.

Mark recommended some more great links from other sites too: Time Out New York recommend some great free stuff, while our friends at Eurocheapo have a great page dedicated to some of the best ‘cheapo’ places New York has to offer.


Of course if you’re just looking for a cheap hotel, check out Skoosh’s New York Hotels.

Any thoughts? Let me know in the comments, @SkooshMatt on Twitter or via email to

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