Reserve life means you never know where you will go until the phone call comes. Fast forward 12 hours before Christmas the phone call comes in: “JFK 42 hours enjoy”.
For me JFK means more than just big city lights, it’s a chance to be back in my own country and just enjoy hearing American accents for a change. It’s a great chance to meet new people, eat great food, and have an all around fantastic time.
With the Christmas Day delays in Dubai we landed late into New York City and by the time we reached the hotel the sun was already setting and the lights of the Big Apple illuminated the atmosphere. After changing into as many layers as we could bear we set out to see the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center. First of, IT WAS SO CROWDED. Oh my gosh I lost half the crew within the first five minutes and forget trying to get close to the ice rink! The line was over an hour long! So we settled with some quick photos before regrouping for food.
After braving the cold and the crowds at The Rock and Times Square we decided that we should head back so we didn’t freeze before heading to Top of the Rock at 8am the next morning. So you want my secret for having photos with hardly any people in them? Easy, get up as early as you can! 4am, 6am, whatever it takes to beat the crowd I will do it!
The only thing open on Christmas Day at 7am was Starbucks and the ice rink at the Rock 😂 After collecting basically the only thing that keeps tired cabin crew functioning we heading to Top of the Rock.
A good idea when visiting the Top of the Rock is getting there as early as possible to avoid the crowds! With our pre-booked 8am tickets we were through security and on the elevator in 15 minutes.
<We were really lucky to get up when we did and capture our photos. The wind forced the very top floor to be closed for the next hour and after nearly loosing our fingers to frostbite we decided it was breakfast time.
PRO TIPS: Don’t be afraid to get up early and beat the crowd for that photo!
FOOD FACT: Bible and Sip is a charming cafe that sits across from the Gershwin Theatre on 51st street, make sure you try a lavender latte or a green tea Cappuccino with a peanut butter and jelly scone.
THEATRE FINDS: Seriously one day I will find myself going inside instead of longingly walk past and taking photos lamenting about the ticket prices.