After Montreal we decided to head straight back to NYC to give ourselves an extra day there before Madison Square Garden and then heading home. We couldn’t get a room in the hotel we had booked for the following night so decided to stay in New Jersey near Hoboken. The place we chose was in Weehawken and what a fantastic accident it turned out to be.
Our hotel was lovely and right next to the harbour. I loved NYC but couldn’t see myself ever living there but Weehawken felt like home. It is a beautiful setting right next to the river with views of NYC including the Empire State Building and Freedom Tower and only an 8 min ferry ride to midtown. It was very quiet with and felt a lot like being in Sydney near Darling Harbour only a lot less people. It probably helped a lot that it was summer, I don’t think it would have felt as much like home if it was snowing.
We took a short stroll along the shoreline looking for somewhere for dinner and stumbled upon Pier 13. All along the pier were food caravans with a fantastic variety of dishes from around the world. We settled on Pad Thai which was amazing. We were treated to some live music coming across the water from the adjacent pier. That and a clear warm night were the perfect backdrop to our dinner under the full moon after a lovely sunset.
One of the highlights of NYC is how friendly everyone is and that extends over the river to New Jersey. The area felt very safe, we saw a number of women jogging around the waterfront on their own in the evening. At no time did I feel like I would be nervous to walk around there.