Feature Series: New York Lights by C.J. Duggan

Bright lights and the big cityyyyy!

Hello New York! Welcome to one of the most eclectic cities in the world, and one of my personal favourites. There is no other city, quite like it. Ten years ago, if you’d have told me that one day I’d fall madly in love with New York, I would have laughed. Sure, it was a bucket list tick off, but seven days in The Big Apple was enough for me to want to come back again and again and again.

I fell head over heels for New York Nights, the second book in CJ Duggan’s Heart of the City series. I have a full review on Goodreads, if you’d like to check it out, but I’ll tell you now what I loved: Ben Worthington, New York and the fact that Sarah is basically me in character form, so thanks C.J. for the unintended dedication. And I won’t sugarcoat it: I have a serious thing for architects, and Ben nails it (pun intended). He’s a bit on the brooding side, an utter DILF, but at the same time there was something sweet and sensitive in his character that is missing from a lot of contemporary romances. Wrapped neatly together, and you have a lot of warm fuzzies.

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New fucking York. It’s the city of dreams, a playground of adventure waiting to happen. For a girl like me, who has always dreamed of this fast-paced, metropolitan city, living here is a dream come true. Convincing your boss to give you a couple of days off to explore however…okay, okay, I’m joking (promise Ben!). New York is a goldmine of places you’ve only ever heard about in the movies…the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the Met…Ben’s always telling me to ‘look up’ when we head out in the city that’s an architectural dream. And along the way, I’ve found some favourite landmarks that if you’re ever planning a visit to NYC, you must add to your list!

The Flatiron Building

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Okay, so this one is pretty well-known, but it’s one of my favourites, and it’s close proximity to Madison Square Park (one of Grace’s favourites) means I get to breath it in on a daily basis. The Flatiron is iconic, quintessential New York City at its best.

The Chrysler Building


Another famous landmark – but who cares?! This art deco style building lights up the city at night, and is even complete with its own set of gargoyles.

The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, New York Botantical Gardens


There is nothing more magical in New York City than the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Located in the Bronx, and spanning 250 acres, the NYC Botantical Gardens is beauty personified, but it’s the conservatory that I love the best.

Trinity Church

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When most people think of churches in New York, they think of the opulent St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which while gorgeous in its own right, doesn’t hold a candle to Trinity Church, located on Broadway near Wall Street. For all the Hamilton fans, the graveyard is the resting place for Alexander Hamilton and his wife. On a more poignant note, the church is located nearby to the site of 9/11, and played a large part in offering people refuge after the collapse of the Twin Towers. The quiet, unassuming presence of the church lends to the resilience of the city’s strength in the aftermath.

The High Line

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Located on the West side of Manhattan and a nice 1.45 mile walk, The High Line is an elevated park that sits on an old railroad spur, running from Hudson Yard to the northern edge of Chelsea. With beautiful views overlooking the Hudson River, The High Line is a marvel in city sustainability and makes Ben very, very happy.

General Electric Building

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My favourite building in New York! With lightning bolts, radio waves, and Art Deco faces adorning its facade, this might be one of the most original buildings of the era. It reminds me of a super-villian’s lair!

Park Slope Historic District

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Park Slope might be one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in Brooklyn, but it’s also one of my favourites and for me, is the epitome of New York. From the cherry blossomed lined streets to the imposing, gothic houses – this was the life I was made for!

WE STOPPED FOR A BIT LONGER THAN PLANNED IN NEW YORK, BUT WHO’S COMPLAINING?! TOMORROW IT’S BACK ACROSS THE POND TO ‘RULE BRITIANNA!’ WHERE WE MEET KATE AND JACK TO EXPLORE THE BEST OF FASHION IN LONDON!

 

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