To any New Yorker this may have been just an ordinary rooftop, but to someone who had never climbed a fire escape let alone been to America before this was one of the most magical afternoons I had in New York City.
After climbing out of our apartment window and up a few stories to the little rooftop awaiting us, I was welcomed with a stunning view of Soho and it’s surroundings. This rooftop really was everything I had always dreamed it to be – a big, open and quiet space that you could escape the bustling streets below, if only for a few moments. The only part I didn’t expect was how terrifying it actually is climbing a fire escape. It’s nothing like it is in the movies but then again nothing really is!
We spent the afternoon watching the sunset over our new home away from home and even saw The Empire State Building light up in the near distance. Soho really is my favourite neighborhood in New York City. It just has everything you need from shopping on Broadway (Topshop, Zara, H&M, UO, J.Crew) to cute little cafes, bars, theaters and an array of delicious restaurants too. It’s also home to Little Italy which just so happened to celebrate it’s annual Feast of San Gennaro street fair when we were there. I may have experienced my first deep fried oreo on it’s crowded streets and I can tell you right now it’s as good as it sounds.
Photos by Luke Shadbolt