quick trip guide: NYC
Something I love to do is travel. Sometimes living here feels like I'm studying abroad all over again - there's so much to do, so many different paths you can take (museums? food? music? theater? history? and on), that sometimes it's hard to know where to start or how to actually get there. I knew this would be the best place for me to set as my "home base" post-grad because you can do so much, and also have access to trains, buses and planes for a quick escape. I try to balance the vacation vs staycation time.
I had a couple personal days I had to take before the end of December that wouldn’t roll over, so it was the perfect opportunity for my mom to visit! (Perks of living close to home again.) Because we’ve spent a lot of time in the city growing up and before I moved here, we’d pretty much covered the typical touristy “must-sees” (which you do have to see at some point in your life).
If you’re looking for a fun, moderately-touristy, low-stress visit, here’s a little recap of what we did:
We slept in and got ready, timing it so the morning commute crowd on the subway had died down, and headed to the High Line. It was 28 degrees and windy … so not our smartest move, but we had a nice walk and talk without a crowd! I love the High Line in the fall/summer - there are so many fun groups of people, families and New Yorkers just soaking in the skyline and some fresh air. (I have never appreciated fresh air so much before moving here, hah!)
When we needed a little warmth, we went to Artists and Fleas and Chelsea Market. We ate at Creamline for lunch. (It was delish.) Bonus: it was something my mom hadn’t done before in the city! (Btw - saw in the news that Alphabet just bought Chelsea Market this week - wonder if/how that’ll impact the Market at all… hoping not!)
Then we walked around the neighborhood a little while longer, stopping at The Donut Pub (also in the Chelsea neighborhood) for something sweet. It was small and everyone inside knew each other, which I loved. I had a Boston Kreme donut, which I am now drooling over the thought of. Gonna have to make a return visit soon!
Then we headed uptown and went on the Rockefeller Center tour. It went all over the Rockefeller property highlighting different art, architecture and family history. It was actually really interesting and full of things I didn’t know (like why they first put up a Christmas tree in the plaza!). 8/10 would recommend (10/10 if it isn’t so cold outside). Next time we want to do the Studio tour (lesson learned: it books up well ahead of time!)
After the tour, we went back to my apartment for a quick change before dinner. My dad is allergic to olive oil (poor guy!!), so we rarely eat Italian food as a family. We gave ourselves a little treat at Tony Di’Napoli on the UES. It was so funny - the restaurant was empty because no New Yorkers eat dinner at 6 p.m.! It worked out perfectly because we were able to eat in peace before we went to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
I’ve seen the Rockettes twice before (at ages four and eighteen… so, pretty different experiences), and this third time was another reminder of how incredible they are! I can’t get over how precise they are. Maybe it’s because they’re my age (wild) but I just can’t fathom being able to dance like that. I can’t even touch my toes. Plus, it was a fun, festive night. I had been trying to hold back on being in full-on holiday mode around Thanksgiving, but it was perfect. If you come in the spring or summer, TKTS is a great place for last-minute Broadway tickets.
The next morning we got bagels at the bodega by my apartment (the best) and my mom headed home - a short and sweet visit, but sometimes a girl just needs a day with her momma. I could probably make 50 different iterations of NYC guides, so this one is good for a short visit to Chelsea and Midtown. I’ll work on some other recs because there is so much to do and see here (I’m still finding new things myself), as well as guides for some of my other favorite cities!