Last week I had my first chance to visit New York City. One of my good friends invited me to tag along on a girls weekend to visit her young sister with their mom. So naturally, I said yes!
Being a planner, I respectfully submitted my spreadsheet of things to do a month in advance of our trip. I’m happy to report that everything on that spreadsheet got crossed off. What I didn’t expect was to do additional amazing things thanks to the fabulous recommendations from those I traveled with.
Here are few observations from my first trip to NYC:
- Rarely heard a “true” New York accent. The city was full of international folks from Irish to German to Swedish to Russian.
- I thought Las Vegas was the city that never sleeps. Apparently, neither does New York.
- Carnegie Deli serves inhumanly large delicious portions – from cheesecake to Rueben’s bring your appetite and another person to help you eat everything!
- Check out the ceiling at Grand Central Terminal if you forget your Zodiac sign.
- Your neck may get a little sore from admiring the towering views.
- I could buy out the entire Fishs Eddy Store.
- Bring your shades for Times Square at night.
- Danielle Radcliffe can really dance and sing. One step closer to being something more than just Harry Potter.
- Planet Doughnut is a must eat location that was not originally on my spreadsheet. (That’s why you travel with friends who have favorite and AMAZING places to eat!)
- I saw one mouse in the subway and technically that was in New Jersey.
- You’ll get your bearings off in Central Park with North, South, East, West but the city is easy to navigate.
- The best restaurants or bars only have five tables that comfortably sit two.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral reminded me of Notre Dame – from the interior architecture to the lighting inside.
- You’re never too old to ride the Ferris wheel, especially when it has a My Little Pony carriage.
- NYC was surprisingly clean of garbage for no allies.
- The High Line was flipping amazing. I didn’t feel like I was in the city. I would love to see something like this in Chicago.
- Learned a ton at Ellis Island. The museum puts old school immigration in focus. Hard to believe that people (my mom included) came to this country on a boat.
- While rowing a boat in Central Park, stay low when switching places.
- The Statue of Liberty is really green.
- Ground Zero is a sobering location yet bustling with activity.
- Café Lalo, makes me drool just thinking about it.
- A 48-hour lock-in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is still not enough time for me to explore this building.
- Loved catching up with friends and family.
- I want to go back at least five more times ok, maybe ten.