NYC – Day One

WE MADE IT!

Three girls with a crazy dream of a girl’s trip to NYC.

After months of planning, anticipating, and packing (yes, it takes me that long to plan my outfits,) we arrived in New York City. Our flight landed at a bright and early 6:00am. The first hurdle? Learn the subway map! We opted to take the Air Train and Metro into Manhattan from JFK, because it was $8.00 per person vs $20.00 (more on the pros & cons of THAT later…)

Arriving in Manhattan at 7am isn’t as luxurious as one might think, especially when your train drops you off like 10 blocks away from your hotel and you have to roll your luggage down Fifth. Whoops! (First of a few subway fails…)

We had originally planned to see The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that day, but sadly the show was cancelled due to the loss of his mother. So, the plan was rearranged and we decided to travel to Upper Manhattan (after a quick wardrobe change in the hotel lobby bathroom!) And guess what train station we used to get there?! Grand Central! It was a bustling, busy, and exciting as I imagined!

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What’s a trip to NYC without pics on the steps of the MET.

SPOTTED – “Upper East Side Queens aren’t born at the top. They climb their way up in heels…” xoxo. (Okay, enough Gossip Girl. Carrying on.)

We walked the Metropolitan Museum of Art and almost spotted Robert De Niro, who was apparently filming The Irishman nearby. Close, but so far.

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Central Park is AS amazing as imagined. The views are incredible, the atmosphere is a delight, and the sound of crunching fall leaves under our feet was actually bliss. Thanks to my friends who let me play the ultimate tourist and pose with me at the Alexander Hamilton statue. We wandered the park and saw most of the upper half.

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Places we Saw @ Central Park: 

Bethesda Fountain

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The Loeb Boathouse

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The Belvedere Castle

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Places we Ate:

Maison Kayser – the BEST Parisian bakery! They are scattered around the city and absolutely delicious. We stopped in twice, because it was right across from our hotel.

Tal Bagel – bagel sandwiches and other bagel related goodies. Not bad, by any means, but probably not the BEST bagel you can get in NYC.

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters – delish homemade chai, though definitely for a price. Though, we did order ours with a specialty “oat” milk as well as with a shot of espresso (gotta try a dirty chai!)

Patzeria Family & Friends – amazing Italian right near Broadway. There are signed posters from Broadway shows all over the walls, so we’re pretty sure that some of the casts eat here. Also, I think I saw a picture of a Dear Evan Hansen cast member eating here on her Instagram!

Day one was also the day that my dear friend, Nicole, and I saw Hamilton. But I will need a whole separate post for our Broadway experiences!

So much more to come from our trip to the Big Apple. I could talk about it for HOURS.

I want to be a part of it,

Ariel

 

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