By Maggie Reimherr
Derek and I recently went on a whirlwind trip to New York City. We rode in on a Megabus (because we’re *frugal*) and arrived at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 28. Then we hopped on another bus at 7:00 pm the next day to head home.
Our goals for the trip were the following:
Give Derek a first glimpse of New York. This trip would determine whether or not he’d want to return to the city to see more.
Keep it cheap. Cheap is a relative term here, because y’all, New York is expensive. But because it was a first time overview of the city for Derek, we skipped some of the touristy things that you’d typically shell out more cash for. We didn’t take any tours or ride around in any double decker buses to see the sights. We didn’t go to the top of the Empire State Building. But we still had fun!
Here’s an overview of our 30 hour trip to New York City.
Where we stayed:
Cosmopolitan Hotel in Tribeca - This little boutique hotel was the perfect spot for us. Located right next to a Subway station and a Starbucks, we had everything we needed. Our room was tiny but clean, cute, and comfortable.
What we saw:
9/11 Memorial - This was a beautiful tribute to the lives lost in the biggest national tragedy of our lifetime. The reflecting pools were incredible and massive. One thing I was disappointed in here was that so many people were taking selfies. It felt really inappropriate and disrespectful. Put away the iPhones and pay your respects, y’all.
Battery Park - The park provides great views of the Statue of Liberty. However, your statue selfie game will not be on fleek, as you can see below.
Times Square - Because, duh. We’re tourists.
Falsettos on Broadway - If you know me, you know I love musicals. So this was a non-negotiable part of our New York trip. Yes, tickets are expensive and definitely didn’t help us with keeping this trip cheap, but to me, Broadway is always, always worth it. The show was beautiful, and the cast was a dream. Sadly, it’s a limited run, so unless you’re in New York before January 8, you’ll miss this one. However, I’ve truly never seen a bad Broadway show, so you can’t go wrong with whatever you see.
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Bryant Park - This park is just super cute. Since we went during the holiday season, vendors were set up in the Winter Village. I wish we’d gone before Christmas, since it would’ve been a perfect place to shop for gifts!
New York Public Library - Beautiful public library with pristine public restrooms, which is very important when you’re spending a day traipsing all over Manhattan.
Rockefeller Center - I have to admit, I had romanticized Rockefeller Center at Christmastime, and it was rather anti-climactic. We didn’t ice skate (I’m scared of ice skating anyway), and I think I was over the hordes of people at this point. Next time, I think we’d take a tour of Rockefeller Center and head to the Top of the Rock.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral - I’m just going to leave this tweet here.
Central Park - Sadly, it was raining the day we went to the park, so we didn’t do as much walking and exploring as I would’ve liked. But it still amazes me that this giant, beautiful park is in the middle of Manhattan.
Where we ate/drank:
Chelsea Market - If you’re not irritated by throngs of people or eating standing up, this is a great spot to grab a really delicious lunch. There are tons of unique options. We selected Num Pang Sandwich Shop and ate pork belly sandwiches.
Havana Social - We wanted something unique and a little off the beaten path for a pre-theater dinner and found this spot in Hell’s Kitchen on OpenTable. It was fantastic. We split 3 tapas and a delicious beef entree. Also, Derek’s craft beer was only $3 at happy hour!
Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish - Because who goes to New York and doesn’t get a bagel?
Tavern on the Green - Highly recommend grabbing a seat at the bar and having a drink here. We planned to split appetizers, but we’re not made of money and didn’t feel the need to purchase a $20 flatbread. However, being here made me feel very refined and New York-y. This is Derek’s sophisticated face:
We also went to a little pub for dinner, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name of it. I was just very hungry (and a little tipsy from the aforementioned beers) and grateful for my sliders.
What we’d do next time:
For my 16th birthday and again for my 18th birthday, my grandparents took me to New York for a week. We saw a show every day we were there. Good news - Derek wants to go to New York again! And good news - next time we go, we’d like to do the trip the way I did with my grandparents. We’re thinking 4-5 nights with more time for sightseeing and lots of Broadway.
Also, next time I will eat an authentic New York hot dog one day for lunch. Clearly, I have regrets.
Overall, we had a wonderful time in this short, busy trip. I can’t wait for our next adventure!