I thought it was high time I wrapped up what I did on my June New York trip. You already know I stayed at the Pod Hotel, ate at Thai 51, and spent some time in Brooklyn with my cousin. I’ve also written about my travel takeaways from my trip and my experiment with going carry-on only for the trip. What else did I do? Here it is, my four day weekend in the Big Apple:
After our adventures in Brooklyn, my cousin and I walked around Chinatown and Little Italy for a bit.
Later that afternoon, I spent some time at the Met. I loved this museum, and I wish I’d had more time to spend there. They have an impressive armory, among other things.
But what I loved almost as much as its collection is the lively street scene out front of the Met. I sat on the steps for awhile, with a hundred or so other people, listening to a saxophone player and people-watching.
I met up with my friend Darlene Friday night for dinner. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant we ate at; I am terrible at taking notes and photos when I’m with other people! In any case, it was good food, good company, and a good time–though service was a little slow, as I recall.
Most of my weekend was spent at TBEX10, the travel blogger’s conference. I got to meet so many travel bloggers I’ve connected with online, plus some new ones, but of course with 300 attendees, I didn’t get to meet everyone. I definitely picked up some good information over the course of the weekend. Finding my way to and from the various after-party venues on my own (in the dark, no less) helped me gain confidence with navigating Manhattan.
Sunday night, I took the 6 Train to Grand Central Station to check out the architecture there, and yes, it was as impressive as I’d heard it was (both inside and out).
Next up: Times Square, one of my favorite places in the city. It reminds me a bit of Vegas, with all the neon and bright lights.
There is no lack of chain restaurants (and a few local gems) for dining in Times Square. Unfortunately, at this late hour, all of them were packed with long wait times, and I was starving. I wound up dining at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone, which was tucked around the corner and upstairs, and so, I think, was a bit too hidden for most tourists to notice. My salad and calamari were both fine, nothing exceptional. Eating at a chain restaurant wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for dinner in New York City, but that’s what happens when I’m starving and I don’t have a plan.
After dinner, I walked up to Rockefeller Plaza where I’d hoped to go up to the Top of the Rock to catch sunset views of the city. I was too late. It was already dark out by the time I got there. I met up with Jason Hussong of JasonsTravels and Cherie King of Flight of the Deaf Travelbee, along with Cherie’s aunt; they had just come down from Top of the Rock. I had a fun time hanging out with them for the rest of the evening. They got a bite to eat from a food cart at Rockefeller Plaza. We also went up to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but my night shots didn’t turn out very well, so I went back again the next day.
On Monday, I went up to Central Park in the morning to walk around. It was a very hot day (again), so I tried to stay in the shade as much as possible.
For lunch, I met JoAnna Haugen (Kaleidoscopic Wandering) at Rockefeller Center. We had a quick lunch at a little deli chain called Toasties that was packed with business people at lunchtime and had very good, reasonably priced food. Keep it in mind for your next trip to New York.
Lunch had to be quick because I’d received a call from Jetblue earlier telling me my flight home that night had been canceled. I scrambled to get on an earlier flight that I thought I’d have plenty of time to catch after lunch. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I had to call Jetblue and reschedule for the next morning and booked another night at the Pod.
On the bright side, this gave me time to go up to the Top of the Rock for their magnificent views of the city. My photos didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped, as it was a fairly hazy day.
Monday night was a quiet night for me. I could have tried to buy a half-price ticket to a Broadway show that night, but the extra night in a hotel had put me over budget for the trip, and I wasn’t in the mood to spend more money. So after dinner at Thai 51, I wandered around the streets in New York City, taking photos, then called it a night. I definitely need to see a show on my next trip, though. In four trips to the city, I still haven’t managed to do that!