Today’s post is by guest blogger, Betsy, who offers her insider solo tips for New York City. Enjoy!
New York City is one of my favorite places to explore solo. After five years of pounding the pavement, here are a few of my favorite activities no matter what kind of weather you encounter in the Big Apple. By the way, none of these suggestions will break the bank, so feel free to work them all into your itinerary!
Sunny and Beautiful Outside?
When you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a 6 train over to Spring Street for a meal at Lombardi’s Pizza. It may not look like much, but this will be the best pizza you’ve ever tasted. Lombardi’s considers itself the “first pizzeria” in America (est. 1905), and the ingredients are always fresh and delicious. Plus, the service is phenomenal. My suggestion: extra cheese and pepperoni. They open at around 11:30am, and lines can get long for seating (no reservations, of course); so either arrive at opening, or head over mid-afternoon.
Lombardi’s: 32 Spring Street, corner of Mott. 6 Train to Spring Street.
Doing Some Holiday Shopping?
My favorite time in New York is November/December, when everyone is rushing about putting up Christmas trees, lighting monstrously-sized Chanukah menorahs, and trying to finalize the numbers for their fiscal year budgets!
The best way to spend a day at this time of year is to visit one (or more) of the Holiday Fairs throughout the city. These are temporary tent shops set up all over the city where local artisans sell their wares. You’ll also find your typical Prada bag knock-offs, but what do you expect? This is New York!
If you choose to hit the Union Square holiday fair (4,5,6 trains at 14th Street), you can combine your visit with some taste-testing at the Union Square farmers’ market. And, from there, head across the street to Max Brenner’s for some genuine urban S’mores. (If you set the marshmallows on fire when you’re roasting them, don’t blame me!)
Max Brenner’s: 841 Broadway (between 13th and 14th Streets)
Max’s accepts reservations Monday through Thursday, 9am-4pm. At all other times (including all holidays), guests are welcome on a first come, first serve basis. For reservations, call 212-388-0030 and press #2.
In for a Rainy Afternoon?
Rain can last for days in New York; take cover at one of the New York Public Library’s reading rooms. I could wander around this beautiful relic of New York for days, but settling in for an afternoon of reading or writing in such an historic building is bound to be inspirational.
New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 212-930-0800
Public Theater and Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 212-539-8500
Ticket Sales: 212-967-7555
Ahh..New York. Just writing about it makes me want to book a flight. If you’re on your way, enjoy!
About the Author
Betsy is a proud (though, sadly, former) New Yorker, who always ends up burning her marshmallows. Her second favorite vacation spot is Walt Disney World, and she’s an administrator of the new Disney-focused Social Media site, DisMarks.com.