Shaun and I went to NYC back in the fall of 2017 together and had such a blast. It’s one of Shaun’s favorite places and it’s my all time favorite! In my opinion New York is second to none when it comes to opportunity. The whole city is built on Quartz so the energy there is unmatched and you can feel it as soon as you touch down. If I’m being honest it’s the only place I’ve ever truly felt alive. If you’ve been there you know what I mean.
Last time we visited I did a travel guide and you guys enjoyed it so much I’m doing a part 2 to tell you guys what we did on this trip. If you missed the first one you can find it here.
Whenever we go to NYC we always try to arrive on Friday morning and leave Sunday evening. This gives you enough time to jam pack your plans in and see/do what you want without feeling too exhausted. We typically walk around 30 miles in 3 days so by day 3 we are ready to rest.
This time we flew into La Guardia because it was cheaper and the ride into Manhattan was super quick. Even though they don’t have flat rate cabs like JFK does it is still cheaper to take a cab than an Uber.
Friday morning when we got there we headed to our hotel to check in and drop off our luggage. We stayed at the Warwick this time and it was phenomenal. The room was huge for a NYC hotel room and everything from the soaps to the chandeliers were top notch. Our room wasn’t ready yet so we headed to Central Park and walked around.
We checked out our wedding ceremony spot! 🙂 It is the oldest structure in the park and it’s drop dead gorgeous. The architecture is breathtaking.
And we watched a man make these huge bubbles. Shortly after this we realized Shaun had dropped his debit card somewhere so we retraced our footsteps and ending up circling the entire park all over again…
…which ended up being a good thing because later this evening we went to John’s of Bleecker for pizza and then stopped at Joe’s for a slice to compare the two (John’s is the winner)! Pro tip: add garlic as a topping. Trust me. Then we grabbed an ice cream cone from an ice cream truck just outside of Washington Square Park.
We watched an old black and white film here and took it all in. This was one of my favorite things we’ve done. They do this on Friday nights in the summer so if you go you definitely need to check it out!
The next morning we woke up early, got ready, and headed to Bubby’s in Tribeca which we highly recommend!
Their brunch menu is out of this world. Pictured here: NYC Diet Coke! My favorite part about it is I don’t have to ask for a lemon, it already comes with one. 😉
We then headed to the subway and started our journey towards Brooklyn. Neither one of us had ever been so I was kind of worried about making sure to get us on the right train and getting us off at the right stop but I used Citymapper and it was super easy! This was actually one of my favorite subway rides I’ve ever taken because most of it was above ground so I was looking at all of the scenery.
We got to Brooklyn and walked to our destination to do our jet ski tour with Empire City Watersports. We got there and it ended up being just the two of us so the owner of the company took us out and he ended up going ahead of us and just letting us do our own thing. We got to go right up to the Statue of Liberty, and under the bridges. This was, honestly, one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I had never been on a jet ski before but I’ve been boating my whole life so I thought I was prepared for this but I was not. Shaun is a speed demon/adrenaline junkie so at one point we were going 65 mph and I was screaming into his ear to please not whip me off into the abyss. Good news: he didn’t.
I have to say seeing the skyline from this angle and to go right up to it was such an amazing experience. Pro tip: pay for the photo package! These photos are priceless.
After this we got a recommendation from the tour company to go grab pizza and ice cream at L&B Spumoni Gardens. My recommendation is the slice of round cheese pizza and Shaun’s is the square Sicilian slice. Did we have pizza the day before? Of course. But hey, when in Rome. Or NYC.
Then we headed back to our room and got ready before going to see School of Rock on Broadway. It was simply amazing! It followed the movie very closely and the kids played all of their own instruments. It was incredible. There was a little girl in the show who sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and I cried. Not one glistening tear, either. Like tears flowing down my cheeks, cried. After dinner we went to Ellen’s Stardust Diner which I 10/10 recommend! I told Shaun we have to go there after every show. It’s like the after show to the show and their talent is unreal.
This was one of our favorite treats, ever! You get to choose your ice cream and then a cereal and you can make it a shake if you’d like, too. This is definitely a must.
So we totally went here to take photos because I thought it was so cool but I didn’t know until just recently they have Italian food. I told Shaun next time we go we have to try it.
Excuse the puffy eyes in all of the photos. It truly is the city that never sleeps. Or maybe I’m just the girl who never sleeps. 🙂
Overall it was an unforgettable trip. Shaun and I have so much fun every time we go on vacation but I think every trip we take to NYC gets better and better. There’s something so special about it for both of us. I hope you get to experience this kind of a trip with someone you love and if it happens to be a trip to NYC that you take, I hope you take me up on some of my recommendations!