A recap of my end of summer trip to NYC with my mom! All the sights, sounds, scenes, and eats we took in during our 3 days in the Big Apple.
A week off from the blog feels like a year in social media time! But I am back this week and here to share a full recap of my trip to New York City.
Last week I took my mom to New York City to see Hamilton! We decided to make a girl’s trip of it after we found out Hamilton was coming to Buffalo and realized the tickets to see it in NYC were actually cheaper than they were here at home. Crazy, but true! So we booked the 50 minute flights to NYC and went on our way to the Big Apple. Follow along with how we spent our 3 jam-packed days below…
We arrived in New York mid-morning and Uber-ed in from JFK to our Air BnB in the East Village. After dropping our luggage off, we were eager to get out of the apartment and get to exploring the city. But first we needed groceries! Luckily there was a Whole Foods about a block away, so we picked up what be needed and grabbed lunch too. Then we headed out to Central Park…my favorite place on earth.
We didn’t have any concrete plans for the day, so we took out time getting there and stopped in a few fun stores along the way.
Once we made it to the park we walked around for a bit before heading to my favorite area, Strawberry Fields, where the John Lennon memorial is located.
We sat and listened to a few Beatles songs before leaving the park and heading to Greenwich Village. We walked around there for a bit before settling on Hu Kitchen for dinner. A plant-based restaurant with tons of homemade options that make you feel like you mom is cooking for you!
My mom and I both got bowls of the vegan bean and vegetable chili, despite how hot it was in NYC, because it looked and smelled so darn good. It came with the most amazing grain-free paleo rosemary bread on the side and I also got some Vegan Cheddar Lily Puffs as well.
On the way back to our apartment we went by a Pressed Juicery and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try Pressed Freeze. The “ice cream” made from their juice totally lived up to my expectations and I ended up getting it two more times over the course of our stay!
On day 2 we woke up bright and early to try a spin class at FlyWheel. It was my first time doing a ‘stadium cycling’ class and I have to say I enjoyed it more than any other spin class I’ve ever been too! The instructor was great and I loved how the bikes were set up making it super easy to follow her speed/resistance cues.
After spinning, we stopped for breakfast at a cute cafe/coffee shop called The Bean. My mom and I both got delicious acai bowls. They had an AMAZING selection and I went with one called The Rider, a base of acai, banana, peanut butter, & oat milk topped with cacao nibs, banana, granola, and more peanut butter! So good.
Once we got back to the apartment we took our time getting ready for our matinée showing of Hamilton at Richard Rodger’s Theatre. We left early with plenty of time to walk to the Broadway area and cool off before the show started, but both of us couldn’t wait to get into our seats.
The show did not disappoint! It was BETTER than I could have ever imagined. I always said I was so upset I never got the chance to see the original cast, but the cast we saw was so good, I can ‘t see anyone ever topping them. So the original cast must have been absolutely mind-blowing! I was singing along to every single word the whole time. The people sitting next to us ask how many times I had seen Hamilton before and were shocked when I told them it was my first! I just fell in love with the soundtrack when the show first came out and have been listening to it ever since.
After the show, still riding the high from all the excitement, I took my mom to walk on the High Line as the sun was setting.
We then got sushi at Beyond Sushi for dinner (an all vegan sushi place!) and more Freeze for dessert before calling it a night.
On our last day, with out luggage trailing behind us, we walked down to the 9/11 Memorial and walked through the new Oculus building. We also saw a man on a motorcycle get hit by a taxi as we were buying tickets for a tour at One World Trade Center which was awful, but luckily he was okay.
The VIP tour we took was amazing! We had a small group guided by an incredibly knowledgable tour guide and we got to skip all the lines for the observatory. Speaking of the observatory, that was incredible! The slogan for the whole experience is “See Forever”…and that could not be more true. You head up 104 flights in 47 seconds and can literally see all of NYC and beyond from a 360 degree view. It is incredible. And the pictures certainly don’t do it justice.
From there we headed to the airport. We ended up seeing a man getting dragged out in handcuffs by military personnel with huge machine guns as we were going through security AND we had to sit on the runway for 3 hours before taking off in a storm, but other than those two things the trip was great!
Have you ever been to NYC?
What’s your favorite thing to do when you visit NYC?
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