OH NEW YORK! Even when your winter ate into our supposed early spring visit and was bitterly bitterly cold — you are still an amazing city to visit again and again and again!!
I decided to book our apartment off the beaten path of most tourists — in historic Harlem! It was a beautiful brownstone apartment a couple of blocks away from bus stops and metro line. To be honest, I wouldn’t have thought of Harlem if I hadn’t seen the interiors of this apartment in airbnb. Since we traveled while I was still on my strict Cohen meal plan, I had to have access to a kitchen. Six days of using a kitchen — it had to be a good one, right?! Doesn’t the apartment justify our a bit out-of-the-way location? It definitely added a different flavor to our NY experience. We felt like real locals! We even managed to attend a gospel worship service that weekend. And what’s the point of being at Harlem without getting some soul food: chicken and waffles, right?!
2. MAJORLY TOURISTING IT!
Since it was Drew’s first visit to the city, we decided to tourist it out with major city landmark highlights. It was nice to revisit these famous landmarks again since my last visit was way back in 2002, too!
WTC MEMORIAL / WALL ST / BATTERY PARK / STATEN ISLAND
I don’t know why we decided to do the sights near the waters on the coldest day we were there! We were freezing our faces off — it was so hard to smile!
DOWNTOWN NEW YORK: Rockefeller Center for the view of Empire State Building! Grand Central Terminal (where Drew finally had his Shake Shack experience) and Lincoln Center
Walked along Sarah Jessica Parker’s apartment, the rumored would-be apartment of Jennifer Aniston, the gym where Anderson Cooper goes and where Philip Seymour Hoffman died — Greenwich Village is the spot to spot artistas! hahahaha The High Line would have been nice in proper spring. Actual, all of New York would’ve been nicer in proper spring! And Chelsea Market — haay, I wish I could transplant you in Manila.
I was so optimistic about the weather in NY prior to our arrival that if you read our itinerary — we were suppose to have a beautiful sunny picnic lunch here! Instead — tada!
THE LOVE SIGN, RIZZOLI BOOKSHOP & THE PLAZA HOTEL
The Rizzoli Bookshop was a landmark NY bookstore that is closing its doors. Had to drop by and pay our respects. Afterwards, we were consoled by that insanely delicious 20 layered crepe cake from Lady M at the Plaza Hotel! hahahaha
3. BROADWAY SHOWS: JERSEY BOYS & LION KING
What’s a trip to NY without catching a Broadway show?! When I used to travel with my Dad — we wouldn’t do anything but lineup at TKTS and buy shows upon shows! We’d catch a matinee AND an evening show! Addict! hahaha But because we wanted to do more things this time, we ended up buying tickets online for JERSEY BOYS but got bumped up from balcony seats to orchestra center!! Yahoo!
Travel tip: Broadway shows raffle off free tickets for the same day performance a couple of hours before show time! Best to check each show’s website for more information!
We decided to skip Guggenheim this time around but the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art had our plates full anyway. The Met, especially, made me wish I had a couple more days to visit it again. I was still a kid when I last visited so I didn’t remember how overwhelming it was!
5. FOOD TRIP: BURGERS, PIZZA AND HOTDOGS — A New York must that Drew enjoyed to the max and deserves a separate post all its own!!
WE WILL BE BACK NYC!!!