The Big Apple

For over a year now the #1 place on my bucket list in the United States has been Boston, Massachusetts. I was sitting with one of my friends in a coffee shop in Birmingham sipping on a latte and started looking at flights. Round trip fights to Boston were very expensive and my friend Paloma had never been to New York City. I found a cheap flight and booked a one way ticket to NYC. I still wanted to go to Boston, so we pondered some different options like taking a bus or train to Boston. We ended up renting a car so we could see more of New England, which I will write about in another blog post.


Fast forward to mid June... we flew into LaGuardia early Tuesday morning. Shout out to my mom for waking up at 3AM to drop us off at the airport. It was a long and eventful Lyft ride to our Hotel. We landed in New York around 10 EST. We spent the day shopping around 5th Ave. Our favorites were Alo Yoga, the Harry Potter Store, Aritzia, and Paper Source. I also went to the Alice + Olivia Sample sale. I didn't buy anything, but I felt like I was in the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. It was everything I would imagine a New York City Sample sale to be. You had to get on a virtual 90 minute wait list, they check your purse at the door, and people were leaving with 10 bags full of merchandise.


Tuesday night we had dinner and drinks at the Magic Hour Rooftop located in the Moxy near Times Square. We loved the ambiance, but we all agreed that the food and drinks were less than average. After that we went to see Times Square at night. It's definitely something you have to see, but it was VERY crowded.


Times Square


Our second day we had a brunch reservation at Sarabeth's by Central Park. We arrived a little early so we walked a couple blocks to Bergdorf Goodman's. Another highlight of my week being a fashion major. After brunch we walked through Central Park by the Disco Oasis Roller Rink, Chess & Checkers House, and Ball Fields to Strawberry Fields. I loved seeing Central Park and I can't believe we only saw half of it. We walked through Shakespeare's Garden and Turtle Pond to Belvedere Castle ending at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Unfortunately, the MET is closed on Wednesday. We were able to see the famous steps though! We spent the second part of our day in Chinatown where we found a nice rooftop called The Crown located in Hotel 50 Bowery. It overlooks the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. We also got some food in Chinatown. When we got back to the hotel Paloma and I went to a rooftop bar called Dear Irving in the Aliz Hotel.


We started our last day in Dumbo, Brooklyn where we had bagels at La Bagel Delight. They were amazing! We walked to the famous spot where you can see the Brooklyn Bridge. For any Gossip Girl lovers like me that was the location of the Humphrey Lofts. We walked around in a few shops and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan and to Wall Street. From Wall Street we took an Uber to Hudson Yards to see the Vessel. Unfortunately, you are unable to go up to the top due to the number of suicides from people jumping from the structure. We also did a little shopping in the mall. After that we walked back to our hotel to get ready for dinner. We walked from our hotel to dinner at Quality Eats in the West Village. After dinner we met one of my college friends at The Happiest Hour. I highly recommend both of these places!


Stay tuned for my next two posts about our road trip and Boston!


Thanks for reading and safe travels!

Caroline