Hello again! On Friday, I shared the first three days of our family vacation in New York City (you can click HERE if you missed it) and today I’m sharing the remainder of our fun-filled vacation.
Monday morning we woke up ready for another full day and when we stepped out of our hotel we were shocked at how cold it was. I think it was somewhere around 35 degrees. If it ever gets that cold in San Diego, people don’t leave their houses (haha!) but that didn’t stop us. We hopped on the subway again and headed downtown to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
We started our tour off by watching the film Facing Crisis: America Under Attack which I highly recommend as it set the stage for what was going on in those first few hours before we really knew what was happening and how America would be changed forever.
It is suggested to set aside two and a half hours to tour the museum, however; we were there for twice that time and could have easily spent another hour. It is absolutely amazing and they did a phenomenal job of capturing the enormity of the devastation and loss.
From the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, we planned on walking to Battery Park to view the Statue of Liberty however; it was just too cold, so us wimpy Southern Californians took an Uber. I didn’t think it was possible, but when we got to Battery Park, it was even colder plus the wind picked up. We were so cold; we couldn’t even get a selfie in front of Lady Liberty because our hands were shaking too much!
The view of One World Trade Center from Battery Park.
After Battery Park, we opted to take an Uber again across the Brooklyn Bridge where we had dinner at DeLarocco’s in Brooklyn Heights. It was quaint and cute but best of all, had gluten free crust options for all of their pizzas!
The next day, thank goodness, wasn’t nearly as cold as the day before and we hoped on the subway to see
Yep. Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment! I LIVED for Sex in the City when it was on and getting to see Carrie’s iconic walk-up apartment was so much fun for me. The entire street is simply stunning.
From Carrie’s apartment in Greenwich Village we walked to Chelsea Market. Funny note, while getting ready that morning in the hotel we were watching the Today show were they had Giada De Laurentiis on as a special guest. When walking through Chelsea Market, the hubby spotted her cruising through the market as well!
We had a yummy lunch at Friedman’s and then walked to explore the High Line, which is a public park, built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Such a unique and beautiful park.
3 Bagalini’s on the High Line.
Then it was back on the Subway uptown to check out Grand Central Terminal.
The architecture was breathtaking.
As much as the hubby and I could look at gorgeous buildings all day, we kept Princess Dani happy by promising her, when we were done we would head to Dylan’s Candy Bar.
As this was our last evening in New York, we wanted to end the day with a really good meal (and Chris and I couldn’t stop thinking about the gnocchi) so we went back to Etcetera Etcetera.
On our last day we walked to Rockefeller Center for lunch at Cucina & Co and to catch a glimpse of the Rockefeller Tree and Ice Skating rink.
They were still decorating the tree while we were there.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Hyatt Centric in Times Square. This was a great little hotel that was centrally located to two major subway stations, and a half a block from Times Square. We booked a suite so everyone had his or her own place to sleep.
How We Got There
We flew United Airlines direct from San Diego and flying in to Newark, NJ instead of JFK, saved us over $150 per ticket! We booked a private car to transport us to and from the airport.
I don’t know if I am the only person who does this when traveling to a new destination, but before I travel somewhere I research the heck out it. I want to be sure to see the most important sights, but also want to know if there are any hidden gems that should not be missed. Here are two guides I used to help plan our trip.
And don’t laugh but this NYC Subway Tips and Tricks was SO HELPFUL!
I also research food choices. Us Bagalini’s LOVE to eat, and Princess Dani is no exception, but her allergy to gluten can be a challenge at times. She’s a trooper when it comes to managing her food allergy, but I try and find restaurants that have yummy, gluten-free options for her so she does not feel left out of the experience.
Well, that’s it! 6 Fun filled days exploring a new city! We had a phenomenal time in New York and would love to stay through Thanksgiving next time so we could watch the Macy’s Day parade in person!