NYC - Part I - Sunday/Monday
I spent last Sunday-Thursday in NYC with my mom and my 17-year old niece, Sarah. We really only had 3 1/2 days after accounting for travel time, but we made the best of it!
We stayed in a 2 BDRM apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn (found via airbnb which I totally recommend for vacation rentals!). Sunday night we didn’t get in till about 9pm, so we just walked to a nearby Whole Foods to grab a bite from the deli & some breakfast foods for the week (nice part of renting an apartment).
On Monday, we grabbed a 7-day subway pass for just $30. I definitely recommend getting the pass if you are in town for several days, as it is otherwise $2.50/ride. We easily surpassed the $30 value in our 3.5 days.
We first stopped off near Brooklyn Heights. After a lovely walk through a tree-lined neighborhood of brownstones (swoon!), we found our way to Brooklyn Bridge Park which is a really amazing park built on the old piers - breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, peeks of Lady Liberty, and just an awesome park in general.
From there, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, then jumped on a quick subway ride to the Staten Island Ferry which is *free* & has fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty & lower Manhattan. I had the most random experience on the ferry of running into my friend that I know from working in Boston 13 years ago (hadn’t seen since!). She now lives in Chicago with an Aussie husband so even more random we were in the same place at the same time! Too weird.
Next, we popped into the Tribeca Whole Foods for a quick/late deli lunch (I know, boring, but it was convenient esp since my niece can’t do gluten) then zipped over to the 9/11 memorial (after making our way through the sea of humanity headed the opposite direction of us as it was 5pm!). Sobering, no words really, for this site.
We next buzzed up to the High Line near the Meatpacking / Chelsea neighborhoods. It was near sunset and was just a gorgeous time to be walking this park. I think we were lucky to be there on a weekday as I hear it gets packed on weekends. We did about half the park, then popped down to the Chelsea Market which is like a gourmet food court (I think the Food Network has studios upstairs?). I had some tacos, guac, and chips while my mom & niece had milkshakes for dinner (vacation!). We finally headed back to Brooklyn almost 12 hours after our day began!
The amazing thing about this day is that the only things we spent $$ on was the subway pass (to use all week) and lunch/dinner (which was cheap) - everything else was all free! So, NYC can be pricey but definitely doesn’t have to be.
(To be continued…)