Long time coming for this post but happy to finally get around to sharing it! I've always wanted to go to New York, but the timing was never right and my finances wouldn't allow it. Well, that all changed when I was taking a "study break" a week before finals. I do this thing where I plan trips that I know I can't take quite yet. Seriously-- I'll price out flights, lodging, food, entertainment, transportation, everything! Scrolling through airline websites I found a round-trip ticket to New York for a little over $200! With no hesitation, I booked it!
Lucky for me, I have a handful of sorority sisters who live in New York so I was able to crash and cut cost on lodging-- thank you Maya!! I hoped a 7am flight out of Atlanta Sunday morning and landed at La Guardia a few hours later.
It was so cool flying in and seeing Manhattan and all the sky high buildings.
I took an Uber from La Guardia to Bedstuy in Brooklyn to meet up with Maya and headed to breakfast. We had a hearty and filling breakfast at Grandchamps on Patchen Avenue before heading into the city. I ordered the omelet with griot (pork) and a side of beans. The entire breakfast was so delicious and flavorful!
En route to the subway I had to stop and take a picture in front of the doors at this brownstone! The little old lady that lived there came out and told us how she sent a few thousand dollars to a wood worker she only briefly met to have these doors carved by hand. She said she never expected to actually receive the doors, but when they came she was so overwhelmed with joy!
Prior to arriving in NYC I purchased a pair of NYCFC football (soccer) game tickets for Maya and me. The train ride up to the Bronx to Yankee Stadium was packed with NYCFC fans in addition to mention the numerous characters you see on the subway.
Once we hopped off the train we ran into the team's drumline/supporter band. This homeless lady was having the time of her life dancing to the music and marching around with the band, She even tried to follow them into the stadium!!
I've been to a handful of soccer games before but this was my first MLS game! NYCFC defeated ATL and scored 2-3 goals right after half time.
Jasmine, Maya, and I weathered the rain and cold weather pretty well! Lots of hot chocolate and popcorn made it easy. Plus, I had to snag a souvenir to show support for my new MLS squad!
After the game we headed to Times Square in search of food and so I could do touristy things like look in awe at the tall buildings and flashy signs. Also, how cool is this mosaic tile mural in the subway? And yes, my ankles were very cold.
Clearly, super excited to hang out in Times Square lol.
After roaming around for a bit, we popped into a little spot to get $1 pizza before heading back to Brooklyn to turn in for the night. I mean, have you even been to NYC if you haven't enjoyed $1 pizza? These little spots are around every corner so be sure to hop in to one for a bite!
Bright and early Monday morning I got lost under the Brooklyn Bridge. Not in a metaphorical sense, but literally. My GoogleMap app just couldn't get me up to the stairs on the side of the bridge. I roamed around DUMBO for at least an hour before my friend Max, who was also in town, found me!
Once we crossed the bridge into the Financial District we stopped in this tiny coffee shop called The Wooly in Tribeca for a quick breakfast before continuing to roam the area.
We made our way into Chinatown and explored beauty shops, trinket shops, and had some of the best noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods for lunch. I really regret not picking up any masks, serums, and creams from the beauty stores while I was there but that just means I have to make a trip back! Also, literally every other store in Chinatown is a jewelry shop. You can get anything from gold chains to turquoise to diamonds. But lunch was obviously the best part! I've only ever had egg rolls and fried rice, so when we ended up at Xi'an Famous Foods my soul was so happy. I opted for the stewed pork hand-ripped noodles in soup and split a stewed pork burger with Max. The flavor was insane and the dish was ridiculously filling.
Did I mention that Max and I get Chinese massages? Neither of us had ever had one and the guy on the street coaxed us up stairs to the shop. Granted, we were a bit hesitant at first, but when else would we get one?! It's New York, so we decided to try it out. Do I think I'll ever do it again? Probably not. My feet were in pain and Max's back was sore after just 10 minutes. Happy I gave it a try though!
Wrapping up the day, I ventured back to Tribeca for a fundraising gala. The music, food, and entertainment were on point, not to mention the cause-- growing the PlayWorks organization!
First two days in NYC were jam packed but the week had so much more in store! Be sure to check back later for part 2 and a video recap of a few points in my trip.
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