Hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this travel post! With this being my first trip to New York City, I opted to do the more touristy things like walking the Brooklyn Bridge and visiting Times Square. Mid-week though, things really started to pick up!
Bright and early Tuesday morning I made my trek from Brooklyn uptown to the West side to be in the audience for the taping of ABC's The Chew! I found the ticket on a whim at 1iota and was thrilled when they emailed me a free ticket! If you're in LA or NYC and want to be part of the audience of a major show, be sure to check them out for free tickets!
Best part of this experience was sitting at the Tasting Table! Once I made it through security, a PA stopped me and asked if I was interested and of course I said yes! Prior to the start of taping, we got to chit chat with the cast (Mario, Clinton, Carla, and Michael) and was given a little pep talk about being interactive throughout the show. Obviously the best part was eating samples of everything that was cooked throughout the show -- fried green tomato & pimento cheese pizza and creamy mushroom risotto. Plus, the special guest for the day was Wanda Sykes and she was pretty funny with the stories she told! You can watch the clip here and catch me around the 17 second mark!
After grabbing a hot chocolate I had to hop the train to Brookfield Place to meet up with my sorority sister Jasmine for a private tour of Time Inc. Jasmine is an assistant producer for TIME for Kids magazine and works at their NYC corporate office. We toured the various departments housed under Time and even grabbed lunch in their swanky cafeteria. Plus, I got to take home a bunch of new magazines for free!
Saw this picture in the hallway and loved it!
Thanks for the tour Jasmine! And right after we snapped this picture, model Ashley Graham walked in!
Wrapped up a full day with a sweet red velvet cupcake from Sprinkles before heading for the night.
Wednesday was the lightest day of the trip -- a 1:00pm baseball game in Flushing at Citi Stadium. The train ride there was mainly above ground, so it was nice to see the city from a different point of view.
Whenever I travel to a major city I some how end up making it to a MLB game but oddly enough, I don't really care for baseball. I found a cheap ticket online for the game and it was perfect to not have my schedule loaded down for the day. Also, for it to be a mid-day game I was really surprised by how many people were in attendance! I didn't realize this until on my flight out, but you can see the stadium from the sky if you pay attention.
Later Wednesday night I met up with Maya in downtown Brooklyn for dinner. We were roaming around for a bit before we decided to try Broccolino on a whim and it's the best Italian food I've ever had. It was a bit pricey but definitely worth it.
Sorry for the blurry pic-- it was dimly lit! I had spaghetti al pomodoro e basilico (spaghetti with tomato sauce and fresh basil) and pollo al limone (chicken in lemon sauce) and Maya had the zuppa di pesce (fresh seafood in tomato and white wine sauce). Let's just say I didn't need to eat again until mid-day Thursday.
Thursday was jam-packed with more super touristy attractions. First stop - 5th Avenue! Honestly, I only had a few minutes before I had to be elsewhere, so I just did a little window shopping while walking down the street.
Next stop was Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Plaza.
The guides kind of rushed all of us through to get us to the top floor but once I got to the top I stayed for about 30-45 minutes.
I grabbed lunch from Potbelly inside the Rockefeller Center and made a quick detour through Central Park before heading to the Museum of Modern Art.
I am a full on museum junkie, so visiting MoMA was crazy exciting. I could've spent all day in there if I had the time. Plus, the best part about New York museums is he fact that they're all free! They have suggested donation amounts but I gave less than $5 to get in.
Here are a few of the many pics I snapped while I was there!
After roaming the various areas of the museum for a few hours I took a quick 10-15 minute walk around the corner to the Museum of Natural History (inspiration for the movie Night at the Museum).
Granted, I could have spent all day at the museums I had to make a mad dash to Broadway for the best part of my trip-- the Lion King!
At 25 years old, the Lion King is still a Top 5 movie for me. I waited until the night before and bought the ticket - you guess it!- on a whim. I don't ever cry when I watch movies or read books, but I was near tears from the start of the show.
The entire production was absolutely perfect. The set design, the costumes, music, E V E R Y T H I N G! I can't wait to go back to see it again.
After a long day in the city, I took the train back to Brooklyn so I could pack up for my mid-morning flight back down South. I honestly can't wait to come back to visit again. This first trip was great because I was able to venture around in the City all day long and return to a quiet apartment in Bedstuy each night. Advice for those visiting : 1) Get the week pass Metro card -- it's worth it and pays for itself if you aren't staying in the city. 2) Try staying a little further away from the hustle and bustle. Bedstuy was so quiet and a cool neighborhood. 3) Hotel rooms & Airbnbs are for sleeping! Get out and about!
If you have any questions about my trip or any suggestions for the next time I visit, be sure to leave them below in the comments section!
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