New York, New York – The City That Never Sleeps

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit New York City with my sister and nephew.  It has been a solid six years since I have been to New York, I used to go at least once a year but then life happened… husband… kids… yadda yadda!  My nephew is 20 years old and this was his first visit and boy did he have a BLAST!  We were only there for less than 48 hours, but believe it or not we got a ton done.  Oh and in between everything, we still had time to catch the re-plays of the Royal Wedding.  So happy for the Duke & Duchess of Sussex!

 We stayed at Hotel 32|32 – can we just talk about this amazing location for a minute?  I am admittedly a shop-a-holic, haha!  We were just a few blocks away from the largest Macy’s in the world (I mean seriously, just take my money lol)!!!  The 6 train was just feet outside of the hotel and the Empire State Building was also very close by.  This luxury boutique hotel was absolutely perfect for us!  We got a King Superior room, it had a King sized bed and a sleeper sofa with a full kitchen!  I don’t know if you are familiar with NYC hotels, but you’re lucky if you get an ounce of space, Hotel 32|32 was so spacious, and let me brag about how comfy too!  The bed was the perfect mix of firm and soft as well as the pillows.  A perfect location in a clean, spacious room… it doesn’t get any better!  Just a little tip, there is a little hole-in-the-wall deli literally 50 feet from the entrance of the hotel, it doesn’t look like much, but you should definitely go there for breakfast!  We got 3 breakfast sandwiches, I am talking about eggs, bacon and cheese on a challah roll… for like $8.50 TOTAL!  Can’t beat it!

 

My nephew like most college-aged kids wanted to visit all of the popular sneaker spots in the city.  Our first stop on a rainy Saturday was to Nike Soho, his face was priceless as we rode the elevator to all the many floors of Nike heaven.  I literally giggled the entire time!  I remember my first visit to NYC when I was just a tad older than him; it was really nice to experience all of the magic of NYC for the first time through his eyes.  We managed to also visit Stadium Goods – that in and of itself was an experience!  Let’s put it like this, all of the display sneakers are wrapped in plastic and once they bring out your size to try on, you can’t walk off of the carpet, lol.  The sneaker game is serious!  We also visited Flight Club – another one with serious sneaker game!

We definitely had to do the cliché “must-do’s” of New York!  We rode the train everywhere, the six was our best friend, we took it most out of any other train.  We stood in line in the middle of time square, in the rain, for day-of Broadway and off-Broadway show tickets.  We ended up seeing STOMP!  It was SO much FUN!!! I will never listen to sounds the same again.  And seriously, we got pimp seats – 10th row, orchestra center – it was worth waiting in the rain for the same-day tickets! The next surprise was really cool too because we actually got to meet and take a photo with  Alan Asuncion and Carlos Thomas – two of the stars from the show; we totally weren’t expecting that! They were very nice and humble.

 

Let’s have a moment of silence for Rice to Riches… #GetInMyBelly  Seriously, the BEST!!!  We loved it so much we went there twice on our short trip. Haha!  I ‘ve loved it ever since I saw it featured in the movie Hitch.

We ate pizza at 2 different places; the first place was in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel NoMad.  Now, I know you are thinking “what? pizza in the lobby of a hotel” Yassssss!!! And it was GOOD! I actually preferred it to other place we ate pizza that I won’t name because I was that disappointed in the flavor. But the pizza at the Arlo was the truth!  I am not going to lie, I wasn’t thrilled when I first saw the pizza because it is thick, like Chicago style pizza (which I really don’t care for, sorry Chi-town!) but hear me out… they cook it/heat it up in this table top oven and WOW!!!  It was the bomb-dot-com.  It had just enough crunch and just enough softness <insert drooling face here, lol>

 

 

We paid our respects at the World Trade Center.  The gaping holes in the grounds where the towers once stood are massive.  Every time I think of that day, I remember exactly where I was when I watched the second tower get hit on live TV; it was traumatizing.  It was such an important part of our history; there was no way we could visit New York, especially for my nephews first time and not visit.  I learned that they place roses next to the victims’ names on their birthdays every year.  It was beautiful and heart-breaking all at the same time.  Almost 17 years later and it is still so emotional.  I hope their souls are resting in peace.

  

What do you love most about New York City?

49 thoughts on “New York, New York – The City That Never Sleeps”

  1. TOTALLY never sleeps! I liked NYC however, it’s definitely not my favorite. My husband though, he loves it over there and would LOVE to move there! Im not sure I’d be able to move with him.

  2. The Workd Trade Center is such an emotional place. The museum too. Those flowers on the memorial are so sad.

  3. Everytime I have been to NYC it has either been as a young person where I was not in control, or old enough to know what to do, OR a business trip. That means limited time and its about work. I hope to go one day and do the things I really long to do!

  4. I’ve heard that people love it or hate it there. Many just love that there is so much to do all in one place, but a lot hate the crowds. I want to go one day just to say that I’ve been there, but I’ve lived most of my life on the west coast.

    1. I agree, either you love it or hate it! I think it is definitely worth visiting at least once in your life.

  5. My family and I will visit Boston, Philadelphia on August and would like to make a quick stop in NY! The breakfast sandwich sounds delicious, so cheap too!

  6. I loved visiting New York City during the winter. We went on a cruise and the weather was bad so we missed our flight and couldn’t leave New York City until the end of the weekend. But I loved it because I got to see the city during the holidays and it was so pretty…but freezing cold! Ha ha!

  7. This looks like a fabulous visit. We have yet to go there with our daughters, now three and nine years old. Our oldest daughter is obsessed with the idea of visiting the city and y husband has family there so it’s ridiculous that we haven’t brought her for a quick weekend yet.

    1. I haven’t taken my kids yet (5 and 3). I am too nervous to take them to NYC lol. In between the subways and strollers, ah! LOL!

  8. I’ve been to New York only one time and it was in the winter…..Bad time for a Texan to go there!!. I do want to go back in the warmer months to see the city that never sleeps!!

  9. I miss New York – the last time I was there was in 2012, for BlogHer, actually. Sounds like you got some good sightseeing in! The food is of course amazing there, but I saw a lot of musicals and plays too – the day-of ticketing is the way to go!

  10. I have never been in this place but I know that it is a beautiful place to visit once in your life. I want to know and see why is being called ” the city of never sleeps” and also want to see the famous world trade center.

    1. It’s definitely somewhere to visit at least once in your lifetime. It truly is the “city that never sleeps” because everything is always open!

  11. We LOVE Manhattan and head down a few times a year. We were there with the kids this past April, but we are going back without them in November 🙂

  12. It’s been years since I’ve been to New York. I also keep saying I’m going to visit once a year. It’s way past time for another visit. There’s always so much to see and do.

  13. I always feel like I need a vacation after visiting New York City. Always on the go to see and visit everything.

  14. We love the restaurants and the shows. While we have award winning restaurants in St. Louis, it is so much fun to have literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from!

  15. New York is on my bucket list and after reading your post I want to go even more now. I just want to wait till my son is a little older so we can do more and he will appreciate the trip more.

  16. I have not been to New York in years and I really am meaning to go back. There is so much to do in New York that I don’t think I could do it justice if I was there for three weeks LOL. It looks like you all had so much fun! I cannot wait to go back to New York.

  17. I live in New York so I take it for granted and we never enjoy the city as much as people from out of town. I have to see some of these sights again because it is fun to play tourist in your own city.

    1. Ah so true! I live in Miami and it is the same, we totally take all of the cool “tourist-y” stuff for granted!

    1. It was so good! I am not kidding when I say I will never hear sound the same again. So much fun!

  18. Definitely have to plan a trip out there soon! Looking at the pictures make me nostalgic. Great read too 😊

  19. Confession: I’ve NEVER been to NYC. I’ve been to New York a few times but I have yet to make it to NYC. Looks like you really enjoyed yourself.

  20. New York is absolutely beautiful! So many things to check out, visit, and experience. I live right by NYC (NJ) and hubby is originally from therr and still have yet to fully explore everything. There’s more to see than what is recommended.

  21. New York is definitely on my to do list! I bet my son would love the hustle and bustle of the city for a weekend. We could enjoy some good food, historical sites, and the uniqueness that makes New York not like any other city in the US.

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