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?