How To Spend A Weekend In New York City: Our Favs 😍
By Dyonna Chapman
On a recent trip to New York City, Lawrence and I learned a few do’s and dont’s of the concrete jungle the hard way. Now, because we are so kind and gracious LOL, we are going to give you our list of “MUSTS” when going on a quick weekend getaway to NYC.
TAKE THE BUS:
If you’re ballin’ on a budget like us, you should definitely take the bus to NYC, if that is an option for you. We saved energy AND money by taking the bus instead of the other alternatives (driving ourselves, taking the train, flying) and we don’t regret it one bit. For more information and tips on this topic, check out our detailed report here.
CATCH THE SUBWAY TO GET AROUND NYC:
Lawrence and I quickly realized that Uber in NYC adds up QUICKLY. Once we learned our lesson, we bought a reusable subway card, and quickly figured out how to navigate the city via the subway. (Can I tell you a secret?! I am going to assume you said yes 😆. A subway card can be used by more than one person…that’s right you and your honey can buy ONE reusable card and SWIPE, PASS, SWIPE). So learn from our mistakes and skip on Uber. The time you sit in NYC traffic, the cost you pay to sit in NYC traffic, and the smells you endure in you Uber while sitting in NYC traffic are not worth it.
STAY IN AN AIRBNB:
I’ll keep this one short. With airbnb you skip out on all of the hidden fees that the hotels in this location seem to add on once they get you to check out. Even booking a hotel through airbnb (yes that’s possible, and I didn’t know either until recently) will still not save you from the hidden fees. These fees include: City Tax, State Tax per night, AND Resort Fees). Save your coin and get an Airbnb.
SUNRISE AT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE:
If you do nothing else while in New York City, you MUST absolutely do this. I am not a morning person at all, but I dragged my butt out of bed at 4:45 AM to make it from our Airbnb to the Brooklyn Bridge. IT WAS WORTH IT and I’d do it again. Going to the bridge early not only allows you a beautiful view of Manhattan, but it gives you the opportunity to enjoy it with no crowds. When Lawrence and I crossed the bridge at 5:30, we may have come in contact with about 5 other people on the entire bridge. After exploring some more and returning a few hours later, it was packed with people.
SEE THE BRIDGE FROM DUMBO:
The view of the bridge from the DUMBO Art District is a sight to behold. It’s not a well kept secret, so this is also something you should do earlier in the morning, rather than later when there are an abundance of tourists out. Look at the view we got below. We dare you to say its not beautiful!
ADIDAS FLAGSHIP STORE:
If you all know us, I’m sure you can guess that Lawrence reeaalllyyy wanted me to add this to the things you must see while in NYC. I wouldn’t say this is something to put on the top of the list, but I have to admit it was pretty awesome. As a soccer lover, I can see why Lawrence loved the experience there so much. It’s like waking up in a soccer fantasy. Words and pictures can do this store no justice, so you’ll have to check it out for yourself here: 565 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017
If you like ramen, (every single person on this earth I’d suspect), then you like Tonchin NYC. Everything about this restaurant was great from the delicious ramen to the beautiful ambiance. I don’t know about you, but customer service is extremely important to me when it comes to dining out (or spending my money anywhere really 🤷) and Tonchin NYC did not disappoint. Be sure to check out this michelin star awarded restaurant as soon as they open because the wait can get out of hand.
EATALY NYC FLATIRON:
Gelato is my middle name. I love gelato more than a lot of things on this earth. Since going to Italy in 2015, I haven’t been able to bring myself to enjoy what the USA refers to as Gelato, until I tasted this! If you are a gelato fan, or even think you could be…….DO IT!
This restaurant is perfect for breakfast. It has a quaint atmosphere and delicious food that won’t break the bank! You can find it at: 80 Clark St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Go here after crossing the bridge into Brooklyn).
You can’t conquer Rome in a day, or even NYC, but you should see all you can while you’re there! With this list of recommendations, you are sure to enjoy your weekend getaway in NYC.
Have you ever spent two days in NYC? If so, what did you do, see, and eat? Let us know in the comments below.