We spent Spring Break in the Big Apple this year. I’ve visited the city once before, but it was a first for the rest of my crew. We had so much fun. And we froze. As Texans, we didn’t get a good, cold winter this year, but NYC stepped up and reminded us how to shiver.
When it comes to New York City, there is so much to do and, because of that, this will be a long post. That said, I won’t write out a bunch of unnecessary text to fill the page. We did a lot of walking and sightseeing, and I took a lot of photos. I hope they make you feel like you were there with us. 💋
When we landed, it was snowing. We stayed two blocks from Central Park, at the Salisbury Hotel. (I seriously cannot say enough good things about this hotel. If you want to feel like you’re staying in NYC, choose the Salisbury. It’s affordable, with small lobby and a friendly doorman always on duty. Great location. Clean. Historic. LARGE rooms. Crystal doorknobs throughout our room. We loved it.) After check in, we went to the park to play in the snow.
Friday night is free admission at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
We saw ‘Chicago’ on Broadway after visiting the MoMA. It was fantastic.
Saturday was jammed packed for us. We started at Liberty Island with a climb up to Statue of Liberty crown. From there, we had lunch at Lombardi’s, America’s first pizzeria. In the afternoon, we visited the 911 Memorial and Museum. Side note: I saw way too many young people posing for smiling, happy selfies at the memorial. That they don’t realize their error tells me we have failed those youngins, and the people who lost their lives that day.
Now, remember I mentioned the friendly doorman at our hotel? On Saturday night, he told us about a place called Burger Joint. It was across the street from our hotel, and hidden down a dark, curtained hallway off the lobby in the Le Parker Meridien hotel. The only thing indicating it’s there is a small burger-shaped neon sign. The menu is written in marker on torn up cardboard and the walls are covered in writing from all the previous customers. There’s very little seating, maybe 10 tables. And if you linger to chat once you’ve finished eating, they will tell you to leave.
I bought a black and white cookie from Junior’s Restaurant on Friday and it was my late night snack on Saturday. (Jr.’s is yummy. Go there. Eat the complimentary coleslaw and definitely get the original cheesecake.)
On Sunday, we walked to the American Girl Place on 5 Ave. Breely had been saving all her money for a new doll, and up until this point she had been pretty patient about going. But her patience had run out, so we got there first thing. Rockefeller Center and the Top of the Rock was next. Then, we hitched a ride on the subway down to the Flat Iron District, and from there, we took the PATH to Hoboken, New Jersey. We mainly did this so we could say we’ve been to New Jersey, but while we were there we went to Carlo’s Bakery, and then walked the pier to get a different vantage point of Manhattan Island. After Hoboken, we visited Chinatown and Brooklyn, where we dined at Grimaldi’s.
On Monday, we spent the majority of our time wandering around Times Square. We also bought tickets to The Ride NYC, a bus that tours the city and has actors performing on the streets of NYC. It was very entertaining. And then we saw ‘School of Rock’ on Broadway that evening.
Tuesday brought snow and a delayed flight. We spent as much time as we could stand in Central Park and stayed one extra night.
All photos are original © jennifer crouch