My New York City Diary is here! After the Fourth of July holiday I traveled with a friend of mine to the city for 48 hours. We took a train early, early Wednesday morning and got into the city by 9:30 am. From Penn Station we walked to our hotel, The Algonquin. It was an amazing location! Sitting between 5th and 6th ave, and only a block away from Times Square. I loved being able to walk everywhere, it makes traveling a little less complicated and time-consuming. Also, I was able to burn off all of the delicious calories I was consuming. Being there for only 48 hours, we obviously couldn’t see everything, but we tried to fit in as much as possible.
(Day 1) Wednesday itinerary:
The High Line-
After some planning, we decided to start our walk of the High Line from 10th Ave since it was the closest entrance to our Hotel and later that day we wanted to visit SoHo. We were able to take a short ride from the entrance by MOMA (we didn’t realize it was MOMA and I wish we had so we could have gone inside- highly recommend) to SoHo. In my opinion the length of the High Line was not that long; at least it certainly didn’t seem like it. But it was really hot that day so we were feeling the heat.
This was my first time on the High Line and I loved it! It was really cool to see the city from a different perspective. At times I felt like I was exploring through a mini jungle since the boardwalk was mostly surrounded by gardens and plant life (as you can see from the picture above). It was also a nice place to hang out! Besides the gardens, they had included art installations, different types of seating areas, and little eating/shopping areas.
After the High Line we took an uber to a Reformation store in SoHo.
^You definitely had to remind yourself to look up, the buildings were so pretty!
^One of the two Reformation stores we visited in SoHo.
Once we got to SoHo we walked for miles!! I thought all of the shopping would sort of be in one place, like an outdoor mall or even more like Fifth Ave! But all of the stores were scattered throughout SoHo. We stopped into two Free People stores (of course), Chloé, AllSaints, Levi’s, and many many more. We passed Chloé on the street and I just had to go in! I was in awe! The store was just as gorgeous as the bags. I want one of their Faye backpacks, but that won’t be happening any time soon haha. For now I’ll just admire from a far.
^Another pretty street view from SoHo
After walking around all day we decided to head back to the Hotel- we quickly cleaned up and headed back out for dinner. We settled on Rock Center Cafe, situated right in the middle of the Rockefeller Center next to the iconic fountain. After dinner we finished walking up Fifth Ave to the edge of Central Park and turned back around to find some dessert. I really wanted to walk through Times Square (how could I not go??), it’s my favorite. I love it. From a recommendation we found Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery just outside of Times Square and devoured the best cheesecake. It was a great way to end the night!
^Iconic view of Times Square-from the middle of the street, might not have been the best idea haha
(Day 2) Thursday itinerary:
For breakfast we walked to a really cool, hidden gem- City Kitchen for some doughnuts by Dough. I ordered the cinnamon sugar and it was sooo good!! The doughnuts were also huge, almost the size of my head! City Kitchen was located on the second floor so the picture below is of the walk-up to their entrance. We had a cool view of 8th Ave.
^Breakfast with a view
For our second day in the city we planned to walk to The American Museum of Natural History and explore their exhibits. After breakfast we headed up Fifth Ave to Central Park. We went off route so I could go to Chloé and splurge on one of their Alphabet necklaces, it spells out my first and last name initials. I love it!
We ended up walking through Central Park to get to the Natural History Museum so we could enjoy the views of the park. It didn’t take too long, but you definitely have to plan that into your day. We got to the museum around noon and it was packed. It didn’t take long to get into the museum, but the line to buy tickets was insane. On a whim I decided to see if you could order tickets online and viola- you can! The one thing that I wish I knew beforehand was that when you buy tickets online make sure you purchase the one that includes entrance to the special/temporary exhibits. I wasn’t aware of that so we had to miss the Mummy exhibit, which was such a bummer because it got really good reviews.
We were able to walk through all of the exhibits at the museum. Once we were done we headed home by walking through central park again. During our walk we saw Sheeps Meadow and the view was amazing. One day I would love to hang out there on a really nice day and have a picnic. At this point we didn’t have much time left because I had to go back to the hotel to grab my bags and then catch a train. I highly recommend walking to the station if your hotel is close. It saved me so much time and I didn’t have to worry about traffic!
The picture above was taken by the fountain in Central Park. It was near the pond where you could rent swan boats. Wednesday the weather was gorgeous, but it was a little cooler this day.
Traveling to New York City was a little nerve-racking for me since it was my first time by myself, but I made sure to know my route beforehand. While our days were packed, 48 hours was definitely not enough time to see everything NYC has to offer. Hopefully the next time I visit it will be longer than a day and a half since I still need to visit the Met, Brooklyn (definitely walk the Brooklyn Bridge), and the Holocaust Museum!
See you soon New York!
NYC outfits (some not pictured)-