I spent the long weekend back in New York City because we got tickets for the new Anastasia musical in Broadway on the 20th, and my sister and cousin haven’t been to the city before… so we thought, why not spend 4-5 days instead of just the weekend?
Since I went with my foodie of a sister, our itinerary involved eating our way around the city while trying to hit up some landmarks and good scenery. Our first stop after landing in Newark and finding our way into Manhattan was Best Bagel and Coffee on W 35th St and 7th Ave. They have humongous bagels and are very generous with their spreads. I could only finish half of mine, and I was already starving before that. I saved the rest for lunch.
We arrived on Thursday, and it was INCREDIBLY HOT. The weather app said it was 33 degrees! It’s ridiculous. Walking around with our backpacks full of clothes made the walk even more difficult.
After a short breakfast, we went into the NY Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—the library from The Day After Tomorrow—and we took the free tour. About a couple hours later, outside the library, we noticed a bunch of police cars and ambulances racing through the street, one after the other. We didn’t really think much of it because we were exhausted from carrying our heavy bags in the heat. Next thing I know, my dad was calling me. Obviously I didn’t answer because of the international charges (I thought it was an accidental call). After three missed calls, I answered. He told me about the accident up in Times Square and he wanted to make sure we were okay. I felt terrible for ignoring his calls, and assured him we were fine.
For our late lunch-slash-early dinner, we went to the Shake Shack near the World Trade Center Memorial. Bless this burger and the bun and the deliciously crispy fries and the cheese. Oh the cheese…
We made the most out of having an unlimited Metropass and took the subway again, first to Washington Square Park (where I hoped to see Jess Mariano reading Kerouac or Ginsberg), to Grand Central Station (where I expected to see Serena van der Woodsen make her return), then to Times Square (where we didn’t realize the accident happened until we got there ourselves at 8:30pm).
The three of us returned to our Airbnb exhausted and sweaty, with two slices of Junior’s cheesecake as a reward. After all, we had to be up by 3:30am to make it to our flight, and we haven’t had a real break until almost 10 in the evening.