New York, New York!

I recently went to New York with my parents, sister and soon to be brother-in-law. We stayed in Hell’s Kitchen for 4 days and 3 nights. The Salisbury Hotel is located at 123 W 57th St. which is a couple blocks from Central Park and about a 20 minute walk to Times Square. The hotel was really dated but all we needed was a place to sleep for a couple of hours before going back out. During our whole stay I think I got 9 hours of sleep total. They don’t call it the ‘city that never sleeps’ for nothing. I’ve been to New York about 8 years ago and I was so excited to go back.

We flew into Laguardia on a Wednesday afternoon. My sister was late flying in so we had to forgo our tickets to see the taping of the Stephen Colbert show. We went right to the hotel, dropped off our luggage and headed out for the night. While walking to eat at Empanada Mamas, we passed a fresh flower market on almost every corner. The empanadas were AMAZING!! They have so many on their menu it was hard to choose. I would recommend going if you are ever in the Hells Kitchen area. After dinner we went bar hopping. Second stop was this cool Victorian bar called Lillie’s. We each had a drink there and walked on to Times Square. We grabbed cosmos at Planet Hollywood and then went to karaoke. Tonic was recommended to us by the bar tenders at Planet Hollywood. There were so many good singers. We got great seats at Tonic so we stayed to watch the show for a while. It was almost 2 in the morning when we were done with karaoke. We started walking back to the hotel grabbing gyros from a food cart along the way. It was the best gyros I have had in a long time.

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Outfit on the way to New York
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Flying into the city
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Flower markets on every corner
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Empanada Mama’s menu

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Plantain chips and guac
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Walking into Times Square
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Cosmos at Planet Hollywood

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The next morning was really rough for me. We all were moving a little slow but after a much-needed caffeine stop we were good to go. We took a stroll through Central Park; listened to a few performers, stopped at a couple of art booths and took in all the views. We walked down to the Central Park Boathouse. It’s a restaurant right on the water overlooking all the people in the rowboats. We stopped at an Irish Pub for a quick bite to eat and made our way back to the hotel to start getting ready for the night! We had tickets to see the ‘dirty’ show at the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village. We took the subway for the first time this trip. You always feel like a true New Yorker when you use the subway. We ate dinner a couple blocks down from the NSU dorms at a pizza joint called Denino’s. It was true New York style pizza; the kind you have to fold. After dinner we still had an hour to kill so we watched the football game at a sports bar down the street. Our show didn’t start until 11:30 and I was pretty tired but she show was incredible. We saw 6 different comics including Dave Attell and Liza Treyger. The show finished close to 2 and back on the subway we went.

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Salisbury Hotel on 57th Avenue
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Walking through Central Park
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View on the lake
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Central Park view
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My sister and I in Central Park
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Denino’s in Greenwich Village
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57th Avenue has a lot of high-end stores

The next morning we got up earlier and made our way to the 9/11 Museum. We wanted to get tickets early because the tours fill up quickly. The tour took us about 3 hours. It was the most emotional experience. You feel very overwhelmed emotionally, physically and mentally but I’m so glad I was able to see it. It was such a beautiful museum and it had a great flow. The quote wall pictured below was so beautiful watercolor installation. The artist painted each panel individually to remember the color of the sky the morning of 9/11. Much needed coffee stop after the museum and lunch at a German restaurant. All the food we’ve had the whole time has been so good! We took the subway back to the hotel and made a pit stop at Canal Street before we walked back to Times Square. We got tickers to go through Madame Tussauds Wax Museum which was pretty cool. There are only 2 floors of wax figures to see but still worth a trip. Rihanna and King Kong were there. After the museum we walked back towards the hotel to a sushi restaurant called Lili’s 57 on 57th Avenue. The sushi was amazing, the noodles were flavorful and the steak melted in your mouth. We spent the remainder of the night in the hotel room playing card games. It was another late night but so much fun.

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9/11 Memorial Fountain
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No day shall erase you from the memory of time
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Rihanna at Madame Tussauds
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King Kong
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Spice Girls

Last day in New York is always bitter-sweet. The city is so beautiful and there is so much to see but I was ready to head home. I needed to catch up on sleep! We all went out before 11 and grabbed brunch at Rue 57. They had the best french toast with strawberries! We killed some time before the airport taking a walk through Central Park. We found our way to the baseball diamonds and watched a few team playing and practicing. Off to the airport we went. I can’t wait until we go back again!

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Menu at Rue 57
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Our spread for brunch
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Beautiful bridges in the park
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Mom and me

Thank you all so much for reading. Let me know in the comments below if you have ever been to New York. What did you do on your trip that I should go do or see? Until next time,
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