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New York in 20 Hours

You only have 20 hours to see the sites during your visit to New York City. What do you see?

My friend Anna Ehlen and I just had this issue. She had never been to New York City, but is living in Pennsylvania for the summer, so I invited her up for the weekend. It worked out, but only for 20 hours. Here’s how we made it work….

First, I picked her up at Penn Station shortly after 8 pm on a Friday. We immediately went back to where I’ve been living in the Upper East Side, put her stuff down and then went to the roof. We enjoyed the view of the city, and then left for Times Square. Even with only 20 hours, I wanted to make sure Anna saw it. At night it was a perfect opportunity to see everything lit up. We then walked to Rockefeller Center and headed home.

The next morning we slept in and then left around 10:30 am to get breakfast/brunch. Less than 6 hours left. of our 20 hoursWe took the Q train from 72 to Canal (like I do every morning for work) and went to Nickel & Diner, off Hester & Center.

NYC in 20 Hours

NYC in 20 Hours

NYC in 20 Hours

NYC in 20 Hours

NYC in 20 Hours

After a yummy brunch, we walked around the area. This allowed us to see Chinatown and Little Italy (and walk past my workplace!). We meandered the streets before heading north through NoLita and toward SoHo. Walking along Spring St gave us the chance to go in some stores and boutiques including Aerie’s pop-Uup, which I highly suggest.

NYC in 20 Hours

Wandering the streets of SoHo turned into NoHo to Washington Square Park. Then we touched Greenwich Village and caught the subway up to the south end of Central Park. Anna has never eaten at Le Pain so I figured it would be a easy place to stop. From there we walked north and then east through the park to get home. About 16 miles total!

Dress Mixology (use code THATGIRLCRAIG for 10% off! & peep the back online…it’s SO cute) // Shoes Sanuks //
Watch Apple // similar Sunglasses from a street fair

Only 20 hours. But we saw so much. 16 miles stretches out for a lot of streets walked. A lot of sights seen. This was a stretch from 72 St to Canal St. We saw a lot, got our sleep and still got to eat yummy food. Anna experienced the city. We may not have gone on the Staten Island Ferry or gone up the Empire State Building, but Anna got to see what a lot of the city. Definitely not all of it though.

My advice, give yourself more than 20 hours if you can. But sometimes it’s just not possible.

Where would you suggest people definitely see? Or how would you do New York City in 20 hours?

 

 

 

THANKS TO MIXOLOGY
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Smorgasburg: Prospect Park

Smorgasburg: Prospect Park

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

The adventure to Smorgasburg  was dreary and drizzly, but Chad, Julio, Jamie and I had some delicious food in Prospect Park which made it a little brighter. Smorgasburg happens weekly throughout the warmer months in Prospect Park on Sundays. It started in Williamsburg and still happens there every Sunday.

Prospect Park’s Smorgasburg is super easy to get to. Especially because of the Q (which I am obsessed with), we took the Q from the Upper East Side all the way to Prospect Park. From there it was just a little bit into the park and suddenly delicious smells were all around us.  It’s a great event to go to if you are just in the city for a little bit or if you live here! There area also a bunch of families and doggies if you like that.

Smorgasburg

Top + Bralette Forever 21 // Shorts Levis (similar) // Shoes Sanuks // Watch Apple // Sunglasses from a street fair (similar)

I have to admit, all the different lemonades and juices kept catching my eye and I tried a few different ones…oops. But, my favorite by far was the mango orange guava one. Delicious and very sweet 🙂

Aside from Smorgasburg, the park itself is beautiful to walk around. It’s a great option for a quick trip to Brooklyn and an excuse for yummy food, some exercise and nature.

Smorgasburg

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burger joint

there are a lot of nice places to stay in new york. there are also a lot of nice places to eat. what there aren’t a lot of are nice places to stay with a greasy burger joint hidden inside. inside the lobby of le parker meridien, which is a beautiful hotel just below the park, looks like an hotel lobby.

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however, there’s that little rope you may notice. peak around it and you’ll see a neon burger and probably a line of people. with witty signs as you walk in, it’s a pretty straight-forward burger joint, and appropriately named: “Burger Joint.”

burger joint

I waited in line for a good 10 – 15 minutes in a tiny hallway then into a crowded hallway. the wait was made harder by the kid who kept hitting me, but easier listening to those around. in front of me was a couple from denmark who struck up a conversation with a composer for the musical titanic. 

burger joint

after i ordered my meal – cheeseburger, plain and an 8 oz diet coke, no ice – i didn’t have a long wait until my burger was ready. as i finished it (which was quickly because i had spent the entire morning taking in the MoMA), i realized it was good. no great, but good. i would go back.

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the burger itself lacked flavor, but the cheese was good and the bun was good. the adventure and experience was great as well. my meal was just over $13, which is more than mcdonald’s but less than a fancy-schmansy patty.
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if you have a chance, check out burger joint. you’ll see lots of interesting people, and get some good food.

burger joint

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honschar sidewalk art

honscharhonschar is a man who, for a while now, has been writing inspiring messages on the sidewalks of Manhattan. starting in the upper west side, hans honschar (instagram @honschar) now puts a smile on people all over the island. one lunch time in november, i was in the meatpacking district of new york city and got to see a bit of his work.

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love that this is a Joan Didion quote!

not all of honschar’s writings are about new york, some are simply motivational quotes, or he will hang out in places such as washington square park and write people’s names in a fun way for $5. other times, he will take his skills to write on restaurant menu boards.

an incredible man, with a fun story, you can get more information about him here.