I recently took a trip with some girl friends to New York to visit a friend who moved there (or to New York City adjacent). It was my 1st trip to The Big Apple (it’s been on my Bucket List for years) and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it with someone who actually knew her way around. I would have gotten lost so many times in the subway system if it wasn’t for her!
I made a few observations as we wandered around the city:
1. There are sections of the city you don’t want to take a stroller, especially during the holidays (I was kid free, wohoo!). We visited Rockafeller Center two weeks before Christmas. Even on a Sunday night it was nuts balls there. Like shoulder to shoulder, inching along the road number of people. There were people attempting to push strollers through that madness. One lady had a double!! Not only is it going to be really difficult to go anywhere, its dangerous with that many people surrounding you. I think a kid could have been taken out of a stroller and the parent wouldn’t know for blocks. Put your kid in a front pack, on your shoulders, in your arms. Anything but try to push a giant stroller through 1,000 people.
2. At Tiffany’s, even the cheapest thing is still expensive. But so pretty…
3. So many people, so many germs. Germs germs everywhere. EVERYWHERE!! Pack a lot of hand sanitizer.
4. It’s really disturbing to see people taking smiling selfies at the World Trade Center memorial. Just don’t.
5. When you get a precious seat on the subway you will automatically be perfectly positioned at crotch height for the guy standing in front of you. Thank goodness for phones so you can stare at them instead.
6. Perspective is interesting. New York City is full of some crazy tall buildings but when your standing next to them, even One World Trade Center, it’s not that impressive.
7. Unlike popular belief, the city is not over-run by rats bigger than dogs. I didn’t see a single one.
8. Make sure to check the museum collections before visiting. I missed a bunch of famous paintings at The Met that I didn’t know were even there until after I left. Boo.
I did get to see this beauty.
9. I don’t know if there is a name for having a fear of walking over grates (sewer, ventilation, subway, etc) but I have it. It gives me the hebegebees to walk over them. Well, I was forced to confront that fear one zillion times (estimated) over the long weekend. There are so many (seemingly) bottomless grates all over the city, it was impossible to avoid them. I’d like to say it got me over the fear. Wishful thinking…
10. Eat. Eat eat eat eat eat. So many yummy things.
11. If you don’t pay to take a boat to the Statue of Liberty, she will be reeeeeally far away.
So there you have it. Helpful, and some not so helpful, hints for your next trip to New York. 🙂