The good thing about life after college is that all of your friends move to cool places and it just so happens a friend of mine moved to Hoboken, New Jersey. Hoboken is an ideal location for those looking to be within an arms reach (literally) of New York City. The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway provides perfect views of the city skyline without being burdened by all of the people.
Upon arriving at 11 PM on a Thursday night we went for drinks at Onieal’s and took a walk down to the waterfront- if you’re ever in the area I highly recommend going at night. Completely exhausted from the six hour car ride we made our way back to the apartment for some rest after all, the next day would prove to be one for the books.
If you’re looking to explore the city and get to feel and see everything- WALK. Don’t take a cab, subway or Uber- use those legs! And walk we did. On that note, I sported Lululemon and Nikes the entire weekend. Style need not to suffer even when its 90°. Had I not planned to walk 13 miles in two days I probably would have opted for something else.
From Hoboken we took the PATH to The World Trade Center stop. Make sure you reload your metro card so you don’t have to reload it 14 more times while you’re visiting. Thank me later.
Once there, we were ready to go. Our first stop was The World Trade Center. Located right next to Ground Zero. Having never been to Ground Zero I didn’t know what to expect. I was speechless. If you have time to wait in line, I hear the Memorial Museum is one of the best museums in New York along with the One World Observatory.
We ventured on to the Brooklyn Bridge, with a quick stop in Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty. In my book, the Brooklyn Bridge is a must see. Little Italy and Chinatown were up next. Headed there? Mentally prepare to be swarmed with people trying to sell you fake handbags, umbrellas and sunglasses. Like I said walking is key; we stumbled upon so many murals during the walk from Little Italy to Soho like the Audrey Hepburn and the #EqualityLifts mural.
Friday night we grabbed dinner at Wild, in the West Village, it was delicious and completely gluten free, bonus! Two pitchers of sangria later we made our way to the Comedy Cellar. It’s a little on the expensive side but worth it for some good laughs with even better friends. Note: there is a $20 cover and two drink minimum per person.
Saturday was another full day of exploring. With Starbucks in hand, our first stop was Eataly. This place is a grocery store full of Italian food from cheese to pasta and pastries to espresso. You will not be disappointed. Second stop was Rockefeller Center. 70 floors up you will find sprawling views of the city from every angle. It’s crazy to be up that high with unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and Central Park. After that, Central Park was hard to resist and with a pit stop at Whole Foods we were ready for a picnic.
Needless to say there is so much to do/see/eat in New York City and two days of exploring was not enough. I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to AND I saw more than most people do in a lifetime.
If I were to do it over again, I would designate four days to site seeing. Part of site seeing is enjoying the food along the way and that is one of the major things I missed out on while in New York. I’ve heard amazing things about the cuisine like the Chefs Table and all of the donut and bagel shops spread throughout. Ever heard of Emack & Bolio’s? GO THERE.
The World Trade Center
Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
Emack & Bolios
The Doughnut Plant