I had never been to New York City in the springtime, so I decided to come along for a long weekend with my husband. He had been there several years back for the US Open and I had been as a teenager for some shopping and all of the historic sites, so we were really just up for wandering. Some random wandering. And some wandering with a purpose… Mostly, pure randomness, though, because that is what we do best…
Central Park- It is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon. Absolutely Gorgeous. There are so many blooms, and it just feels romantic to be walking around the famous park in the springtime.
Finding Neverland- Next, wander over the the Red Staircase and purchase some tickets to Finding Neverland. I can’t say enough good things about this performance. My husband was such a good sport as I obsessed over the Red Staircase and going to a show. I could tell it really wasn’t his thing, but he came along anyway. And loved it! Thank you, Finding Neverland, for making my husband into a Broadway fan. The theater is quaint and any seat is a good seat. The tickets were reasonable. The story was amazing (basically, about how the story of Peter Pan came to be). There may have even been some Cheers jokes thrown in (Kelsey Grammar was one of the main actors when we saw it), which boded well with us.
NYU- If you have a chance to wander down to the campus of NYU, the town homes and architecture are beautiful. Washington Square was entertaining with street performers and people watching. If you are in the area, it is a nice place to grab a coffee to go and take in the scenery.
Fig and Olive- And if you happen to be in the meatpacking district, this restaurant had a trendy but sophisticated vibe to it. The food, drink, and service were all top notch. We were feeling pretty with it. We later, of course, found out that the restaurant is a chain (why do we always find the chains?!). But, still, it obviously doesn’t feel like a chain and is worth the visit wherever you end up staying in the city.
The Waldorf Astoria- Speaking of where you might stay, the Waldorf Astoria was a great location for us. It was an easy walk to 5th Avenue, Central Park, Broadway, and Times Square. We were treated very well. The brunch in the morning is well worth the cost. Who knew I actually do love eggs benedict?
St. Patrick’s Cathedral- Being my father’s daughter, we really couldn’t do a trip without any historic destinations, so we stopped in at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We were in NYC during Easter weekend (yes, we are the good parents who leave their children on a holiday weekend) and just walking through St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the Good Friday service was a moving and spiritual experience.
Last one, I promise! While you are in the area, you might as well wander over to Rockefeller Plaza to watch some ice skating (depending on the season), check out the flags, or (again) just people watch. It feels especially magical at night with all of the lights.
And that was our wander-ful (sometime, I just can’t help myself) weekend in NYC.