5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

East Coast Trip Travel Log, continued

You’ve read my blog, you’ve seen my instagrams, you’ve liked my tweets. Last but not least is my video!!! A summary of my travels, and fun facts I made up whilst exploring. Do enjoy, and I apologize for any horrible accents.

I would also like to take the time to offer some realistic advice, as well as a review on how I survived 6 days with just a carry on, as mentioned in my first article: New York Ready.

Fun Facts & Advice:

  1. Carry around a charger  because your phone will never have enough batteries. Try to find a restaurant with available wall outlets whenever you stop to eat. If you become desperate I recommend finding a McDonalds. That way you can only spend a dollar on a coffee or snack, and feel much less guilty while taking all the time you need to charge your phone. Check for outlets before you order.
  2. Download the apps you need before your trip. I recommend yelp and any transit app. Check out nycgo.com’s excellent list of apps here. However, cell service underground rarely works. So be sure to pick up a map before you enter the metro system.
  3. Buy a week long Metro Card! This will save you money! Think about it, you can buy a bottomless 7 day Metro Pass for $29, or pay $2.50 a swipe for the few days you will be there. So if you swipe more than 15 times the card will pay for itself! And trust me, you would rather have the liberty of traveling on the subway whenever and wherever you need to, instead of worrying about saving your swipes. Especially since you are probably site-seeing throughout the city, and as a visitor you are also prone to getting lost which means you will probably be hopping on and off even more often. (trust me – it happened to me and I wish I had the 7 day pass).
  4. Get Dr. Scholls! My feet were killing me by the end of the trip. Please be kind to your feet and treat them to a foot cushion or gel inserts. There is a lot of walking and standing in the city, and if the subway is crowded you may not even get to sit down while in transit.
  5. Carry cash. There are enough banks and ATMs scattered throughout the city so it won’t be a huge inconvenience if you need cash, but having a range of assorted bills in your wallet never hurt nobody. Most street vendors only take cash, so if you want to know how that authentic and famous cart food tastes, get some bills. But hold onto it tight, this is a city known for its pick-pockets!

And how did it go, my wearing all black and all?

Absolutely wonderfully! I had two black pants that I alternated between each day, jeans and leggings, and I wore the same black jacket every day. Other than that the only thing I ever really changed was my shirt and my scarf choice. I was so comfortable, always matched, and always looked in style. I also enjoyed wearing my hat because it kept my head warm and I didn’t have to worry about my hair. It’s my signature look which New York helped solidify. I also got some compliments on the street, and in a few designer stores. Not trying to brag, but every girl likes a compliment or two. And when you’re in a trendy shop and people start asking you where you got an item you’re wearing – or asking if you work there… what can I say, it’s the best kind of flattery. Especially for a fashionista like myself. 😉

You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:

Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video! (now viewing) 

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

East Coast Trip Day 6 – Autumn in New York

TUESDAY

November 12, 2013

Today is my last day to explore the big city. I’m trying to think of what I have not done, what I might have time for, but also what my poor tired feet can handle. One thing’s for certain, I have to make it to the David Zwirner Gallery because my instagram feed has been blowing up all weekend by superstars like Refinery 29, ManRepeller, and Marie Claire, who were posting about the “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven” experience. Let the adventures begin…

8:30 Snow!! It’s snowing in the city! It didn’t stick, but the air was glimmering with wandering snowflakes. This was Michelle’s first time seeing snow fall, her first thoughts: “where’s the fire?” Said like a true Californian. 9:30 Drop Michelle off at the subway, stay in Brooklyn with her Metro Card in hand. 9:45 Breakfast at Crosby, a clean crisp and cool hipster cafe. Devour a chocolate croissant and sip green tea. Witness a car accident, a car hitting an ambulance accident.

10:30 Go to Williamsburg. 11:15 Shop around. 11:45 Grab a blueberry tea because it smelled amazing. 12:30 Subway into Manhattan. Need mo’ money, stop at Bank of America. 1:00 Macarons!!! From Macaron Cafe . I had to do it, and they were each delightful. I went with a berry, a pistachio, and a salted caramel. 1:20 Find David Zwirner gallery to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit. Mesmerizing! “I have arrived in heaven.”

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1:50 Eat chicken kabob. 2:00 Go to china town. 2:30 Get dumplings for lunch/dinner[/linner?]. 3:00 Say bye to Michelle.

3:30 Take subway to JFK. Did not get lost. 6:30 Leave 😦

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So that sums up my trip, kind of anticlimatic. I was running out of steam by the end, so this ending is appropriate. However, you will be glad to know a New York video is in the works. Also stay tuned for a style report, or at least a stylish retort. Thanks for following!

You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:
Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty 
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York (now viewing!)
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

East Coast Trip Day 5 – New York Time Spare

MONDAY

November 11, 2013

A summary of my 2nd day exploring New York City alone, because I had so much TIME to SPARE…

6:30 wake up! (3:30am PST fml) 7:30 NJ train station, (bye dad xoxo)

 8:09 Miss train to NY 8:29 Catch next train to NY.

You can tell I’m alone with nothing else to do, I was blowing up my own twitter.
10:10 New York again! Drop off my carry-on bag with Michelle at her office and borrow her metro card for the day. She’s the best #forevergrateful 10:30 Columbus Circle! Explore Central Park. Buy roasted nuts (coconuts). Give a sax player a dollar. Mock tourists. Enjoy nature.

11:30 Find restroom in the Time Warner Center (it’s a mall). Try to charge phone but security guard would not let me sit down. Walk to Lincoln Center, it was not that exciting from the outside. 12:00 Time Square!!!! Amazing!!! Just like the movies!! (and Vegas!) Wow! 12:15 Kissing booth with Cosmo and Maybelline.

12:30 Eat sandwich at Majestic Deli.

1:00 search for flatiron building. Find farmers market at Union Square. Buy fancy green juice from The Squeeze.

1:20 Find the Flatiron Building! It’s magnificent!! 1:30 Walk through security and try to ride elevator up to top. Make small talk with fellow elevator rider. “Must be nice on the 19th floor! Wht do you do?” “I work for [itsXaXsecretX]” “oh cool. (never heard of them before). “Are you just looking around? Yes I’ve always wanted to see out from the top I was hoping for a goood view but am sad all the offices are locked.” “Well you look like a respectful person, I’ll show you around if you dont turn me in” …awesome!!! She showed me some great views of the east and south facing windows in vacant offices. Loved it!!!!

2:00 Tired. Phone dead. Must charge. No where will let me. 3:00 To McDonalds!! Free chargers upstairs!! While charging I met these funny kids who were very much day drunk off Bacardi Gold, as they informed me multiple times. They were very friendly and chilling in McDonald’s watching This is the End on an iPad. They both grew up in Manhattan, but were born in Jordan & Israel. Told me about some places I should hit up: A bar that serves $5 pitchers + a shot and free hot dogs “because when you’re that drunk, trust me, even the hot dogs sound appealing” lol. 3:45. Shopping! 4:00 Beacon’s Closet, Found a gray over the shoulder clutch. 4:30 Tried to sneak into Parsons University “The New School For Design,” Failed 4:45 Meatball Obsession, yum! 5:00 Shop lots of consignment and vintage, found a green UNIQLO light weight jacket at Buffalo Exchange. 5:45 I should get going 6:00 Look for wine for Michelle and I. 6:20 Find wine. Realize I don’t have a wine opener. Get Mike’s Hard instead, I know I’m sorry. 6:30 Subway to Michelle! 6:45 Grand St Subway. Pour our drinks into Starbucks cups. Tell homeless man who started hitting on me to keep walking. Felt like a real New Yorker. 7:00 Michelle!! Walk around with the poor girl who had a cold. 8:30 Date at Shake Shack ❤ 10:00 Cha-An Japanese Tea House. Tea and Moshi.

11:00 Head back. Must also grab bag from office & wait for late night trains. 1:00 Goodnight.

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You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:
Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty 
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare (now viewing!)
Day 6 – Autumn in New York
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

East Coast Trip Day 4 – Philly Cheese State

Sunday

November 10, 2013

philly cheese steak

8:00 Wake up on the floor of Dad’s apartment in rural New Jersey ready for a day exploring Philly, a city neither of us have been to. 9:00 Walk the chilly streets of Florence to grab a loaf of coffee cake to eat with our home-brewed coffee for breakfast. 10:00 to Philly! 10:30 Race up Penn steps, because if Rocky can, so can we!11:20 Explore Philly. 11:30 Get Philly cheese steaks. The restaurant was playing the Dog Whisperer in the background so of course my dad asked our server if he’d ever seen our episode: Hounds From Hell (watch here, start video at 17:45) The man claims to have seen and enjoyed it, how adorable. 12:00 Walk to Liberty Bell. Admire the tour groups. Walk around independence hall… in the footsteps of our forefathers, or even better Nicholas Cage 😉

 1:00 Walk through diamond distract. Walk back up Ben Franklin Parkway and take tourist photos of tourists taking tourist photos.

2:00 Head back to Jersey. Stop at target, surprise dad with all the great and cheap finds. 3:00 Home. Rest. Eat.

5:30 Make dad pancakes for dinner. 7:00 Watch Rocky. 9:00 Fall fast asleep (that’s 6:00pm PST btw lol).

My closing thoughts: I think I would like to rename the city, “the city of fatherly love,” because I had so much fun with my Dad, but then we would have to call it Philadadlia.

Slide show:

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You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:
Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty 
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State (now viewing!)
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

East Coast Trip Day 3 – Lady Liberty

Saturday

November 09, 2013

Dear friends, fans, and nosy neighbors, my run on sentences have gone on long enough! Here is a much briefer post about my next day in New York, it was also the day I reunited with my dad!

8:30 Dad rolls up in his old man car, the 5 series Beamer. Michelle is ecstatic, she claims she hasn’t ridden in a real car for months and months! 9:00 Statue of Liberty Park 9:30 Ferry to the islands, drink surprisingly good coffee in a cup. 10:00 Ellis Island. Find ancestors etched into monument, kind of a look-back-and-realize-how-far-we’ve-come moment.11:00 Statue of Liberty. Climb about 150 steps to the lookout platform on which she stands, lookout! Great views. Hard to see the statue herself from this close though, with her being directly above us and all.

12:00 French Fries 12:15 Ferry back 1:00 Liberty Park Cafe for lunch. Order an open faced pastrami sandwich with cheese. There was lots of cheese. 1:30 Drop Michelle off at a train stop so she could take the subway back to Brooklyn. 1:45 Drive with Dad through the town he grew up in, South through Jersey. Drive passed groves of autumn trees glowing in the setting sun. 4:00 Stop at Trader Joes. 5:00 Drive through Florence to see the small community he lives in now, I wasn’t expecting to see such quaint old houses and beautiful trees lining a winding river. Reminds me of Newberg, Oregon where I lived during my college years. 6:00 Arrive at his small apartment. Relax. 7:00 Bungos for pizza. 1 large buffalo chicken pizza and 2 beers please…

9:00 Goodnight Dad. 10:00 Goodnight moon.

A slideshow of the day:

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You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:
Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty 
Day 3 – Lady Liberty (now viewing!)
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York

Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest