New York is always a good idea! But, it’s an even better idea during the Holidays! I have visited NYC in every season, every temperature, and every scenario, and I learn something new every single time that makes the next trip so much better! Today, I’m sharing with Y’all 5 Things to Know Before Visiting NYC for the First Time.
Learning Opportunity #1: Feet, Subway, and Taxi all Have Their Value
For the first few years of my travel to NYC, I only used taxis. I don’t know if I was intimidated by the Subway, but I definitely did not know how to use the Subway. I for sure spent a whole lot of money riding in taxis. Today, I still use taxis, but my primary transportation is the Subway. It’s fast, it’s cheap, and there’s no better people watching anywhere! If you are unsure how the Subway works, here’s a post to help you learn the ropes! I also walk…a lot! There’s no better way to really get to know a city than to walk its streets. Plus, I can eat bagels and cream cheese every morning with no worries at all!
Learning Opportunity #2: Good Food is Never Hard to Find
When I first started traveling to NYC, I tended to eat at the same restaurants every time. They were familiar, and I was still learning the city. Today, I for sure have my favorites, but I always make space to try at least one or two new restaurants. I keep LONG lists of spots recommended to me by friends, fellow Travel Bloggers, friends who live in NYC. Meal time is an adventure, and the more new spots I try, the more recommendations I can bring to YOU! Speaking of which, I have a NYC Restaurant Guide for sale, with over 30 restaurant, bar and bakery suggestions. Excellent resource, friends!
Learning Opportunity #3: Rain, Sleet and Snow
My husband and I always make a trip to NYC in December…because Christmas!!!….and in January for the Winter Antique Show, which I wrote about in this post. And y’all…it’s COLD! The first time I experienced Winter in NYC, I was terribly unprepared. My husband almost forced me to get a hat (didn’t want to mess up my hairs), and probably saved by ears from frost bite. After many years, I have three different pair of cold weather boots….and I take all three pair with me to NYC, because cold or wet feet will RUIN an otherwise wonderful trip! I own a pair of tall Clark boots, which are great if it’s not raining or snowing. I own the Ugg Duck Boots pictured above, which are warm and keep my feet dry when it’s raining or if there’s a little snow on the ground, and I own Hunter wellies, which came in handy the year we got stranded in NYC during a blizzard, and there were 4 foot high piles of snow on every corner, and wet mushy lakes of snow in the streets. (That was actually kind of fun….)
Learning Opportunity #4: Christmas is All That…and a Bag of Chips
My first trip to NYC during Christmas was with my husband. There is almost no way to convey how magical NYC is during the Holidays. I love every single part of it! I love to watch the ice skating, I love to drink hot chocolate while watching the ice skating, I love to drink hot chocolate while humming Christmas tunes while watching the ice skating….I want to see every single Christmas tree. The Medieval Tree at the MET, the Rockefeller Tree, the trees in every high rise lobby, the tree in Washington Square Park, the tree you can see through the windows of the brownstones along Madison Avenue….every single bit of Christmas in NYC is awesome! I took my kids about 10 years ago, which I wrote about in this post, and we made memories together that will last forever! If you are taking kids, you need my NYC At Christmas with Kids Guide!! Click here!
Learning Opportunity #5: Some of the best Experiences Happen when you Least Expect Them
My whole life I have enjoyed collecting. Furniture, clothes, jewelry….I have always loved the thrill of the hunt. But, my first real art and antique show experience happened at what used to be known as the Metro Show in NYC. It was there that my husband and I first met Penny and Allan Katz, who have become some of our dearest friends. I profiled Allan in this post. At the “old Armory Show,” Will and I met Joshua Lowenfels. He is the most wonderful person ever, and I cannot imagine a world where Josh is not my friend. Same with Steven Powers, whom I profiled. Same with Susan, whose Instagram, South Road Antiques, I profiled in this post as someone you should be following. I could go on and on…
I guess the moral of the story is First Impressions are simply that. A First. My husband and I choose to go back to NYC several times a year, because each trip teaches us something new, brings new friends into our loves, strengthens existing friendships, and enriches our lives profoundly.
Now….when is your next trip to NYC???
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