I love big cities, and I can not lie. New York City is known as the big apple and the city that never sleeps. I like the fast pace, the active lifestyle, and there's always something going on. Ben and I planned a three-day trip, and we both had lots on our must-see list. We flew in on the red-eye from San Francisco to JFK, and we were ready to explore the island of Manhattan.
The Moxy Chelsea
If you know me, you know I love a trendy hotel and The Moxy
was everything and more. The location of the hotel is in the flower district of the Chelsea neighborhood, also known as the meatpacking district. We chose this hotel because it is near everything we wanted to do.
The room was cozy with a hipster vibe, and the layout was simple, with a great view of the city. The hotel offered a full gym for me to get a workout in every morning before stuffing my face all day with vegan pizza.
On the top floor of The Moxy is The Fleur Room
. The lounge has 360-degree views of Manhattan's skyline, perfect for watching the sunset with a fun cocktail. I loved the botanical theme and the floral printed fabrics, it is the perfect lounge in the flower district.
Empire State Building
Our first stop on our New York adventure was The Empire State Building
. The Empire State Building is iconic and on everyone's bucket list. We purchased the "AM/PM Experience," we arrived early in the morning to check out the city views during the day and then back again when the sunset to view the city lights.
is located in Hudson Yard. The structure has 154 connecting stairs, 2,500 stair steps, and 80 landings. You'll get a workout getting to the top (unless you take the elevator). The Vessel is free to visit, but you need a ticket with the appropriate time window to get in. I can't take credit for this awesome find it was all Ben.
The Oculus is a terminal station and a Westfield mall combined that opened on March 3, 2016. The structure cost $4 billion and has been named the most expensive train station. Architect, Santiago Calatrava, wanted the design to look like a bird flying out of a child's hands. There was a lot of natural lighting inside the structure, and definitely, a must stop when visiting NYC.
One World Trade Center
Everyone remembers what they were doing the morning of September 11, 2001, when two airplanes crashed into the twin towers as a result of a terrorist attack on the United States. In place of the fallen towers is a memorial for the 2,996 people who lost their lives that fateful day. Visiting the 9/11 memorial, it's very peaceful and quiet as everyone is paying their respects for our fallen heroes.
One World Trade Center
is the rebuilt World Trade Center, and it's the tallest building in the United States. The views are unreal! If you could only go to one building to look at the cityscape, I highly recommend One World Trade Center.
Since we were in the Chelsea neighborhood we decided to stop in the famous Chelsea Market
. Chelsea Market is an indoor food hall with thirty-five different restaurants and shops selling tacos to the spicy hot sauce. You could spend a fun afternoon wandering around the market. Since it was Sunday, we decided to have a bottle of champagne and people watch at Cork Buzz
. On Sunday's they offer half off bottles of champagne, lucky us!
Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment
One of my favorite television shows is Sex and the City. I can rewatch the whole series over and over and will never get sick of it. I made it a must that we stop and see the iconic Carrie Bradshaw's apartment. The apartment is located at 66 Perry Street, in case you wanted to visit too.
Central Park & The Met Steps
My other favorite show that makes New York City notorious is Gossip Girl. Gossip girl made school girl outfits, martini's, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
steps famous. While we were walking in Central Park towards the museum, I could not stop sneezing! I have seasonal allergies, and I'm highly allergic to the trees that are all over New York City.
The Brooklyn Bridge is another iconic monument in New York. The bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs over the east river. I could tell you some historical facts about the bridge, but that would be boring. In reality, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the top instagrammable destinations in New York. Getting a picture here was a must. Plus it was fun taking the subway to Brooklyn.
So much to do with so little time. Even though the trip was short, by the end I was ready to head home. I was exhausted from all the sightseeing and walking. There were a few places that I didn't get to like Times Square, but it's an excellent excuse to make it back to New York again soon. If you're wondering about where I ate in NYC: Vegan Eats in NYC
Let me know what places I need to visit next time I'm back in New York.
The Fleur Room and the Vessel look incredible! Definitely have to check those places out next time I'm in New York!