Until two weeks ago, I was a NYC virgin. [wait, can I say that here?? yes, yes I can.] I had never ventured to the Big Apple, but the annual #TeamAC trip took us to Philly, so we had to make the 1.5 hour train ride into NYC for my first experience. Yes, I was all bug-eyed, taking pictures, and walking furiously fast for my tiny legs — but at the same time, I handled myself so that I did not scream tourist. *secret goal of mine, I think I did ok!*
*thanks to the relationship with the Tampa Bay Bloggers and the Straz Center, I did receive complimentary tickets to see Jersey Boys in exchange for a blog post & social media love. All opinions are my own.
Now, you’re probably wondering why I am mixing Jersey Boys and NYC. They’re story is called Jersey Boys since three out of the four are from Jersey! But considering Jersey is only a short 50 miles away from New York, I could not help but recognize that NYC has always been a hub for aspiring musicians, actors, writers and the list goes on.
I had the privilege of seeing Jersey Boys, performing now at the Straz Center until Sunday, June 5th. My Mom’s name is Sherry, so I think it is in my genes to love this show. But really, do yourself a favor and GO! Its a concert, broadway show, and part comedy in one! You won’t be disappointed, I pinky promise. For tickets, visit HERE.
Back to my first NYC visit, Ashley was excited to see all my expressions live and take me around her *almost* home (she’s from Long Island); her friend met us as well and the people watching commenced — I was quite content. During my 10 hours, we visited the 911 Memorial & museum, ventured 102 floors up in the sky at the new One World Observatory, spectated Times Square and [of course] went into the two story Disney store.
Although I called Times Square ‘Vegas with tall buildings,’ I can totally see how a new comer with big dreams and ambition could feel inspired by the hustle & bustle of New York City.
i felt it. || the busyness. || the energy. || the architecture. || the constant movement.
A few of my lovely blogger friends have recently visited NYC and posted the tastiest of tasty, the most glamorous of beauty, and aroma filled shots of coffee on their instagrams. And no joke — that’s what I wanted from New York. Simply put — this is why I’m already planning my return. Here are a few things that I will not miss upon my next visit:
Pizza || from Brooklyn or Manhattan *my FB survey was a tie!
A New York Bagel || #keepingitreal, it’ll be worth the mild bloat, lol
Central Park || this is a gimme
Metropolitan Museum of Art || have ya met me?? I *heart* museums & history
CityRunningTours.com || if I get my act together and can run more than .5 miles, this can happen!
High Line || the gorgeous, raised outdoor walking area
NYC Public Library || I love Sex & the City, and books, so duh on this one
Real Coffee || again, have ya met me??
Rooftop Bar || because I love me some skylines and adult beverages
Rockefeller Center || and I’m still a tourist
Any place I should add to my list?