Top 10 New York experiences and lessons from my 3 day trip to the Big Apple.
10. Pharmacies are every where, but grocery stores…not so much. I saw one, and it was in Brooklyn.
9. People are actually very nice. The tourists are rude, the New Yorkers I met are plenty friendly. The streets are just packed full of people, all the time. They move about in a forced and steady fashion. They follow walk and don’t walk signs and flow smoother than the vehicular traffic. They push forward like the currant of a river and if you stop you will get swallowed up in the under tow. I think the only reason the people on the street would be rude is because of the tourists. Imagine if every day on your way to work you had to deal with people just stopping right in front of you to look up, or take a picture. They hold you up and make you late. That would get frustrating. I think tourists are oblivious and the non-tourists just have somewhere to be. I can appreciate that.
8. One must carefully plan bathroom visits and eating. There doesn’t seem to be a ton of public restrooms…not that I could find. In Wichita, if you are out and about for the day, and need to run to the restroom, stop in almost any Quick Trip for a clean bathroom break. You could go to McDonalds or even run in the Dillon’s. Not in NYC. I finally did find one in the NYC public library and it was moderately clean. As for eating…if you are an omnivore you’re fine. You could grab a hot dog, pizza or meat on a stick on any corner. If you want a pretzel that every human of New York has breathed on you are also good. If however you want an affordable quick vegetarian lunch or snack, it’s a no go. I mean you could have cheese pizza…but for anything else be ready to drop $10-$15 just for yourself. I’m a spoiled midwesterner. Granted, I don’t know the best spots to eat in NYC…or any for that matter. This is all based on my own first impression.
7. Times square is basically Vegas with out the gambling.
6. I love walking places and could totally get behind living somewhere I could walk every where I needed to go. (Except the grocery store I guess…still not sure where people get their food for home. I WOULD walk to the grocery store if one actually existed.) Shoes. Shoes are very important. I made a poor shoe choice the night we went to see a Broadway show. (Finding Neverland. It was beautiful!) My pinky toes were screaming with pain. My shoes were super cute, but at what cost? Thankful for bandages from the front desk and comfy shoes the next day.
Poor shoe choice
5. You can actually tell the difference between the air in Central Park vs. the air you breathe on the streets. My Uber driver told me I’d made a good decision for my run. He said that I definitely wanted to go to Central Park because the air was so much cleaner. I wondered how that could be it is literally a park in the middle of one of the biggest cities on the planet. However, breathing in Central Park was a much different experience than breathing on the streets. So, here’s a fun story about my Uber driver. I’ve never Ubered before. It was my first time and was a great experience. He was super friendly and informative. I spent a good amount of time in his car because he took me to the far upper end of Central Park and advised that I run the length of the park and either walk back to my hotel or call Uber again. That was 71 blocks in his car. (In Wichita that would be 71 miles, but the blocks there are much smaller, maybe 1/8th mile each, but they are rectangular, not squares so I really don’t know.) He dropped me off and we went our separate ways. The next day we called Uber again and got the same driver. He was freaking out. He said 5 million people come in and out of the city every day and he never sees the same person twice. He was so excited that happened. I run into people all the time, so the full impact of that was a little lost on me. But to him it was a very big deal.
(My only Central Park Picture. The one I posted to RunKeeper for my dad. Probably the only time you’ll ever see me with out makeup. You’re welcome.)
4. Newark and Laguardia airports are disgusting. I’ve been to truck stops nicer than those places.
3. People with regular jobs, waitresses, Uber drivers, ushers, the lady who did my make up at the Clarins counter in Lord and Taylor, all live in Queens or Brooklyn or somewhere other than Manhattan. They say it is too expensive and not worth it to live in Manhattan. I don’t know who does live there. They must be really rich or living with 12 other people in a 2 bedroom apartment.
(This is our Sweet and adorable waitress at David Burke Fabrick in the Archer. I LOVED her.)
2. The city pretty much looks like it does in the movies, but one thing you don’t get from the movies is the smell. It. Smells. Terrible. Every night they put the trash out on the streets, just in bags, not in bins. It is disgusting and disturbing. I don’t know how long that is going to be sustainable. They are probably creating 5 new islands the size of Manhattan every year in trash alone. Our hotel is on 38th street between 5th and 6th. Really nice place. Walking back from Broadway we were greeted by mounds of trash in front of every store and restaurant. Our hotel must have a different way of disposal because it was clean on the street there.
1. The number ONE experience/lesson I learned in NYC is that it is super awesome to have a husband that works for a 4 star hotel in Manhattan. They treated us like we were really someone special. Our room was amazing and the food was phenomenal. The staff was super nice and helpful. I can’t wait to go back. I felt like I was important!
This is my favorite picture. It is from atop the Hampton Inn that Lodgeworks owns in Brooklyn, looking back toward NYC.