New York is easily one of our favorite cities to visit that’s within a few hours’ drive from us. It can be overwhelming for some, but depending on which are you venture into, it’s full of culture, things to do, places to eat, and a vibrancy that you don’t really see in some cities.
On a particular weekend, we visited the city for a day just to explore and visit a couple of museums. Want to know what we did?
STATEN ISLAND FERRY
We arrived on the Staten Island ferry, which was my first time taking it. We were originally going to take the train in from Secaucus, NJ like we normally do, but my husband insisted that we take the ferry because it’s free and gets us where we need to go. Just a heads up – parking is not free, so if you’re planning to go, expect to pay for that. It’s around $18 all day, however, which is a pretty good deal if you plan on spending the day not driving.
We’d recommend getting there early if you want a parking spot right at the ferry terminal, however.
Han recommended this pizza shop for us to go to after seeing a few good reviews about it online. Honestly, I’m a 99cent pizza type of gal when it comes to New York slices, but that’s all I’ve ever had when visiting the city. Plus one thing about Han is he knows good food and is pretty solid when it comes to finding good places to eat. By the time we actually arrived in the city, it was just in time for lunch and we were hungry. So, we decided to stop there for our obligatory pizza slice.
It was our first time having pizza from Joe’s and we can honestly see why so many celebrities go there to get their pizza fix.
Some of the hot spots in Greenwich Village were within walking distance from Joe’s, so we went on a walk after eating with the intention of heading towards Washington Square. Along the way we got to view some beautiful brownstones, walk past some pretty storefronts and see some historical sites such as the Stonewall Inn along the way. As many times as we’ve been to NYC, we’ve never been to Washington Square Park, so we were really excited to finally be able to witness the beautiful arch in person and walk around.
FELIX ROASTING CO:
After spending time in Greenwich Village, we hopped on the train and headed towards Midtown to visit one of the prettiest cafes I’ve seen. We wanted a warm place to relax, drink some delicious coffee and chat about some of the next steps we were hoping to accomplish. We were so happy we stopped there.
Honestly, one of the only places I really, really, really wanted to go to in New York (the rest was up in the air) this time around was this coffee shop. Strange, I know, but I saw it online when looking for coffee shops for us to visit and I was completely enthralled with how well designed it appeared online. Plus we heard the coffee was good. Here’s a separate post sharing more about our experience there.
Our final stop of the day, before we lost sunlight and had to head back, we hopped on the train to visit the Transit Museum.
This was another place on our list of things we wanted to see while on this trip. If you love trains, transit systems, or just want an inexpensive place to learn more about the New York City transportation system, this museum in Brooklyn is one you’ll definitely want to go to. It’s a hidden gem because unless you go during a time where people are lined up around the block to enter, waiting to get in (its timed entry to be able to safely have people enjoy the museum), it can be hard to spot. Once you find it though, it’s honestly one of the coolest museums we’ve been to and it’s definitely one of the cheapest. We’ll be sharing more about our experience soon.