The Kansas Girl Takes NYC

The Kansas Girl Takes NYC | Seeking the South

Ah, the melting pot of the world. Smells of excess street-trash, loud subways and phone calls and little privacy. That’s right. This Midwestern girl made her way to the Big Apple this weekend. My big brother has been interning there for the last six months (and recently landed a job with the same company- whoohoo!) so the fam and I decided to pay the city-dweller a little visit. Although only for a little over four days, we were determined to cross as much off of our to-do list as possible. One thing you should know about our family is that we’re not your average tourists. We strive to be locals- heading to the little hole-in-the-wall restaurants, avoiding any type of chain store and judging those who use selfie sticks on the Brooklyn Bridge. Ready for this four day adventure packed into one post? Me neither.

The only other time I’ve been to NYC was five years ago. We knocked out some classic must-sees then: Times Square, Carnegie Hall, Little Italy, China Town… you catch my drift. Now that my brother’s a ‘local,’ we decided to hand over the reins to him as the family tour guide.

The Kansas Girl Takes NYC | Seeking the SouthWe started out day one in Williamsburg, aka the ‘hipster capital of the world’. Although this little Brooklyn village is super cute, it’s expensive as hell to live in. Guess my dream of living in a brownstone there was short-lived. We brunched on the roof at the adorable Juliette, which reminded me of a little breakfast cafe in Paris! Seriously a delicious, energizing meal to start our long day.

The Kansas Girl Takes NYC | Seeking the SouthWe strolled around Brooklyn for a little, making our way towards the Brooklyn Bridge. If you’re in NYC trying to avoid the tourist masses, do not, I repeat do not, go to the Brooklyn Bridge. This narrow path across the water is skinny enough that each family stopping to snap a pic slows foot traffic to turtle-speed (for an extremely impatient person like me, this was torture). With bikers
getting half of the bridge, there isn’t much opportunity to bypass the photoshoots. Along with the slow pace, there were numerous tourists selfie-stick-ing and iPad-photographing (two of my least favorite things to ever exist). Alas, after we made it across the bridge (and yes, we took some selfies, stick-less) we managed to find ourselves some classic New York street performers. After watching these hilarious guys for probably 30 minutes, the six volunteers were essentially scammed out of their money in front of all of us. Lesson learned: don’t fall into tourist traps like this.

The Kansas Girl Takes NYC | Seeking the SouthWe finally made it to our destination of the day: the 9/11memorial. If you haven’t been to see this, it is certainly a sight to see. Very powerful stuff. We decided, spur of the moment, to pay a visit to the 9/11 museum (located right next to the memorial). This was hands-down my favorite part of the trip. Bigger than I could have ever imagined, the museum has [practically] every little piece we have left of the Twin Towers, the planes and everything related to the tragedy. I was absolutely blown away by the details of this museum and probably could’ve spent a day or more looking at everything. And this is coming from a girl that usually hates museums. The museum was packed full, but surprisingly silent. I don’t know if it was out of respect, out of shock of the powerful images displayed or the disbelief that something this (for lack of a better term) happened during our lifetime.
horrible

That night we headed to Greenwich Village for some dinner. We went to a cute little restaurant (we suspected it was a mobster hangout back in the day) then went to a bar my brother suggested. Check out this concept: a bar with live music, dozens of pool tables, ping pong tables, foosball, shuffleboard and chess. Seriously so fun. How and when can we get one of these in Fort Worth?! I’m tired of bars where the only option is a creepy guy trying to dance on my backside. No thank you.

The Kansas Girl Takes NYC | Seeking the SouthSaturday we decided to try out a great brunch in our neck of the woods: TriBeCa. We ended up at
Sarabeth’s, which seemed like a spot fit for the [young] rich and famous. Seriously. This place looked like it was packed full of B-list celebs, with their babies in tow. There was literally 10 strollers parked at the restaurant’s entrance. Nonetheless, this place was great and I highly recommend. Next we headed to the new Whitney Museum in Chelsea. As I mentioned above, I hate museums (really convenient for a girl in a family of creative art-types). But I succumbed to this one [art] museum for the trip. The Whitney is all American art, each floor different decades. I liked the museum (which is saying something), mainly due to the pop culture (I can dig some Andy Warhol) and eccentric pieces in the 90s-00s area. In addition to the artwork, the Whitney has some pretty nice views of the city, which was an added bonus.

The Kansas Girl Takes NYC | Seeking the SouthThe rest of the day was spent visiting my brother’s home away from home in Brooklyn. However, that evening we did have a great authentic Italian dinner in East Village at a place called Frank. That was some delicious pasta mixed with a soundtrack full of Migos and Kanye. Mamma Mia.

Day three was dedicated to Central Park and I’m sure glad we gave it a whole day because that place is huge. Yeah, I’ve seen the maps and pictures and Gossip Girl scenes, but damn. We began our park journey in Sheep’s Meadow, where not sheep, but thousands of people were lounging, tossing a football and picnicking. We too brought our lunch along and looked just like the locals, eating our Italian sandwiches on a blanket. We explored some more, paying a visit to the pond with the mini sailboats (Stuart Little was nowhere in sight), seeing the Belvedere Castle and finally ending up on the Great Lawn with bomb-pops to stain our lips blue. ‘Twas a great [and exhausting] trip to the park.

The Kansas Girl Takes NYC | Seeking the SouthFor dinner we decided to deal with tourists once again and headed to Rockefeller Center, just to say we went. (I’m on a 30 Rock Netflix binge so naturally I had to get a pic.) The Rainbow Room (in the Rockefeller building) was closed for the holiday, so we took a security guard’s advice to go to the rotating rooftop restaurant at the Marriott Marquis. After navigating our way through the worst part of the whole city, Times Square, we finally got to the hotel, patience running low. (I thought the Brooklyn Bridge was my own version of tourist hell until we got to Times Square.) Well, we weren’t too happy. With sh***y service, a cover charge and only a buffet option, my brother best described it as a “rotating Golden Corral.” Needless to say, we finished our drinks and headed elsewhere for our main course. We ended up at Otto, a nice pizza place by Washington Square Park. For you NYU kids, I suggest this place. Good pizza and good prices. What’s not to love?!
The Kansas Girl Takes NYC | Seeking the South
Day four, our last day, began with a trek to SoHo where we got a delicious breakfast of bagels and coffee (when in Rome, eh?) at a place called Black Seed. Another great find. I guess I can never really be too disappointed with any kind of bagel considering I am a self-proclaimed carboholic. Our final stop for the trip was Yankee Stadium for a game against our boys in blue, the Royals. I guess we were good luck for the wrong team seeing as the Yanks dominated 14-1, but it was a great [and American] Memorial Day spent in just about the most American place in America.

It was a great trip to the big city, but I definitely confirmed my small-town-syndrome, meaning, I am not a big city girl. I might be able to live in Dallas or San Francisco, but never NYC or Chicago. Just not my thing. But I’m so glad my brother was able to follow his dream and move out there! That’s not something everyone gets the opportunity to do! As for me, I’ll be a Kansas / Texas girl for now, until we see where the rivers and roads take me.

Hope everyone had such a great Memorial Day weekend!

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20 comments:

  1. Hey, we are planning our vacation & NYC is in the running. Thanks for sharing your great time. Shared your post

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    1. Thanks for reading and sharing! Hope you have fun wherever your vacation takes you!

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  2. I'm kind of jealous you got to see a game at Yankee Stadium, of course I would go for the Rangers game if I could get there for one. Would love to see a game there.
    Seems like you had a great trip.

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    1. It was a really cool stadium, but I'm a bit biased, I think the Royals' stadium is better :) Thanks for reading!

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  3. NYC is the best! I would love to go again soon!!

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  4. I'm going to NYC this summer for a short trip, and I will put Juliette on my list!! It looks like a great place to have brunch.

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    1. Ah yes please do! I got the eggs benedict and it was delish!

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  5. Sounds like yo uhad an amazing time, love living like the locals when we travel!

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  6. Looks like you had a great trip!! I'm headed to NYC in August and I can't wait!

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    1. Hope you have so much fun! Thanks for reading!

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  7. Aw I love NYC! I lived there for a summer and it made me smile to see you'd hit up many of my favorite spots.

    xo katie // a touch of teal

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    1. That's awesome! Couldn't imagine living in a city that big!! Glad I got to your favorites!

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  8. I've only been to NYC once somehow! I must go back. It looks so wonderful.

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  9. I am obsessed with NYC, one of my favorite places... it just always feels like an adventure!! So thanks for letting me live through your photos haha :)
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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  10. WOW, y'all did NYC big time! You saw so much. I've been once, but it was a day trip and I wasn't able to see much. I want to go back with my family one day!

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    1. It was super exhausting to sat the least but you definitely need to go back!!

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