Recently I traveled to the concrete jungle that is New York City, New York. I had an incredible time and met the most amazing and inspiring influential people. I learned a lot about the modeling, acting, fashion, and business industries, and I can’t wait to return for future opportunities and endeavors. I experienced art, history, music, and much more. It truly is a city that never sleeps. I knew I was going to have a tight schedule and some long days while I was running around the city but the hardest part when preparing for my trip was what to pack and what to see. These two things seem to be the hardest aspects of every trip I go on and I know I’m not alone. So, I’ve decided to add a new segment into Damsel in a Dress about travel, but more specifically a segment that gives insight into new places and covers what people can do and wear as they embark on their travels!
Style inspiration: My style inspiration for this trip came from paying attention to New York Street Style; especially after New York Fashion Week this Spring. I loved the off-the-shoulder styles and 70’s vibes. I also wanted to keep my tones very neutral. However, I also had to keep my outfits practical as I had a cram-packed schedule and walked miles on miles per day. New York City is not a city to wander in heels and taxis and subways are not always going to get you where you need to go. This is why I selected all of my clothing options based on which pieces were not only cute but functional for walking the city all day as well. It’s a good thing New Yorkers have no problem with pairing their Nike’s with dresses or we would have had an issue.
The Hotel @ Times Square – This is a small, quaint hotel near Times Square. A fun fact about New York City is that most places are small due to lack of space in the city so don’t expect a suite or a lobby that can hold more than 25 people at a time. Overall, I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. It was clean, the staff were all nice and helpful, and the rooms were a perfect size for my group and me.
Havanna Central Times Square – If you’re traveling with a large group of people like I was it’s hard to find restaurants that will seat groups. Havanna, a Cuban restaurant, is perfect for groups and has excellent Cuban food from recipes passed down from one generation to another. The menu offers something for everyone.
Carmine’s – As a lover of Italian food, this restaurant was one of my favorite places I ate at while in the city. Located in the heart of the theater district, Carmine’s strictly serves food family-style, so it’s best to go with a group and order 2-3 dishes. All of the food I tried, I loved! I highly recommend stopping in if you’re ever nearby. I am dreaming of going back.
Pret A Manger – New Yorkers don’t really believe in lunch, they tend to grab something quick through the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. Pret A Manger, an organic cafe, is perfect for a quick healthy meal while on the go in the city. Featuring sandwiches, salads, and many more light meals, all of the food is fresh and ready-made to grab and go!
Eileen’s Stardust Diner – If you’re looking for dinner and a show this is the place for you! Eileen’s is full of talented staff who sing Broadway classics and iTunes hits to you all while bussing tables and taking your order. With a menu full of classic diner comfort food, I loved my time here. Be prepared to wait in line as this place is a big tourist attraction; however, you’ll never have a more fun meal.
Shake Shack – Coming from the Midwest I had never experienced the deliciousness that is Shake Shack until I visited New York City. If you have yet to indulge and love burgers, cheese fries, and of course shakes, I would highly recommend visiting Shake Shack. It has a basic fast food vibe, but the food and the ice-cream are worth it! Just don’t look up the calories.
Fifth Avenue – Fifth Avenue is home to many shops, historical landmarks, tourist attractions, and more. If you’re fashion-focused and visiting New York City, Fifth Avenue is for you!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral – One of the most prominent landmarks of New York City, and certainly one of the most beautiful this Roman Catholic cathedral is a must-see!
Trump Towers – A 58-story, mixed-use skyscraper, developed by and home to Donald Trump. I was lucky enough to see the building in action during one of the craziest election years in history and as Trump had given a press conference there just hours before I visited. Just don’t sit on the floor. No seriously, that’s a rule.
Rockefeller Center – As a National Historic Landmark the Rockefeller Center is full of interesting and entertaining possibilities. Ice-skate in the winter or visit the Top of The Rock for a breathtaking view of the city.
Tiffany & Co. – Tiffany’s flagship store, well-known for its window displays and starring in classic films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sweet Home Alabama, is a great place to visit while in the city. Located on Fifth Avenue, be sure to stop in a check out the world’s second largest Canary Yellow Diamond. At 128.64 carats, it’s a must-see.
Zara – Shopping in New York City can be incredibly tough if you’re not looking to utterly destroy your bank account. Zara is an awesome place to check out when you’re shopping around the city to purchase adorable, trendy, and affordable clothing. I’m in love with all of the pieces I purchased while I was there.
Radio City Music Hall – Located in Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is home to the famous Radio City Rockettes and is nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation. Radio City is a great place to visit during the holidays for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Grand Central Terminal – As the busiest train station in the country it is amazing how it remains so beautiful. Stepping into Grand Central is like taking a step back in time; until you actually get on a Subway that is. Grand Central is home to 44 train platforms, several great New York restaurants, and some of the most beautiful architecture in the city.
Eataly – As a vibrant Italian marketplace, Eataly features an array of cafes, counters, restaurants, cooking schools, shops, and more. There are only two of these marketplaces in the United States and as you walk in you can watch your pasta and cheese freshly made before your eyes.
Central Park – Sometimes the city can become a little overbearing and fresh air is much needed! A visit to Central Park is a great idea if you’re looking for some leisure time. With 843 acres, including a zoo, mini amusement park, and numerous historical artifacts Central Park is a must-see.
The Plaza Hotel – If you’ve ever seen Gossip Girl or Bride Wars you know exactly what The Plaza Hotel is. The Plaza is one of the most luxurious hotels and condominium apartment buildings in the world. Located near Central Park, The Plaza is a beautiful place to visit while in the city.
One World Trade Center – The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth tallest building in the world, the One World Trade Center has one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. One World Trade is said to be one of the best office addresses in the world and I can’t disagree with that.
9/11 Memorial – I’ve never experienced a more beautiful, historical, or emotional memorial in my life. The 9/11 memorial features two square pools in the center where the Twin Towers once stood, engraved with the names of lives lost. It’s truly something to experience.
Statue of Liberty – The copper statue has definitely seen better years; however, it’s still just as beautiful as it once was strictly for what it stands for. Located on Liberty Island, the statue is an iconic part of New York City and is a famous must-see if you ever visit.
Kinky Boots on Broadway – As I’ve heard, there are far and few “bad” Broadway shows and Kinky Boots was definitely one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I could’ve watched it three times in a row and still loved it. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper this feel-good show will have you smiling and laughing all while learning a valuable lesson about life and acceptance.
Times Square – As a major commercial intersection and one of the biggest tourist attractions of New York City, Times Square is a must-see but not for a long period of time. Times Square is best seen at night where you can fully take in the beauty that is the intersection and visit all of the shops and restaurants. However, it can become overwhelmingly crowded and is best experienced in short amounts of time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s blog post, this new segment, and hearing all about my New York experience! I am looking forward to continuing this segment and visiting and even revisiting many more places as time goes on. Be sure to check back later in the week for a new article on the blog, but in the meantime comment below what your favorite New York City attractions are!