For the past two years, I have been in New York for Thanksgiving weekend. I guess it is a new tradition now! This year, my mother and I flew up on the afternoon of Thanksgiving to meet my aunt and uncle who flew up that morning. We were headed to Philadelphia for my cousin’s beautiful wedding on Saturday, but considering New York is only an hour and a half away from Philadelphia, we decided to make it a trip. There’s nothing quite like driving across all the bridges to get into New York and seeing that gorgeous skyline in front of you.
Sunday afternoon, while we were waiting for our hotel room to be ready, I showed my mom some of the sites around Times Square. She had never been, so it was time for me to play tour guide. We walked to Rockefeller Center and saw the lights and the tree (which didn’t get lit until the following week: bummer), we went into some shops on 5th Avenue and saw the well-known light show on the Saks Fifth Avenue building. After a late night of venturing, we returned to the hotel to catch some rest before our early morning the next day.
We had a lot of things planned on Monday. We woke up, grabbed some muffins from the hotel’s breakfast bar and hit the Subway’s R train, riding to its last stop: The World Trade Center. We had scheduled to go up into the One World Trade Centers’ observatory at 10 am. After riding the elevator to the 102nd floor, we got to see a 360-degree view of New York and New Jersey. All of the buildings and bridges were beautiful. This is something that you must do when you visit NYC!
After the observatory, we made our way to the Brooklyn Bridge! This bridge is one of my favorite things to do while in New York. Each time I have been, it’s a different experience. The skyline is breathtaking at both morning and night.
Outfit details: Old Navy Jacket , Anthropologie Pants , J.Crew Sweater
After riding the W train back uptown, we stopped into Juniors for some quick lunch before heading to 5th Avenue for some shopping. We went from one end of 5th to the other all afternoon. Zara was, of course, our favorite! I had to get these pair of black boots and searched the entire store to find the last pair in my size. That’s when I knew it was meant to be!
Outfit details: Zara Boots , Old Navy J acket , Lucky Brand Jeans (old, similar here ), Blanket Scarf (old, similar here )
After heading back to our hotel to quickly freshen up, we ate at one of my favorite places in New York: John’s of Times Square. You can’t go to New York and not get pizza! This place has some of the best pizza and garlic knots. It tastes so fresh and I always enjoy watching them make the pizza, then slide it into the brick oven. John’s of Time Square is in an old church building and has the most beautiful ceiling and a mural on the wall. It’s always intriguing to try and imagine what the church used to be like, especially now that it’s a pizza place!
After a great dinner we walked around Times Square and saw all the lights. There’s nothing quite like standing in the middle of Times Square and looking around at all the bright lights surrounding you. They even had the New Years ball up getting ready for the big party!
After an extra long weekend filled with visiting family and site seeing, we flew out the next afternoon. It was time to get back to the reality of work and school. Plus, I was already missing my sweet Basil (my 1 1/2-year-old Italian Greyhound) and was ready to get home to see him.
If you ever have the chance to go to New York during the holidays, it is the best time to go. The lights and decorations are just beautiful and inspiring, as well as totally worth fighting the crowds over! There are so many wonderful things to do in New York, but there’s one thing that you must do during your visit: grab a slice of pizza and a cannoli!