NYC Day 3

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A large skyscraper in a city

Hooray for my last NYC post! Shawn and I had three full days to see our top sites in the city and we just about went to EVERY spot on our list! Be sure to check out my recommendations from Day 1 and Day 2!

This third day was a Thursday and we had the yuckiest, coldest, rainiest weather! But we had people to meet and monuments to see, so we forged ahead 🙂

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to get the links and my recommendations!

Washington Square Park

From our hotel, we took a Lyft to Washington Square Park. This is a spot I wanted to visit since I saw it on FRIENDS years and years ago! Haha! Even though it was rainy, it was cool to see.

A narrow city street with buildings on the side of a road

From there, we walked over to Murray’s Cheese Shop and peekaboo! I spy the Empire State Building! So many iconic places no matter where you go in New York. I LOVE that about the city!

Cheese wheels

I cannot pass up CHEESE, especially amazing cheese, so I ate my body weight in free samples for breakfast! My favorite one I tried was this Moses Sleeper cheese. If you like brie, you will like this one 🙂


After spending over an hour eating cheese {yes, I ate cheese for an hour, why do you ask?} we headed over to Chobani! I am working with Chobani as an ambassador so when I found out that they had a store front with a menu and yummy looking things, I HAD to visit!

Acai bowl

I tried a lot of stuff, but my favorite was that smaller coconut pineapple creation on the right of this photo. Really really good 🙂

Since this store was in Soho, we walked around town and did some shopping! I had had my eyes on these adorable shirts from Piccolini NYC for some time and was so happy to pick them up in person! They are the cutest keepsakes to bring back for your kids. I fell in love with them!

Close by to Piccolini was Georgetown Cupcakes! Something to lift our spirits amidst the rain.

We took another Lyft to the Staten Island Ferry and hopped on for our free ride right by Lady Liberty! We were a little bummed that it was raining and cold, but we snapped the best photos we could!

A large ship in a body of water with the statue of liberty

A large body of water with a city in the background

You not only get a great view of the Statue of Liberty, but you also get a great view of the NYC skyline! I just wish it wasn’t so dreary!

Trade Center

From the ferry, we zipped up our coats and bundled as much as we could and walked about a mile to see the World Trade Center Memorial. It was a really sad sight, but I was so glad I got to see it myself.

Ground Zero Memorial

Did you know that white roses are placed on the victim’s names on their birthday?

Ground Zero Memorial

The footprints of the towers were so much bigger that I ever imagined!

Ground Zero Memorial

From here, we caught a cab in rush hour to get over to the Top of the Rock. We had tickets with a specific time window and were worried we wouldn’t make it. But, we did!! Only to find that they weren’t letting people up because of the rain and zero visibility. BUT, they did say we could come back in the morning for free! So we switched our tickets and went out for a quick dinner before we headed to see Wicked!

Wicked Playbill

I just LOVE this musical so much. I’ve seen it before and would see it again and again. And it was so fun to watch it with Shawn {who has never seen it before!} Of course she loved it too.

We went to bed a little wet, really tired and super grateful that we had experienced all that we had in such a short amount of time.

A group of people standing in a room

Before we knew it, we were up bright and early to make it to the Top of the Rock! This time with visibility for MILES! I love all these photos I snapped 🙂

On top of a building

A large skyscraper in a city

Since we were one of the first few people up the elevators, there were no crowds pushing to see the Empire State Building or Central Park. I’d recommend going as early as possible. There was hardly anyone there at 8am!

A view of a city

A view of Central Park

How gorgeous is Central Park? I’m in LOVE with this city!!

After our 45 minutes snapping pictures of beautiful New York City, we headed back to our hotel to pack up our things and head to the airport.

Aaaand, being the food blogger I am, I got a Shake Shack burger at the airport because it is beautiful and delicious and was right across from our gate we were departing from 🙂 Yum yum! Those cheese fries are pretty amazing too!! So dreamy.

Shake Shack Burger

So there you have our amazing 3-day NYC trip! If you are heading to the city, be sure to check out one or all of these spots! It was a trip worth every penny!


Murray’s Cheese Shop — 254 Bleecker St, New York, NY (212) 243-3289

Stop in for all the delicious cheese samples you want and bring home some honeycomb too! SO SO amazing on a cheeseboard.

Chobani — 152 Prince St, New York, NY (212) 364-3970

Be sure to get the toasted coconut and pineapple “sweet creation”. The pineapple was so so sweet! I’d recommend the roasted turkey and avocado bagel too. SO tasty!

Statue of Liberty

We took the Staten Island Ferry from the city to New Jersey and then hopped right back on the next ferry for the return trip. This is a FREE ride {!!!} and goes right by the Statue of Liberty. We didn’t want to get off a tour boat to go into Lady Liberty {you can go up into her crown!} since it was freezing cold and raining. SO! This was the best option for us 🙂 All in all, it took us an hour. Highly highly recommend this.

World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial — 1 World Trade Center, New York NY

Very humbling to visit this landmark. The memorial is free. A really great opportunity to pay your respects.

Wicked–The Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St., New York, NY

I’ve seen this musical before and would see it 500 times more. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Top of the Rock— 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

You get *the best* views of the city from this location!! And, the best part is, if there is bad weather, you can get tickets for another day for free {which is what we did}.

Shake Shack–google the many NYC locations!

The burgers and cheese fries from Shake Shack are like my soul mate. If you are going to NYC, you need to stop here! For sure for sure for sure! {Or if you run out of time, get some Shake Shack at the airport on your way home!!}


Be sure to read my DAY 1 and DAY 2 recommendations for visiting New York City!

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  2. Debbie

    Beautiful pictures! I only had opportunity to visit NYC for a couple of days years ago. It would be a dream to go back, we loved that city!