Wandering around New York City, sans child.

Wandering around New York City, sans child.

More importantly than a trip to New York was the opportunity for a little family free time. The responsibilities of being a mom, wife and friend are a lot! This trip was a reminder to take more time for myself, because it makes me an all around better person.

I’d never really been to New York, that’s crazy right? Especially since I’ve been living within four hours of the city since 2011.

Sometimes when you’re so close to something it’s easy to forget it’s there. I wish it hadn’t taken the move to Austin for me to get motivated to visit.

I had two goals for this Ooey free trip

1) See the “Big Apple”

2) Hang out with my little sister

I accomplished both missions, I’m certainly no authority to tell you how to plan your trip but here’s what we did in ten pictures.

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DAY 1

My sister and I both arrived in Penn Station within minutes of each other. We then proceeded to wander around the area for an hour, AN HOUR! We were looking for somewhere cute to eat brunch and gave up.

The no plan itinerary for New York City

We got just as hopelessly lost after breakfast, which was nothing to write home about. We found ourselves at the Empire State Building and decided to go inside, why not? There were no lines  but we bailed on going to the top at learning the ticket price, spending nearly $40 for a view on a cloudy day seemed like a dumb move. We treated ourselves to cappuccino at Birch Coffee instead.

The no plan itinerary for New York City

With intentions of going to the Guggenheim we ended up wandering around Central Park instead. The squirrels were so plump, and friendly too! (This was also Ooey’s favorite photo from my trip, go figure.)

The no plan itinerary for New York City

These costumed people in Times Square are the worst. They whisked my sister away and before I knew it they were taking our photos and hustling me for change.

The no plan itinerary for New York City

We saw Cats on Broadway, I recommend buying not the nosebleed seats and sneaking in booze. I was totally exhausted from getting three hours of sleep the night before (joys of toddler sleeping patterns) and suggested that we leave at intermission. My sister quickly vetoed that idea and I’m glad we stayed, the second half of the show was really lively and colorful.

The no plan itinerary for New York City

DAY 2

I slept like a rock, we stayed at the Distrikt Hotel ,the price was right and the Manhattan location was pretty ideal. After getting breakfast we decided to go to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn per the recommendation of a friend.

The no plan itinerary for New York City

The New York Transit Museum was a great place to spend a chilly afternoon. There were exhibits on the construction of the New York Subway as well as vintage railcars. My favorite car is below, my sister’s is above. I would highly recommend this place for kids. 

The no plan itinerary for New York City

Obviously I wanted to take some shots of the Brooklyn Bridge for Instagram. My sister was a pretty good sport about all my photography.

The no plan itinerary for New York City

A pigeon landed on my sisters lap while we were eating outside at the Washington Square Park, this was the highlight of my trip. She was, however, not pleased.

The no plan itinerary for New York City

Walking around the NYU campus with one of my sister’s high school friends 🙂

The no plan itinerary for New York City

We made a final stop at Chelsea Market and I bought a sandwich for the train ride home. While we were there we popped up onto the High Line and watched as the sun began to set over the city. The trip was brief but a refreshing break from my normal routine. Exploring new places with my sister is always fun. Moving forward I’m going to take more trips with friends, I love my family but girl trips are a breath of fresh air!



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