New York, New York, with Chris and Dara

by Innclusive - Aug 26, 2016

New York, New York, with Chris and Dara

After I got finished shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue

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No, just joking. I can’t quite afford Saks but on my recent trip to NYC, it didn’t stop me from stepping in the store and pretending like I could.  

You see, that’s the great thing about New York… at any given time you can be anything next to anyone.

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Like the time I was in Jamba Juice and Nick Jonas (in an elf costume nonetheless) was ordering ahead of me.  Or like the other time when I ran into James Franco at 7am while we are both making an early morning bodega run. That’s New York… you never know what you are going to get.

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But I digress… back to this trip.

I often come to NYC to recharge. No city gives me life like New York. From Harlem to Brooklyn, you’ll always find something new that energizes you with possibility.

On this trip, my husband and I were lucky enough (thanks Grandma) to travel sans 3-year old (will talk about traveling with a little one later), so we packed our schedules with things to do both together and apart.


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One of the best things about the city is how inexpensive things really are. Now this may be contrary to popular assumption but in New York, only limited resources are expensive (aka real estate). Since there is an ABUNDANCE of everything else, competition is strong and you can expect to pay much less as businesses vie for your attention.


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So here is what I ALWAYS do when in New York City.

Get my nails done

Don’t worry, this whole list won’t be about personal grooming… However, since we plan on partying all night, we might as well look good before we do out. Again, I got a manicure and pedicure pretty affordably.


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I don’t know if this is a particularly NYC phenomenon, but for some reason… on Saturdays and Sundays New York Restaurants try to get you so drunk you can’t function… all before 2pm. It’s a timeless tradition and perfect for meeting friends and discussing your week.

This trip we went to Vamos! I’m still not sure if that was a good decision or bad, but their special was drink 5 drinks and get a free entrée.

Yes… I got my free entrée, and a hangover.

Try to win Broadway tickets

So we didn’t win this time (we tried to see Hamilton), but we have won once. Ok, so little known secret- everyday at 3:30, Broadway shows hold a raffle to purchase front row tickets… tickets that usually run 10% of market value.

So here’s how you win:

When you get to the show you want to see, you fill out a raffle form; put it in the raffle spinner (ha-not sure what they are actually called) and they pull out 7 winners.

We won tickets to Book of Mormon (pretty much the greatest Broadway show I have ever seen) and only paid $30 to see the original cast.

At the time they were going for $700 apiece so yea… try the raffle!


So I am not as up on the hot spots since I have been spending most of my nights wrestling a three year old to bed… but, I found out last weekend that I still know how to party.

Usually, in NYC you start with an agenda and end up where you didn’t plan to end up at about 4am and that’s exactly what we did.

So that’s it. My next trip will probably be to somewhere tropical and will include a rambunctious three year old, so will be a completely difference experience.

But that’s the beauty of traveling… nothing is ever the same… especially  yourself after you experience the allure and wonder of a new place.

Happy travels!