NYC for a day

All of the sudden I realized that our “upcoming weekend trip to NYC” is like,  this weekend.

I have been so caught up with decorating for the holidays, sewing handmade gifts, and crafting for Reindeer Week that I totally lost track of time.

One of Dave’s Law School buddies is getting married in Manhattan on Sunday, and we are so excited to be going to the wedding. Luckily, my mom is able to come in town to visit and watch the boys while we’re away. The ceremony is going to be outdoors in one of the city’s parks, so I doubt they would have enjoyed one minute of it! I, on the other hand, am giddy about a winter wedding in New York City. How romantic, right?

 It’s going to be a really quick trip. We’re taking the bus up to the city on Friday night, playing on Saturday, attending the wedding and reception Sunday, then bussing home on Sunday night. Whew! So, one day in NYC without the kids, huh? What to do? Last night I pulled together our plans–including booking our last-second room. Here’s what’s on the short list:

1. SLEEP: Thanks to Joanna,  I found a really amazing apartment rental for the same price per night as a mid-range hotel, so we’re giving it a shot! This place looks nicer than my own home, and I can’t wait to sleep in later than 7 am on a Saturday morning. Talk about luxury.

2. PLAY: I’ve been raving to Dave about Wicked since before we were married (I saw the original cast almost 10 years ago!) Dave and I passed through NYC once while dating, but were only in town for an afternoon and opted for a Yankees/Mets game. Two years ago when we visited, we saw Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This time we had to go to Wicked, mostly so I would stop talking about it. Eeek! I’m so excited!

3. SHOP: I mean, c’mon. You didn’t really  think I’d go to Manhattan and not at least duck into Mood for a few minutes did you? I need fabric like a hole in the head, but I’m always inspired when I see and touch a whole different array of fabulous cloths than those I have locally.

4. EAT: Eataly. We’ve heard only great things and can’t wait to taste some of the goodness. I’m in love with bread, cheese, salami, gelato, pizza, and mostly cheese, so I’m sure I’ll find a few (read: million) things to love here. This stop will actually count as playing and shopping, too. Yes, three-in-one bonus!

5. WEAR: I’ve finally finally found the perfect little black bootie for me and will be sporting them all over those city blocks. Seriously, every other day I put on an outfit and think “I wish I had some little black booties.” Problem solved. They are a great mix of hip and classy, are super comfortable, and all at a pretty good price.

We might also try to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and wave at Lady Liberty, but it will depend on the time. For as bustling as New York City is, we’d like the trip to feel somewhat relaxed.

What would you do with a day in NYC? What things are not to be missed? I’d love to hear your favorites to add to my list for next time!

(city photo via)


  1. Posted December 12, 2012 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    AHHH you’re going to have so much fun! My absolute must stops while I’m in NYC (more important than any fabric stores) are Muji and Uniqlo, but if I had to choose, it would be Muji. I refuse to write with any pens besides theirs (I’m obsessed with good handwriting). I also really like getting fish + chips at A Salt & Battery in Greenwich Village (back in my glutenous days) and taking it to eat on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s a good ride back and forth and you can see the skyline and all that junk from there. Plus I love boats, so there’s that.

    You’re going to have an awesome time at Mood, also stop in at Paron (257 West 39th Street) and go in the side room where everything is on sale. I’ve gotten some GEMS in there! Also B&J (7th + 38th) is pretty pricy but awesome to check out if you just want to see pretty fabric. There are a million other fabric stores on the first and second levels everywhere you turn there so just pop in. Spandex House is hilarious and also full of all types of spandexy stuff if you’re in the market, I’m pretty sure it’s across the street from Mood also.

    Also sidenote from when I Instagrammed you that foot the other night. I took the photo and thought “Oh, I’ll just text this to her.” Duh, Jen. I thought that was pretty funny though.

    • Miranda
      Posted December 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      Yay! These are awesome suggestions, thanks Jen! I’m totally going to try to swing into Muji or Uniqlo. I’m going to give myself a time limit in the garment district and see everything I can without taking the whole day (turned into a week, into a year…)

  2. Posted December 12, 2012 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    my one And only MUST DO when in ny? easy: falafel on pita from a street vendor. yummmmmm. now I must go. have fun!

    • Miranda
      Posted December 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      noted. I love falafel. (and after buying our Wicked Tix, it might be all we can afford:)

  3. Erin M.
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Mamoun’s has great falafel in the Village. Ghandi’s Cafe is also in the Village and has yummy Indian food. There is a fun holiday market at Union Square when it isn’t super crowded. From there, head over to the Strand bookstore. The HighLine is an amazing urban park worth visiting as is the Angel Tree at the Met. I love Bergdorf Goodman’s window displays at the holidays. And ditto to Jen’s UNIQLO comment. I wish they would open one up here in DC. Have fun. NYC during the holidays is magical. Also, we rented a studio apartment for the few days we were in Paris right in the heart of the city, and it was the best. I may never stay in a hotel again.

    • Miranda
      Posted December 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      You’re right! We totally have to at least breeze by the windows and the tree! And, I’m glad to hear your apartment rental went well. It seems too good to be true!

  4. Lisa Calderwood
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    If you don’t get tickets to Wicked, try for the lottery, then go see the Rockettes! One of the most amazing shows I’ve seen. Their precision and perfection is awesome. You could also go to the upper east side and check out Gossip Girl for me. : ) Guilty pleasure! Have fun – we loved New York and went a couple times a year when we lived in Maryland.

  5. Posted December 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Um, cute booties- just pinned them to my wish list.
    Also, I would totally go to Mood. It sounds amazing and I WILL go there one day. 🙂

    Have fun!

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