Sights

We've been finding some incredible spots in this big city, and would love to share them with you! Here are some of the sights we've found in New York City! We've also included which Vlog it was featured in, so if you want to go back and re-watch your favorite sections, you can find them on our Weekly Vlog tab! If you have a favorite spot or thing to do, please Contact Us to let us know of any other places we should add to our bucket list! 

 
 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Strawberry Fields - Central Park, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Strawberry Fields - Central Park, 2018.

Strawberry Fields - Central park

Strawberry Fields. Located near Central Park West between 71st and 74th Streets, Strawberry Fields is a 2.5 acre area of Central Park that pays tribute to the late Beatle, John Lennon, singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist. We LOVE this area of Central Park for it's rich nature and beautiful bridges! It usually isn't too crowded, and is a great place for families and friend gatherings! 

Featured in Vlog: Week 3

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, NYC Trader Joe's - 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, NYC Trader Joe's - 2018.

Trader joe's

While this may seem to be an unusual "sight" for some, we hope it will be of use to anyone who is looking to find groceries on their stay in NYC, or someone who is just moving and looking for the right place! We love this Trader Joe's, and would definitely recommend it for it's low prices and fresh produce! Whether you're visiting for a short time or settling in for a long stay, we recommend Trader Joe's for a local grocery shopping experience! Fun Fact: There’s an escalator FOR YOUR CART!

For those looking: This is also where we found our Gingerbread House Kit at Christmastime!

Featured in Vlog: Week 1 & Week 26

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Little Italy, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Little Italy, 2018.

Little Italy

Here’s a brief history lesson: Immigrants from Naples and Sicily ventured to Little Italy, NYC in the 1880s, and the area once stretched from Canal to Houston Streets, between Lafayette Street and the Bowery. Nowadays the strong Italian presence shrunk down to the blocks surrounding Mulberry Street—Mama Mia! Regardless, the Italian pride still remains during the annual Feast of San Gennaro. You can’t beat the authentic pasta dishes served by the best Italian restaurants. However, the food is not the only draw—some of the trendiest clothing stores in the city are located on Mulberry Street, not to mention some of the best bars in NYC.

Featured on Vlog: Week 1

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Grand Central Terminal Street, 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Grand Central Terminal Street, 2018.

Grand Central Station

Be transported by the iconic beauty and lasting legacy of Grand Central Terminal. This historic world-famous landmark in Midtown Manhattan is not simply a transportation hub—it’s also a shopping, dining, and cultural destination with 60 shops, 35 places to eat, and a full calendar of events all under one magnificent roof.

Featured on Vlog: Week 2

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, The Crown NYC view, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, The Crown NYC view, 2018.

The Crown NYC

The Crown is a restaurant and bar that has a STUNNING rooftop, with a full 180-degree view of Manhattan! Located near Little Italy, this establishment is a must-see for those stunning rooftop photos you're looking for to post on your Instagram. We ordered a burger, and it was relatively inexpensive for New York City! This is a must-try! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 1

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Feinstein's 54 Below, 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Feinstein's 54 Below, 2018.

Feinstein's 54 Below

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, offers an unforgettable New York nightlife experience, combining performances by Broadway’s best with world class dining in an elegant setting. Steps from Times Square, the club is known as Broadway’s living room, a home away from home for Broadway professionals and audiences alike. With pre-theatre dinner offered nightly from 5pm, Feinstein’s/54 Below has set a new culinary standard for New York City entertainment venues. This is where all of the top Broadway performers have their late night cabarets!

Featured on Vlog: Week 1 & Week 26

 
Image taken from Google Images. 2018.

Image taken from Google Images. 2018.

New York Public Library - Manhattan location

New York City is home to one of the most expansive libraries in the world! This library is a perfect place to get away to get work done, or get some quiet time to yourself. But don't be fooled by the word "library" in the name, this is no dusty old building! The ornate and stunning views in this historic building are one to be seen, whether you have a library card or not!  

Featured on Vlog: Week 1

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Times Square Diner and Grill - 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Times Square Diner and Grill - 2018.

Times Square Diner

We LOVED this diner, and especially loved finding out it's open 24 hours! So after a show or late night event, if you're still starving you can walk over to this diner, very conveniently located in Midtown (so that it is close to pretty much EVERYTHING!) Not to mention that the portions are giant, which makes for a full belly and happy heart after each meal! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 2

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Radio City Music Hall - 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Radio City Music Hall - 2018.

Radio City Music Hall

Home to the Radio City Rockettes and the Tony Awards, the Radio City Music Hall is one of the biggest and most prestigious theatres in New York City. At Christmastime you can find the infamous Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and every June the American Theatre Wing hosts the Tony Awards in this beautiful space, which celebrates the successes of the Broadway community over the past year. Be sure to see a show or sign up for a tour of this beautiful theatre when you get the chance! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 3

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, NYAC, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, NYAC, 2018.

New York Athletic Club

NYAC stands for the New York Athletic Club. In its journey through the ensuing decades, the NYAC has evolved to become an athletic powerhouse, globally renowned in sports such as wrestling, fencing, judo, water polo, rowing and track and field. Concurrently, the NYAC has become a part of the cultural fabric of New York City, hosting banquets, receptions and weddings, welcoming leaders in the world of business, politics and the arts to its magnificent dining room and 187 overnight guest rooms.

Featured on Vlog: Week 5

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Broadway Theatres, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Broadway Theatres, 2018.

BROADWAY

Come on along and listen to the Lullaby of Broadwayyyy! There is never a lull in New York City with the lights of Broadway shining every night! With over 100 shows to be seen on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in other theatres around the city, there are plenty of options for every theatre-goer! Any time you come to visit New York City, be sure to plan an evening at the theatre, you won't regret it! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 5

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, McGee's Pub, 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, McGee's Pub, 2018.

MCGEE's

The Real Maclaren's pub! This is the bar that inspired How I Met Your Mother! McGee's is a friendly Irish neighborhood pub located in the heart of Hell's Kitchen - only 3 short blocks from the world famous Central Park, the Theater District and Times Square. It boasts HIMYM photos covering every wall, and cut-outs of Barney and Robin in the main dining room! If you are a fan of How I Met Your Mother, McGee’s is working with On Location Tours on their NYC TV & Movie Tour. Come try one of their HIMYM inspired cocktails! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 6

 

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, American Museum of Natural History, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, American Museum of Natural History, 2018.

American Museum of Natural History

Explore the museum for the afternoon to find fascinating exhibitions, events, research, and collections. There is something for each member of the family, for all ages! For a more immersive experience, download the Explorer app (available for both iPhone and Android!) to follow along while you check out the museum. This is a NYC staple that is a must-stop, and perfect for rainy days in the city!

Featured on Vlog: Week 6

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Friend of A Farmer, 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Friend of A Farmer, 2018.

Friend of a farmer

Located in the heart of Gramercy Park, this farm-to-table restaurant is good for the soul! All of their ingredients are farm-fresh, and you can definitely tell when you are enjoying their delectable dishes. They also carry merchandise and fresh food options such as farm-to-table local honey, coffee grounds, and more. This restaurant is also perfect for any vegans or vegetarians that are looking for a place to stop! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 6

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Nathan's Hot Dog Stand, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Nathan's Hot Dog Stand, 2018.

Nathan's Hot Dog Stand

World- Famous for their hot dogs and other delicious bites, Nathan's is a place that hits the spot after a long day at the beach! Their crinkle-cut fries are delectable - and we most highly recommend their homemade, old-fashioned lemonade! Nathan's is also famed for it's annual hot-dog eating contest. If you think you've got what it takes, give it your best shot at your own hot-dog eating experience down at Nathan's Famous Hotdog Stand!

Featured on Vlog: Week 7

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Coney Island, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Coney Island, 2018.

Coney Island

Coney Island is one of the best not-so-hiddengems of New York City. Peppered with hundreds of amusement park activities and rollercoasters, this attraction is the perfect day-getaway for city residents and visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It is also home to many restaurants and eateries, which provides something for everyone! The best part: you can get there by subway, so it's only a $2.75 travel cost for a mini-vacation! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 7

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Lavender Farm, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Lavender Farm, 2018.

lavendar farm

Lockwood Lavender farm has been around for decades - becoming a staple in many summer family traditions! Located in Upstate New York near Skaneateles Lake, Lockwood Lavender Farm has plenty of activities and thins to do - all centered around lavender! You can pick the lavender and take it home, have it made into fresh soaps, use for cooking, and many other uses! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 8

 
Image take from Google Images, Lakehouse Pub, 2018.

Image take from Google Images, Lakehouse Pub, 2018.

Lakehouse Pub

Home to the infamous Roast Beef Sandwich, the Lakehouse Pub is a fun stop if you ever find yourself in Upstate New York along Lake Skaneateles! Accessible by car or boat, this fun eatery has something for everyone. Their food is fresh, drinks are cold, and atmosphere is one that can't be beat! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 8

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Angel Falls, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Angel Falls, 2018.

Angel & Carpenter Falls

These glorious waterfalls are tucked into the coziest nature nooks, just off of local hiking trails near Skaneateles Lake. Located in Upstate New York, these views are breathtaking and such a fun activity to pursue during your Upstate NY travels! Angel Falls is a much more accessible hike to bring the entire family, while Carpenter Falls should be reserved for more experienced hikers.

Featured on Vlog: Week 8

 

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, 9/11 Memorial, 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, 9/11 Memorial, 2018.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

A very powerful and moving museum, that everyone should experience in their lifetime, is the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Located where the twin towers once stood, NYC has done a terrific job of honoring and memorializing all those that lost their lives due to the tragic events on September 11th, 2001. 

Featured on Vlog: Week 9

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Bryant Park, 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Bryant Park, 2018.

Broadway in Bryant Park

Bryant Park does a terrific job of providing free events for city dwellers and tourists to come and enjoy all throughout the summer. One of these free events is "Broadway in the Park", where Broadway shows have their casts come out and sing songs from the shows that are currently running on Broadway. This is a great opportunity to bring a picnic blanket, your favorite sandwich, and enjoy some free Broadway performances! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 9

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Central Park Zoo, August 2018

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Central Park Zoo, August 2018

Central Park Zoo

New York City has many different campuses that call the NYC Zoo home. We checked out the Central Park location, which had plenty of things to see! A great family stop when visiting the city. However, if you’re looking for a larger zoo campus and a full list of different animals, the Bronx Zoo will be the largest location of all NYC Zoos! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 11

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Sojo Spa, August 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Sojo Spa, August 2018.

SOjo Spa

A modern world as busy and stressful as ours requires modern methods for relaxation and rejuvenation. At SoJo Spa Club in Edgewater, NJ, they pride themselves on breathing new life into traditional treatments from across the world and applying them to their clients. Their facilities are carefully designed for soothing elegance. Whether we're enjoying the view from the rooftop infinity pool, or kicking back in the clay saunas, we are confident you will leave SoJo Spa Club feeling like a whole new you! (AND - best part - it is very affordable! Especially compared to any other NYC spa prices!!! #boujeeonabudget)

Featured on Vlog Week 13

 
Image Taken by Sara Kreski, Dino BBQ, August 2018

Image Taken by Sara Kreski, Dino BBQ, August 2018

Dino BBQ

Though we went to the location in Harlem, NYC, Dinosaur BBQ is popular all over the five boroughs of New York City! It is the closest taste of the south as you can get here in the Big Apple. We love the sweet BBQ flavor of Dinosaur BBQ. For any southerners missing a taste of home, come on up to Dinosaur BBQ!! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 14

 
Photo taken by Sara Kreski, Kayaking on the Hudson River, September 2018.

Photo taken by Sara Kreski, Kayaking on the Hudson River, September 2018.

FREE Kayaking on the Hudson River

This was probably the BEST thing we’ve done so far in NYC! And it was completely FREE! They offer free sit-on-top kayaks for public use in protected Hudson River embayments at each of the locations throughout the season (May-October). Volunteers give brief instruction and provide all necessary safety equipment as well as changing rooms, lockers and locks, bike locks, sun block, and first aid equipment. It provides an opportunity to create a personal connection with the waterfront, regardless of age, income or location, and it also serves to educate communities about how far we have come in cleaning up the Hudson River.

Featured on Vlog: Week 15

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Staten Island Ferry, September 2018

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Staten Island Ferry, September 2018

Staten Island Ferry

FREE WATER CRUISE IN NYC! The Staten Island Ferry is one of the last remaining vestiges of an entire ferry system in New York City that transported people between Manhattan and its future boroughs long before any bridges were built. The Staten Island Ferry provides 22 million people a year (70,000 passengers a day not including weekend days) with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. The ferry is the only non-vehicular mode of transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan. 

Featured on Vlog: Week 15

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Rooftop Cinemas NYC, September 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Rooftop Cinemas NYC, September 2018.

NYC Rooftop Movie Theatre

Rooftop Cinemas creates a movie-watching experience unlike any other! We got to enjoy a film while eating unlimited popcorn and lounging in reclining lawn chairs! What’s not to love?! Guests receive a pair of wireless headphones at check in which allows them to set their volumes and hear the movie playing - so there are no distractions from the busy streets of Midtown going on around you while you’re enjoying your movie! A perfect activity for cool summer nights!

Featured on Vlog: Week 16

 
Photo taken by Caroline Iliff. Soul Cycle, September 2018.

Photo taken by Caroline Iliff. Soul Cycle, September 2018.

Soul Cycle - Union Square

The one of a kind, rockstar instructors guide riders through an inspirational, meditative fitness experience that’s designed to benefit the body, mind and soul. Set in a dark candlelit room to high-energy music, riders move in unison as a pack to the beat and follow the signature choreography of the instructors. The experience is tribal. It's primal. It's fun.

Featured on Vlog: Week 17

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Feast of San Gennaro from the Ferris Wheel, September 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Feast of San Gennaro from the Ferris Wheel, September 2018.

Feast of San Gennaro

Out-of-towners and locals are getting psyched for the 93rd annual Feast of San Gennaro 2019, and for good reason: the annual event includes the best spots in Little Italy. Eat at some of the best Italian restaurants in the city, watch colorful parades, catch free concerts and check out family-friendly activities like bouncy houses, crafting and games. And, of course, don't miss the world-famous cannoli eating competition. Although the Feast of San Gennaro is a celebration of faith (folks tip their hats to the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy) the festive atmosphere, delicious food and colorful processions are what it’s known for. For 11 days, Little Italy is transformed into a red, white and green bash with special guests, live music and a cannoli eating contest.

Featured on Vlog: Week 18

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, “Tickling the Ivories” Free Stand-Up Comedy Show at Pianos, October 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, “Tickling the Ivories” Free Stand-Up Comedy Show at Pianos, October 2018.

Tickling the Ivories - Free Comedy Show

Found at the Pianos Bar in the Lower East Side, this event is free to anyone who wishes to attend! Around 5 stand-up comedians performed one set each over the course of an hour-and-a-half-long evening. Definitely a great night-time activity to get out and about on a tight budget!

Featured on Vlog: Week 18

 
Photo taken by Sara Kreski, Times Square, October 2018.

Photo taken by Sara Kreski, Times Square, October 2018.

Times Square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", "the heart of The Great White Way", and the "heart of the world". One of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually. Approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of them tourists, while over 460,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square on its busiest days.

Featured on Vlog: Week 18

 
Photo taken by New Yorker, Edited by Samantha McHenry. Brooklyn Bridge, October 2018.

Photo taken by New Yorker, Edited by Samantha McHenry. Brooklyn Bridge, October 2018.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States. Started in 1869 and completed fourteen years later in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. It was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and the East River Bridge.

Featured on Vlog: Week 19

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Wowful Waffle at Smorgasburg, October 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Wowful Waffle at Smorgasburg, October 2018.

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors—Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays in beautiful Prospect Park. It launched May 21, 2011, as a spinoff of Brooklyn Flea (founded in 2008), and has since launched dozens of small businesses and attracted millions of visitors. The New York Times dubbed Smorgasburg “The Woodstock of Eating." 

on Vlog: Week 19

 
Photo taken by New Yorker, edited by Samantha McHenry. Prospect Park, October 2018.

Photo taken by New Yorker, edited by Samantha McHenry. Prospect Park, October 2018.

Prospect Park

Prospect Park can be found at the heart of Brooklyn. We thought that the coolest thing about Prospect Park was that it completely immerses you in a way that makes you forget that you’re actually in a big city like NYC. No skyline or any sort of buildings are visible from inside the park - only grass and trees surrounding your view. This makes for a very serene experience in escaping the city for a few hours!

Featured on Vlog: Week 19

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. Barclays Center, October 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. Barclays Center, October 2018.

Florence and the Machine at the Barclays Center

We unexpectedly received free tickets from a neighbor to go to Florence and the Machine’s Concert at the Barclays Center, and boy oh boy did it not disappoint! Who knew there could be such a GIANT arena in the NYC area, where space is usually so tight?! If you’re in the city and looking to go to a concert or just spread out with some room - check out the Barclays Center!

Featured on Vlog: Week 20

 

City of New York Museum

Curious about the history of the City of New York? This Museum has got you covered! It is so fascinating in it’s telling of our city’s great history. Did you know that all of upper Manhattan used to be farmland?! And the city didn’t start on the grid system - but adapted it for it’s street planning as it expanded upward! How cool! Check out this museum for other fun facts about the history of NYC!
 
Featured on Vlog: Week 20

 

Columbus Day Parade 

We accidentally stumbled up on this fun parade on the Upper East Side on Columbus Day, and we were not disappointed! Did you know that NYC hosts over 100 parades per year?! Check out the link below for a full list of parades held in NYC throughout the year, and where to find them! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 20

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry. Penn State Soccer Field, October 2018.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry. Penn State Soccer Field, October 2018.

Penn State Soccer Game 

This October we got to travel to the beautiful Penn State University to see a good friend, Maddie Nolf, play her final Penn State Soccer Game! Maddie is currently playing for the US Women’s National team, and is being scouted to go pro. She’ll be drafted this spring, and we can’t wait to see where she goes. If you want to catch a great sports game a short drive away from NYC, check out Penn State Women’s Soccer! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 21

 

St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

A beloved landmark and classic staple in NYC history, this is not to be missed. The beautiful and ornate architecture of this historic Cathedral is sure to make anyone swoon, whether they are religious or not. We loved exploring this beautiful building and going to one of the 7 daily masses that they host each day. It is definitely a very special NYC experience that everyone should try! They offer professional or self-guided tours throughout the sanctuary. 

Featured on Vlog: Week 21

 
Photo taken by Lucy Given. Samantha winning Broadway Mean Girls Lottery, October 2018.

Photo taken by Lucy Given. Samantha winning Broadway Mean Girls Lottery, October 2018.

Broadway Lottery

Looking to see a Broadway show for cheap?! We have got you covered! Nearly every show that is running on Broadway has a lottery option that audience members can enter daily! If selected, the winner can purchase up to two tickets at a very discounted price, and they’re usually great seats! I got to sit in the orchestra with my lotto winning tickets! If you find yourself with a free night in NYC, don’t hesitate to enter the Broadway Lotteries! (Samantha won the Mean Girls Broadway Lotto!!! YAY!)

Featured on Vlog: Week 21

 
Image taken by Alex Vinh. Pennings Farm Apple Orchard, October 2018.

Image taken by Alex Vinh. Pennings Farm Apple Orchard, October 2018.

Pennings Farm Apple Orchard

What a fun day we had at Penning’s Farm and Apple Orchard! Open all year round, Pennings Farm offers a variety of produce picking options for a variety of seasons. We chose to go in October, which was at the end of their apple picking season! We had a ball and picked over 35 apples!! What a great day! (Bonus: You can eat as many apples as you want while you’re picking them! How FUN!)

Featured on Vlog: Week 22

 
Image taken by Lucy Given. Halloween on 69th Street, October 2018.

Image taken by Lucy Given. Halloween on 69th Street, October 2018.

Halloween on 69th Street

If you find yourself in NYC on Halloween, look no further than 69th Street to get your spirits high on this frightful night! Family friendly and oodles of fun, this spot cannot be missed on October 31st! Almost overnight the entire street transforms into a magical Halloween oasis for the day and comes alive in the evening. Thousands of children come through to get candy and adults come for the spectacle! Some houses even hire actors to scale the walls dressed as spiders, and full orchestras to come play haunting tunes as you stroll along! This is something you don’t want to miss! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 23

 
Photo by Jenni Johnson. View from the top of the Empire State Building, October 2018.

Photo by Jenni Johnson. View from the top of the Empire State Building, October 2018.

Empire State Building

We have explored up to the top of the empire state building when we recorded our promo video, and also seen it in the NYC skyline from afar! And for Wicked’s 15th Anniversary on Broadway, they turned all of the lights Green to light up the building like the show’s signature color! What fun! If you’re looking for a classic NYC staple sight-seeing venture and COOL photo op — head up to the Observation Deck to take some great skyline photos!

Featured on Vlog: Week 23 & Promo

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. NYC Marathon, November 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. NYC Marathon, November 2018.

NYC Marathon 

We can’t fool you and say that we ran this, but boy did we enjoy watching! We were so proud of everyone who participated in the NYC Marathon! It is such a day of joy and support for our fellow New Yorkers, and we had a ball watching the community come together to celebrate their loved ones complete such a big milestone! (and it doesn’t hurt that it’s hosted on perhaps the prettiest fall day of the year!)

Featured on Vlog: Week 24

 
Photo by NYC Stranger. 1st Christmas Tree, December 2018.

Photo by NYC Stranger. 1st Christmas Tree, December 2018.

Buy Christmas Tree in NYC

If you’re looking to buy a Christmas Tree in NYC, have no stress - there is a Christmas Tree pop-up on just about every corner! Christmas Tree farmers come down from Upstate and bring the most beautiful trees in all shapes and sizes into NYC at the end of every November, and stay all through December! We found ours at the location on the button below, but don’t worry about looking too hard to find your perfect tree — they’re on every block! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 25

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. Fall in Central Park. November 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. Fall in Central Park. November 2018.

Fall in Central Park 

Anyone who knows NYC knows that one of the best times to see Central Park is in the fall! We loved walking around Strawberry Fields in the Fall, but there are so many beautiful spots that are perfect for photo ops! Check out the link in the button below for some prime spots that have the perfect fall foliage! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 25

 
Photo taken by Alex Vinh. Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree, December 2018.

Photo taken by Alex Vinh. Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree, December 2018.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

We found the BIGGEST Christmas Tree in NYC! (And the most famous!) It really is as bright and magical as it looks in the movies, friends! You have GOT to check this out. And if you have $50 or so to spend on ice skating, you should definitely skate around on the rink below! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 28

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. Saks 5th Ave. Christmas Light Show, December 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. Saks 5th Ave. Christmas Light Show, December 2018.

SAKS 5th Ave Christmas Lights 

Holiday shopping at department stores can be a nightmare, but the Christmas window displays NYC offers make combatting the tourist-packed realm that is Fifth Avenue worth it. Those ornate holiday windows decked out with hundreds of Christmas lights and more winter wonderland decor are so impressive, they might be reason enough to stroll through midtown. Our advice? Wait until the out-of-towners have gone to bed so you can view the decor free of crowds.

Featured on Vlog: Week 28

 
Photo taken by Sara Kreski. The Gregory Brothers, December 2018.

Photo taken by Sara Kreski. The Gregory Brothers, December 2018.

Concert in West Village 

The coziest, heart-warmingest night of the year! The Gregory Brothers’ Christmas Spectacular has been bringing the holiday spirit to downtown NY for 12 years, and this year is the most special yet: the release of their collection of Christmas classics old and new, Sleigh Ride / Fireside. Best known around the world as creators of the billion-view YouTube series Auto-Tune the News and Songify This, The Gregory Brothers (Evan, Andrew, Michael, and brother-by-marriage Sarah) live shows are known for their otherworldly harmonies and their unique Americana take on the American Songbook. Sleigh Ride / Fireside and the Christmas Spectacular draws inspiration from Gospel, Country, Soul, and Rock to create a sound that burns brighter than a Yule Log.

Featured on Vlog: Week 28

 

Bryant Park Ice Skating 

Between Bryant Park, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Battery Park, and more - there are so many options for Ice Skating at Christmas Time in NYC! We chose Bryant Park because it was cheapest and easy to get to, as well as offered Christmas Markets for some holiday shopping! Just be warned: Weekends are packed in the month of December, and the lines are loooooong! So be sure to block out a lot of time when going Ice Skating! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 27

 

Bryant Park Christmas Markets 

In addition to ice skating opportunities, Bryant Park also offers a wide variety of Christmas Markets for Holiday Shopping in NYC! Composed of many local small businesses, this is the dream spot to do a lot of your gift shopping during the Holidays. 

Featured on Vlog: Week 27 

 
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Disney Cruise

We had a ball going on the Disney Cruise — thanks to our friend Rhett who was a performer on the Disney Magic! If you’re looking for a fun vacation that escapes the hustle and bustle of NYC, check out the Disney Magic Cruise Line! They even port out of NYC, so you can extend your vacation from the City to the Sea!

On our cruise, we stopped at The Grand Cayman, The Bahamas, The Butterfly Conservatory in KeyWest, Florida, and Disney’s Private Island - Castaway Cay!

Featured on Vlog: Week 30 & Week 41

 
Selfie taken by Samantha McHenry, 99cent Fresh Pizza near Columbus Circle, 2019.

Selfie taken by Samantha McHenry, 99cent Fresh Pizza near Columbus Circle, 2019.

99 cent Fresh Pizza

99 cent Fresh Pizza has many locations around NYC, but we adventured to the location just north of Columbus Circle! (59th street) This establishment is a grab-and-run sort of place, but there are bar tables lining the sides (with no chairs) if you’d like to stop and enjoy your pizza. However, this is the biggest deal in all of NYC for pizza - delicious, hot, fresh pizza straight from the oven - for just short of a dollar! What a steal! 

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Photo taken by Sara Kreski of Samantha McHenry and Museum of Pizza, 2019.

Photo taken by Sara Kreski of Samantha McHenry and Museum of Pizza, 2019.

Museum of Pizza: Pop Up Museum

This pop up museum was located in Brooklyn, and was only available for visitors for a certain amount of time. Feel free to check the website to see if it’ll be back one day soon! We learned all about the history of pizza, many fun facts, and enjoyed some local Brooklyn slices! 

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Photo by Samantha McHenry, Lombardi’s Chelsea, 2019.

Photo by Samantha McHenry, Lombardi’s Chelsea, 2019.

Lombardi’s 

Lombardi’s is the oldest pizza establishment in NYC - it was the very first pizza place here in the Big Apple! Their historic pizza is to die for, and can be enjoyed in either of their two establishments - one in Little Italy and one in Chelsea. (Insider tip: The Chelsea location is always less crowded, and has a little to no wait time! Little Italy is much more popular and can be harder to accommodate big parties, but is the more authentic experience if you’re looking for atmosphere!) 

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Photo taken by tour guide at On Location Movie Tours, 2019. Photo taken in front of “I am Legend” movie set - Will Smith’s Character’s house!

Photo taken by tour guide at On Location Movie Tours, 2019. Photo taken in front of “I am Legend” movie set - Will Smith’s Character’s house!

On Location Movie Tours

Film lovers - this is the tour for you in NYC! We had a BLAST riding on the tour bus all over Manhattan, getting to see different famous spots where all of our favorite movies were filmed. Our tour guide was incredible, and we loved getting to partner with this company as well! Check out our vlog to see what the winners received in our giveaway, and how you can sign up for this tour on your next trip to the city! 

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Photo taken by random person passing by of Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski in front of (not real) Friends Fountain in Central Park.

Photo taken by random person passing by of Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski in front of (not real) Friends Fountain in Central Park.

Friends Fountain (Not really…)

This is not the real friends fountain, but one that looks almost identical! The fountain filmed in the Friends promo was actually made for the set in LA, and there is no real fountain! This look-alike fountain can be found in Central Park - specifically in Cherry Hill, near Strawberry Fields on W 72nd. St. It could have fooled us, this fountain looks just like the one you see in the show! Check it out and let us know what you think! 

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Photo taken by random stranger. Probably a tourist. 2019. Friends Apartment.

Photo taken by random stranger. Probably a tourist. 2019. Friends Apartment.

“Friends” Apartment  

The Friends Apartment is located in the heart of West Village at 90 Bedford St. You can’t go inside of it as real New Yorkers actually live there, but you can take pictures outside! Central Perk is also not a real cafe, so you won’t find that right under the apartment. However, there is a little owl cafe underneath that you can check out! You can also peer across the street to where “Ugly Naked Guy”’s apartment would be located! 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo taken by a stranger. 2019.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo taken by a stranger. 2019.

The MET

If you are looking to experience one of the greatest Art Museums in the world, you have found it at The Metropolitan Museum of Art! This museum takes at LEAST 3-4 days to walk through completely, and would require more time for even more diligent art appreciators! And for the Gossip Girl fans, there are food trucks all around the front of the building, so you can grab a snack and sit on the steps of the Met like Blair and Serena! 

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Photo of Madison Square Garden Arena, taken by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

Photo of Madison Square Garden Arena, taken by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

Madison Square Garden

We had a BALL exploring Madison Square Garden! (No pun intended, hehe) It was so cool to get an inside look at such a historic stadium, and hear about it’s history! You can check it out too - they offer tours to the public most every day, except when it’s gametime! We even got to check out the Knicks’ and Rangers’ locker rooms! Check it out at the link below! 

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Photo of Chinatown, taken by Sara Kreski 2019.

Photo of Chinatown, taken by Sara Kreski 2019.

Chinatown

What a great experience we had exploring Chinatown! An area of NYC that is rich in history and culture, you will feel transported to an entirely different world when you wander through this pocket of the Big Apple! Be sure to check out their local fresh markets for your produce and meats - they’re so fresh and reasonably priced! 

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Photo taken by Sara Kreski, Katz Deli 2019.

Photo taken by Sara Kreski, Katz Deli 2019.

Katz’s Deli 

One of NYC’s oldest establishments, this is a MUST stop when visiting NYC! Katz is packed FULL of history in the big apple, and this is evident from the moment you step in the door! This is perhaps the biggest restaurant we’ve seen in Manhattan, and boy oh boy did we love their food! The sandwiches are HUGE, so come hungry! 

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Photo taken by Tourist of Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski on NYC High Line, 2019.

Photo taken by Tourist of Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski on NYC High Line, 2019.

The High Line

The high line is a great place to wander and explore when walking through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District! It used to be a train line / railroad back in the day, but after the rail line closed, the people of New York turned it into a park! It is so special to see this city making old things new, and repurposing them for another purpose! We recommend this any time of year, as it is a unique experience in each season! 

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Image taken from Google Images, 2019.

Image taken from Google Images, 2019.

Times Square Disney Store

Mickey Mouse lovers UNITE! Like a little drop of Disney World right in the middle of Times Square, this is a stop for every Disney lover! Our favorite part of this store is the escalator — decorated like the lantern scene from Tangled, it is a magical experience! There is a play place for children with movies playing upstairs, as well as a mini Cinderella Castle! Check it out, and find some NYC Disney Souvenirs! 

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Photo taken by very happy stranger, Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum, 2019.

Photo taken by very happy stranger, Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum, 2019.

Intrepid Air, Sea, & Space Museum

This is one of our favorite museums in NYC. It is located on a boat in the Hudson Harbor! How fun is that?! Our favorite stops in this museum were the G Force Flight Simulator (be sure to check out our video on this one!!) and the Submarine! The museum does a terrific job paying respects to those who serve in our nation’s military, both past and present.

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Photo taken by quirky stranger, Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski at the Hudson Yards Vessel 2019.

Photo taken by quirky stranger, Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski at the Hudson Yards Vessel 2019.

Hudson Yards - The Vessel

Hudson Yards has become the cultural center of Manhattan’s New West Side. A template for the future of cities, this new neighborhood has not only changed the way New York looks to the world, but the way the world sees New York. Recent updates to Hudson Yards include The Vessel and The Shops, which opened in March 2019. 

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Photo of UCB in New York City, taken by Samantha McHenry in 2019.

Photo of UCB in New York City, taken by Samantha McHenry in 2019.

UCB Comedy Show

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is home for all things comedy. Their theaters in New York and in Los Angeles offer affordable, high-quality shows seven nights a week. The UCB Theater hosts the best and most innovative improv, sketch, stand-up comedy, variety shows, and cool/weird stuff that defies categorization. In addition to their performance space, the UCB Theatre is home to one of the largest and most respected comedy Training Centers in the country, where students learn the art of improvisational and written comedy

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Photo of Russian Tea Room, by Samantha McHenry 2019.

Photo of Russian Tea Room, by Samantha McHenry 2019.

Russian Tea Room

Although named a “tea room”, there is far more to be had at this restaurant than just tea! The meal we had at this place was OUT OF THIS WORLD. For more than ninety-one years, New York's defining cultural moments have taken place at The Russian Tea Room. Since being founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, The Russian Tea Room has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite - an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and executives plan their next deals and celebrate their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. Countless guests visiting from around the globe walk through the antique revolving doors to catch a glimpse of the booth Dustin Hoffman sat in when filming Tootsie; to see the inspiration that Woody Allen found for the movie Manhattan; to walk past the coat check where Madonna worked before she found fame; or to try martinis like the cast of Gossip Girl recently did.

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Image taken by RPSC employee of Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski, Royal Palm Shuffleboard Club 2019.

Image taken by RPSC employee of Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski, Royal Palm Shuffleboard Club 2019.

Royal Palm Shuffleboard Club 

Your home for biscuits, tangs and all around fun with your troop. The Royal Palms is primarily a walk-in shuffleboard club, so walk on in! Courts are $40 and are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. They limit play to one hour per party to try to get as many people on the courts as possible. They’ve got tropical drinks, a rotating cast of food trucks, oversized and regular sized board games, DJs, the most wonderful staff in the world… and 10 regulation-sized shuffleboard courts.

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Bricola meal - Image taken by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

Bricola meal - Image taken by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

Bricola

THIS IS OUR FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT IN NYC! Possibly the tiniest wine bar (with the biggest heart) in the city, Briciola is a Venetian-style spot serving cichetti and Italian wines. It’s our favorite local restaurant that’s tucked away in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, making it a perfect dinner stop whether you’re on your way to a Broadway show, night out on the town, or cozy date with a loved one! 

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Tenement Museum in NYC, Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

Tenement Museum in NYC, Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

Tenement Museum 

The Tenement Museum celebrates the enduring stories that define and strengthen what it means to be American. They share stories of the immigrant and migrant experience through immersive guided tours, educational content and programs, and thought leadership, with one important goal — to advance the understanding of immigration and to highlight its role in the ongoing creation of our nation.

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Photo taken by handsome stranger, Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski on Tandem Bike in NYC. 2019.

Photo taken by handsome stranger, Samantha McHenry and Sara Kreski on Tandem Bike in NYC. 2019.

Central Park Biking - Tandem!

Central Park Bicycle Rental provides bike rental and professionally-guided Central Park bike tour 4-times daily (9am, 10am, 1pm & 4pm). You can pick up the bikes at any of their three (3) locations: West 59th Street Central Park or South 59th Street Central Park or Fifth Avenue 59th Street. Book online for 10% discount on bike rental or Book online for 30% discount on Central Park bike tour. Central Park Bike Rental is part of the Bike Rent NYC network of bike rental locations – the largest bike rental and bike tour business in NYC.

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Photo by Sara Kreski of Samantha McHenry at the Modern Art Exhibit in the NYC Whitney Museum of American Art, 2019.

Photo by Sara Kreski of Samantha McHenry at the Modern Art Exhibit in the NYC Whitney Museum of American Art, 2019.

The Whitney Museum 

As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.

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NYC Bagels & Co, Image taken by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

NYC Bagels & Co, Image taken by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

NYC Bagel @ Bagel Co.

Using only local and fresh ingredients, the secret to the perfection of Bagels & Co. bagels is their simplicity, quality, and tradition.  The deli's are family-friendly, intimate charm welcomes guests as soon as they step through the door.  Bagels& Co. now serving in two locations on Amsterdam Ave and York Ave.

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Image taken by Samantha McHenry of Sara Kreski at the Central Park Gym in Manhattan, 2019.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry of Sara Kreski at the Central Park Gym in Manhattan, 2019.

Rock Climbing

Central Rock Gym exists to provide everyone with a world class indoor climbing, fitness, and community experience through our state of the art facilities, expansive climbing walls, cutting edge fitness equipment, professional yoga classes, and various youth programs and summer camps. It is through these many offerings that our CRG staff and members come together to build a community of climbers and friends. Central Rock Gym embraces its role as an integral part of the social fabric of all of our host cities and communities.

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Image of Rudy’s Bar & Grill, taken by Samantha McHenry 2019.

Image of Rudy’s Bar & Grill, taken by Samantha McHenry 2019.

Free Hot Dog at Rudy’s Bar

Dive into New York’s most famous dive bar, right through the original wood door, carved down the center with the name of the first owners, the Rudy family. Feels like you’ve stepped back in time, doesn’t it? Maybe even as far as the Hell’s Kitchen rumor that this joint was first a speakeasy in 1919, frequented by the likes of Al Capone (remember, the guy grew up in Brooklyn before he hit Chicago). Rudy’s got one of New York’s the first liquor licenses when prohibition ended in 1933.

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Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019.

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019.

Sakura Matsuri Festival

Sakura Matsuri, the Garden's annual cherry blossom festival, celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. 

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KANSAS CITY

 

Spinning Tree Theatre

This is where Samantha performed in Daddy Long Legs in Kansas City! For more information on the theatre, check out the link below! 

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Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Just off Broadway Theatre - Spinning Tree Theatre, August 2018

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Just off Broadway Theatre - Spinning Tree Theatre, August 2018

 

Kansas City Zoo

One of Kansas City’s biggest attractions, this is something that shouldn’t be missed when visiting KC! The Polar Bears, located at the front of the park for visitors to see first-thing, are probably the most exciting of the animals. Just don’t get lost in the Africa section like Samantha did!

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Photo taken by Stranger, edited by Samantha McHenry, Kansas City Zoo, August 2018.

Photo taken by Stranger, edited by Samantha McHenry, Kansas City Zoo, August 2018.

 

Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant

Fritz's is famous for old fashioned hamburgers "cooked to order" just the way Fritz's dad served them at his Kansas City, Kansas location, John's Place, dating back to the 1920's. But, even more than the food, the best part about this place is that your food arrives via toy train! Train tracks line the walls and a moving train brings your hot meal to your table when it’s ready! Such a fun stop for families and individuals when seeing Kansas City.

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Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Fritz’s Restaurant, August 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Fritz’s Restaurant, August 2018.

 

Messenger Coffee

Messenger Coffee is hands down the BEST coffee shop in all of Kansas City. Spanning across a three-story building, this coffee shop has got it all. Quality ingredients, friendly staff, and inspiring workspaces. They even have a bakery, Ibis Bakery, on the ground floor! With floor-to-ceiling windows that create a warm and open environment, this coffee shop is as inviting as it is delicious. 

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Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Messenger Coffee, August 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Messenger Coffee, August 2018.

 

Kansas City Arboretum

Technically located in Overland Park, this is one stunning garden that is a great place to come clear your mind! Spanning over 180 acres of land in Overland Park, the KC Arboretum has become a KC staple. My personal favorite was the Monet Garden. At the Arboretum, visitors may experience and explore: 13 gardens with more than 1,700 species of plants; Trails that traverse rocky bluffs and bottomland paths; Fauna, including birds, dragonflies, deer, snakes and other wildlife; Formal and informal educational activities.

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Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Kansas City Arboretum, August 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry, Kansas City Arboretum, August 2018.

 

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