In the interest of this being a tourist-friendly post, I’m compiling the last couple days of our trip in one post, since technically you can do almost all of this in one day. Since the Bee Extravaganza was on Saturday, it took up a major portion of our Saturday afternoon/night, while my hangover took over a major portion of our Sunday morning. So, you can see how if you eliminated the Bee party factor, how our Saturday and Sunday could actually be one normal day for a tourist!
On Saturday, Mr. Penguin and I got up early and headed Downtown. We saw the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, Ground Zero, and explored the area. It was very very cold and windy that morning so we opted out of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, but we hear that it is a great experience and we are sad to have missed it. I enjoyed seeing the Financial District far more than I expected. It’s set up nicely for tourists, with historical plaques and signs everywhere, so it’s an easy place to navigate. It was great to do this on a Saturday, a day when no one was working. I don’t really love it when tourists ask me for directions when I’m focused on my work day, so I didn’t want to be in the way of the New Yorkers downtown on a weekday. Going on the weekend gave us an opportunity to linger, take pictures, and stroll at a leisurely pace.
We went back home, and Mr. Peng headed to the MOMA and grabbed some Magnolia Cupcakes, while I had brunch with Mrs. Spider at Petite Abeille, which of course is French for “Little Bee”! Meeting Mrs. Spider was like staring at a smaller, hotter, more hilarious mirror image of myself. We could have talked for weeks.
I ran off to Mrs. Bee’s to get my hair and makeup done by Mrs. Caramel and MUA (and Weddingbee reader!) Jina.
That night was the Bee Extravaganza. We partied into the night and headed home!
The next day we woke up late, nursed our hangovers, and met Mr. Peng’s brother at his school. He goes to Parsons, so we got to check out his workspace!
Mr. Peng checking out all the fancy T-squares. Mr. Peng’s brother argues that architects don’t actually use T-squares, but he’s probably lying, and hoarding a secret stash of T-squares in there somewhere.
Following Mr. Bee’s instructions, I ordered the Double Stack, which is a cheeseburger topped with a deep fried mushroom stuffed with cheese. I dutifully ignored the angina I felt as I was eating it.
From there, we went to The Met and took a stroll through Central Park. IN THE RAIN. It borderline sucked. My hangover (and the 2 pounds of cheese I was trying to digest) wasn’t exactly agreeing with me at this point, so we went home and napped after that.
At night, we powered up and headed out to the Top of the Rock. By this time it was 9PM on Sunday. Late night Sunday was a FANTASTIC time to head up to the Top of the Rock. We were practically the only ones there! They close at midnight, so we got a virtually private viewing of New York City at night. (As a side note, if you visit the MOMA, you get a $10 discount for tickets to the Top of the Rock.)
A quick lunch with the stupenderifficly awesome Mrs. Canary at Katz’s Delicatessen (famous for the When Harry Met Sally orgasm scene). It was so fun to meet her, she has such an upbeat and exciting personality! From there, we were off on our long plane ride home. I can hardly believe it was over as fast as it began!
Holla at the bird generation of the Bees! Chirp chirp! (Penguins don’t chirp. I know.)
Days 3 and 4 (can be compacted into one day if you take out the Bee Party!) for tourists:
Early morning, head Downtown to see:
Take the subway to Madison Square Garden. Eat lunch at The Shake Shack.
Walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and explore.
Take a walk through Central Park (right next to The Met)
Break for dinner
Head to the Top of the Rock. They are open until midnight, and crowds seem to be nonexistent after 9PM.
I am eager to head back to New York once again! I feel like there was so much that I wanted to see, eat, and do that we didn’t get around to, despite our jam packed schedule o’ fun. Hopefully if you’re able to visit New York, you’ll be able to stay for a solid week! But as you can see, even with 4 full days, you can really get a taste of what New York has to offer.
What did we miss? Fill in the gaps for all the future New York tourists!