Mr. Penguin and I are taking a whirlwind trip to New York! We’re taking a red eye on Virgin America and arriving in NYC first thing tomorrow morning.
I. Am. Excited.
I’ve known Bee and Mr. Bee since 2007, and have been slaving working for Mrs. Bee since shortly after our June 2008 wedding. Can you believe that I’ve never met Mrs. Bee? It’s one of the first things that people ask me when they find out that I work for Weddingbee. No, we’ve never met, but I think it’s pretty accurate to say that we’ve spoken to each other every day since mid-last year. Christmas and Thanksgiving included, I do believe. She is practically family to me, yet we’ve never met. Mr. Penguin thinks that this is bizzarre… having a life that is so severely impacted by all the bees that I’ve never met in real life. He thinks the internet is utterly insane. Aside from the majority of the Nor Cal bees (WHUTTUP NOR CAL), I haven’t met many of the girls that I interact with on a daily basis! Crazy.
We have some great stuff planned, but have some gaps that we’re looking to fill in, and I’m hoping any NYCers or NYC enthusiasts can point us in a direction for the gaps in our trip! I’ve been studying the ways of the New Yorkers by watching The City religiously. It seems like New Yorkers don’t like gossiping as much as us Cali girls do, and they also like to wear funny little beret or beanie hats all the friggin’ time. So, no gossiping, wear hats. Got it.
The Bees have been sending us tons of links to awesome things to do, so we’re definitely hitting up some of those things!
Things we want to do:
- Meet BIL Bee!
- Empire State Building
- Central Park
- Times Square
- See the Statue of Liberty (just to look at it, no cruise, I’ll freeze ass)
- Eat Cheesecake – Bee recommends Eileen’s Cheesecake in Soho, Mr. Lemon recommends Zabar’s
- Eat Pizza – Mr. Bee recommends Grimaldi’s or Lombardi’s
- Get Magnolia Cupcakes!
- Shop? Soho?
- Do whatever we’re supposed to do in NYC, try not to argue about the cost of transportation. (Mr. Penguin is not a cheapskate by any means, but when it comes to transportation, he’d rather walk 4 miles uphill backwards on his hands in the snow rather than pay for things like cabs or valet parking. Me? Let’s just say that I like wearing very high heels.)
7:20 AM Arrive at JFK, Take car to drop bags at B and B in the West Village
EAT BAGELS. Mr. Bee recommends Murray’s Bagels
Daytime – Explore West Village, physically assault Bee with hugs and kisses, point and laugh at her for having to do all my work while I’m on vacation in her own living room, smooch Sparky and Smokey, rest a little bit
8:30 PM Dinner at Babbo
11:00 AM Eating Tour of Greenwich Village
6:30 PM Dinner with Mr. Peng’s brother at Jean Georges
8:00 PM Chicago on Broadway
12:00 PM Brunch with Mrs. Spider
2:00 PM Bee and I are getting our makeup and hair done by Mrs. Caramel! She’s launching her business in NYC after her move from LA, so I’m excited to finally meet her! I wanted her to do my makeup for our engagement pics while I was in LA, but she was booked solid!
7:00 PM MEET EAST COAST BEES! DRINK WITH EAST COAST BEES!
Nurse hangover. Sightsee. EAT MORE BAGELS. Be tourists.
Something. Dunno what. Something good.
2:00 PM Take Subway, etc to Airport
4:40 PM Depart from JFK
As you can see, my schedule is kind of all over the place. We need to come up with a solid plan for when we are going to hit the sights and how much time we’re going to dedicate to them. I think we’ll be okay on food though. Lots of eating going on up there. I bought some new boots that are somewhat comfortable, but Bee said that I’d probably end up wearing my Uggs the whole time. This is unfortunate, because I bought 21.7 pounds (fer reals) of shoes on Zappos yesterday (most of which I plan to return, obviously).
I’m a little nervous about the weather. I don’t own a hat or gloves, and haven’t had time to buy any, so I think I’ll buy some when I touch down in NY. I was at Anthropologie in Berkeley on Sunday, and they’ve already busted out the spring clothes here, so that was no help. Mrs. Spider recommended that I buy those hand/feet warmers from a sporting goods store, so I’ll do that. I wonder if that stuff is legit to bring on planes? Oh well, there is only one way to find out.
I’d love to really just do “touristy” things while I’m there. I know that sounds kinda lame, but I’ve never been to NYC, and with 4 short days there, I really want to hit up the “big attractions”, if you will, but I’m willing to do anything that will totally blow my mind. I wouldn’t mind spending a half day in a museum… but which one? I’d love any recommendations you have! And I challenge you to come up with better Cheesecake/Pizza/Bagel places than have been suggested. Dare ya!
So, how should we attack the touristy stuff? Any tips for a New York virgin? We’re wide open on Sunday!