An Introvert's Guide to New York City in the Winter
I traveled to New York for New Year's Eve this year on a work trip and ended my stay with two nights in the city. I'm not the biggest fan of NYC but people seem to really die over it so I feel like I should approach it with more of an open mind.
My employee and I stayed at The Cambria in Chelsea right above the flower district which I loved for obvious reasons. Our hotel room was clean, spacious, and insanely quiet which was a goddamn dream. The weather outside was frightful (a brisk -7 with windchill upon our arrival) so we cozied up in our respective beds and didn't speak to each other for about 4 hours while we wound down from the hectic trip to get there (and the $75 uber ride that still makes me want to puke when I think about it).
I think a lot of people feel obligated to cram a lot of activities into their vacations but I don't like to come home from a trip feeling more worn out than when I left. I'm a huge fan of booking a nicer hotel and spending a lot of time in it than spending every waking moment of your trip hopping from place to place taking photos for the 'gram. So if you're like me and you're looking for permission (and some advice?) on taking a lazy vacation - I got you covered.
- Eataly is my shit. We ate there twice. Apparently repeating a restaurant on a two day trip is a big no-no but it was really close to our hotel and was essentially a building full of carbs in all of the most delicious forms topped with melted cheese. Is it a chain? Pretty much. Do I care? Sure don't.
- Momofuku Milk Bar is your friend. This was a repeat stop on my last NYC trip and I am so glad we found the time to swing by while I was in town. It's really hard to turn down a compost cookie.
- Bulletin Mini Mall is the dream for a lady child from the 90's. It's a feminist pop-up shop that's bright pink and fully stocked with all kinds of lady-power goodies. I spent all of my money here.
- Read in bed. Get a book. Get in bed. Read your book. Look out the window from time to time and enjoy the view then look back at your book and feel the joy of a few uninterrupted hours of reading.
- The Ace Hotel is also a good place to read. If you are a monster and get tired of reading from the comfort of your hotel bed, hop over to Ace and snuggle up in their lobby with a cup of coffee (or the most expensive average cocktail of your life) with your book. It's a gorgeous, moody space and is surprisingly quiet given its size. Can you tell quiet places are a theme on this list?
For a two day trip that's pretty much all we accomplished. We did some other shit that was completely skippable and I shall list below:
- We went to the Chelsea Market and halfway through our visit I realized that... A) I had already been there in the past and had totally forgotten and, B) Maybe I didn't forget but instead blocked the traumatic experience from my memory because holyshitsomanypeople. It was so overcrowded and stressful that you really couldn't even stop walking long enough to look in any of the stores without a massive wave of people running you over and stampeding you to death.
- Brunch at some touristy spot (literally could not even tell you the name but it isn't important). Mama got a plate of scrambled eggs with potatoes and a latte and spent $40 on the meal after some tip confusion. I'M sorry but that is trash. The food was good but there are no scrambled eggs that are worth that kind of coin.
- I'm a big ol' jaded grinch but I personally think that the flower district isn't worth a visit. We were staying in it and the views were pretty and if you're in the area you should probably pop in but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. My favorite stop is at Dutch Flower Line because they have a very cool selection of cut flowers.
There you have it, folks. My very inclusive guide to NYC. If I had planned ahead a bit better, I actually would have loved to visit a museum or two. Next time I'll do a better job of plotting it out. But in all honesty, reading in bed was pretty much the best vacation I could have asked for after the past few months.