If you follow me on Instagram, there is no way you weren’t aware that I was in NYC over the weekend. This was probably the first time I’ve had a ton of time alone in New York to just explore and do whatever I wanted. I had a great time, walked a LOT, and highly recommend booking a solo trip to New York for a weekend to do literally whatever you feel like doing. I did meet up with my cousin on Saturday night for dinner and a concert, but was flying solo for most of my weekend.
On Saturday morning, I took an 8:20am train out of Philly in order to get to the city early and have lots of time to hang out and explore. I was originally thinking I’d get off the train and hop straight on the subway to Brooklyn, but it was a gorgeous day so I instead decided to head to the High Line. I personally find the High Line kind of irritating because I’m a really fast walker and everyone walks SO slowly and in groups like four people wide, but you still really can’t beat some of the views. Plus it’s an easy way to get down to Chelsea without having the stop and go of crossing a ton of intersections.
I got off the High Line in Chelsea and went over to the Dana’s Bakery stand in Gansevoort Market. I love following Dana’s Bakery on Instagram and always think their seasonal and monthly flavors look amazing. I got a pecan pie flavor (OMG delicious) and an apple cider donut flavor and continued to walk around. I ended up at by CHLOE. on Bleecker Street and had a delicious breakfast there. This is a trendy place I actually really enjoy going to because their food is so good.
Finally fueled up and ready to go, I headed deeper into SoHo, making quick stops in Ladurée and Purl Soho. By this point, I had already walked a ton and I decided to just keep going with it into Brooklyn. I made my way toward the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping in Cha Cha Matcha for a coconut matcha latte (actually totally worth the hype), winding through the streets of Chinatown, and finally arriving at the pedestrian entrance to the Bridge.
It probably comes as no surprise that I was also not a fan of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. This was like twenty times worse than the High Line! So many people being super slow and just stopping in the middle of the narrow walkway to take photos, etc. Unless you’re really committed to getting a photo there, I would really not recommend it. I was mostly interested in it because (a) I had somehow never walked across the Brooklyn Bridge before and (b) I’m super into the historical aspects of it. But I’m definitely never going to do it again if I can avoid it.
After making it across the bridge, I found a Starbucks to hide in for a few hours to rest my feet (much needed after 8 miles in shoes most definitely not made for walking that much in a day) and charge my phone. I then wandered around DUMBO for a while, which is just a crazy photogenic neighborhood. Do you recognize this angle from Gossip Girl??
One of the things on my list for this trip was checking out Books Are Magic, a relatively new independent bookstore owned by Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, and a few other books. This place was so cute and I could have spent such a long time browsing. If only I had more room in my bag to bring home books, I would have bought way more than I did.
By this point in the day, I was super hungry again. Next on my list was Baba’s Pierogies, best known for their macaroni and cheese pierogies. This was probably the highlight of my day, honestly. I can’t recommend it enough. The place is adorable, the staff was warm and friendly, and the pierogies were spectacular. My only regret is that I didn’t get more. Although I know I’ll definitely go back when I’m in Brooklyn again weekend after next…
I finally made it over to my Airbnb and met up with my cousin, then we went over to BKW by Brooklyn Winery for dinner, where we got great food and some wine flights. After dinner, we Ubered over to the St. Vincent concert, which was at Kings Theatre. There is not much around the venue, but the venue itself was incredible. St. Vincent put on an amazing show and it was definitely worth the trip up to New York to see her. (Yes, I know she also played in Philly. But this is how the plan was made.)
Both of our phones were rapidly approaching zero battery after the show ended, so we went over to Bar Chord for one quick drink before heading back to our Airbnb. This ended up being for the best because I think I really needed a low-key night after having such a long day. The next morning, we woke up and found some delicious pastries (and subpar – but drinkable – coffee) just around the corner. We then parted ways and I went off to shop and explore more.
My one regret of the trip is not spending much all that much time wandering around Brooklyn. Good thing I’ll be back soon!