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3 Aussie Girls in NYC

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3 Aussie Girls in NYC

Quick travel diary in case it helps anyone.

We didn't post much to the forum but read all the advice a lot. Thank you for all the kind posts with great NYC advice.

Trip was mid Jan to early Feb 2014.

3 friends mid 20s to early 30s.

Left kids and hubbies at home.

All flew from Bris to NYC separately. One via Korea. No complaints from any route. Met at Airport and shared Taxi to UWS accom 'Beacon Hotel'. Loved this place. Staff so friendly, suite had lots of room & great location.

Late night drinks and cocktails at Brother Jimmy's BBQ. Cheap and yummy.

First morning woke to snow. Excitement plus for 3 girls who just flew from 37 degrees Celsius in Qld. Went shopping for suitable boots and jackets. Then went on an epic trip amidst Polar Vortex weather to see the Daily Show taping. Had to take cover at a few bars and diners along the way, and had to line up in the snow for almost an hour. Show was hilarious though and we all loved it. Shopped our way back going a lot nuts in Sephora and just enjoying seeing NYC at night in the snow.

Next day woke early for a jog but was just way too cold so had to stop instead for hot chocs and coffees! Did some more exploring and eating around the UWS and then made a mistake on the subway and ended up in Queens. Made our way back and couldn't get into any restaurants around Lincoln Centre without booking so had drinks and treats at Epicerie Boulud instead (holy yum!). Went to the Ballet at the Lincoln Centre to see Jewels. Was so amazing. We managed to get $29 seats a few months earlier, and although the seats were not together, it didn't matter as the show was breathtaking. We met some lovely locals too sitting apart and got some great tips for week ahead for making the most if NYC in the snow.

Next day we were up early and headed out to climb to the head of the Statue of Liberty (pre-booked tickets). It was beyond freezing. The climb was really special though. That night went to watch the Rangers play at Madison Square Garden. Was a total highlight for me. Sat next to some awesome locals and got into the game. Ice hockey makes Aussie footy look like ballet. Tip for Madison Square Garden, take your passport if you want beers. They do not accept our Aussie drivers licences for 18+ ID. Had beers at the Flying Puck sports bar up the road. Waitresses were terrible but still a fun place to drink on game night.

Next day off to Museum of Natural History. Was unreal and we all loved it. One of us went back 3 times the next week! Lunch at Shake Shack was amaze. Peanut butter shake was to die for. Got makeup done at Sephora and headed to Daniel for dinner (thanks to suggestion here on Forum!) It was a total splurge for us but totally memorable. Food was like nothing else we gave ever eaten and the service really special. Then headed to Mandarin Oriental for a cocktail and on to Empire Hotel for dancing.

Next day went for a lovely look at Plaza Hotel and had High Tea there. We all loved it and just adored the hotel. The snow covering Central Park this night was so pretty.

Next day, got up early to compete in New York Road Runners Fred Lebow Half Marathon. Had pre-booked entry before leaving Aus. Race was 21km so 2 and a half laps of Central Park. Temp was so low sitting around minus 8-11 degrees C, so the absolute coldest ever raced in for us. But it was the BEST way to see Central Park!

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1. Re: 3 Aussie Girls in NYC

This is great, thank you!

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Next day we split up and did our own exploring and headed to Brookltn in the afternoon to see Nets play at Barclay Centre. We loved this and had the best time.

Next day we changed hotels and stayed at a suite at the W Hotel Tines Square. Accom was lush and on trend, but we missed the Beacon and the UWS area. Times Square was busy with Super Bowl Blvd set up just outside hotel. We were not really into the vibe of the area and in hindsight should have just stayed put at UWS accom. Although we did hit the shops!

We checked out the view from Empire State at midnight (no lines) and We spent some time on the UES too, checking out the architecture and lunch in Bloomingdales and hair done at UES hair salon. Other fun things on UWS we loved included Toms Restaurant and Sunday brunch at Zabars. We ate a few times at Central Station on our way tripping around and had fun at the whispering wall. We ate at the hotel room a lot, buying groceries as we tripped around and sharing our treats over hot chocs each night while we talked through our day and talked ideas for the next. This might seem boring for some, but for us having time away from kids etc it was really fun hang-out time that we all miss in the daily grind. The kitchenette at the beacon was great, and this kept costs down for one of us who went on a very tight budget. The W Suite did not have a kitchenette and room service was too expensive for us, so we took turns 'suiting up' in polar vortex friendly warm gear and running next door to the deli for midnight treats.

The subway was great and all the locals were so lovely to us. We all would love to go back again. Next time in a warmer time of year though to see the city in a different way. Would love to spend time in Brooklyn next visit, see some art, and just do a lot more walking around this amazing city.

Any lessons learnt... we probably could have made some more dinner reservations to try get out at night a bit more. And oh, don't lose the subway pass! Oops.

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3. Re: 3 Aussie Girls in NYC

Sorry for the typos. Writing this up on iPhone.

Edited: 29 March 2014, 09:44
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4. Re: 3 Aussie Girls in NYC

Sounds like an awesome girls adventure. Looking forward to more!

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5. Re: 3 Aussie Girls in NYC

Sounds like you had the holiday you wanted & that's whats important no matter if others find it boring. The more trip reports I read the more I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and stand in line at a Shake Shack - peanut butter shake!

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Tess2ky there was no line up at the UWS Shake Shack when we went about 1pm on a weekday, although all the tables were full. The lines at Central were always really long though. We also ate ALL the cupcakes in NYC! Lol

Edited: 29 March 2014, 12:33
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Sounds like a great trip! You seemed to pull out some great NY experiences that others might overlook like hockey or the ballet. Heck even grocery shopping can be an awesome experience. Especially at Zabar's (Yum!). It seems like you had some really great experiences in addition to the sights.

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8. Re: 3 Aussie Girls in NYC

Sounds like a great girls' trip and you did some really fun stuff. :) Thanks for sharing your report!

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9. Re: 3 Aussie Girls in NYC

Thanks for your report! Your enthusiasm really comes through. We get a lot of questions from people coming from warm climates about buying cold-weather gear. Can you fill in some details about where you got stuff? How did you survive until you did?

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10. Re: 3 Aussie Girls in NYC

And I'm curious about your sleeping arrangements. We have so many threesomes. it's hard to know what works best. What size suite did you have at the Beacon and what size room at the W Times Square? I'm so pleased to hear as young women you liked the Beacon and the UWS so much. I always feel the Beacon is one of the few places that doesn't look as good on their website as it is in person.