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Dos and Don’ts of an NYC Day Trip.

DO ride the subway.

It’s not as confusing as it looks.

DON’T fall into the gap, regardless of what the clothing brand might tell you.

The NYC subway is full of helpful tidbits.


DO look up.

There’s life up there.

DON’T buy what you can’t afford.

I’m just looking. I swear.

DO reflect.

9/11 Memorial


DON’T try to use the Burger King restroom near the 9/11 memorial.

Unless you want to spend an hour of your one day in NYC in line at a Burger King restroom.

DO take the Staten Island Ferry.

Parking is cheap, the ferry is free, and it’s a great way to see the skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

DON’T stop to take photos in the middle of an intersection.

This could have been my last.

DO eat.  A lot.

Never full enough.


DON’T assume that all fashion is good fashion.

Camel toe.

DO be grateful for guides who keep you on track.

If it weren’t for them, I’d probably still be wandering around Little Italy trying to pick a place to eat.

DON’T blink.  You might miss something.


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great pictures!! The food looked really good sounds like quite the awesome day


The food WAS really good. I miss it. :)


Lots of fun! …And now I’m starving. Those boots? Pretty awful.

Great photos!


I actually saw a girl wearing those boots, too. Since when are hooves sexy?

Anna Gard

Photos were terrific- you were able to capture the beauty and busy of a whirlwind NYC day. The camel toe shoes killed me!


Those. Were. Nuts. Thanks again, Anna! We had a fantabulous time. :)


Great photos! How many times did you eat in one day? Did you bring me a blue Tiffany box? I don’t care if it’s empty!


We only ate… 4 times, counting the shake at Shake Shack and not counting breakfast before we left. And not counting the street vendor nuts.

We definitely did not stop at Tiffany’s. ;)

Solitary Diner

Love the photos. You may have influenced my decision regarding my next trip.


Ooooh tell me! Tell me! :)


What an awesome post! I LOVE that fortune cookie and I’ve totally used that BK bathroom before haha.


Andi, that is hilarious! And that bathroom is awful. I totally held the BK New York bathroom to a higher standard. ;)


Use the bathrooms at Century 21 nearby (the store, not the real estate), anything (especially fast food) in this area has become such tourist fodder because of 9/11, so that is why the extra long lines there, dept stores are always a better bet if possible. Love the photos, NYC is my hometown, albeit The Bronx, but still NYC. You will never find NYC pizza anywhere else, I’ve been searching for over 30 years, just seeing your photo made me salivate for some. We were just in the city last weekend and found a wonderful thai restaurant that had a nice bathroom and for NYC it was decent sized, so again just stay away from fast food places. Looks like you had a great time, I’m so glad!!!! I love it when folks have a good NYC experience and go with folks who are not afraid to move around and explore. Yes, its intimidating and its HUGE, but there is no other place like it. You don’t have to live there, just appreciate it ;) Did you happen to go into Pearl River on Broadway? Or go through Canal St to see all of the Chinatown shops? You were kinda in that neighborhood? I know, too much to do in one day….


Great tips! Wish I had known the bathroom one before. ;) I’m glad to hear from a local (wow, The Bronx??) that we ordered the right pizza. I was worried we’d somehow end up with non-authentic NYC pizza while in NYC. But it was incredible.

Next time — and there will be a next time — I’ll be sure to ask you for restaurant suggestions!

I honestly can’t remember a lot of what we saw — it was such a whirlwind. We did walk down Canal Street, but didn’t get to see inside the shops. We got to that area kind of late, but it’s definitely on my list of must-sees when I have more time!

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