I feel like one lucky little traveler today. I managed to cut my initial three-hour layover time in half and caught an earlier flight to New York City. Hooray for standby!
I ended up sitting in a middle seat in the very back row of the plane but I was thrilled to be able to arrive early and not spend the better part of my day waiting in Chicago O’Hare airport. I’m so excited to be in NYC!!!
Right now I am on my own in the city because my friend Merri has to work until 6 p.m. and we don’t have any plans until happy hour tonight. I didn’t mind having the afternoon to myself at all since there’s no shortage of things to do in the city! So far I’ve managed to entertain myself with lunch, a short walk around the city (carrying luggage around limits my ability to do too much) and an afternoon workout class at Physique 57!
I’ve taken Physique 57 a couple of time in the past when I’ve been in NYC and absolutely love it, so when my friend Natasha who works in marketing for Physique 57 invited me to take a class, I was all for it! It’s a barre-based workout that uses small, isolated movements to target your muscles with a goal of increasing flexibility and endurance, while strengthening and sculpting. Since I don’t do barre workouts regularly, Physique 57 kills me! My muscles felt like they were on fire for most of the class. While I didn’t get super sweaty during the cIass, I sure did burn.
Before I left, I spent some time chatting with the women who work at Physique 57 and since I was visiting from out of town they gave me some information about their online workouts that I thought might interest some of you guys, too! They offer strength, cardio, prenatal and full body workouts that you may view online for $5 to $10. When you pay, you have access to the video for 48 hours and some of the workouts don’t require any equipment at all, so they’re a great option for anyone looking to get in a great workout while they’re traveling.
Now it’s time for me to walk over to Merri’s office and pick her up before we get our evening started! I am anxious to get out and explore!
I will be honest and say NYC totally intimidates me and I definitely feel out of my element when I am here, but I love the hustle and bustle of the city. My friend Ashley is flying in tomorrow morning and we’re planning on grabbing hot chocolate and checking out the tree at Rockefeller Center, but we’ll still have a few hours to kill before everyone else arrives (Ryan gets in tomorrow night!), so if you guys have any recommendations for fun holiday sights we should check out tomorrow, I’d love to hear them!!!
Have a great night!
I wish I’d seen this sooner… I was in NYC last year and we loved the Christmas market near Columbus Circle. There were tons of vendors and it was great to shop for unique items and take in the Christmas-y atmosphere (: I also recommend Serendipity 3, famous for their frozen hot chocolate! We went on a Saturday night and there was a FOUR HOUR wait. So, we returned the next morning for a three hour wait, put our name on the list, walked around to kill time and then were finally able to enjoy that and some of the other delicious dessert options on the menu. I hope you’re having a great time!
I’ve never been to NYC but I would love, love, love to go especially during winter to see the tree! Only slightly jealous 🙂
Go to City Bakery for hot chocolate and Bryant Park for ice-skating! I also highly recommend checking out a Soul Cycle class if you can while you are here, Physique is just ok but if you’re going to spend that much $ on a class, Soul is definitely the way to go!!!!
Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair says
The class sounds fun! I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in NYC.
I was just in NYC for work and got back last night, how cool! Rockefeller Center was amazing, you will love it! It definitely feels like Christmas there compared to Florida, I will be flying home to Florida for the holidays next week and am looking forward to going to the beach 🙂
You have to walk through Macy’s and check out the Union Square Christmas market!
I love NYC too! I think I’m going to check out their online workouts. I love these types of workouts and it’s easier to do them in your home, especially during baby’s naptime!
I was there last weekend! The tree is amazing but my fave was seeing all the storefronts around that area. They put so much effort into making it so Christmassy! Have so much fun!
Erin Lytwyn says
I live right by the South Street Seaport on Wall street and there are gorgeous lights at night on Wall St and at the Seaport. They put up a really pretty tree (not as big as Rock Center) and has little booths and carol singers!! It’s really cold so bundle up!
Erin Lytwyn says
South Street and** Wall St
I was there this past weekend. Definitely check out Bryant Park! Ice skating and little shops surrounding the park. Also, stop into Celsius which is the bar/restaurant there. The entire structure disappears after the winter and they rebuild each year. The tree area was super busy but walk around and check all of the store fronts, Macy’s etc. Have fun!!
Ooooh that sounds so magical at Christmastime! Enjoy it! Can’t wait to see all the pics 🙂
Check out the hut shops in Bryant Park! You should also check out the window displays at Macy’s and Lord and Taylor!
I know you love seafood and the seafood paella is ridiculous here as well as the mojitos. Super fun environment and close to Rockefeller Center. http://www.opentable.com/havana-central-times-square
Lindsay h says
Looks like you have a great weekend ahead!!! Enjoy it! Oh, and where did you get that scarf? It’s so cute!
New York is awesome! I’m actually going there rigt after Christmas!! If you can, try to find Magnolia Bakery and get the banana bread pudding. It’s seriously amazing! Also, hot chocolate at Serendipity. I’ve never actually been but I’ve heard it’s the best hot chocolate. I’m gonna definitely try it this time around. Have fun! 🙂
Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog says
While Physique 57 is really not my kind of workout (I prefer workouts with quick, intense cardio bursts), I was a huge fan of the studio and the teachers when I went one time with my friend. I totally believe in the science behind Physique as well and will definitely look into the workouts online!
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