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New York City

February 4, 2016

NYC Day 1-5

What would be your HONY caption? You know, if Brandon from Humans of New York stopped you while you were walking down the street, trying to get past the slow walkers and into a Duane Reade, what would you say? 

After I tagged my friend Bec (and the BEST travel partner) in a HONY post of these girls, who are from here on in my spirit animals, she thoughtfully penned what we only could have hoped would have been ours:

 “We walked 80 blocks for a doughnut. It was worth every bite. The server didn’t understand that I just wanted an earl grey tea and not a donut”

It is truly indicative of our NYC experience: walking and eating. And I beg you, please do the same if you ever go? You will never see as much of NYC if you don’t walk around. And eating? I mean, I guess that’s pretty obvious.
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Here’s some more of our do’s and don’t of NYC. 


Hire some bikes and ride around the west village then stop for burgers and mulled wine at the spotted pig. 

Buy your tickets for broadway shows at the box office. So cheap and they’re seats not available online!

Make a plan, but not too much of a plan. Leave some time to walk around aimlessly so you can discover delicious cake shops with incredible mini cheesecakes that change your life, but also make reservations in advance. 

Take yourself on a doughnut tour and try such places as Dough and Doughnut Plant. Life will never be the same. 

Be prepared to wait in line for popular eateries. It’s usually worth it so suck it up. You could eat at random times to avoid this. 

Have Shake Shack more than once. Also, have an aperitivo with the salami and cheese board at Eataly. Maybe even the Pizza Friti. 

Take note of the stoops. Especially during holidays. Them Yankees can do a stoop. 

Eat good bagels. Repeat often. {Russ and Daughters and Best Bagel are my tip}

Go skating in Central Park and skate for approx. 3 minutes travelling two metres. Still worth it. 

Take lots of pictures. I did not take enough and have the sads. 


Get a Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity. Tastes like a Gloria Jeans Iced Chocolate. 

Let the MAC Artist convince you purple/orange lips look good. They don’t. 

Don’t take cabs. Walking and the subway is the go. If it’s minus 4 degrees though, you may take a cab. 

Listen to the friendly man at the Mexican restaurant when he tells you “it’s not too spicy”. It’s spicy. 

Get over confident when you think you’re sitting next to Anthony Hopkin at Nobu, then leave to go and find Beyonce’s apartment. You will will probably get lost trying to get back to the subway, slip on the ice and fall on your ass.

You worry about them puffy, jet lagged eyes gurl (see pic below). They’ll be gone in a couple of days. 

Put up with jet lag. Melatonin is over the counter in the USA. Just sayin’! 

Enjoy some scenes of NYC. Can I go back now?

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Been to NYC? Got a great do or don’t? I’d love to hear!

27 thoughts on “New York City

  1. Hannah | The Swirling Spoon

    NYC babyyyy! Look at you all rugged up. Loving these photos. I wish the US had, like, 2 year youth working visas for australians or something. GAH.
    “I arrived here two days ago. I just got yelled at for not leaving a tip. Again.”

  2. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    Beautiful photos! We just went to NYC in October last year and loved it. It was my fiance’s first time in the US and I’m glad he fell in love as hard as I did 🙂
    My HONY caption would probably be something like “I love visiting NYC but it weirds me out that you can’t see the horizon here because where I’m from its always there, and I find it comforting.”

  3. Carolyn

    Excellent pics and tips! We are heading over next December/Jan. Last time we went we didn’t eat any bagels so will have them on the list this time!

  4. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    Wah! You’ve made my feet really itchy – now I want a bite of the Big Apple, even if it’s just for the doughnuts! I remember when we went to Katz’s (biggest matzo balls in the world) and don’t get me started on Eataly. How good is that? What a glorious vacay but where was Brandon? He totally missed out not snapping you gals!

    1. erinmadethis Post author

      OMG, I’ve never had Matzo ball soup! I need to go back now, right? And, exactly. BRANDOOOOON!!??

  5. Claudia Brick

    your photos are incredible girl! this post has seriously renewed all my desire to visit NY about 10000x more strongly. aaalll the food as well – did you make it to momofuku? I have no idea what my caption would be…but I would probably be found eating something hahaha! x

  6. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    Finally I am getting around to reading this post, and Erin…you have made my night. I loved every word and your images are bloody amazing. The huz and I were talking today about where will to travel to next, we said NYC or Japan, but after reading this I think it has to hands down be NYC. Oh and 80 blocks, I will be having the tea and load up the doughnuts 🙂

    1. erinmadethis Post author

      Aw Jen, you are too kind. Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Yes get 4 doughnuts. The only way.

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