How to DO New York in Two Days

Spoiler alert, you can’t, but you can sure have fun trying! This wasn’t my first or even my fifth rodeo with the Big Apple, but it was probably the first time that I had a ridiculous amount of downtime between work to explore. If you’re reading, you’ll see that the blog post before this documents my interview with Kelly Clarkson. The interview took place in New York City, and I was flown in for a whirlwind two day/one night trip and managed to fit quite a bit in. Including seeing several friends, my COUSIN – randomly on the street in East Village – and receiving a reflexology foot massage. 

Laurie Whte, Laura Mayes, Kelly Clarkson, Jyl Patee and Natasha Nicholes with Kelly Clarkson and Meaning of Life Event

I stayed in my first ever Airbnb, ate in Chelsea Market, visited the Village, and traversed their more intricate than Chicago – but still doable – subway system, which I mistakenly referred to as the Metro and promptly got my behind handed to me during #ThisORThatThursdays. I’m still standing though, so life goes on. Anyhoo, my schedule looked a bit like this: 

MDW–>LGA–>Dumbo–>30 Rock–> Ma Peche–>Dumbo–>Chelsea Market–>East Village–>Lower Manhattan–>LGA–>MDW

I’m going to attempt to give you a rundown of all that we accomplished in this timeline, AND shout out my city buddy Laurie from Mom 2.0 who was my Airbnb roommate as well. She was so wonderful to work with last week, and this is the first time that we’ve roomed together, since I joined the Mom 2.0 team last August. Oh, you didn’t know that I was the travel editor for Mom 2.0? It’s because I didn’t announce it. YOU GUYS, I have such a hard time doing stuff like that, but I’m trying to get better. I guess a year and some months in is better than nothing, right? 

Flight was fine. Except, Laguardia. Ugh. That airport is the pits, and only slightly above LAX. It’s been under construction for a while now, and I think it’s only because a certain person decided to tweet out that it was like flying into a third world country. Pro tip: If you’re flying out of Laguardia, know that once you pass through TSA, your options for food and, well, ANYTHING are extremely limited. Get your goods – outside of liquids – before you go through security. Also know that they close down Pre-check RIDICULOUSLY early during the week. Hold on to your boarding pass, or make sure to show it on your mobile device so that you don’t have to remove coats, shoes, and stop the line because you’re used to not removing your laptop. Ask me how I know. 

Also, know that the rideshare pickup area is NOT in front of the arrivals door, and you have to take a shuttle to the area. You can order an Uber or a Lyft while you’re on the shuttle, because your ride will more than likely already be there before you even order. Random fact – there are a TON of black Toyota Camry’s that are Uber cars. Just thought you should know. Pro tip: Do Uber Pool. It will save you money, and possibly provide you with an interesting car mate for your ride to your destination. Within the city, just know that you may end up doing quite a bit of walking. Wear comfortable shoes. 

Photo of Chuck Taylors - Converse. One red, one gray

I arrived at the Airbnb which Laurie lovingly dubbed the Real World house. It was very pink with a great garage door right out front, that was perfect for photos. I’m trying to get better at grabbing photos of myself in real time so that I can really prove that I was somewhere. Because, you know, taking a picture in front of a garage door TOTALLY proves I was in NYC, right? I got acclimated with the unit which was just one big room separated by corrugated fixtures, and quaint enough for a day or two. No kitchen or television (yes, some people remove them from their Airbnb properties) but there was a hot plate, microwave and mini-fridge. The owner was awesome, and we were comfortable. It was a great spot to work, and kind of people watch from the window. 

Natasha Nicholes from Houseful of Nicholes in front of Airbnb storefront

Numbered staircases

Bedroom inside of Dumbo Airbnb

Bedroom space in Dumbo Airbnb

After checking in, and meeting Laurie, we headed to 30 Rock or Rockefeller Center if you’re being literal. We took the subway there and promptly got turned around in the pedway – or at least I think that’s what it’s called. That’s what we call it in Chicago anyway. It was fun walking through and seeing all of the shops and getting turned back around and seeing all of the shops again. Also, people were ice skating, which I knew about because I’ve been to NYC before, but it wasn’t cold enough for ice skating, so I didn’t join. Plus I couldn’t, because I was on a schedule. We had tickets for Jimmy Fallon, and were quite surprised that Millie Bobby Brown was a guest along with Kelly Clarkson. It was nice to score tickets to the show before our interview with Kelly because I was able to enjoy her singing live before having to “work” while listening to her singing live. You’ll get it in a moment. We stayed for taping – and weren’t aware of the horrible incident that happened while we were there because our phones had to be powered down. It was a bit scary having to check in with everyone to let them know that I was okay. 

Natasha Nicholes from Houseful of Nicholes and Laurie White from Mom 2.0 standing in front of Rockefeller Plaza in New York City

Jimmy Fallon Taping Ticket

Jimmy Fallon wristband

We then headed to Ma Peche which is a restaurant under the Momofuku umbrella and ate ourselves silly. I mean, we ate until we giggled. So, literally, we ate ourselves silly. I’m sure that I also ate like a crazed woman because there were no kids around to ask for things off of my plate because they looked better than the same things on their plates. It’s my life, and I love it, but HOT FOOD Y’ALL! Hot GOOD food! The pork buns and the crispy potatoes were the highlight of that dinner, and I’m always a fan of hanger steak. So, I’m sure I’ll make it back there with Mr. Houseful soon. 

Ma Peche Momofuku Sign

The next morning we headed to Chelsea Market for the interview with Kelly Clarkson, but we had time to explore and eat as well. I find that Chelsea is the trendier versions of places like Milwaukee Public Market or Eataly, and I felt right at home. We ended up eating at a place called Creamline, and I was underwhelmed by the chicken tenders because they were dry as heck, but totally loved the shake. For you booze lovers, they have an option to add it to your shakes. 

Creamline Strawberry Shake - Chelsea Market New York City

After a full day at YouTube Space IN Chelsea Market (which also houses Food Network, btw) the lot of us headed to the East Village to grab .99 pizza and I ran into my cousin Erin. It’s kind of spooky how that happened. I received a text message from my aunt to make sure that I called her while I was in town, and I made a mental note to do so after scarfing down my pizza. When I turned around to prepare to eat, there she was catwalking down the street – as a Taylor grandchild is prone to do, because we’re fabulous. She’s a music blogger over at Wild Captivity, and she’s living her best life in NYC! 


Natasha Nicholes from Houseful Of Nicholes and Erin Taylor from Wild Captivity in East Village New York

Like I said, we had pizza and foot massages around the corner, but you don’t want to see pictures of my feet or the pizza that I ate. I will say that it was good, and crispy, and I didn’t have to fold it, which made me happy. 

I got to do far more in New York this trip than I have during any other time being here, and I was there for far less time. Amazing how that happens, huh? I need to go back though when the weather is not too hot or too cold, and stay for three or more days. That’s the ticket. 

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  • Reply
    Monique Tillman
    November 8, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I love NYC. I don’t know how you did it in chucks with all the walking. It’s so cool you were able to attend shows. I wish I could have. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Natasha Nicholes
      November 8, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Dr. Scholls are a GODSEND! I was told by several chucks owners that if you wanted to stay in them for long periods of time you HAD to have cushion and support in general. Thanks for stopping by!

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    sheena steward
    November 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I’m tired from just reading this lol. You packed everything in in those two days. That picture of you in all denim is beautiful!!! I’m jealous you got to visit the tonight show. This was a great trip. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Reply
      Natasha Nicholes
      November 8, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you so much for the compliments! I thought long and hard about all that denim! LOL! And yes, I tend to go hard in the paint when I don’t have family with me. That way I can keep going until I collapse!

  • Reply
    November 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Great tips! There is just so much to cover that the point about comfortable shoes is more than essential lmao! It’s been years since I was in New York but I got tired just by thinking about that trip!

    • Reply
      Natasha Nicholes
      November 8, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      YES! Comfortable shoes is a MUST. I am a lover of heels, but I got sore pinkie toes from watching women walk that concrete and asphalt in heels. I can only imagine how their feet felt!

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    November 9, 2017 at 10:35 am

    You did so much in such a small amount of time! It seems like you had a fun trip- great tips!

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    November 9, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    NYC is like my second home, I’m there all the time. Looks like you definitely enjoyed your two days and had a good time!

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    November 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    The first time I went New York I made a lot of stops on that very same day. From Timesquare to the malls etc. During my week of travel, I visited various places and I really had enjoyed myself.

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    Tiffany H.
    November 9, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Glad you were able to try Airbnb for the first time. I used it last year for the first time and fell in love. I enjoy hotels but I usually look for a cheaper option. Similar thing happened to me, I had a friend in Minnesota who I did not reach out to prior to going. I’m in the mall of America (biggest mall in the US) and I’m seating in the food court and I see my friend. Craziest thing because my cousin said that she rarely goes to the mall.

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    November 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    This sounds like a great time in 2 days! You sure did a lot in 2 days! I always say that I need like a week or more to see everything NYC has to offer and it probably still wouldn’t be enough time! The Airbnb was nice, we haven’t stayed in one yet, but it’s on my list for sure!!!

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    November 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Oh and how cool is it that you got a chance to sit and talk with Kelly Clarkson! I love her confidence!!!

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    November 9, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I’m loving this. I haven’t been in years but I want to take my kids. Love your tips. I know wearing sneakers are a must when exploring NYC.

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    EG III
    November 9, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Funny how you do and see more when you least expect it. I’ve still never been to new york, but I’ll definitely lookup your airbnb because it looked awesome!

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    Mimi Green
    November 10, 2017 at 5:28 am

    You got a lot of fun packed into your trip. I’ve yet to try Air BnB but I’m fascinated by others experience.

    I’ve gone to Jimmy Falcon once and had so much fun.

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    Crystal Lewis
    November 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Fun!! My family and I are taking a 2 day trip to NYC the week before Christmas. We’ve been several times before, but not for Christmas. We opted to take the bus from DC since it’s 6 of us. I am really looking forward to the visit.

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    Bianca Dottin
    November 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Taking a picture in front of a garage door in NYC is definitely proof that you’ve been there. I’m glad you had a great time. I loved your coverage with Kelly Clarkson.

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    Joyce Brewer
    November 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Glad you got to enjoy NYC. It can be a whirlwind. I’m debating taking our son into NYC for one day while we’re in NY. But I’ll be solo-parenting, so I’m on the fence. There’s nothing like getting lost or turned around there because you really don’t miss anything, it adds to the adventure and someone is always willing to help.

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    November 14, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Wow you did NYC in two days. I have family there and I was born there so I dont think I ever did a 2 day short trip. Great recap I would love to do the Jimmy Fallon show.

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