Fall Weekend Guide to New York City

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

Will K's heart ever be in love with another city more? Will K & K reunite for another weekend in NYC? xoxo, gossip girl.


New York City and I have a long, beautiful relationship that has stemmed my entire life. I first visited NYC when I was 10 years old and I told my mom that this was the place I wanted to live someday. That dream never really went away, and I was offered a position to work in a bridal shop in the garment district in 2014 (fun fact). However, after spending less than a year in San Francisco, I soon realized city life was simply not made for me.

Visiting New York City is an incredibly special experience and I could not think of a better time than September to fly to the Big Apple.

One of my best friends, Kelsey, lives in the nearby town of Orangeburg and last fall we spent a weekend exploring this incredible city and I plan to do so again this fall. My biggest issue with NYC? There is never enough time to do everything.

Honestly, if I had 6 months in this city I probably still would not have time to do all the things I wanted to do. New York City will continue to be a growing list of do's, but I am condensing down this post into the specific places I was able to visit. TRUST ME, another NYC post is in the works literally as I write this one.

Where Do I Stay

NYC is a huge city, and it is truly hard to narrow down where exactly to stay. Everyone has their own way of determining what place is best for them, however, I like to go off what is most centrally located to most major attractions on my bucket list.

Keep in mind, everyone is different with this! For me, I wanted to be walkable to central park, but also close to other major parts of the city like the flatiron district. The Upper East Side fit my needs perfectly as it was a short walk to central park, the met, & other delicious restaurants. The great part about the upper east side is there are many subway stations close as well if you are looking to utilize public transportation during your stay.

I snagged this airbnb which was only a 10 minute walk from the subway station and perfect for 1-2 people. One thing I will note, prep yourself if you have a lot of luggage as most air bnbs are walkups with elevators that take ions of time.

More money to burn? The Courtyard Marriot Manhattan, the Bentley Hotel or the Franklin Hotel all are good options in the same geographical area.

Where Do I Eat

I'm laughing so hard at the photos above because these are probably the least ascetically pleasing photos anyone has ever posted on a blog. But come on! This blog is real, and sometimes we inhale food quickly enough that there is simply no time to get out a real camera and take a photo.

This is a loaded topic as there are honestly way too many places to fathom going to when visiting New York City. As a huge foodie, I sometimes spend hours deciding on the perfect restaurant on Yelp or get too overwhelmed and end up somewhere dismal. Needless to say, my anxiety pivots as hard as Ross in the stairwell on Friends.

Sure, there are bad food spots no matter where you go, but around every corner in NYC there are some pretty ones. No matter the food situation however, please do yourself a favor and grab a bagel at least somewhere in the city. Before visiting, I was told by every person I knew "the best" bagel spot to try and honestly I was pretty overwhelmed as a carb lover. Here are a few that have stood out to me:

H&H Bagels: I went here during my last visit. So delicious, accommodating to my cheese-less life (but looked at me like I was nuts). Visited the Upper East Side location, but you can find another location on the Upper West Side as well.