Hey Friends! I just wanted to share a little about my recent trip to New York City! From where I stayed, to how I got into the city and got around. NYC can be overwhelming especially if it’s your first time.
Flying into JFK
I had a direct 4 hour flight from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to JFK. When I fly to or from NYC, I usually fly with Jet Blue. I find that they are super organized and their terminal in JFK is so nice compared to the other airlines.
Travel to the city
While I was in flight, I googled affordable ways to get to my hotel from JFK. I was not trying to pay $50-$100 for a ride share or taxi. Once I was in the airport:
I looked for the Air Train > Got on the Redline to Jamaica Station > Exit Jamaica Station which is the last stop > got a Metro Card (do not through it away) and got a ticket for the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) > Board LIRR > Got off on Penn Station
You’ll end up on 33rd between 7th & 8th Ave (near Madison Sq. Garden). I was staying 2-3 blocks away so I walked to my hotel.
Where I stayed
I stay at Hyatt Hotels because I LOVE them and I get points through my credit card. This time I chose the Hyatt Herald Square location. It’s close to where I needed to go and steps away from amazing ramen in Korea Town. They have an awesome rooftop with the most amazing view of the Empire State building. The employees were amazing, super friendly and helpful. The room was great, very very clean which I always appreciate. The only thing I had an issue with was getting into the room. I requested an early check-in, which didn’t happen. The room was not ready until after 5 (check-in is 3pm). Which left me roaming the streets for hours. I was able to sight see which I am not complaining about, I just wish they would have had a room for me. I think they were extremely busy that weekend. I would love to stay that this location in the future, hopefully with faster check-in.
The last night I stayed in Brooklyn. DUMBO is a must! Great, trendy area. Take the ferry from DUMBO that drops you off on 34th Street in Manhattan. Its under $3 and allows you so see so much. I went shopping, saw Time Square, Rockefeller Center, China Town, Doyer Street… I was trying to do the most!
From the pier, it was a short Uber ride to 5th Ave (I went up to 57th St. near Tiffany & CO.). There is so much shopping. Pick a few places and hit them all. I went to Louis Vuitton, Chanel & Fendi. All on the same block.
I felt like I did so much on this trip. There’s a lot that I am leaving out, but wanted to share a few key tips that might help you navigate and save money while getting around NYC. Huge thank you to my cousin, tour guide & photographer, Sarita.