Meeting Manhattan: NYC Day 1

NYC Day One: Recap and a few photos-- more to come later!

People always told me leading up to the trip that New York is magical and that I would love it. "Yeah, ok cool." I thought to myself, doubtfully. I mean, how "magical" can a city really be? How do they know I would love it? How can it be different from other big cities? I tried to keep my expectations at ground level, so that way no matter what my expectations would be exceeded. But person after person I talked to, I heard of this "New York magic" and how wonderful the city was. My expectations skyrocketed. This place would have to be pretty darn great to "exceed my expectations" like everyone said it would. But sure enough, my expectations were far exceeded, but not in the way I had expected. This is truly the most interesting place I have ever been, just looking at it makes me giddy. And I've only been here for like eleven hours.

So, here's the deal. In the past, my two girl cousins closest in age to me (Grace & Ellie), our Aunt Jill, and our grandma have taken a trip to Chicago which is about 20 minutes from where they live. This year though, Grace had the idea to totally step up our game and take a trip to the Big Apple. That's right, A Sunny State of Mind would go Empire State of Mind for the first time ever. We were all counting down the days until today, and when it finally rolled around we were beyond excited. And here's how it went down.

4:30 A.M: Spring out of bed

4:33 A.M: Painting my nails (I like to procrastinate sometimes) & getting ready

5:00 A.M: Leave for the airport

6:38-7:30: Dayton, OH to Chicago flight with my Grandma

7:45: Necessary caramel macciatos and chocolate croissants at Starbucks

8:10: Meet up with Jill, Grace, and Ellie at the boarding gate (!!!)

8:25: Leaving Chicago for NYC!

11:36: Touch down in the concrete jungle

12:30 P.M.: Go to lunch at Landmarc overlooking Central Park. For lunch I had the tomato rosemary grilled cheese, blueberry lemonade, and complimentary cotton candy and caramels.

1:30: Arrive at the Plaza to look around because I am a huge fan of Eloise and have been since I was five. I watched the movie yesterday and I'm proud. :)

2:00-5:00ish: A tour of Central Park inside and out. Seriously, every little tidbit. And it was totally amazing.

Serena & Blair looking for their Dan & Chuck

5:30ish: My first subway ride to our hotel, it was really crazy but not as scary as I thought!

6:00 ish: Check in at the Westin. Ordering in New York style pizza from John's!

7:30: leave for Matilda. The show was amazing, my favorite show I had ever seen.

10:00: back at the Westin and hanging out. The best part of any trip is catching up with my cousins.

11:35: Done writing the blog post and ready for bed!


P.S. Come back tomorrow for more!


  1. Great post, Meg! I hope the rest of your trip is just as amazing!
    Also, love that Gossip Girl reference.

    Tori A. from Prep For A Day

  2. Loved this post! New York is such a crazy but interesting city, so hard to put it into words! I recently visited too (: How fun to go with your cousins... Can't wait to read about the rest of your trip!


  3. So cool! I lived in Syracuse, NY until I was five but since then, I haven't visited the state! This definitely makes me want to go back!

    - Ruth S. |


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