Thursday – December 26, 2019
Morning: We woke up at 4:45 a.m. to finish packing last-minute items in our backpacks and suitcases before departing for Philadelphia at 6:35 a.m. on Amtrak. Our arrival time at North Philadelphia Station was 7:05 a.m.; we had an hour between our arrival and our connector to NYC via the Peter Pan Bus. Unfortunately, the distance between the train station and bus stop was around 3 walking miles. It would have been easier to get off one train station stop before (Philadelphia 30th Street Station), but we were not aware it was closer to the bus stop. Thankfully, we arrived 5 minutes before the bus left at 8:15 a.m. with our two suitcases and two backpacks. The Peter Pan bus pulled into Port Authority Bus Station at 9:55 a.m, where we purchased a 7-day unlimited Metro Card for the subway. After dropping off our luggage at the hotel, we took the subway back to Times Square to eat lunch.
Afternoon: It was prime lunch time around noon, so we got take-out from the counter at Junior’s Restaurant and ate it on their patio. Luckily, St. James Theatre was right around the corner. Frozen started at 2 p.m., and the doors to the theatre opened 30 minutes before showtime. After Frozen, we walked around the city with one of my friends who was in the city with her family for the day.
Evening: I read rave reviews about Jagged Little Pill; naturally, I was curious to know and witness the story critics couldn’t stop praising. I thought maybe I would get lucky, so we went to the box office at 6 p.m. to try to get tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show. To my surprise, we were able to purchase two Rush tickets from the gentleman in the box office. The show was phenomenal; we took the subway back to the hotel after the show and went to bed around 12:30 a.m. the next morning.
Friday – December 27, 2019
Morning: The first thing on our agenda for the day was a West Village/Greenwich Village Food Tour through Sidewalk Food Tours of New York. We woke up around 8 a.m. and took the subway to Lululemon to look around in the flagship store before taking the subway to the tour that started at 11 a.m.
Afternoon: Matt, our tour guide, walked us through the Village for a three-hour food experience at six different restaurant stops. We took the subway back to Broadway around 2 p.m. at the conclusion of the tour. Remembering our luck from the night before, we decided to stop at a few different box offices to see what tickets were still available. We bought tickets for Come From Away, Freestyle Love Supreme, Hadestown, and Mean Girls for various times over our stay.
Evening: Before Freestyle Love Supreme at 8 p.m., we looked at Saks Fifth Avenue and Lululemon. Saks Fifth Avenue was very crowded because of its holiday window display light show. We stopped at Chipotle for an order of chicken tacos and then walked to the Booth Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The show was innovative and hysterical. It was around 11:30 p.m. when we arrived back at the hotel room from the subway.
Saturday – December 28, 2019
Morning: We woke up before 6 a.m. to get dressed and ready for the day before we took the subway toward Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Breakfast started at 7 a.m., so we got in line at 6:55 a.m. and waited about 45 minutes before being seated. The atmosphere was friendly and vibrant. We finished eating around 8:55 a.m. and took the subway to the Chelsea Market area. I got rainboots at Sorel and we walked through the market and the High line.
Afternoon: Hadestown started at 2 p.m., so we arrived 30 minutes prior when the theatre opened to find our seats.
Evening: When the show ended, we walked a few buildings down to John’s Pizzeria. The line stretched all the way to Frozen’s theatre, but people were being seated very quickly. We ate around 5:15 p.m. and finished our dinner before walking to the August Wilson Theatre for Mean Girls at 8 p.m. Again, we arrived early to get seated and took the subway back to the hotel when the show ended. We were settled and back into our room by 11:30 p.m.
Sunday – December 29, 2019
Morning: Around 8 a.m., we got ready and walked to Paris Baguette down the street from the hotel to get breakfast. We ordered two sandwiches at the counter and ate them on the way as we got on the subway to the Music Box Theatre. We waited in line for three hours before the box office opened at noon. I also went back to the Booth Theatre to get tickets for the 10 p.m. show of Freestyle Love Supreme.
Afternoon: After getting tickets to Dear Evan Hansen, we walked to Lululemon to pick-up a pair of hemmed leggings. On the way back to the theatre, we stopped at Rockefeller Center. Come From Away was at 2 p.m., but it was a shorter show without intermission. We were able to sit-down for lunch at Junior’s Restaurant after a 45-minute wait.
Evening: Dear Evan Hansen started at 7:30 p.m., so we walked to Schmackary’s to get a cookie before the show. Luckily, Freestyle Love Supreme started at 10 p.m. and was right across the street. We were seated by 10:15 p.m. and took the subway back to the hotel around 12:30 a.m after getting a picture with James Monroe Iglehart.
Monday – December 30, 2019
Morning: We slept in after being up so late the night before, and started packing our bags at 9 a.m. Around an hour later, we took a subway to Broadway. We checked the Waitress line to get tickets, but it was too long. We walked to Studio 54 and got tickets for The Sound Inside at 2 p.m.
Afternoon: Before walking to the show, we ate at Carmine’s for pasta. It was pouring outside, but we got there at just the right time before it got too crowded. The Sound Inside was shorter than the musicals we saw earlier, so we had time to take the subway to Van Leeuwen Ice Cream in the West Village.
Evening: We got to the hotel with a little more than an hour to spare before the train left Penn Station; unfortunately, getting our bags took much longer than expected. Rushing to Penn Station with about 15 minutes left, we made it and got on the Amtrak at 6:32 p.m.; the train departed at 6:35 p.m.
I will be posting further details regarding the planning and financial details of the trip. We had a wonderful time and plan to visit New York City again sometime soon!