Heading to New York
In my previous blog, I said I had a love/hate relationship when visiting New York, but each visit becomes less stressful and more memorable. When I go into the city, I take public transportation. It is just easy for me. Also, I am better prepared when I go into the city. I brought a book this time, but I would have preferred my headphones.
The train is busy, especially around the holidays, and a dozen conversations and phones can be disruptive. I know to wear comfortable shoes. The streets of New York are merciless on your feet. I brought a better bag so I am not lugging so much with me and can walk around more freely.
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I made excuses for not going to New York before because of fear. Fear of thinking, “what if I get on the wrong train and end up over in Long Island somewhere” or getting lost walking down the long blocks of New York. I was feeling small with these massive skyscrapers towering over me. It used to be a bit intimidating and caused me minor anxiety.
Things have gotten better through technology. We can now use our phones to guide us where we need to be. I remember the days of MapQuest and printing out a sheet of paper or using an actual map. I still do not know how we did it. Held a piece of paper while driving. I laugh each time I think about it.
I think I’m becoming a pro at going to New York, and I made a list of the Top 10 Places to Visit at Hudson Yards. I will be adding to this list moving forward. There are so many places to explore that I cannot wait to share with you.
Drive or Public Transportation
When I prepare to go out, depending on if I am driving or taking public transportation, I do the following.
- I look at the directions, so I know what highway I’m taking and if there will be tolls.
- Check to see if there is parking, the price of parking, how long you are allowed to park, and how far the walking distance is to the event.
New Jersey Transit Family Packages
- I check for the times of arrival and departure. (I ran through the train station many times, not being cautious of the time.)
- I make sure I bring my headphones, a book, and a battery charger pack (I take many photos and videos and do not want my phone battery to drain.)
- A bottle of water and a little snack for my ride.
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I never knew about Hudson Yards. I was attending a convention down the street at the Javits Center. I was pressed for time and was running to my train. I passed this beehive-looking sculpture and said I had to come back and visit one day to see what it was. I now know it was the Vessel.
Before all the lights and glitter of this beautiful seven-block, $20 billion luxury playground. Hudson Yards has transformed from a sitting train yard to over 100 shops, eateries, an art gallery, and an entertainment space.
How to Get to Hudson Yards New York City
Hudson Yards is located between 10th and 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets. For more details, visit, Getting to Hudson Yards.
New Jersey Transit Family Packages
Penn Station is just two blocks east between West 31st and West 33rd Streets and 7th and 8th Avenues. MTA Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, and 3 Rail: Amtrak, LIRR, New Jersey Transit, PATH Buses: M4, M5, M6, M7, M34, and Q42
MTA New York Subway
The No. 7 Subway is the main conduit to and from Hudson Yards.
Drivers can park at 10 Hudson Yards, Abington House, and One Hudson Yards, all along West 30th Street between the 10th and 11th Avenues.
Top 10 Places to Visit at Hudson Yards
- The Shops at Hudson Yards is located at 20 Hudson Yards, 33rd and Tenth Avenue in New York. Here you will find over 100 shops, eateries, and Avant Gallery. Explore over 2 million shimmering lights illuminating the mall during the holiday season. There will be tons of photo moments to make memories. Take a complimentary photo with Santa Clause! Level 4 by H&M and Zara. First come, first serve. Free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
December 5th, 4 PM-8 PM
Sip & Shop Presented by VISA
December 6th, 5 PM-8 PM
Visa Cardholders and Wells Fargo Customers
December 7th-9th, 5 PM-8 PM
December 12th-16th, 5 PM-8 PM
- Edge is the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, located at 30 Hudson Yards, with a one-of-a-kind observation deck, with 360-degree views. Or be daring, strap up, and climb the skyscraper for the ultimate adventure.
- Vessel has 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs almost 2,500 individual steps, and 80 landings constructed like a beehive. The vertical climb offers remarkable views of the city and the Hudson River. The Vessel remains temporarily closed. Access to the ground-level base is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 am-8 pm, and Sunday, 11 am-7 pm, with no reservation required.
- The Shed
- The Highline
- Empire State Building
- Javits Center
- SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
- Whitney Museum
- Madison Square Gardens
Where to Eat at Hudson Yards?
I didn’t know what we would eat, but we were hungry and pressed for time to get back to Penn Station for our train. So we went to Shake Shack, one of our favorites, and many people. The line came out the door when we went, but the service moved fast. There are many options regarding where to eat at Hudson Yards. There are coffee shops, sweet shops, a cocktail, and fine dining. For a list of places to eat, visit this website.
Should you visit Hudson Yards?
The answer is YES! You should visit Hudson Yards; it’s a great time to visit. Hudson Yards is the place to be if you’re sightseeing, shopping, or looking for fantastic photos to capture. If you don’t like big crowds, I suggest visiting in the morning or close to closing hours for fewer crowds. Wear comfortable shoes, and make a plan for places you want to see and what you want to eat. And don’t be like me, running to trains. Be cautious of your time.
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I am over my FEAR of traveling to New York; now I need to explore the other boroughs and the subway. So until next time, my explorers.
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