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NYC Weekend: Days 1 & 2—Getting There, Where We Stayed, and Dinner in The City

December 6 & 7, 2017 


I know you’re probably wondering why I combined days. Usually I’m so long-winded, all my posts have to be separate! Well, technically our first “day” started at 9:00pm on December 6, so there’s not much to it. I did take a few cool shots from the sky which is why I included it.

Our flight was at 6:00pm so we headed to the airport around 4:00pm. We made it and got through security pretty quick. We were almost to the plane train when we got a notification that our flight was delayed until 7:30pm. We were actually kind of relieved because now we could head to the international terminal to get free dinner from the lounge instead of paying for some over priced junk food while walking to our gate.


Around 7:00pm, we headed to the gate, boarded, and were on our way! I was kind of sad that we were flying in to NYC at night because we wouldn’t be able to see the city or Statue of Liberty. However, the city was beautiful all lit up from the sky. Atlanta was pretty too! It’s been a long time since I flew at night.

We arrived at EWR (Newark, NJ airport) around 9:00pm and got an Uber to the hotel, the Hyatt Regency Jersey City. FYI if you ever stay there, the entrance does not look like an entrance. We were so confused (as was our Uber driver) when we pulled up, but then we saw the door guy and realized we were in the right place. There’s a tiny Hyatt sign and then you pull in to an area that looks like an area guests shouldn’t be. Although, since it’s literally on the water, I guess they really couldn’t have had a normal entrance.

This was taken the day we left because there was better lighting; we had a basic room with a view of the Hudson. There were rooms with a view of Manhattan, but we didn’t care to spend the extra $100/night.

We checked in, put our things in our room, and then went to the hotel bar to meet up with one of Eric’s coworkers. Side note: if you recall our Vegas/Grand Canyon trip last year, you know we went for a work conference for Eric. This was that same conference, just a different location. 

We weren’t a the bar for long and headed back to the room after about an hour.


We woke up to the most gorgeous sunrise on the Hudson.

I logged on to work from the room while Eric went to his conference. I met up with him and his coworkers for lunch at a nearby restaurant on the river and then continued to work until 5:00pm. This was definitely easier than when I had to work from Vegas because of the time zone difference.

After Eric returned from his conference, we got ready and decided to head in to the city for dinner. We hadn’t taken the subway yet, so it was time to see if we could navigate it as well as we did on the Paris metro!

Our hotel was so convenient. Although it was in New Jersey, we were only a 5 minute train ride from NYC. The subway to get to the city was right outside our hotel. We went in, bought our subway cards, and went deep down underground. The subway we used to get to the city brought us under the Hudson River and spit us out at the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub (aka The Oculus).

The Oculus

We didn’t feel like wandering too far from the World Trade Center area, so we decided to eat at a pub called P.J. Clarke’s recommended to us by one of Eric’s coworkers. It was great, but very loud. It was a Thursday, so the after work crowd was packed in there.

After dinner, we just decided to go back to the hotel. We had an EARLY start the next day since we would be in the audience for Good Morning America!

View from the pier our hotel was on



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