Visiting Midtown East, NYC Summer 2016

Midtown East, NYC {Summer 2016}

Have you ever had that weekend getaway that went exactly as planned… or unplanned? That was our Fourth of July weekend.

So soon after our little NYC getaway in December, a good friend of mine (and podcast co-host, Kweyah) chose Queens, NY to get married. Since it was already an extended weekend, we decided to get in on Thursday to leave on Monday, staying in Midtown East, NYC. The trip was magnificent.

Unlike our last trip in December, we didn’t overpack the trip. We took it easy. We “planned” something big for each day, deciding as the day progressed.

Thursday: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Friday: The Museum of Modern Art
Saturday: Rockefeller Center and walking the Queensboro bridge
Sunday: Church and Wedding
Monday: Home


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Getting into The Late Show was somewhat of a last-minute deal. We got to the Ed Sullivan Theater at 2:15 hoping to get a guaranteed spot. Although we didn’t actually get tickets, everyone ended up getting into that show. At first, I didn’t know the guests: Ellie Kemper, Patrick Fugit, and a musical performance by We Are Scientists. Then I saw the first clip, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (a Netflix fave).

The theater had so much energy and lightheartedness. Hon Batiste and Stay Human has the place rocking the whole time. They played through each commercial break, even walking the aisles. This was a perfect way to kick off our trip.

The Museum of Modern Art

We designated Friday to see MoMA, having been told that it’s easily a four-hour visit. Jeff got the tickets at a place called Tiqets. The same price as a regular ticket, we were able to skip the line and were able to get into a preview of a new exhibit. We took advantage of the free audio tours, allowing us to get into the minds of the artists while looking at the art, hearing more about the history that the little placard told you. I also really liked the kid version of the audio tour, it was lighthearted and insightful. I really enjoyed the fifth and sixth floors the most, with the Degas exhibit: A Strange New Beauty headlining.


Rockefeller Center

In search for a Pret a Manger, we found ourselves downstairs in Rockefeller Center. I didn’t know that there was a mall or an observation deck. Bad tourist, tsk, tsk. So we walked around a bit and found a Pret and took a look around the mall. Pictures below.

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Queensboro Bridge

We stayed in Midtown at a hotel called Fifty NYC, seemingly within a mile from most attractions. Jeff had this great idea that we should walk the Queensboro bridge. A sign said it was closed, but we found the entrance. That was a hard walk. The walk across the bridge was longer than getting to it. If I had known how long the walk actually was, I might have said no. I’m glad I didn’t. It was an adventure.



We were invited to Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem for a service. Our alarms didn’t go off, so we used Uber for the first time. Our driver was extremely kind and the car was comfy, without the glass divider between the driver and us. Well worth the extra cash, we arrived on time and not sweaty.



There’s too much goodness for a quick paragraph here, so I’ll post it later.

Here are just some of the pictures from our trip:

58 thoughts on “Midtown East, NYC {Summer 2016}”

  1. Sounds like a packed fun weekend! I have always wanted to visit NYC, especially Rockefeller Center and Central Park. Love Stephen Colbert too!

  2. Oh my goodness, what an adventure! I want to visit NYC someday. I haven’t been yet. I would go to Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, The Statue of Liberty and so much more!

  3. There’s just so much to see and do in NYC. If it’s your first time it would be nice to take some of the tours that are being offered in the city. Although it would be nice to do some exploring yourself as well. Love these suggestions!

  4. I’m going to NYC tomorrow! I’m nervous. I have a hotel reservation near Times Square for Blogger Bash. Whoa!
    I love that you went to Colbert!

    1. Yes, we didn’t even try this time. We went last December and rushed, but I enjoyed this time much more because we enjoyed all of the places so much more. No thinking about what’s next.

  5. I’ve never been to NYC before. I think these sound like some great ideas if I’m ever in the area. I love the museum of art idea.

  6. Sound like an interesting trip. I’ve never been to New York City and I’m ashamed to say that. We keep saying “someday.” Right now we keep saying, “When the dissertation is written we’ll…” I hope he gets it done soon!

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  8. I know I’d have a blast at any or all of these sites. I’ve never been to NYC and if I ever make it, I’ll go wild with seeing a city of this size for the first time.

  9. It must have been a fun trip. I like how you guys had something ‘major’ planned per day – it’s make the trip like you guys are on a mission. I dig museums and would love to visit the Museum of Modern Art.

  10. I’ve been to NYC a few times, and have not made it to the MoMA yet. I don’t think my sweetie would last hours and hours in the museum, though, and I wouldn’t want to go alone. Seeing the Degas exhibit would have been really nice.

  11. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend as planned. I am sure there is a lot to explore at NYC and Queensboro Bridge is definitely a nice place to visit and the pictures are great too!

  12. I dream of visiting the Rockefeller Center I Dream of NY so much I better get it done soonest. So much to chose from this wide beautiful planet! All these wonderful places to see…its like I was there with you!

    Sounds Like you enjoyed visiting NY too. Thanks for taking us on a journey with you!

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