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: