Weekend in NYC: Our transportation, eats and activities

Two weeks ago Caleb and I flew to one of our all-time favorite cities in the world for a weekend getaway, New York City. We redeemed free nights certificates at two “aspirational” properties: The Park Hyatt and the Waldorf Astoria, and visited the Air Canada Lounge at LGA, all of which I reviewed earlier this week. Below is a recap of the rest of our transportation logistics and our activities during the trip.

Flights: Redeemed 17,712 Southwest Airlines points and $22.40 ($5.60 x4 fees)

Airport Transportation: We always take public transit in New York (and most cities, really!) Here’s the easiest cheapest way to get from LGA to Midtown Manhattan:

  • You’ll need a metrocard, which you can purchase from the kiosk right inside the airport by the bus stop (baggage claim level). One ride is $2.75, and you can load whatever amount you choose on to the card.
  • Get on the Q70 LTD Bus
  • Get off at Roosevelt Station and go downstairs to get on the subway.
  • Exit the train at your appropriate stop (Google Maps is a great resource for figuring out your stop). To/from both the Park Hyatt and Waldorf Astoria we used the 53rd Street and Lexington Ave. Station.


  • Sinatra Exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Free, Closed on Mondays.
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Brooklyn Flea (Smorgasburg only open on Saturdays)
  • Bar Nine Dueling Pianos (Available vouchers on both Groupon and Living Social). Highly recommend-so fun! You need a reservation in advance to get a table.
  • Morning run through Central Park
  • One of our favorite things to do in any city, but especially New York, is just to walk around and take in the sights. It’s free, it’s good exercise and it’s a great way to see the city. We spent some time wandering through Williamsburg, through Little Italy, and the East and West Villages.
  • Free Kayaking on the Hudson River. Something entirely different and fun even in the rain. More info from Manhattan Community Boathouse. 


  • Xian Famous Foods (The Villain lived in Xian, China for a year so this was a treat for him), Multiple locations
  • Meme –Mediterranean restaurant in the West Village–so, so good, and I loved that you could order brunch on a Monday.
  • Ess-A-Bagel–just do yourself a favor and go. Best bagels of our lives. 51st and 3rd.
  • Ray’s Pizza, multiple locations, open late  (possibly all night?)
  • One57 at Park Hyatt, for diamond breakfast
  • Bull and Bear at the Waldorf Astoria (free drink vouchers for Hilton Honors members)
  • Blockheads–I used to frequent NYC often when I lived in Philly and this was my spot for cheap margs and Mexican food. A trip to New York isn’t complete without it. Multiple locations.


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