Friday, January 18, 2013

NYC and 1/18's Deals and Steals

Happy Friday Y'all!! This is me today, except in hairless-stick figure-form.
 You know my plans for the weekend (NYC baby!), what are yours? I hope you have something fun and/or relaxing planned!
In case you're curious what we have up our sleeves, well it's debatable. Ben hates plans and I love them. I have a list of ideas gathered from blogs, books, and friends (stored here on Pinterest), and we'll have to see how they play out.
Our must-do list includes:
  • Stroll Central Park (this is top on Ben's list, what a sweetie pie)
  • Ride the Staten Island Ferry
  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge,
  • NYC style pizza (Grimaldi's is top on our list),
  • Check out some of the beer bars in Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
  • Visit Laduree for some macaroons (and dream of Paris; although honestly I may have to say NYC is a close tie. I'll report back after this trip.)
Our possibilities list includes:
 What have I missed? What are your favorite things to do, see, and eat in NYC?
Okay, last, but not least, here are today's Deals and Steals:
  • American Eagle: Free shopping through 1/21
  • Athleta: New markdowns taken
  • Bloomingdales: Through 1/21, 5-Day Sale; extra 15% off online with code 5DAYSALE (3% back via or print this for in store savings
  • Francesca's: Buy one piece of jewelry, get the second 50% off
  • Gap: Through 1/21, 30% off online with code GAPDEAL (2% back via and up to 40% off select styles in stores
  • J Crew: Extra 30% off final sale items in store and online with code STYLEFIND; orders $100+ get free shipping (6% back via <I am SO tempted to stop in tonight on my way home from work.  I mean, I probably shouldn't since I may shop in NY, but then again...
  • J Crew Factory: New items added to final sale; extra 40% off online with code MOREPLEASE (3% back via
  • Macys: Extra 10% off  with code WKND (6% back via
  • philosophy: 20% off fan favorites through 1/21 with code fanfaves (3% back via
  • Shabby Apple: 20% off side wide through 1/31 with code NewYears
  • Shutterfly: 40% off photobooks, cards and calendars through 1/23 with code GIVEHEART
  • Ulta: $10 off any $50 bareMinerals purchase  in through through 1/19
  • West Elm: Rug flash sale: 20% off through 1/21
    • I love love love their zigzag rugs (comes in three colors)



  1. Happy Friday love! Can't wait to go home and take a nap!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

    1. I could use one of those right now! Happy Friday!

  2. I grew up on Staten Island and sent this to a friend when she was visiting the city for the first time a few weeks ago.

    For Italian pastries, I would go to Ferrara's: 195 Grand Street. Everything they have is amazing, but their cannoli, sfogliatella, and seven layer cookies are my favorites. You can sit down and have coffee there as well.

    For Italian food, I would go to Puglia's in Little Italy: 750 Barclay Avenue. Their cold antipasto appetizer is yummy. I also like their veal sorrentino.

    By the Ferry, there is the Museum of the Native American Indian. The museum is free and everything in there is on loan from the Smithsonian. The building itself is pretty cool to (I think it's the old customs house).

    If you're going to the 9/11 memorial, you might want to go online and reserve tickets. It helps you get on a shorter security line (when my husband and I went in November, it saved us almost 2 hours standing in line).

    The churches by Ground Zero are beautiful. The one directly across has a bit of a museum inside. On that same side street, there is also the 9/11 preview center.

    For shopping, Century 21 is directly across the street from Ground Zero. It's a really cool store.

    Toys R Us in Times Square is always fun. The ferris wheel is really cool.

    If you're thinking about a broadway play, go to the Time Square information center. They usually have pretty good deals for day of tickets.

    If you like book and used bookstores, definitely try to check out Strand. It's right near Union Square. You could spend the day in there.

    For quick pizza, John's on Bleeker is probably my favorite. 278 Bleecker Street. Plus, then you get to walk around the village which is always fun.

    Heartland Brewery has some cool microbrews. The one by the seaport is the best, but it might not be opened after damage from Sandy. There is one near Radio City as well. Good burgers and great beer. Their website usually has their tap info.

    1. Wow; thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the great imformation! I booked our 9/11 passes online! I hope Heartland is open; my husband would love that!

    2. The Heartland in the Seaport might not be opened. But the one near Radio City should definitely be (we ate in that one this past November, it's a must for my husband whenever we are there). There is also one in Times Square, but it's always crowded.

    3. Thanks; according to their website Seaport is closed but we'll try to check out another location!


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