Sunday, June 29, 2014

NYC [Day 3]

For our final day in NYC, we saved the best for last! We were planning to check out Central Park on our first day but ran out of time so we tacked it onto our last morning. We got ready, walked around Chelsea for a bit and headed towards Central Park on the Subway. 

We had brunch right off Central Park at Sarabeth's and it was tasty.  Mostly we were just trying to soak up our last few hours of the city before we headed back to our hotel to pick up our luggage, then to Penn Station and finally take our train back to the airport. I would say that Central Park was one of our favorite parts of the city. We only got to explore about a quarter of the park and we were there for 2-3 hours. We picked up a few nyc photos to take home and frame from a street vendor and even watched an impromptu street performance.

Another highlight in Central Park was the Bethesda Fountain! It was so cool to see that in real life after seeing it in movies all these years. 

Here are a couple of my favorite photos from our last day in the city:

On the way to the airport in New Jersey. Last stop before ours.

We usually never go to the same place twice in one year, but we LOVED nyc so much {can you tell?!?!?!} that we are heading back at Thanksgiving! We are hoping to see some of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and just enjoy the city at Christmas time. 

Until Then... NYC,

Sunday, June 22, 2014

NYC [Day 2]

Jake and I woke up to this view and decided that we I had to have mini photo shoot! Hah... After getting ready, we walked to Chelsea Market via the Highline which was very cool. It's an elevated old train track that's been restored and turned into a park {what?!?!}. Yup. That's NYC for you. 

Below is the infamous elevator @ our hotel where Jay-Z and Solange had their fight! I had to take a selfie in there. Haha... Also where I think I spotted a celebrity but couldn't tell you who. Jake was making fun of me, but I swear. He looked like a musician or actor or something. I could just tell. How can you go to NYC and not spot at least one celebrity??!? I mean, c'mon.

Walking on the Highline -- a little rain couldn't stop us.

CHELSEA MARKET: {it's an old nabisco factory that's been restored} was really fun too. We walked around and checked out all the cute shops including Artists & Fleas. Loved that! I bought a couple new midi rings from Cynthia Rybakoff.  We stopped for brunch/breakfast at Friedman's Lunch which is smack dab in the middle of the market. I had a delicious avocado, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. 

The SUBWAY: Since we "mastered" the Subway the day before, we decided to use that as our main mode of transportation. We took it to midtown to MoMa - buy tickets in advance if you can, it's cheaper and we got to skip the long ticket line.  BTW, it only took me about 15 tries to get the photo below without random people in it. Your welcome. 

MOMA: This was probably one of my favorite things we did in nyc. Although my feet were killing me, I was trying to hang with the real new yorkers and wear my heeled booties. I had to sit down about 50 times and Jake was probably feeling like he was married to a grandma. oops. 

In all her glory.... Starry Night! Oh man. This was just incredible to see in person. 

WILLIAMSBURG: In the late afternoon, we took the Subway down to Williamsburg {Brooklyn} and went to Momofuku Milk Bar and Catbird {jewelry store}.  Love Catbird! They make all the jewelry by hand in their studio in Brooklyn. So cool, right?!? I picked up this midi ring. 

I think I discovered Momofuku on Instagram. I can't really describe it other than complete amazing deliciousness. You must try it. They have lots of different desserts and it's just a very creative concept in general. 

"Crack Pie" -- completely addicting and delicious.

For dinner, we went to Nobu New York. One of the top 5 meals of my life. I could really get used to this traveling thing.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

NYC [Day 1]

Ever since I've been a little girl I've dreamed of visiting New York City. I still can't believe it took so many years to all come together. I guess it took moving to the East coast and me turning 30 [not yet folks.. .later this year] to make it happen.

I started planning the trip in early 2014 when I scored an amazing flight deal. Once our flights were booked, I started researching hotels. We narrowed it down to a couple hotels in Chelsea/Meatpacking District and decided on the Standard at the Highline. What a good choice it was! We ended up arriving to the hotel at 3 am due to a delayed flight. But, it was totally worth it and we couldn't go to sleep because we were so excited to check out our room and the view. The camera photos don't do it justice, but the view was incredible.

Our hotel in all it's glory... don't the clouds look fake? 

View from our room on the 9th floor -- 

Our first stop after a quick breakfast at Doughnut Plant was the Empire State Building. We bought tickets ahead of time and we opted to visit the two floors - the 86th floor observatory and 102nd floor observatory. Mt favorite part was the 86th floor observatory which is just so iconic. We probably looked out onto the city for over an hour, going from side to side. I liked how they labeled the directions so you could tell where you were looking onto. We spotted our hotel and the Flatiron building pretty quickly. But mostly I was just in awe. I still can't believe they crammed all those buildings into such a tiny space. 

We walked around the Flatiron district and made our way towards lunch at Shake Shack near Times Square. 

We had originally planned to walk to and around Central Park but decided to rearrange our schedule and go to Central Park on Friday. After lunch we rode the Subway {so easy and streamlined, we loved it} back to the hotel and napped and relaxed. We had to rest up for the Yankees game that night. 

After the game, we had 10:00 dinner reservations for Gramercy Tavern. We had a prix-fixe 7 course meal and it was delicious! I'm so glad we tried it. They even gave us muffins to have for breakfast the next morning. Seriously, I love those little touches.