Ever since I was little I had build up New York City to be something so incredible and so huge it was difficult to fathom. I'd dreamt of the time I would finally visit this grand city and all the different scenarios that would happen. Bumping into strangers and sharing a moment with them, hailing a cab like a local, wearing the chicest outfits that got glances from other well dressed New Yorkers. I have to say my first trip did not disappoint! From the moment our plane landed, I had the heart eyes emoji look take over my face. Everywhere I looked someone totally unique caught my eye. Hearing bits and pieces of so many different languages as we walked. I couldn't refrain from smiling everywhere we went. Enough that I even got stopped in time square because I "just look so happy." Because I had awaited this visit for so long, I probably won't have anything negative to say about the city. Regardless, I'll share a biased version of our trip with you.
Day 1: Our first day in New York was mostly spent exploring our immediate area in Gramercy where we were staying. We started our day at Pushcart Coffee which was just around the corner from our airbnb. We then got enormous bagels at Pick-A-Bagel and sat in Gramercy park watching dogs. We walked around Union Square Park and sat on the steps, people watching. Then we stopped for our second cup of coffee at The Bean which was right across from the Strand Bookstore. The Strand is this huge, city-block sized bookstore filled with new books, classics, postcards, tote bags, etc. You could get lost inside! We grabbed our first New York slice of pizza from Joe's then continued to walk around Greenwitch village and the Flatiron building. To finish out our first day, we had dinner at a cute little restaurant called Penelope's.
The Met was absolutely beautiful! Not only the artwork but architecturally as well.
Day 2: As usual we started our day with coffee, and today was Birch coffee. This was my favorite coffee shop of the whole trip! We then made our way towards Times Square. Stopping at the famous Macy's and enjoying our first Wafels & Dinges. Times Square was really cool and from there we hopped over to Central Park, grabbing another NYC slice of pizza on our way. Central Park was beautiful! There were sections of huge rocks you could climb up on and sunbathe like a turtle with the cityscape behind you. We saw street performers and artists. My favorite part was
a gorgeous archway and staircase leading down to a big fountain and river. There was a boathouse and you could rent little boats to go on the river. There was a man playing his accordion which was the perfect serenade paired with the splashing fountain. It was the most dreamy scene. We made our way over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spent the rest of the day exploring artists. I saw my first Picasso, and Jordan found a Dali. I was absolutely mesmerized by the handful of Monet and I think we were both in awe of the sheer size of 'Washington Crossing The Delaware.' We stayed until the Met closed, grabbed one more coffee from My Way Cup coffee and made our way back to lower Manhattan. We had some delicious Mexican food for dinner at Dos Caminos. It was brightly colored with traditional papel picido strung all around.
Day 3: We again started our day with coffee; this time Gregory's Coffee, then took the subway to SoHo. We walked around and enjoyed seeing SoHo, Tribeca, West Village, Meat Packing District, and Chelsea. Stopped for an afternoon ice cream at Big Gay Ice Cream shop, explored the Chelsea Market, then walked back north on the Highline. We ate at 5 Napkin Burger for dinner then hit they hay.
We had to do a couple tourist-y things, and I'm glad we decided on the Empire State Building.
Day 4: Our last day in NYC and also our 4 year anniversary. We started the day by going to the top of the Empire State Building. It wasn't too busy since it was morning and the middle of the week. We got a cheesy picture in front of a green screen that put the city behind us. When showing us our pic, I took a snap of it on my phone and got busted! Over my shoulder I hear, "ma'am you need to delete that" and then she watched as she made sure I deleted it from my recently deleted! Can't get away with anything.. The view at the top was beautiful, but chilly! I don't recommend wearing a dress. We took in the view and took loads of pics. After being tourists all morning, we took the subway south to the Brooklyn Bridge. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge (which is actually a bit of a hike!) and watch Manhattan grow smaller behind us. Once in Brooklyn we spy another Wafles & Dinges cart! They are like unicorns; hard to find and taste like magic. We didn't really have a plan in Brooklyn so we just walked. We passed a farmers market and bought some apples to eat as we strolled the streets. We stoped at Joe's pizza for lunch and popped in a few thrift shops. We walked and walked and ended up at a cute little coffee shop that I can't even remember the name. The coffee wasn't great, but the mismatched furniture and garage door wall made for a great place to kick up our feet for a bit. Once back in Manhattan we got Whole Foods salads for dinner and ate them in Union Square Park as the sun set. Exhausted from the day, but determined to go out one last time, we went out for drinks at the Standard Hotel. Jordan and I enjoyed cocktails while imagining our lives in the big city. We probably experienced the most trippy bathroom ever, snuggled into a photobooth, then walked back to our room, only to leave the next morning.
New York did not disappoint. It wasn't scary or overwhelming at all. We enjoyed each neighborhood we explored and I think it's safe to say we explored like true New Yorkers. We walked between 12 and 13 miles each day, took the subway a handful of times and didn't even get lost! (Ok we got lost once). Thanks for the memories, New York. I know we will be back soon <3