Monday, June 13, 2011

New York City Vacation, Pt 2

There was something about arriving in NYC that made me feel like a little girl and at the same time finally a grown up. Most of what I knew about this city was from movies, songs, and novels and it was just as glamorous, hectic, and culturally diverse as I’d imagined (although in places it was a lot smellier than I imagined).

I don’t think I could ever live there, because I’d never want the novelty to wear off!



Breakfast was at Magnolia on Saturday, where E proceeded to sing the SNL song Lazy Sunday.
[We wanted to get to more than one cupcake place, but it wasn't meant to be.]

Maybe Magnolia can be rivaled, but not having anything to compare it to, we were impressed!


We got a great suggestion from Life on Mulberry to take the free Georgetown ferry to see the statue of Liberty, but decided that we wanted to try to get to Ellis Island as well. It's true that you get a much better view of the statue from the ferry than from Liberty Island. She's so huge!


Carly passed on an article from the New Yorker that shed some more light on the historical significance of the Statue (it's not what you'd think!) and some other historical monuments in the city.


Lunch at Katz's deli was so crazy! and YUM. (two inches thick of pastrami on Rye.) I was afraid of a heart attack, but it may have been worth it.

We took a historical neighborhood tour with the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side and walked through Little Italy, China Town.

But the day wasn't over! Late afternoon we hopped on the subway for Brooklyn where we waited to get our name in at Lucali's, a well-known pizzeria which recently got even more recognition as the owner was wounded in a knife fight in April. (He was there)

To end the day we headed to the Brooklyn bridge and walked lazily (or rather, limped) across at sunset.




On Sunday, E's best friend Alex and his girl Heidi met up with us in Washington Square park.



We ate brunch (and I felt like a real New Yorker) then strolled through Greenwich Village, Chelsea, West Village.



We were staying in the Upper West Side and took advantage of an afternoon stroll across Central Park, more eating, and went to Redeemer church's evening service at Hunter College.



followed by a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
(in case you were wondering -- yes, it was overrated...but still worth experiencing.)



Monday we caught out flight to Milan, but not before stopping at Zabars one more time for breakfast, and reading in Central Park all morning. Bliss.

New York, I loved ya. Hope to see you again soon!


Estelle said...

I'm sad you thought Serendipity was overrated. It holds a special significance for me... but probably because the times I have spent there and not the food. Although the Broadway dessert they have is to die for, and I still dream of it!

Looks like you had a great time on your trip! Hope you come back soon!

MsGarlic said...

It looks like a great time! I lived in NYC for almost 5 years and really the tenement museum tour was one of my all time fav activities, so it is cool you got to experience that. And walking across the Brooklyn Bridge! Bliss! there is no better place for taking pictures (especially because of the way the lines of the cables look cool in photographs and then the skyline in behind).

steph c said...

You're making me want to "do NY right" the next time I'm up there! Even though I lived so close for so long, I still haven't done half of the things you did, lol! It looks like you guys really lived it up and had such a great time.. you're pics are fabulous!

Katie said...

Oh my gosh - everything looks so fun! I'm jealous of your trip. But...I'm a little sad that the Serendipity frozen hot chocolate is overrated...I really want to try one at some point in my life...

Kira said...

This looks so fun! I grew up pretty close to NY so I visited but never really got a chance to do the "tourist thing." This makes me want to go and make a trip out of it!

Stephanie Hain Torres said...

OMG - small freaking world. I'm 99.9% sure I went to all girls' school with Heidi. Crazy! Love the NYC recap!

Anna said...

you look great in the pics! so glad alex and heidi got to meet up with you. the only thing i don't like is that i am not in these pictures!

Anna said...

oh...and tell alex to stop wearing his sunglasses on the back of his head. it looks ridiculous.

Janssen said...

Well, now I don't feel so bad about missing Serendipity.

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