One of the liveliest places in the world is New York City. It seems like living there you'd never run out of things to discover or places to eat. This past weekend, two friends and I road tripped to Manhattan to visit one of our friends whose family moved there two years ago. The first time I visited, I did a lot of 'touristy' things - walked through Central Park, visited Times Square, shopped in SoHo - you get the picture. This trip some of those same things were done, but time was also spent soaking up the feel of the city by wandering around different neighbourhoods. Since I love hearing about other people's trips and their experiences, I'd thought I'd share some of my highlights.
The first day we had the perfect weather and took a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Even though we didn't hop off and explore the Island, it was cool to get a different view of Manhattan and to get a closer look at the Statue of Liberty. In the late afternoon, we managed to experience another amazing view - from the top of the Mondrian Hotel in SoHo. This rooftop bar gives a 360 degree view of the city which can be experienced behind a glass window on a white leather couch or standing outside on the faux grass underneath tea lights.
We started the second day by walking around the Jackie O Reservoir in Central Park and grabbed an iced coffee in the Upper West Side (the same time as Sara Quin) before taking the subway to Brooklyn, where the majority of our day was spent. We had lunch in Dumbo and hung out at the park under the Brooklyn Bridge while waiting for our reservation. Instead of taking the subway, we rode the ferry to Williamsburg, strolled around for a while, and ended up in Bushwick for amazing pizza - more of that to come in a different post.
For our last day in NYC, we didn't have an agenda so we wandered through SoHo, West Village and Chelsea. Side note: does Marc Jacobs have a foot in everything? I know he has multiple clothing lines and just launched a makeup line, but he even has a bookstore appropriately called BookMarc in West Village. We also stopped by Sockerbit, a super sleek Swedish candy store that sells sweets free of gluten and genetically modified ingredients.
Needless to say, I arrived home with very sore feet and I can't wait to go back to see more. During a future visit, I hope to attend a taping of Jimmy Fallon, take a sunset sail on an Adirondack, and check out the Brooklyn Flea Market.
Next up - NYC eats!