5 Things to do in New York City

empirestate9.jpgNew York is such a vibrant, enchanting place. I have visited it on one occasion and it provided me with some of my favorite travel memories to date! I’ve written about my adventures in New York here a few times, but I thought I would share a post of various things to do in this city like I have done with several others.copy-0590-sm.jpg+ Chelsea Market
Chelsea Market is a great place to walk around and get different local foods and items from artisan shops. It is nice to spend an afternoon wandering around here!copy-0695-sm.jpg+ Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
It isn’t too long of a walk, but it is such a nice feeling to walk from Brooklyn into the lights of Manhattan and it is a lovely way to take in the skyline.Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 10.05.52 AM.png
+ Get cheap broadway tickets at TKTS and go to a show
If you go to Times Square in the afternoon and wait in line, you can get majorly discounted tickets to many different shows playing that evening. If you are open to seeing any show, this is a great way  to save some cash and still get to experience NYC broadway.copy-0561-sm.jpg+ Visit Highline Park
This park is definitely best enjoyed in warmer months and is unique because it was built on an old railroad track.copy-0688-sm.jpg+ Eat pizza
This is obvious, isn’t it? We ate pizza pretty much every day of our trip!copy-0670-sm.jpgHave you ever been to New York? What would you recommend doing there? I need to go back again soon!

xoxo
Jess

*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

The 9/11 Memorial + The Brooklyn Bridge


One of the most memorable things I did on my first trip to New York was visit the 9/11 Memorial. I think we all can remember where we were on the day of that terrible tragedy and to be at the site of it was indescribable.
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This is something every person, especially every American, should see. I didn’t really know how to react to it, but I can say this: it was breathtaking. The monument is beautiful, yes it is, but what impacted me more was the history and meaning of it all.
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This was definitely the coldest day of our trip. My toes and fingers were numb and I had to really persuade myself to keep walking. I wrapped my circle scarf around my neck and head and covered my mouth to keep the heat in. It was quite miserable, frankly, but I was in New York so I wasn’t going to let even that ruin my exploring.
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We continued the freezing evening with a subway ride to Brooklyn for pizza at Juiliana’s Pizza, a spot that a favorite blogger of mine has talked about (unfortunately her blog no longer exists).
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We ordered a Margherita and a No. 3. I definitely recommend this cozy little spot that makes me feel like I’m eating at home. Or down the street from my Brooklyn apartment in my other life.
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After we were warmed up from the yummy pizza, we braved the cold again to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at night, because I have heard it is the thing to do and I wasn’t going to let 25 degree weather stop me.
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And there I am, with my guy, on a freezing bridge. Though you can’t even make out our faces, I rather like this little portrait of us taken by Dai’s friend, Maya.
xoxo
Jess

*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

Central Park & The Met


It is fall, but it doesn’t really feel like fall yet here in California. When it gets to be this time of year, I usually dream of the east coast, where there is a more noticeable change of seasons. In my mind, there is no better place than New York City in the fall. I am getting nostalgic for our trip there 3 years ago, so I thought I would share a bit about a day we spent there!

On this particular day, we wandered around Central Park and visited the Metropolitan Museum. I remember my boyfriend, Dai, acting a bit secretive and insisting that we had to arrive at Central Park at a certain time, but then as we were walking, he stopped at a restaurant and I was told to wait outside. Kind of unusual, but I took photos of the neighborhood we were in at the time while I waited patiently for him.centralpark7.jpgWhen he walked out, he had a bag and led me to the park, where we took our time wandering around until we came to a nice rock fit for sitting near the lake. And then, of course, he pulled this little picnic out of the bag and we had a lovely time sitting there, freezing, and eating our picnic. It was really so sweet and thoughtful of him to plan something like that for us.centralpark3.jpg
We continued to wander around the many different parts of Central Park, and I decided that it would be a good idea to climb up there to sit on Alice’s lap. Which it wasn’t and I nearly slipped and broke my neck.centralpark4.jpgcentralpark2.jpgthemet5.jpg
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After we had our fill of the park, we made our way to the Met. I didn’t know much about the Met prior to our visit, but it is beautiful and very interesting. Just sitting on the steps is a nice experience.themet8.jpg
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I really loved seeing all the different works of art and exploring the many different sections of the museum, but this room in particular was my very favorite. First of all, this section is huge. It is tall with tons of open space, and for whatever reason, I felt the need to skip along and do my “happy dance,” as Dai and I have come to call it, which apparently is very entertaining. There may or may not be photos, but I will spare you.themet11.jpg
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This photo in particular makes me feel like I am in a “real” museum. You know, antique and royal looking. Definitely not like the museums I have been to in CA!themet9.jpg
These photos really make me want to pack a suitcase and head to the airport! I fell in love with New York while we were there and I can’t wait to go back sometime soon, especially in the fall.

xoxo
Jess

* all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted