Ready to take on New York City, Mike and I hopped on an 11pm flight last Friday after work to see my best friend Ruby and as much of New York as we could in only two days. We are saving our vacation time for Ireland this summer, so it had to be a quick trip. This was my third time to NYC and Mike’s first! Landing at 7am on Saturday morning we hailed a cab to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to have breakfast at Egg with Ruby. We had coffee and walked around the town to see the skyline view of Manhattan. The New York skyline takes my breath away every time.
Walking around Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Ghostbuster’s Headquarters just a few blocks away from Ruby’s place.
After dropping our things off at Ruby’s place and changing into clothes more comfortable for biking and the weather, we rented bicycles and did a two hour loop around Central Park. The park was very crowded and so was the Strawberry Fields memorial, the Literary Walk and Bethesda Terrace. It was a great way to see the park.
I could not come to New York City without having a slice of Junior’s cheesecake. My cousin introduced it to me on my first trip to NYC and now I have to have a piece each time I go. We very briefly stopped at Times Square, just to get a photo, while making our way to Grand Central Terminal. The three of us ate our delicious cheesecake as we saw a wedding party being photographed in the middle of Grand Central. Lucky for us, we also got an amazing view of the Chrysler Building.
Grand Central Terminal
View of the Chrysler Building from the Graybar Building
At the Graybar building
We were running on less than two hours of sleep and had an active day, so a long nap was needed before going out. We rallied at 11pm and went for drinks in the East Village and several other locations with Ruby and Christine, enjoying the nightlife hours compared to California. It is after all the city that never sleeps!
Our Sunday funday started off at Balthazar in SoHo for brunch with Christine. The oysters looked fantastic, but since I needed something more hearty I had the eggs norwegian. We strolled through SoHo and took the subway a few stops from Rockefellar Center. We walked to Bryant park and spontaneously decided to go into the New York Public Library. It was spectacular, with incredibly high ceilings, beautiful murals and natural light illuminating the reading rooms giving it an elegant glow .
It was a beautiful day, so the line to Top of the Rock was too long for us to wait in. Since we were here for such a short period of time, we knew that we couldn’t spend all our time seeing attractions that had long lines. Walking was the best way to see everything, well, rooftop bars are a great way to see the city too. On our way to 230 Fifth rooftop bar we walked through Madison Square Park and saw the Flatiron building. Madison Square Eats was also going on, serving a variety of foods and beer everyday until 9pm. The beef empanadas from La Sonrisa were delicious.
Madison Square Eats below the beautiful Flatiron building
Look at that view of the Empire State Building! From our table we could also make out the Statue of Liberty. From here we parted ways with Christine and ventured on our own to One World Trade Center, but first making a quick detour to the Brooklyn bridge.
St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan and the place of rest and refuge for 9/11 recovery workers.
Cannot forget this lady! We wandered our way over to Battery Park before going to dinner in the Hell’s Kitchen area. The trip was certainly quick but nothing short of fantastic. We enjoyed spending time with friends and seeing so much in such a short period of time. I cannot wait to plan another trip back to NYC.