New York: Day Two

Wow! Day two! We made it!

I am happy to report that the weather isn’t killing us, my leg is doing okay but not great, and we have successfully ridden the subway quite a few times now. 

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For Breakfast this morning, we had planned on going to The Picnic Basket, but couldn’t find it! (Our map apps were not liking us today.) So instead we stopped into this very busy bagel place along the way, Ess-a-Bagel. 

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I was happy to finally taste a real, fresh, New York City bagel. It was everything everyone had ever told me about NY Bagels. Ugh, so good!  They also had an assortment of salads, pastries, and cakes to choose from too. Everything looked so yummy. The workers there were a little on the crabby side, but it was exactly the kind of service you would expect from a fast paced and very busy NYC Bagel Shop.

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We took the bagels to go because we definitely needed coffee, and the shop we wanted to go to was a little ways away.

We had heard about  Blue Bottle Coffee, and wanted to see what all of the hype was about.

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We were definitely stoked to have a great cup of coffee in the morning. Blue Bottle was serving Guatemalan as their single origin espresso, and it was delicious.

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Jason also tried their Costa Rican coffee, but wasn’t as big of a fan.

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After we were fueled up, we explored The New York Public Library. (AKA Where Carrie ALMOST married Big)

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-24-09-pm Did you know The New York Public Library is the second biggest library in the US? (and probably the most gorgeous!)

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Seriously though, if this isn’t on your list of things to do in NY, put it on there! There was actually so much to see there, and it was stunning.

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After the library, we jumped over to Grand Central Station, which was also gorgeous. we didn’t spend as much time there as we did in the library, but we were happy that we stopped in to see it, and to people watch a little.

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After that, we made our way towards Rockefeller Center. On the way, we went into St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 

This place was utterly beautiful.

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-21-33-pmEven if you are not religious, go here. The architecture alone is worth seeing. Go ahead and sit yourself in a pew, look up, and take in the beauty.

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As we made our way to Rockefeller Center, we stopped to see some of the amazing storefront displays! I mean, where else can you go that has a LINE made for window shopping?!

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(Yes, I went into Anthropologie. Can we just pause here and admire their display?!)
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Then FINALLY, ROCKEFELLER CENTER!

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(PS- No, we didn’t end up going ice skating today. With my leg feeling like it does, it doesn’t look like that’s in the forecast for us. But that’s okay!) 

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After that, we decided we wanted to go back to our Air BnB, to rest my leg, and to freshen up for the night ahead.

We spotted Magnolia Bakery, so we knew we had to grab a sweet treat to bring back to the room with us. (NYC Cheesecake? Yes, please!!)

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(Thanks for the recommendation cousin Michelle and Aunt Paula!!!)

On our way over to the subway entrance, we walked by Radio City Music hall, and of course, I had to snap a few photos.

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As we were walking by, we heard someone yelling something about free tickets. I immediately thought it was a scam, but was interested anyways. So I looked back, and it was actually a Radio City Music Hall worker.

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I turned to her and I said, “Really? What’s the catch?” She just kept saying, “I have free tickets here, and I can’t sell them. Does anyone want to see the show?”

So, we asked her when the show was and she said, NOW! She handed us the tickets, and the next thing I knew, we were inside the theater, and The Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes was starting!

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WHAT?! Jason and I were stunned. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO US! I was juuuuust saying to Jason, “Sorry we aren’t going to get to see The Rockettes while we’re here….”

WHAT?! I’m still shocked that we actually got free tickets to see The Rockettes! AH!

I definitely cried once I saw them on stage. screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-17-20-pm

Okay, now it’s really beginning to feel like Christmas.

We also had pretty darn good seats, so this was such a treat for us. (Oh, and don’t forget we had a piece of cheesecake from Magnolia Bakery in our hand! So of course, we ate it while we watched the show. Talk about a dream come true! 😉 )

After the show, we had plans to see an old friend from high school. I hadn’t seen Perla in YEARS! I am so happy we got to connect after so long.  (Excuse our subway background, we almost forgot to take a picture! Hahah) 

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Perla took us to a great place too! It’s called Ayza. It’s a little chocolate and wine bar in Midtown, and we stopped in for happy hour and a little bite to eat. I was happy to see a place that a local would suggest 🙂

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After we parted ways with Perla, Jason let me know that he was still super hungry. So, we went to Pokeworks, which was an experience in itself. Sushi burrito? Count me in!

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Everything is made to order, and you can customize it any way that you want.

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If you haven’t been to a place like this and you like sushi, you’ve got to try it! I love that you can really make it any way that you want. I would definitely recommend Pokeworks if you are in NY.

 

We still had a little bit of time left in the night, so we went over to Times Square to wander around a little.

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We poked around in stores, and got super excited to see some shows while we are here. But we didn’t stay too long, because we started to get pretty tired. screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-15-16-pm screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-15-03-pm

And so, that ended our day two in NYC.

Tomorrow, Brooklyn.

All for now,

xoxox

Meg

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