Nick and I had an amazing weekend in New York City. And though, while quick (we took the red-eye Friday night and left Sunday evening), we enjoyed every minute of our brief trip. This wasn’t our first time to New York so we planned the weekend just to wander around the city without a true agenda. The weather was gorgeous, low 80’s, no humidity and bright blue sky both days we were there, which made it perfect to walk around and take in the city.
We started Saturday morning bright and early, after arriving at 7am at JFK, we headed to our hotel to drop off our bags. After that, we headed out for the day (until we could check in to our hotel at 3). We started with breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien at Bryant Park, then we spent a while just hanging out in the park, watching the people and Nick snapping photos. Bryant Park is one of my favorite spots in Manhattan, perhaps because the buildings that surround it are so unique and beautiful… such an urban surrounding to the small park.
Next, we jumped on the Subway and headed uptown to the Upper East Side and Central Park. We stopped at the Apple Store (one of Nick’s traditions) and then headed up the edge of the Park, stopping to get Laduree macarons along the way. Then we meandered our way through Central Park as we’d never walked all the way through to the Upper East Side before. And what a gorgeous day to wander through the park! We eventually stopped for a bit and just laid on the grass and enjoyed the day.
Afterwards, we walked back through the Park’s East edge and jumped back on the Subway to head down to Madison Square Park for Shake Shack for lunch. We’ve always wanted to try it and had recommendations from friends in NYC, so we decided to just wait the line out and do it. I will say, it was well worth it if you have the time to wait.
By this time, it was around 3pm, so we headed back to our hotel to check in and grab a quick nap. Around 5pm, we grabbed a car on Uber and headed to Brooklyn. Last time we were in NYC we explored DUMBO and loved it, so this time we decided to check out the area under the Brooklyn Bridge near Brooklyn Heights. We wandered around the pier, had some ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and then watched the sunset over the Manhattan skyline. It was truly a lovely and magical way to end our first day back in the city.
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