In my world, discovery of self, others and place is the beauty of travel. I think that is why the places I appreciate most have an abundance of these types of opportunities. And that kids, is why I love the energy of New York. When Danimal and I traveled there two weeks ago, there was no shortage of things to SEE, especially since it was our first trip to THE city together.
While not quite Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf (yet), we spent a lovely morning and afternoon in the Upper East Side. I don’t think the UES was quite prepared for our crew, especially the bar of the Plaza Athenee. I wish you could have seen us pretend like a $21 cocktail was no big deal. As with everything in the city, I tell Danimal you are paying for experience. Worth.Every.Penny. My favorite part of the UES is how quiet the streets feel in a place so full of hustle and bustle.
The proximity of UES to Central Park is also clutch. I still don’t think I fully appreciate the size of the Park. Each time I visit, I find a new spot to love. I’m actually somewhat embarrassed to admit that this was my first time at the Boathouse.
We were officially there to SEE our dear friends Sarah + Aaron make it legal. They were very intentional in the way they wanted their wedding guests to experience the city. It was personal and inviting and took me to Brooklyn for the first time. Our crew decided to take the ferry from Wall Street over to DUMBO. As a gal who prefers this subway (thanks iTransit app), I am so glad we took the ferry because we saw the STATUE OF LIBERTY!!!!!!! Again, something I had never seen in the City. We weren’t even close to Lady Lib, but I felt like a giddy kid and got a little choked up gazing at her in the distance. (At some point I have just got to go to Ellis Island.) Turns out it is VERY important when taking the ferry to know which ferry stop is yours. You end up having to wait a good spell for the return vessel. While this was not part of our plan, we did get to hang at the gorgeous waterfront just south of the Williamsburg Bridge.
We finally made it to the correct stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Another great park… tons of energy and activities) We headed up to Aaron + Sarah’s roof deck for THE view of the trip… the Manhattan Skyline. Really, I could get used to this.
It wouldn’t be a New York post if I didn’t include something about food or talk about my favorite neighborhood, SoHo. So, while not technically a view, check out this pizza… prosciutto, goat cheese, figs and balsamic vinegar. Thank you Rubirosa Pizza. Thank you.
New York, I miss you already. Until next time…