We woke on Sunday with our sights set on Brooklyn!
Being the crazy tourist that I am, I snapped a million photos of the Brooklyn Bridge while trying to not get run over by the disgusted cyclists barreling across the pedway. I loved how the cables stretched across the blue sky, how vivid the buildings on Manhattan appeared, and the little notes written in permanent marker on the bridge's beams. Below are some of my favorite images. Read More
For those that have a bit more time in New York City, I highly recommend stepping away from the chaos and visiting the Cloisters.
So....what the heck IS the Cloisters? Don't worry, I didn't have a clue either.
The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located along the Hudson River in Upper Manhattan. It was about a 30 minute metro ride from Central Park (more about our stroll through Central Park here). The building itself is a rebuilt monastery, full of religious and medieval art and lovely courtyard gardens. Read More
I read the end of Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America on my flight to NYC, so I walked into the park with at least one fun fact. Frederick Law Olmsted, the chief landscape architect at the Chicago World Fair of 1893 (the "White City"), had also designed Central Park in Manhattan. Read More
Chaotic, loud, and blindingly bright, Times Square surely would jolt us from the afternoon reverie of tea at the plaza. However, we opted for a more gradual awakening from our scone-filled dream. Read More
Brigid's request for our weekend in NYC was to go to afternoon tea at the Plaza Hotel. We made our reservation at the Palm Court via Open Table about 6 weeks prior to my visit, which allowed plenty of time to get excited! After our ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, we hurried back to the apartment to shower and dress in more appropriate attire. Walking into the Palm Court is to step into a world of luxury and ladies who lunch. Read More
I was thrilled to finally be re-united with my friend. We went to the same Catholic grade school and high school, but over the years life has taken us to different parts of the country. I was able to see what her life is like now, and get a glimpse of her NYC while she was still there. Read More