Saturday, October 27, 2018

New York.

In the city that never sleeps, we slept eleven hours straight our first night. We walked a half marathon worth of miles each day. We ate too much delicious food; we drank fancy cocktails. We saw a Broadway show, wandered the streets past midnight, and ended up at a rooftop bar at one in the morning.

We lived our best kid-free life.

We had the lucky opportunity to go to New York together this October. Matt, being the innovative and inspiring educator that he is, had to go to a foundation meeting at the Brooklyn Brewery (really tough spot for a work meeting) for the grant he writes and receives each year. If you know anything about being a public school teacher, you probably know that travel perks aren't a part of the job, so we made the most of it. I tagged along, and we had a few days to ourselves in the city.

Here is what we did each day and some photos to go along with it.

Day One:
We arrived at night and then checked into our hotel, the Arlo Nomad, had dinner and cocktails at Henry at the Life Hotel, and then we wandered around and experienced the buzz of nighttime in New York. This meal was definitely the most interesting food we ate, but everything was delicious (it was a Pan-African menu, influenced by the African Diaspora with African, Latin, and Caribbean dishes).

Day Two:
We walked from our hotel to get bagels (Brooklyn Bagels) and coffee (Ace Hotel) and then walked the High Line. Once we made it to the end, we wandered up Fifth Avenue to Central Park. Then, we went to the theatre and got last minute inexpensive tickets to Wicked on Broadway. Before the show, we went to As Is, which is a good beer bar in Hell's Kitchen We finished with a late night dinner at Shake Shack, and then we wandered around the city at night (confession: I don't really understand the hype when it comes to Shake Shack).

Day Three: We got some pastries (a bit overrated in my opinion) and walked down to Greenwich Village to explore. We ate lunch at Joe's Pizza, had a beer at Blind Tiger Ale House, and then explored street art near East Village. Then, we had a delicious cocktail and dinner at Freemans, which was a hidden treasure of a restaurant down an unsuspecting alley. After dinner, we tried to get into a comedy show with no luck, had an amazing negroni at Dante, and then walked back to our hotel with a stop for dessert at Milk.

Day Four: One of the many things that we loved about our hotel was that there were free bikes to use. We got some bagels and biked to Brooklyn. We loved biking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Then, we biked to Williamsburg to meet Matt's colleague at a Torst for delicious beer. We biked back to our hotel across the Williamsburg Bridge. Then, we brought in dinner from Xi'an Famous Foods, which had delicious Asian dishes with homemade noodles (that I wish I could eat right now).

Day Five: Matt had his conference at the Brooklyn Brewery, so we took our luggage there, and I had about six hours to wander around Williamsburg.

Other things we wanted to do but didn't make it to: Top of the Rock, The Met, a comedy show

Day Two:
View from our hotel:

The High Line:

Bryant Park:
Central Park:

Times Square: It's full of tourists taking pictures, but does anyone actually like Times Square?
Hotel rooftop:

Day Three:
Photo booth pictures from the day before:
Hotel rooftop:
Fun hotel decor:
Washington Square Park:
Greenwich Village:

Street Art in East Village:

Day Four:
Biking the Brooklyn Bridge

Biking to Williamsburg:

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