Thursday, September 20, 2012

NYC in 48 Hours or Less

Last weekend Matt and I got to take a short and sweet trip to New York City for the weekend. It was great to get away after Matt's busy season of work and it had been too long since we'd been to the city. Luckily, we know New York pretty well (Matt even lived there for a summer), so we were able to make the most of our few short days there.

We started off the first night at a restaurant in the West Village that we've been waiting to try for several years. It did not disappoint.

We spent a lot of the next day walking around the West Village, an area we haven't really explored much. The atmosphere is great. We walked there via the High Line, a park that has been built on an old freight rail line that is elevated above the streets of the city. It offered some great views and it was nice to be able to walk through a park while also getting the views of the streets below.

We had a great lunch at Joe's Pizza, highly recommended by my sister (a resident of the West Village a few years ago). It was as good of a pizza that I've ever had. We're glad we got there when we did because the line was out the door by the time we were finished.

The rest of the day was spent wandering through the streets and shops ... my favorite way to explore New York.

That night we headed off to Central Park to see one of our favorite bands, Ben Folds Five, who was just kicking off their reunion tour. It was awesome to walk through Central Park to the amphitheater and to spend a few hours there listening to them while the sun set. The weather was gorgeous.

The next morning we were up early to squeeze as much as we could in before our afternoon flight. We headed down to the 9/11 Memorial and I am so glad we did it. The memorial is amazing and sobering, as you can imagine. I'm excited to come back and see it once it is fully completed.

We finished off the day by wandering through the Green Market in Union Square. We've been here before and it's awesome to see ... a farmer's market on steroids. We made to sure to do a lot of taste testing (as any seasoned Costco customers would).

It was such a great time, I wish we could have stayed longer. I love going to New York because there's always something new to find, explore, or try. I hope our next trip is sooner rather than later!

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