If you have one day in NYC, what should you do?
This was my second time in New York – the first trip had been last last October…and also had lasted a day. Turns out that other than the Empire State Building and Times Square, the best choices boil down to shopping, and food. We drove into New Jersey on the Friday, staying with an old family friend who lived in Princeton, and after breakfast on Saturday morning, equipped with my wallet, a bottle of water, and my tiny and adorable Diania Mini, I took the train to New York Penn station.
It was something like well above 23 degrees by the time I got there (23 degrees is also my usual upper limit for temperatures I will willingly withstand D:) and…that was at ten in the morning. Not. Fun.
I meandered over from the station to the north end of the High Line as a first stop – I figured I’d get the long, continuous stretch of walking out of the way first, before it got too hot. The High Line is a park that runs along an old railway bridge. It was maybe a 10-15 minute walk from the station, although the path I took looked a little sketchy at times D: (I also passed by the Starbucks and a couple other places I remembered from my first visit, but looks like those pictures didn’t turn out.) The High Line itself was lovely! Lots of greenery, and thankfully some shade. There were several art installations along the whole path, several of which were rather quirky and fun!
Stepping off the High Line, it was nearing noon aka lunch aka IT’S TOO HOT TO ACTUALLY EAT FOOD TT_____TT My plan had been to get pizza (!!!!!!) but the only things I was interested in putting in my mouth were cold drinks, ice cream, or cold beer. From the south end of the High Line I eventually made my way to a Starbucks near Greenwich, cutting through the Greenwich neighbourhood to get there. And by cutting through I mean attempting to navigate with my map and not doing a very good job of it. It gave me a chance to really take in a part of New York that was, for a change, quiet and peaceful and just altogether lovely. Made me realise I’d probably love living in NYC.
Had a frapp for lunch (shhhhh, it totally counts) and stopped by the Lomo store because hahaha guess who was almost out of film D:
And thennnnnnnnnnnnn it was time for shopping :DDDDDDDDDDDDD No pictures, because I’m silly and forgot to take any, but hit up the Uniqlo down in SoHo and then meandered my way up. Picked up almost 200$ of clothes /o\ (When I got back, my mom remarked that she’s never seen me go on a shopping spree like this. Uniqlo just gets me okay???) After another Starbucks break (Passionfruit Iced Tea this time) I decided it was time to put my navigational skills to the test again (I have approximately negative direction sense) and visit the e.l.f. store. Let’s just say that without this post, I would definitely have been lost!
My main purpose was to get a few make-up brushes and…eyeshadow. I ended up getting a….lot….of….stuff….
It was getting pretty late by this time (I promised I’d leave by six something, and it was nearing 5) so I took the subway up from Union Square to….Macarons :DDDDDDDDDDDDDD As far as I was concerned, a visit to Laduree’s would’ve been worth the trip to NYC in the first place, from everything I’ve heard about it! I didn’t actually get to eat the macarons until two days later, but they were still absolutely delicious. My favourite is hands down Rose.
The Laduree store is near the east side of Central Park, so I thought it’d be easiest to cut through Central Park and take a subway from there down to Penn Station. I thought this was a great idea because hey, diagonal! And I’d never been to Central Park! There were two flaws with this plan: 1) my lack of direction combined with EVERYTHING IN CENTRAL PARK LOOKS THE SAME spelled disaster and 2) the subway lines aren’t…actually….straight…
A popsicle later, I did make it out, at least…
And a subway delay, mad dash for the train, and borrowing a random stranger’s phone so I could email my friend so he could pick me up later (no phone for me in the states!), I was finally back home. Well, his home.
And so ended A Day In New York – Day 2.
*all square pictures were taken with a diana mini on lomo cn 100 and fujicolor superia x-tra 400, and then murdered by my scanner. eh. makeup and macarons were from my phone herp derp derp