Monday, March 20, 2017

New York, New York

Happy Monday and first day of Spring friends!

I am so happy to have woken up to the sun shining and a forecast of 60.... this cold weather the past couple of weeks has had me grumpy.

Anyway, I'm so excited to share some details about my trip to NYC this past weekend. It was definitely a short trip, and I can't say it was very touristy so I won't have a ton of tips on places to visit, but it's still definitely worth sharing.

I went with two of my sorority sisters because we wanted to spend St. Patrick's Day in Manhattan. So, we stayed with one of the girl's family that lives just north of the city in Westchester County.

We got in late Thursday night and went straight to bed so that we could catch the early train into the city on Friday.

The train ride into the city from the north is absolutely gorgeous! It follows the river and with the recent snow-storm that hit New England it was a water-y sight of evergreens and crisp white snow (of course this snow was basically black once we entered the city!)

We got in to Grand Central Station around 11 just in time to catch the end of the parade and head to some local bars.

Ultimately we spent the majority of Friday-day hopping from pub to pub to celebrate as only the Irish can!

Saturday ended up having TERRIBLE weather. The original plan was to do allllll of the touristy things like the Empire State Building, Staten Island, shopping on 5th, etc... but we had a slight change of plans because the weather was doing that weird not-quite-snowing/not-quite-raining/misting thing.

We ended up driving to Brooklyn Heights to enjoy a hidden gem that not too many people know about in terms of views of the Manhattan Skyline.

We parked on Hicks street nearby and in order to reach the promenade we got to walk past the very typical, very historic, very beautiful Brooklyn Brownstones. I was having some SERIOUS real-estate envy while we were walking through the roads.

Once we got to the promenade you have quite literally the perfect view of the Manhattan skyline. We took many many pictures and decided to walk over near the Brooklyn Bridge for some pizza.

We stopped at a place called Ignacios that is placed right under the bridge with basically the coolest view of such a historic and well-known spot.

One of my absolute favorite shots I got was of this little railing on the pier near the bridge that couples started adding locks to similar to the lock bridge in Paris. It was just such a neat little tradition and added just a hint of romance to the view of Manhattan.

After that we went back north to my friend's parents' house for a standard dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage and March Madness basketball.

It really was a short trip and I have a list a mile long of other things I want to do in the city. But fortunately it's only a 5-hour drive from DC so there are plenty of other opportunities for me to accomplish those things!

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