NYC Inspiration

Finally after sorting through about 800 pictures I can post on my recent trip to NYC.  My trip was primarily around good food, museums, and good friends.  Bobby Bear, my little traveling stuffed bear enjoyed his trip hanging out of my bag sightseeing and getting funny photos.  My friends have said he needs a blog since he's a world traveling bear. 


The first day consisted of finding, my friend Annie at the airport, catching a cab, dropping our stuff at our friends Brandon's, then catching the subway to lunch.  We had sweet desserts from Serendipity 3 that probably made us diabetic but so worth it.  Walked around getting lost in FAO Schwartz, Times Square, and goofing off at the Toys R Us Ferris wheel.  We managed to find the ever wonderful fabric store featured on Project Runway, Moods.  I could have died there.  Then her, our friend Brandon, and I had dinner at WD 50, a restaurant Annie had seen on Iron Chef.  We asked and got to meet the pastry chef who sent us extra desserts that were fantastic.


The next day we wandered the Cloisters and then the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was fantastic.  It goes up there with my top museums.  I have no interest in being a sculptor but I always find myself mesmerized around them.  It was also nice to see those works of art in person I studied in college.  We changed in the bathrooms to get ready for dinner and then to see Chicago.  I got us second row seats.  After the play we had Chandra Wilson from Grey's Anatomy sign our playbills and get a picture with us.  I also ran into someone I knew from elementary school while waiting for the actors to come out.  Small world.  We attempted the Empire State Building but it was closed for observation.


The following day started off with Doughnuts, yum, from a place I had seen all over food and travel networks, the Doughnut Plant.  They were everything they hyped about.  On our way to finding the nearest subway station we came across Zarin Fabrics which is known from the Real Housewives of New York City.  I of course had to go inside to find pretty textiles.  We spent the afternoon in MOMA.  I really loved the modern furniture and textiles.  We left to wander downtown Brooklyn to find the best place, Etsy Inc, where they gave us a private tour around their cute and quirky offices.  I'll write more about that in another post.  That evening we went to Ninja New York, where Ninjas performer, set things on fire, and tried to kill you during dinner.  My neighbor for life, Julia, met up with us that evening where we three girls towered the Empire State Building for a night time view of the city. 


The next day we went back and got more Doughnuts and wandered happily lost through China Town and Little Italy.  New York Pizza is pretty awesome.  Annie later left us to go back to Georgia.  That evening Julia and I partied with Brandon and his roommates NYC style.  I don't remember how I got home.  But it was a good night. 


We pulled our hung over selves out of bed the next day to lunch and more museums.  On our way a shoe designer bought my $20 ballet flats off of my feet for 50 bucks to test in research to make next seasons better.  He gave me some brand new flip flops too to get around the rest of the day.  It was funny.   We got the Guggenheim where they are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a gleaming white newly renovated museum and exhibit dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright.  I loved his architectural sketches.  Afterward I had to drop my Julia off at Grand Central Station to return home to Connecticut.  I wandered the city alone for a few hours.  I found myself at the World Trade Center.  It was blocked off by covered fences.  I managed to find some holes in the fence to get a glimpse.  While at the memorial to the fire fighters I noticed how quiet it was there in the city.  There were tourists all around me but no one dared speak a word.  I found my way to the Brooklyn Bridge and ended up walking the whole thing because it was a beautiful day out.  That evening I chilled at Brandon's and got an early rest to get up again at 4am for my flight home.  I didn't want to return I loved NYC so much. 


Pictures will be posted soon.