Daily Archives: September 16, 2012

Saturday in New York City: Part 1

With the plan to hit the streets by 9, I set my alarm for 7 am, way too early to be waking up on a Saturday in my opinion, but I was anxious to get a run in before heading out for the days’ adventures. I was able to get a 3 mile run in, but since I was running out of time, I unfortunately wasn’t able to get any strength exercises in. I was happy with being able to keep my running streak going!

How awesome are the gym signs in the elevator?! That actually makes me WANT to workout.

I opted to make a protein shake with my new travel blender before leaving the hotel, but the others were craving a doughy New York bagel, so we walked a few blocks to Hot Bagel, a tiny bakery sandwiched between two hotels. They had muffin tins with the muffins freshly in them hanging from the walls, about 10 different cream cheese spreads and just as many types of bagels.

Nom nom nom! Everyone enjoyed their bagels while we took the sightseeing bus to Central Park, where we wandered throughout the different areas for a good hour and a half.

After watching a runner get taken out by a bicyclist (luckily she was able to walk away with a bloody thigh, elbow and left cheek) and visiting Strawberry Fields, where I sang the same verse over and over, we had planned to catch the sightseeing bus in the pick-up spot so we could head to Rockefeller Center, but a mile long parade was taken place which threw us off our game.

Instead, after already walking 3 miles, we continued on for another good mile to the Plaza, where we grabbed a hodgepodge of a lunch before heading back to our hotel.

When we got back to Times Square, there was a 3 block street market that we explored for about 30 minutes.

After that, it was back to our hotel to relax, refresh and munch on a few snacks before heading to  the 9/11 Memorial Site.

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Friday in New York City

New York City is my favorite city in the world. There are endless possibilities, and I’m convinced you need AT LEAST month to be able to experience some of the best places and eateries the city has to offer.

After arriving at the W Hotel, a swanky hotel located in the heart of Times Square, we purchased tickets for the 48 Hour sightseeing busses and decided our first stop would be to Greenwich Village and SoHo. The 48 Hour tour gives you access to the Uptown and Downtown busses, the Night Tour bus, which is a 2 hour ride that brings you throughout the City and into Brooklyn.

We wandered around Greenwich, starving, sweaty and grumpy, and after about what felt like hours 20 minutes we finally agreed to eat lunch at Jane, a fun and vibrant corner restaurant.

A warm basket of bread was brought to our table which we all took turns dunking it into olive oil. Our meals arrived promptly and it wasn’t hard to plow through our entire meals.

I ordered the Baby Arugula Salad, which included grilled chicken, blue cheese, apple, pepitas, and sun-dried cranberries in a sherry vinaigrette. I also snacked on Ryan’s side of brussels sprouts. These were hands down the most flavorful and perfectly roasted brussels sprouts I’ve tasted.

We all left with full bellies and our grouchiness immediately vanished. It’s funny how eating a solid meal can dramatically change your mood.

We wandered around the area a little more and checked out several of the stores that interested us. We took the sightseeing bus back to our hotel where we met up with Chelsey, who had to spend the day working in the hotel.

Since I hadn’t had the opportunity to get a run in yet, I booked it to the hotel’s gym, where I completed a 2.5 mile run. It was a tough one, especially after walking around all day, but it felt good to get somewhat of a run in!

After freshening up, Ry, Chels and I crossed the street and grabbed a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks to share before catching the Night Tour, which is always my favorite touristy thing to do in the City.

By the time we made it back into Times Square it was 10 and we were all hungry for dinner. We walked several blocks up to Ellen’s Diner, which is run by aspiring Broadway actors and actresses who sing in between serving food and taking orders. It was such a vibrant and exciting environment, and we all raved about our experience.

I went crazy and ordered the Philly Cheesesteak and enjoyed the best, crunchy fries I’ve had in years! It felt so good to treat myself to an unhealthy meal as that was the one item that I had been craving.

We decided to walk around Times Square after dinner to burn off a little of our dinner and enjoy the atmosphere and shop the tourist stores.

On our walk back to our hotel, we were stopped at a corner and I happened to be looking behind us and made eye contact with AJ, one of my good friends from college who I met during our freshman year orientation.

AJ lives in New Jersey, but we couldn’t get over the fact that out of all the places and all the people in the City, that we happened to run into each other on the same corner. After talking for a brief minute and exchanging several long hugs, we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. My way being into a comfy bed!

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