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Saturday Night and Sunday in New York City

After resting up in our hotel room and catching up on emails and deciding on a restaurant to dine at, we took the Subway to Ground Zero to attend the 9/11 Memorial. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful and touching the Memorial is. There are trees everywhere, including the Survivor Tree, which was the only tree to survive the attack on the Twin Towers.

When the construction crew found the tree, it was an 8 foot stump, and after being nursed back to health at a New York Nursery, the tree has grown and flourished into a beautiful tree, representing those that survived the attacks. The tree is literally being rooted into the ground while it finds the nutrients it needs to properly stand on its own. My brother told me that in case the tree starts to grown and lean one way, the bolts can be tightened to bring it back to a healthier position.

I was very honored to be able to visit the Memorial and pay tribute to those that sacrificed their lives 11 years ago, and I highly recommend to anyone who every gets the opportunity to visit the City that this is a must see.

After a somber afternoon at the Memorial, we went to Il Palazzo, an upscale Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Since I’m not a fan of Italian food, namely pasta, I was very hesitant to eat here. Somehow all the walking around mixed up my appetite and I was craving pasta once I sat down. I cannot recall the dish I ordered, but it had clams, shrimp, calamari, squid and scallops in a marina sauce that I ended up eating by the spoon. It was THAT good. I cleared all the pasta off my plate too.

Ryan, Chelsey and I went to college with a girl named Dana, who they both played college racquetball with, and with whom Chelsey dormed with. As a result, I grew close with Dana, starting Freshman year. Dana now lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend Justin, so we met up for a drink in SoHo with Dana and Justin. I haven’t seen Dana in years, so it was so great to be able to catch up with her for a little. She’s such a fox! I’m really hoping that I get to see her soon, and I wish I had snagged a group picture.

At this point, it was close to 10 and we were all exhausted from the long day of walking, so we hailed 2 cabs back, since vans are few and far between in the City. I had one stop in mind. M&M World. Seriously, my appetite was raging.

It’s really not good when your brother works for Hershey and you’re addicted to M&Ms. Needless to say, Ryan refused to go into the store, so Chelsey joined me as I attacked the endless supply of M&Ms. I filled my bad with coconut, mint, and peanut butter, and ate about 2/3 of the M&M’s before getting to the register. Oopps! I left with about 2 handfuls of M&Ms, which set me back about $2.25. I think I ate $5 worth of chocolate for free. That’s okay, I’m advertising their products for free so it allllll evens out. ­čÖé

This morning we took our time and didn’t rush to wake up, although I was the first one out the door to go running. I met a man in the elevator who praised me on the dedication to be out early on a Sunday for a run. Sadly, I couldn’t get my run in at Central Park. My Dad was exhausted and had a sore back so I really didn’t want him to wake up early and rush me around to get me there, so I’ve decided that the next time I’m in the City I’ll get my run in. I ended up running for 4 miles and found the weight room which I attacked for a quick strength workout.

After my workout, while waiting for the shower, I finished my bag of M&Ms, to which Chelsey remarked, “It’s not even 10am and you’re even candy!” I had to remind her that while she was still in bed, I had already ran 4 miles. They were well deserved!

After packing up and getting ready, we ventured down our block to grab a delicious breakfast. Breakfast is the best meal of the day, especially when you go to a restaurant for it. We all ordered a version of eggs, mine being 2 scrambled and a side of toast with marmalade. I’m convinced toast with jam is the best part of any breakfast.

We walked around Times Square so I could grab a FDNY long-sleeved shirt! After buying my shirt and a magnet of a shirtless firefighter (haha!), we said goodbye to Ryan and Chelsey and drove back home. Ugh. I miss the City already!

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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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