Day 10: Welcome to New York City Check out the first nine days of our road trip here.
There's nothing quite like New York City. The constant buzz, funky smells, and never-ending honking, are all a part of the city's unique charm. We already did all of the touristy things during our first trip (New York must-sees blog coming soon), so this time around we tried to experience New York, as New Yorkers do.
We spent our first day just wandering the streets and admiring the city's beautiful architecture. Somehow we ended up at HARBS. Best accidental find ever. We were initially intrigued by a displayed cake that looked very similar to our wedding cake, next thing you know we're contemplating ordering one or two slices (regrettably we went for one). Each of their cakes are handcrafted from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Lets just say cake will never be the same after one slice from HARBS.
After a delicious cake dinner, we made our way to Bathtub Gin (pictured below). This Prohibition-inspired speakeasy, is located inside the Stone Street Coffee Company behind a secret door. Back in the 1920's Bathtub Gin was the solution to poor-quality alcohol (there wasn't anything else available during the Prohibition-Era). Instead of giving up booze (like they were supposed to), people mixed flavorings with gin in a tub for several hours or even days, making the alcohol more drinkable.
Modern day Bathtub Gin, is one of New York's most popular speakeasies. From their quirky name and unique twist on pre-Prohibition Era cocktails, to the large copper bathtub displayed in the center of the bar, this speakeasy is a must while in New York. However, I highly recommend making reservations in advance, otherwise you'll spend most of your time waiting to be seated at the bar.
Day 11: Walking the High Line
We started our day with biking around the city. Normally a fun, relaxing activity (not so much in NYC), but between the heavy traffic and constant honking, we didn't last long. We eventually decided to ditch the bikes and continue exploring by foot.
Our first trip to New York had an intense, action-packed itinerary. With so much to see and do, we didn't have a chance to explore the High Line. This 1.45-mile-long elevated park, is built on a historic freight line. It features lush horticulture, modern artwork, restaurants, and gorgeous views of the Hudson River and New York City. With an abundance of seating areas, you can easily read a book or enjoy lunch surrounded by greenery and city views. It's a fun way to get-in some cardio while exploring the city, plus what other chance will you have to wander through an elevated park?
After the High Line, we slowly made our way through the city streets to K-town. Walking itself is a fun activity in New York. From flashing lights and towering buildings, to street entertainment and mobs of hurried people, this city has a way of making you feel smaller than ever. And don't mind all of the people constantly crossing on red, because traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines (at least that's what it seems like) 😏
We made it to K-town just in time for our dinner reservation at Hangawi. If you're looking for a unique dining experience, this is the place for you. They offer upscale Korean fares in a zen-like atmosphere, where your shoes come off at the door. That's right, you must be willing to remove your shoes, and sit on the floor at this unique eatery. Their menu is fully vegetarian, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to appreciate and enjoy a meal at Hangawi. In fact, the dishes were so creative and delicious, I almost considered converting to vegetarianism myself 😊
After a mouthwatering dinner, we headed to Broadway. No visit to New York City is complete without a Broadway show. No matter how many musicals or plays you've seen in your life, nothing compare's to New York City theater. Attending a Broadway show is a one of a kind experience, that everyone should have. And with an abundance of shows, there's something out there for everyone.
Hearing a live orchestra, accompanied by talented performers who sing, dance, and act is unlike anything else. Musicals have a way of immersing you in the story. The detailed costumes, beautiful singing, perfectly synced choreography, and incredible sets (the amount of effort put into these shows is unimaginable) will keep you on the edge of your seat until the show is over. During this trip we saw Kinky Boots, you can find more information about this musical here. We loved the cast and storyline; the performers were incredible, and the dialogue was hilarious.
Once the show was over, we emerged from the theater onto Times Square. Commonly called the "Center of the Universe" Times Square is one of the most iconic and popular places in New York City. I thought this place was crazy during the holidays, but turns out it's even more packed in the summer. The amount of people wandering around is inconceivable. The crowds, neon lights, and noise pollution is unlike anything I've ever experienced. We didn't last long, before heading back to our hotel.
Fun Fact: According to Wall Street Journal, it costs between $1.1 million and $4 million a year to advertise on one of those flashy digital neon billboards.
Day 12: Industrial City
We wanted to wander somewhere new for our last breakfast in New York, so we headed to Brooklyn. I've always loved Avocados, so when I stumbled upon the Avocaderia on TripAdvisor, I knew we found our breakfast joint. A fast and casual eatery, Avocaderia is the world's first avocado bar. They offer fresh, healthy, affordable meals, all made with the tastiest ingredient known to man: avocados.
The best part is, we had no idea Avocaderia was located in Industrial City. Once a manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution center, Industrial City is now home to chocolatiers, art studios, and Korean comfort food. Over the past two years this old industrial complex has leased more than two million square feet. You'll find candle makers next to organic coffee shops, that share a wall with local fashion start-ups. The eclectic mix of creativity, abundance of eateries, and upscale industrial design, is not to be missed while in New York.
Take a step back in time to when machines were run by belts and music was played on phonographs, and discover where America's greatest inventor changed the world forever. Thomas Edison is mainly known for creating the incandescent light bulb, but in reality this individual invented modern America as we know it today. In his 84 years, Thomas Edison acquired 1,093 patents and by his 30s became one of the most famous men in the world. Walking through his office and factory was inspiring, and learning about his life was truly humbling. I highly recommend visiting the Thomas Edison National Historical Park if your itinerary permits it.
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