24 Hours in NYC

3 Oct

I spent last Monday-Friday in Brooklyn working at a distribution plant and doing an inventory observation. I had a 7am flight Saturday morning and last-minute decided to extend my flight a day to stay with Al in Manhattan. I had 24 hours in one of the greatest cities on earth, and this is how we spent it:

After checking into the hotel early Saturday afternoon, we headed straight to Times Square to the TKTS booth to buy some discounted tickets for a matinée show. Our choices were 1. Spiderman 2. Jersey Boys 3. War Horse, and we were lucky to get our first choice. We had planned on going to Eataly for lunch because neither of us have ever been, but were kind of crunched for time. Luckily Shake Shack was just a couple of blocks away!

We had a little bit of time to kill before the play and conveniently Dave and Buster’s was right across from the theatre. We played some games and had a mini skeeball competition. I don’t mean to brag.. but I did win by 100 points!

{that’s mine on the far right and Al’s next to me}

We took our winnings {mostly nerd ropes and sweettarts} and walked over to the show. I had heard Spiderman wasn’t that good, so I had very low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised! I loved the second half. The costumes, the flying.. it was amazing! Plus, Al got a high five during one of the songs from Spidey himself!

On the way back to the hotel we had to swing by Magnolia Bakery for some cupcakes!

We did a quick outfit change and headed to Saloon {the FSU bar} to meet up with my little, some other of my sorority sisters, and basically every other FSU alum living in New York City. It was so nice catching up with the girls and of course watching the NOLES beat USF!

After the game ended, we headed to TAO for a really late dinner. I love the party atmosphere, the floating buddha, and of course the food. Below is a picture of the 20ft floating Buddha taken from the second floor.

We didn’t have a lot of time in the morning before I had to catch my flight, but the 911 memorial was something I definitely wanted to see. Below is the Freedom Tower, one of the reflecting pools, and the only tree that survived the attacks.

We ended the morning with a quick brunch at BLT Bar and Grill..

{ Brioche French Toast with Cinnamon-Carmelized Apples }

and then Al dropped me off at the airport before he headed back to Queens for another week of work. I sat in the airport and asked myself the same question I always do when I’m in LGA/JFK: why am I leaving?? I have always wanted to move to the city and every time I go, I remember why. I had an amazing 24 hours in NYC. It was short but definitely sweet. I’m counting down the days {23!} until I’m back again.

xo, Kelly

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