Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New York City: Day 3

One of the reasons New York is one of my favorite cities is because of the variety of museums it has. Everywhere you turn you will bump into museums that can take a whole day to go through or one that you can walk through quickly during your lunch break. 

On the third day we first went to the Museum of Natural History. It has everything you can imagine. 

       
It was filled with people but the museum is so big that you can easily get to the sections that are less noisy. They constantly have tours led by volunteers who might have full time jobs and like to share their knowledge during their lunch breaks. 


This is also where Night at the Museum was shot and you'll see many familiar characters such as the statue in the picture up above! 

After eating lunch at the museum, we went back to the hotel to get ready to go to the Museum of Modern Art, or the MOMA. 

This was a Friday, and on Fridays in the afternoon they let people come to the MOMA for free so it was full. Here are some of my favorite art pieces I saw. 



 








They also have a section with more modern art that is sort of interactive, such as a book that reads out all of the years that have passed or a room that simply has a bright, white screen:

and this wall that these girls were looking at for about an hour: 


The MOMA is one of my favorite museums as it contains most of the artists I look up to the most. Not only does it have some of the world's most valuable art, but the architecture and design of the museum itself is a work of art.


Right after, we went to The Modern, a very nice restaurant that require reservations in advance. They have a bar, an area for normal dinners, and a separate area that offers a 7 plate dinner. They are also very kind to their guests as they pay attention to all allergies, including gluten! 

Finally, we went back to our hotel and when I looked out my window at 11:30, there was still a long line of people waiting in the cold at the Halal Guys. 








Thursday, May 14, 2015

New York City: Day 2

The second day's weather was the least pleasant of all, and what better way of making use of the day than spending it in one of New York's best museums- The Met! 

Since it wasn't too far away from the hotel (or so we thought) we walk all the way. I thought we were going to take a taxi and I was unprepared as I whole my boots with heels... let's just say I still have blisters. 



The stroll by Central Park on our way was worth it though. 


And yes, I did take a picture on the stairs just where Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl would sit... 

If you've ever been to the Met, you'll know how large it is and what a vast variety of art it holds. From Egyptian tombs, to Renaissance art, to pop art, and much more, the Met has something for everyone. Here are a few of my favorite pieces and areas.


(I just thought this one was funny)






Our hotel was really nicely located so it was so easy to quickly get to places like Times Square.


Finally, to end the day we went to Serendipity. It was completely full so it's best to be there earlier than planned! Obviously we skipped the savory part of the meal and only had desert...





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More good eats!

One of my favorite restaurants of all time is Shade found in the Heights. The prices are perfect for what they serve and I have been going ever since I was 3 years old.

The restaurant is formal during the night but during the day, especially for Sunday brunch, it is perfect for a family lunch or to meet up with friends. 


And as it is on a street filled with small boutiques, antique stores, other restaurants, and cafes, I always stop by Boomtown which has amazing coffee!!


New York City: Day 1

Recently, I went on vacation to New York City with my family. I have been to the concrete jungle many times, and I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite cities. It has something for everyone, from its wide range of museums, its vast variety of cultures, all of the architecture, and once more. Sure some people may not be in such a good mood but neither would I if I constantly had tourists asking me for directions (this was me when my parents let me run loose for an afternoon) 

This was my day one... 

First came my short 3 hour flight. These pictures aren't really relevant but I always feel so artistic when I take pictures on the plane 


We arrived in New York at around 2 and wasted no time by hopping into a taxi and going to the Frick collection- a small museum inside of a beautiful mansion that holds New York's prettiest indoor garden and some very famous art pieces.


Then it was time to eat. New York has every type of food you can imagine from high quality restaurants to quick and easy street food. One of most famous street foods is Halal Guys, which can be located at almost any corner and the lines get super long! 


After walking around for a while, it began to get dark (and cold) and New York traded the sun for its bright city lights. 


We then went all the way to Brooklyn to get the best pizza and cannoli you can get in New York. We went to Grimaldi's, and Italian Pizzeria that has been open for a very long time. 


To end the night, we walked around in Brooklyn and took a few pictures of the bridge.