New York

Aug
31

Ryan and I just got home from being gone for 5 days in New York. This was the longest we've ever been away from the kids and to be honest it was a little too long to be apart. That said, I am still glad we took this trip but also very happy to be home!

Clark started school right when we got back so it was the last chance for Ryan and I to get away just the two of us before things got too busy. Here are some highlights from our trip!

To my surprise, the direct flight from PDX to JFK went by pretty quickly. Just a number of episodes of GIRLS and The Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper documentary: Nothing Left Unsaid (highly recommend) and we were there. 
Our first stop was Times Square. We spent a few hours just wandering around with no agenda and ended up at a random pub for dinner. 

We checked into the  Dream Hotel in the Chelsea Neighborhood which was in a less touristy area of town and close to walkable coffeeshops and shopping. I loved the Chelsea Market which was a few blocks away. I'd say this hotel is the equivalent of Portland's Doug Fir . The crowd is on the younger side and the rooms are a little small. Most guests appeared to be in their 20s and early 30s. It was fun though.

The blue windows on the ceiling look up into the pool on the second floor.

The blue windows on the ceiling look up into the pool on the second floor.

The downstairs lounge was a nice convenient spot to get a few goods drinks and appetizers before heading out. ( By the way, this post contains a combination of cell photos and pictures taken with this amazingly small and insanely good camera in case you were wondering. Seriously just as powerful as my jumbo nikon) 

Just got to our room

Just got to our room

View from our room

View from our room

3 pieces of tuna on tortilla chips for $25. The food in this city is not cheap but this was pretty good. 

3 pieces of tuna on tortilla chips for $25. The food in this city is not cheap but this was pretty good. 

A sweet little dress and purse I bought for Allie at the Chelsea Market.

A sweet little dress and purse I bought for Allie at the Chelsea Market.

I recognized this spot from Home Alone in NY so I made Ryan pose.

I recognized this spot from Home Alone in NY so I made Ryan pose.

The trip included a lot of walking. At least 20,000 steps a day maybe more! We spent one morning of our trip in Central Park with the intention of walking by the Hotel where they filmed Rosemary's Baby. The park was huge so we ended up stoping for breakfast at SaraBeth's instead. We did walk by Madonna's giant brownstone building later that day though. This $40 million dollar home was super gated off but interesting to see.

Madonna's House. 

Madonna's House. 

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at SaraBeth's 

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at SaraBeth's 

Ryan's Eggs Benedict

Ryan's Eggs Benedict

We also spent several hours in  Soho for a little shopping and some lunch since it is close to Little Italy. Soho is full of some great shops. We spotted Heather Graham with her assistant at an amazing store called The Reformation. I didn't want to bother her but Ryan took this photo while I was walking around.

A painting at the Met that reminded me of 17th Century Clark and Allie at Edgefield.

A painting at the Met that reminded me of 17th Century Clark and Allie at Edgefield.

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The city had a number of pet shops full of apartment sized dogs for $200. The streets were full of little dogs too.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

We ate at a lot of noteworthy restaurants but Little Italy was my favorite stop for food for sure! Neighboring China town is worth a walkthrough too. 

By the time we decided to go to the Chelsea Market I was definitely ready for it. I needed a break from the stimulation and crowds so this place was more my speed.

The market has an Anthropolgie and an indoor shopping area full of independent vendors but for the most part it is food based. We even tried Goats Milk ice cream with Tahini on top. I assumed it would be like feta cheese but was really just creamier than cow's milk. The toppings tasted like holiday peanut brittle.

Chelsea Market Vendor Area

Chelsea Market Vendor Area

Another fun activity is a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. You can see the Statue of Liberty and the view is pretty great.

We took a couple mile walk over the Brooklyn Bridge then had a milkshake at a little deli on the other side. 

We took a couple mile walk over the Brooklyn Bridge then had a milkshake at a little deli on the other side. 

The Grey Dog was a cool spot for Breakfast in the Chelsea area. It had a relaxed local feel with a good vibe.

The coffee we had in New York was good but it was impossible to find sugar free vanilla or any flavor for the most part. Maybe it was just my luck. Everywhere I went it was just milk and espresso. 

Carnegie Deli is another famous stop for food that was on our list of places to visit. The food was really rich and the portions were huge. My salad was big enough for a family of 5. I wasn't really hungry when it arrived so I felt a little like I had a challenge in front of me.

Ryan's open faced pastrami sandwich was $30 so I think he felt obligated to eat most of it. He was full the rest of the day.

Ryan's open faced pastrami sandwich was $30 so I think he felt obligated to eat most of it. He was full the rest of the day.

We shared this soup before our main courses showed up. The Egg Cream was good too.

We shared this soup before our main courses showed up. The Egg Cream was good too.

We also made sure to stop by Hell's Kitchen and  Gotham West Market on our last day there. "Home to premiere artisan vendors and restaurants with communal dining areas for groups both large and small to enjoy the market’s diverse culinary offerings."
That's were I took this sweet Hillary Clinton photo booth picture!

Anyway, I feel like we did so much more I forgot to mention... Broadway, Comedy Clubs the Museum of Modern Art. It was just sort of an action packed whirlwind of activity.

Thanks for having us New York! Until next time. Nice to be back in sweet little Portland Oregon for now!