We started out Week 3, Day 3 of NYC way up in the sky on top of the Empire State Building. You could say we had a birds eye view, with this pigeon so casually perched on the edge, whilst my legs felt slightly weak from the sheer fact we were a gazillion feet up in the air!
The day was hot and sunny, and perfect for viewing Manhattan from up high.
We had talked about taking a helicopter ride over Manhattan, but with me developing a gradually increasing fear of heights, I was happy to keep my feet firmly planted on the floor, albeit 80-something floors up.
Back down on the sidewalk, we grabbed a sugary snack or two at Dylans Candy Bar and jumped on the subway to the Bronx.
We were off to watch The Yankees on their home turf!
Yankee caps were essential!
We located our seats and settled in.
I more or less had no idea what was going on, but found the ‘Get your Peanuts!’ sellers more than entertaining, along with some of the rather passionate fans.
When watching baseball, hotdogs are pretty much an essential. You’ve gotta get one! And can you believe they had a GLUTEN FREE HOT DOG STAND! Winning!!! This was pretty much the best thing that happened to me all week!
A fun Friday evening out, you don’t need expensive tickets to enjoy watching a game. If you get the chance, go for the experience.
Saturday was hot and sunny, and we were Williamsburg bound, to eat our way around the food market Smorgasburg. Being its second weekend open for the season, and with the day feeling like summer, the market was heaving with people! We squeezed between everyone and made our way around the stalls and stands taste testing and figuring out what to indulge in.
We started with shaved snow from Wooly’s which was a-maz-ing! (More on that in a later post!)
And finished up with a gluten free ice cream sandwich, because why not just eat dessert all day?!
Back on the streets of Williamsburg, we walked and walked and every corner we turned there was something interesting to see.
And great photo opportunities.
The buildings in Williamsburg are super cool, particularly for selfie backdrops! ;o)
Passing Blue Bottle Coffee, we couldn’t resist a pitstop, as I’d read good things about the place and iced coffee seemed like a very good idea.
And then I leapt on a strangers dog for the millionth time on this trip, because there are soooo many adorable dogs in NYC and I can’t help but give them a pat and a cuddle!
We paid a visit to the Heatonist in Williamsburg, a store that sells hot sauces. Seriously. It’s amazing! And we stocked up on everything from Ghost Pepper & Blueberry Hot Sauce to Hot Honey. (More on this later!) Then we decided to be brave and taste the hottest sauce in the shop, The Rapture. I swear I’ve never been the same since. You have no idea. Word of warning, that shit is H.O.T.
Dinner was pizza, gluten free!, in a cool spot in Williamsburg, before we jumped on the ferry that dropped us off at the bottom of Manhattan. A perfect way to end an action packed, food fuelled day.
After meeting friends for Sunday brunch, I wanted to show TBND around Midtown East, and walk past the apartment building I lived in when I was there in 2007. During my time there, I acquired the friendship of one of the staff members, Jorge. Having not spoken to Jorge for awhile, I thought he’d left his position at this Apartment Hotel. But as the doors to the foyer opened and I glanced up at the reception desk, I saw a face of shock looking back at me and a voice say ‘Annmaree!?’. I couldn’t believe it, my favourite Dominican was still there, it was the best reunion! Jorge took us on a tour of the building, and into my old apartment which was a blast from the past and so fun to relive my days there.
We spent the afternoon walking and walking, all the way to the Upper East Side, through Central Park and down 5th Avenue into Trump Tower. As we exited, we noticed the road next to the Tower had been blocked off and a bunch of suited bodyguards were standing around. We’d just missed Donald. If only we’d been seconds quicker we would have seen THAT hair up close and personal. I feel I missed a major life moment there!
Popping into the Ralph Lauren store, the bathroom was so selfie worthy. And PS Ralph has a cafe inside the store, and even sells his own brand of coffee. Check it out.
5th Avenue is full of so many sites, and this cathedral is definitely one of my favs.
We even passed this art installation, ‘Van Gogh’s Ear’.
The evening was warm, the sky was clear, and thank goodness as we were heading back up into the sky, this time at Top of the Rock, the roof of The Rockefeller Centre. We pre-booked our slot days earlier, determined to be there for sunset. It turns out loads of others had the very same idea.
But we managed to find a spot, and wait patiently for the sun to go down. The view was magical, and I recommend Top of the Rock over Empire State Building, simply because you get to look back at Empire, and she is so pretty to see from up high.
Night fell, the lights twinkled, and I fell deeper in love with New York. Back down on the ground, it was time for burrito’s and $5 frozen margarita’s from my favourite Mexican on the planet, Blockheads. That’s how to do Sunday in New York.
To Be Continued….