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Capsule Countdown of 8 Neat Diversions from a Fun Weekend in NYC

I’ve been a bit go-go-go for since this trip two weekends ago with more traveling and some visitors, which explains the delay. But, I hope that the wait is worth it.

In New York City, there are always interesting things to see, even without plans. It seems there’s a story to tell, a conversation starter, or gleaming inspiration for creative ventures waiting to be had every other minute!

I went with only two things I wanted to accomplish this trip: try the Momofuku Milk Bar desserts which were recommended to me and wander around the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I didn’t look at a map to plan routes or anything, but I’m happy to report that a weekend of complete wandering and meandering landed us in those two places without much effort :)!

 

Here’s a countdown from 8 that is studded with elements from our weekend adventures in NYC this trip.

 

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8 hours traveling in the car between NYC-Boston

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7 different groups spotted while speaking French all throughout the weekend

That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? I kept finding myself surprised as I came across yet another group of Francophones. 

6 tea sandwiches at Bergdorf Goodman Afternoon tea

1. cucumber; 2. egg salad; 3. salmon and caper; 4. chicken salad; 5. prosciutto and pesto; 6. turkey; 7. tuna salad.  My favorites were the cucumber and prosciutto and pesto. wpid-20140517_153827.jpgIt was the first time I took my husband out to experience afternoon tea, so it was a fun activity to do together as well as a rest from our early rise and walk about the city.  

 

waiting for the treats to arrive

waiting for the treats to arrive

deciding what to eat first...

deciding what to eat first…

Also included on the tower of treats:

  • coffee macaron
  • strawberry macaron
  • almond and blackberry cake
  • strawberry pound cake
  • lemon pound cake
  • cherry almond scones with apricot, strawberry preserves and devonshire cream

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View from my seat at tea @Bergdorf Goodman

View from my seat at tea @Bergdorf Goodman

Our tea selection:

Dammann Freres Tea

Dammann Freres Tea

Hers--Nuit a Versailles: green sencha basis, bergamot essential oil, kiwi, yellow peach, orange blossom, violet blossom HIS--Jardin Bleu: blend of teas from India and China, flavored with rhubarb, wild strawberry, and cornflower petals

Hers–Nuit a Versailles: green sencha basis, bergamot essential oil, kiwi, yellow peach, orange blossom, violet blossom
HIS–Jardin Bleu: blend of teas from India and China, flavored with rhubarb, wild strawberry, and cornflower petals

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5 different ways to wear a jean jacket – surprisingly versatile. 

my senses were heightened to jean jackets, since I’d just re-acquired a jean jacket for my wardrobe the day before the trip in a care package from a friend.

1. to dress down a nice dress; 2. with a blouse and skinny pants; 3. with a simple cotton tee and shorts; 4. with a maxi dress; 5. with denim jeans of a different wash. 

4 blushing brides and their wedding parties in Central Park

3 band members in a rocking trio called #CityoftheSun live from Central Park. They were really entertaining! (link to some of their sounds). 

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2 voids that can’t be filled at the twin fountains of the 9-11 Memorial except with prayers, memories, and new hopes

It was intensely moving to be there just after the opening of the 9-11 Museum. The museum was only open to families of the victims, so we were unable to visit, but I found myself overcome with many emotions standing there and listening to the fountain and watching the water descend into the base of the foundations of the former twin towers. I read names of a handful of people, immortalized in granite stone, and saw those of people from all different backgrounds. There were families with the same surname, even the names of unborn children carved in stone. Canadian flags propped in the name carvings waved brightly, with a pennant describing a bit about the person. It is a finite reminder of how quickly life can pass. There is nothing like standing there in person.

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9-11 Memorial Fountain

9-11 Memorial Fountain

1 gondola floating through Central Park

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For the foodies…Other great places we ate at:

  • Near the 9-11 memorial, we tried a random place, Blue Planet Grill, which served a really delicious slice of margherita pizza.

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  • Back to Domenique Ansel Bakery for the Strawberry Pavlova with Guava filling. And, of course, fresh and hot madeleines. Mmmm!

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  • Dinner at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side, my favorite Italian food at the moment. Sausage, broccoli and vodka sauce.

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Carmine's: food to share, family style.

Carmine’s: food to share, family style.

  • Dessert at Momofuku Milk Bar, Cereal Milk Soft Serve and Crack Pie

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Buttery, sugary goodness.

Buttery, sugary goodness.

  • Cubana Social, Williamsburg.Weorderedhuevossandwichwithsofritoyuccaandfontina & rumsoakedfrenchtoastwithberriesandchourico empanadas (great!).

    Coffee Bar and neat decor inside

    Coffee Bar and neat decor inside

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Bagels & Co.

Jamaica Estates at the corner of 188th St and Union St. I prefer NY bagels to Montreal Bagels, any day. There was a longggggg line in this deli on a Sunday morning. A real kosher bakery/deli with excellent picks and good regular coffee too (I don’t trust people to sweeten or milkify my coffee, but they did it for me satisfactorily – not too sweet and I can still taste the coffee).

Cinnamon Raisin and Cream Cheese

Cinnamon Raisin and Cream Cheese

We also paid a visit to see Lady Liberty from Battery Park and sat and basked in the sunshine on long wooden benches.

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us looking out at that view.

us looking out at that view.

 

Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn

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one of my purchases at the Simply Curated Pop-Up...blog post upcoming on this!

one of my purchases at the Simply Curated Pop-Up…blog post upcoming on this!

tremendous cityscapes

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View from Central Park on our 2 hour jaunt through the many terroirs

View from Central Park on our 2 hour jaunt through the many terroirs

 

One of my favorite pictures from the trip.

One of my favorite pictures from the trip. Look at that water!

 

I hope that you have some great ideas of things to do and places to eat for when you’re in NYC next time!

 

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

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