For those who prefer pictures over words, then this is the post for you! I spent a few days in NYC around New Years to visit my best friend Kat and had an amazing trip! Since most of my time in New York was spent walking and visiting various landmarks, it seems fitting for this post to be more of a photo gallery than my normal paragraph + accompanying photo(s) format. (Psst, or maybe I’m just feeling lazy this week and I don’t want to write as much haha.) Regardless of the reason, the following pictures will showcase chronologically my vacation in NYC! Enjoy!
*Click the first picture (or wherever you’d like to start) and scroll through the gallery!
The arch honoring George Washington at Washington Square Park.
Washington Square Park on a crisp Winter morning 🙂
Washington Square Park was originally a cemetery, but was bought by the city and made into a public park in the 1820s.
The neighborhood surrounding the square became one of the city’s most desirable residential areas in the 1830s.
Many of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to NYU.
Kat and I then made a stop at Tea and Sympathy in West Village to warm up! So quaint and delicious! One of Kat’s favorite places to go and now for me too!
Next we ventured to High Line Park which is a pretty new addition to NYC.
High Line is a one mile park built on a former elevated railroad section.
The urban park runs along the lower west side of Manhattan.
The old railroad tracks are now incorporated into the gardens.
We didn’t last long on the elevated park thanks to the wicked wind, but I can see how this would be a great place to hang out in the summer!
Looking out at a street from the High Line.
A view of the Meatpacking District from the High Line. The park continues on through Chelsea.
Spotted: the Empire State Building!
Into the depths of the NYC subway system.
On our search for Levain Bakery we marveled at this beautiful building!
The architecture is amazing!
Buildings just aren’t built this beautifully and intricately anymore.
We found it! Lavain Bakery is known for their cake-like cookies. Yum!
Bryant Park all decorated for Christmas!
Lots of cute shops and such in Bryant Park, located right behind the New York Public Library.
Behind the Christmas tree is an ice rink!
Kat and I treated ourselves to some hot apple cider! I think it was the best cider I’ve ever had. Maybe because we were so cold, or it was the cinnamon stick in the cider. 🙂
Empire State Building from Bryant Park
Since we were still enjoying our cider, we will return later to the library.
Grand Central Terminal!
New Year’s is probably one of the busiest times of year in New York.
So many tourists like me haha.
Sorry for the blurriness…the iPhone does have its limits. lol
On a mission to find The Campbell Apartment
Campbell Apartment: Gossip Girl fans should recognize this bar 😉
And back to the New York Public Library!
The lobby of the library.
Peeking inside the library.
All aboard the Roosevelt Island tram!
Pardon the glare from the windows. 🙂
The tram offers beautiful views of the city!
But I don’t recommend riding the tram on a windy day…it swayed a lot!
Approaching Roosevelt Island before we turned right back around. 🙂
And arriving back on Manhattan.
Our goal was to walk Brooklyn Bridge this day, but it was far too cold!
St. Paul’s Chapel + a view of the Freedom Tower
St. Paul’s Chapel is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan.
Seaport neighbors the Financial District and features original 1800s mercantile buildings.
One of the historical ships docked at the Seaport.
View of the Financial District.
The view we opted for instead of walking the bridge. 🙂
American Stock Exchange
Trinity Church in the Financial District.
Many of the names and dates on the headstones have eroded away.
Trinity Church was constructed in 1698. But this current church is the third construction built in 1846.
Alexander Hamilton is buried at the Trinity Church cemetery.
There it is again!
The Flatiron Building. Built in 1902.
Upon its completion it was one of the tallest buildings in New York.
The Plaza Hotel
Passing by the Freedom Tower on our way to our New Year’s Eve party.
Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens
It’s an outdoor museum and public park where artists can display their art.
A view of Manhattan from Socrates Sculpture Park
I had to return to Tea and Sympathy before I left!
Enjoying tea and scones on my last day in NYC.
Union Square Park
Just another night in NYC 🙂