We just returned from a trip to NYC to visit family. The last time we were in the Big City seems like a long time ago, over four years ago.
Since we have family living in NYC, we’ve been there a lot. On this trip, we did a few new things. We walked The High Line, an elevated rail that has been landscaped into a beautiful green space. It’s been expanded since we last saw it, so we got to see more beautiful landscaping.
We toured Chelsea Market, shopped, snacked on Mast Brothers chocolate, and drank Ninth Street espresso.
We had cocktails at The Jane Hotel rooftop lounge in the West Village, and enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Monument Lane, which specializes in farm-to-table food.
We ate our way around Smorgasburg food market in Brooklyn Heights. I loved the swordfish skewer and the lobster roll. The views of lower Manhattan were pretty awesome too.
We shopped for some NYC-themed fabrics at The City Quilter and fresh art supplies at Dick Blick’s.
We had cocktails at Mad46, a rooftop lounge on the top of The Roosevelt Hotel. According to a recent article in Time Out New York, rooftop bars are the latest trend in NYC, so we were lucky to try a couple on this visit.
We had burgers at the Shake Shack and toured a few exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History that I’ve never seen before.
Their Butterfly Conservatory special exhibition was fantastic, with over 400 butterflies flying around the habitat!
I also loved touring the Hall of Biodiversity and the Hall of Ocean Life. So overwhelming and exciting to learn more about the abundance of life on our planet.
We had fun navigating the subway and resting our feet at plenty of Starbucks around the city, which also make great places to get a pick-me-up for the next burst of excitement.
Besides the fun experience of being in the Big City and exploring the diverse neighborhoods, we had a great time visiting family. I can’t wait to go back soon!