The Big City

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.

High Line

the High Line

High Line

the lawn on the High Line

High Line

We toured Chelsea Market, shopped, snacked on Mast Brothers chocolate, and drank Ninth Street espresso.

Chelsea Market

chelsea marketchocolates at Chelsea Market

NYC cookies espresso at Chelsea Market

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.

smorgasburgsmorgasburg food at smorgasburg

lower Manhattan skyline

We shopped for some NYC-themed fabrics at The City Quilter and fresh art supplies at Dick Blick’s.

city quilter NYC fabrics

city quilter NYC fabrics

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.

Mad46 rooftop lounge

mad46 rooftop loungeWe had burgers at the Shake Shack and toured a few exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History that I’ve never seen before.

Am Museum of Natural History

Their Butterfly Conservatory special exhibition was fantastic, with over 400 butterflies flying around the habitat!

butterfly exhibit

butterfly exhibit blue butterfly specimens

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.

hall of biodiversity oceans of life

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.


grand central stationstarbucks treat

bryant park

flatiron neighborhood upper West Side


brooklyn heights

brooklyn heights

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!


A Trip and a Vacation

People say there is a difference between a trip to visit family and a vacation.  I guess you can’t call visiting family a vacation, but our trip to New York City to visit Dave’s sister and brother-in-law was so much fun. How could I not call it a vacation?!

We live in a small city, more like a college town, so I love being in the big city, especially THE city.  Just watching people going about their lives can be an adventure.

Approaching Manhattan

I had a small list of a couple places I really wanted to go to, and thanks to my patient husband, we found each one.

There was Purl in Soho:

Me in front of PurlCheck out the inside!  Who can’t resist walls and walls of yarn?!  I bought that skein of Sheep Shop yarn to make a beret.  I also bought two skeins of sportweight yarn by Blue Sky Alpacas to make fingerless gloves.  Besides all the luxurious and colorful yarns, the atmosphere at this shop is warm and cozy. It feels like a great place to meet friends or spend an afternoon, lost in your knitting project.

walls of yarn

Next stop was just a couple doors down the block: Purl Patchwork:

Purl Patchwork Storefront

This is such a wonderful shop, a lovely place I would love to hang out at on a regular basis.

Wall of Fabric!

We also made it to M&J Trimmings:

M&J Trimmings in ManhattanThis shop is also amazing – HUGE and FULL of ribbons, rick rack, buttons, beads, and millions of other embellishments.  I bought a bag full of various ribbons.

Inside M&J Trimmings

I felt a bit like a tourist when we found this next shop, but it was worth it to see in person.

Inside of Mood FabricsCan you guess where I was, standing among millions of bolts of fabric?

Mood Fabrics storefrontI didn’t buy anything there because I was so overwhelmed with their inventory. We were lucky to get away with a couple pictures. I’m sure they don’t like tourists coming in and gawking while they’re trying to conduct a professional textile business.

Fashion District Statue

(At this point, I would like to point out the great pictures Dave was taking for me – isn’t he great?!)

Here are a few highlights from the rest of our vacation:

Terri in front of the Guggenheimin front of the Guggenheim Museum

Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Artinside the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Times Squarewatching the craziness in Times Square.

famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centerthe famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center – not quite ready yet! (official lighting: Dec. 3)

I took over one hundred pictures, so I won’t bore you with more.  We ran into the Union Square Greenmarket, ate at a couple Irish pubs, rode the subway, saw the Christmas window displays at Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, even checked out St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

You may recall, we were celebrating, so we went to a french bistro on the upper West side called Nice/Matin for dinner.  FA-BU-LOUS!

Birthday girl and hubby

Besides being away from work for TEN days (it was heaven), we spent a lot of time just sightseeing and people-watching, had many great conversations and many more moments of laughter and jokes. I’m going to cherish this trip and vacation.