I know I’m late posting these, but finally I managed to write a post about my summer trip to NYC. We stayed for 10 days and had a ridiculously great time. Our temporary home was the Archer Hotel in Midtown and we absolutely loved it. The rooms are on the smaller side but super nice, the staff were nothing but wonderful, and they brought little treats up to our room every evening. What’s not to love?That’s me in our hotel bed, watching real American morning TV with my English Breakfast tea and Greek yoghurt.
What did we do on our trip? Walk. A lot. We took the subway when necessary, but we walked as much as we could because how else are you going to get to know a city? We have been watching a lot of Million Dollar Listing (guilty pleasure), so I couldn’t help but study all the beautiful buildings and imagine what it would be like to live in them. Hashtag swoon, hashtag like-that-will-ever-happen.
You can imagine Kanutten peeping her little head out of that window, right?
When we got tired of walking we took the day off and spent it reading in Central Park. We brought food and our Kindles and just sat there for hours. I bought the new Kindle Paperwhite while I was there, and oh my do I love it. I read three books in a week. Super-fluffy holiday reading, but still! I also bought a Fitbit Flex to track all that walking, so if there are any fellow Fitbit users out there, give me a shout so I can add you to my friends list.
Is it silly to geek out over people playing baseball? I have never seen people play baseball in real life before!
I also had to photograph bubble guy over here, because come on, he makes amazing bubbles and the people on the benches just don’t give a shit. His amazing bubble talents are wasted on that crowd.
Had to photograph the horses outside Central Park as well. Note sure how I feel about horse-drawn carriages in the blistering heat, though.
The Boyfriend insisted on taking me to Dylan’s Candy Bar, where I found this awesome staircase. That’s real candy inside the steps, people. That’s pretty much every child’s dream.
I also finally got to walk the High Line, something I have wanted to do since we ran out of time on our last NYC trip two years ago. If you don’t already know, the High Line is a 2.33 km New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Such a cool place, and really beautiful as well. Truly a must-see.
There was also some great graffiti to spot up there!
I kind of love this shot from the subway.
Cookie shopping in Chelsea Market. I really regret not buying these dog-shaped cookies, because that poodle is all kinds of amazing.
Speaking of dogs: I photographed other people’s dogs. Several times. No shame.
During my trip I had coffee with Kallie of Happy, Honey & Lark (she was so sweet!) and she made me promise to visit The Met before I returned home. I am so happy I did, because I spent hours in there fangirling over Archaic Greek art, Roman sculpture and impressionist paintings (okay, we ran out of time so I skipped ahead a few centuries). I could have spent whole days in there, and I am definitely going back there the next time I’m in town. I have a bachelor’s degree in art history, and for a few hours it felt like those three years weren’t a complete waste of time.
Seriously, how amazing is that building?
My poor degree. It is years between every time it comes in useful.
On one of our last days there we visited Levain Bakery, which is one of those places where people happily wait in line for 30 minutes just to buy one of their famous cookies. It was The Boyfriend who insisted on visiting – me, I was a cookie skeptic. What cookie could possibly be worth a 30 minute wait, right? That damn cookie, that’s what. Oh my god. I sincerely regret not going back and buying a half dozen to bring back to Norway. The first thing I did when I returned home was to look up copycat recipes! I’m telling you, if you ever have the chance to buy cookies from this place, do it. Don’t even question it.
On our last evening there I discovered, completely by accident, that it was the day of Manhattanhenge. Manhattanhenge is an event during which the setting sun is aligned with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, as you can see in the photo on the above right. Clueless tourist that I am I just thought it was a pretty sunset, but the trending hashtags on Instagram informed me of what was going on. Instagram: educating clueless tourists since.. 2015, I guess?
Speaking of Instagram, here is a small selection of what I posed during my trip. If you want to check out the rest you can find them on my Instagram account, and you can find a whole bunch of other photos on my Flickr. This is of course only a fraction of what we did on our trip, but I hope it was an interesting little taste nonetheless.
My NYC post from 2013 can be found here.