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What I did during my 10 day trip to New York City

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?

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.

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.

You can imagine Kanutten peeping her little head out of that window, right?

Houses in uptown Manhattan

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.

Birkenstock sandals and a Kindle on grass

Is it silly to geek out over people playing baseball? I have never seen people play baseball in real life before!

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.

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.

Street performer blowing giant soap bubbles in Central Park

Had to photograph the horses outside Central Park as well. Note sure how I feel about horse-drawn carriages in the blistering heat, though.

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.

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.

Glowing staircase with candy embedded inside the steps

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.

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.

There was also some great graffiti to spot up there!

Two large pieces of graffiti seen from the high lines

I kind of love this shot from the subway.

Photo of a kiosk on a Manhattan Subway platform

Cookie shopping in Chelsea Market. I really regret not buying these dog-shaped cookies, because that poodle is all kinds of amazing.

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.

Speaking of dogs: I photographed other people’s dogs. Several times. No shame.

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.

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.

The Metropolitan museum of art

Seriously, how amazing is that building?

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.Three marble busts inside the metropolitan museum of art

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.

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.

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?

Graffiti and sunset at Manhattanhenge

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.

Blog post and photos from Maja's NYC trip, July 2015.

My NYC post from 2013 can be found here.


12 thoughts on “What I did during my 10 day trip to New York City

  1. Amanda says:

    I love that you geeked out over seeing baseball being played! I grew up playing it with all the neighborhood boys and sometimes forget how much fun it was to play (and watch!)

    I’ve done a fair amount of traveling this summer. In June, I was in Dublin for a week (for work, but I had a ton of free time. I also hit Belfast for a day.) I just got back from Amsterdam (for only 2 days) and Norway (for a Hurtigruten cruise, which was AMAZING.) Next month, I’ll be in St. Paul, Minnesota for a week. I love to travel so this has been an amazing summer for me.

    • I don’t think anyone plays Baseball here in Norway, at least not professionally. My dad gave me a baseball kit for kids when I was about 8 years old, and that is the extent of my experience with baseball. I never even learned the rules, I just hit balls arund!

      Your summer sounds amazing Amanda, and I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed hurtigruten! I’ve only ever taken it to get from A to B a few times, never for a proper cruise :)

  2. Same wonder here! I am ignorant of baseball’s spread globally. …has it not made its way to Europe? Similarly, I don’t think I’ve ever watched a cricket match (even online.) I should probably remedy this.

    I should really try Levain next time I’m out there. Lovely photos. I’m glad you had a great time in New York! How was that Korean barbecue place anyhow?

    • It is very rare in Norway at least, you never ever see it on TV and it’s not played professionally :)

      Madangsui was amazing! Of course I have never had Korean barbecue before so I don’t really have anything to compare with, but we really enjoyed it.

    • Hahaha, that’s amazing! I think I skipped step 5, so I’m probably somewhere between step 6 and 7 at the moment. I’m soon at the one month mark, so here’s hoping Im able to keep it up :)

  3. Hey! Just found your lovely blog (I’m kordenary on insta)

    It’s so nice to travel to a city you’ve already been to before, when you’ve gotten all the major tourist-y sites out of the way and you can focus on other things!

    I actually have a little anecdote about Levain Bakery cookies (which one’s your favorite? Mine’s the oatmeal raisin). When I was away at college in Philly my dad would send care packages from NY with Levain cookies – they freeze really well, so I would stick them in the freezer and take them out and bake them and it was the best thing! Couldn’t have gotten through my classes without them, lol.

    I live in Philly now but my dad just rolls his eyes when I ask for care packages :( one of the downsides of being an independent adult, I guess?

    If you like brownies I highly recommend William Greenberg desserts, the main shop is on the UES on Madison Ave. but they have an outpost in the Plaza Hotel underground food court – which is a great place to go if you can’t decide on what you want to eat – I’d buy brownies and their giant Linzer raspberry tarts!

    Now I’ve made myself hungry… both Greenberg and Levain ship, but sadly I think Norway is too far for pastry shipping!

    • Hi Kordenary, how fun to see you on my blog! That’s true about being a returning visitor to a city. Not that we didn’t have more than enough tourist activities to fill out days with, but I really like just taking each day as it comes without too many plans, you know? My favorite Levain coockie was the dark chocolate chocolate chip, hands down. I’ve already found a copycat recipe that I’m dying to try!

      Haha, I already checked out Levain’s online store. No shipping to Norway! It makes sense of course, but darn it, I really wanted more cookies. If that copycat recipe is anything close then there will be a lot of baking in my future. And if any of my friends travel to NYC in the near future they better bring me a handful of cookies.

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