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Our New York City Weekend!

We’re back! Emily and I just returned from our New York City trip! Her fourth, my first. We walked so much I thought my feet would fall off, and I successfully hailed several taxis. We only spent a couple days there, but managed to fit A LOT in! Here’s our whirlwind weekend itinerary!

On Friday afternoon I rode in from Baltimore on a bus while Emily flew, and we met in the city for the day’s activities. From there we went to the 9/11 memorial. The effect it had over me was profound. We were there two days and seventeen years after the attacks. I was only four back then and can still distinctly remember seeing the towers fall, knowing something was terribly wrong. The memorial served as a somber reminder of how far we have come as a country and how far we still have to go. The days following are a reminder of how great grief can serve as a unifier to people of all backgrounds. Something we can all work to remember today.

IMG_9827Next we went to Washington Square Park to see the classic arch, and saw people battling against each others in games of chess. We didn’t stay long though, because Emily and I were on a mission to get to The Strand Bookstore!! We spent quite a while in there, roaming through the rooms full of books from floor to ceiling. It was a book paradise, although in my paradise there are a few less people and more freedom to move around, lol. Emily got 4 books: Hollow City, A Torch Against the Night, and two new releases Heretics Anonymous and Sadie. You’ll find her post about them later this week!

In the evening we went to a rooftop Italian restaurant called Serra, which was decked out in hanging plants and had the nicest atmosphere! Our server was so sweet, the pasta was great, and afterwards we saw Mean Girls on Broadway, where our uncle works on the show as the head carpenter! We got to meet most of the cast, and the performance was phenomenal and so hilarious. After the show we went to the observation deck of the Empire State Building! The city sparkles from every direction and seems so much more still from up high despite the chaos below. And of course, our first night in New York City would not be complete without a one AM stop at a pizza joint. Once we got back to the hotel we were asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow.IMG_9792.JPG

Day two of our trip started with a visit to family and our baby cousins, and afterwards Emily and our mother went to see Dear Evan Hansen while I visited the MOMA to see Van Gogh, Picasso, Cézanne, Monet, and many other amazing artists of ages past. To be surrounded by so much history was breathtaking and definitely one of the biggest highlights of the trip for me.

Afterwards I walked to Central Park and read some books on my Kindle! I was reading the novel Empty Mansions, about the heiress of the copper billionaire W.A. Clark’s fortune, Hugette Clark. The family is almost forgotten by history, but had just as large of an impact on our modern life as Carnegie or Vanderbilt, and built railroads that helped begin the major construction of Las Vegas and Los Angeles. It was really neat to be in New York where these people had lived, reading about them under the shade of trees they must have looked out upon. My mind wandered, imagining the splendor that the former sites of the opulent mansions of millionaire’s row conjured, which are now mostly demolished and replaced by apartment buildings and luxury stores.

After I read for a while I met back up with my mother and sister and grabbed some of the best cookies I’ve ever had at Shmackery’s and then saw My Fair Lady on Broadway! The sets were so extravagant, there were whole houses on wheels that tracked in and out with the changing scenes, and no house would come complete without a spiral staircase! I love the way they chose to edit the show from the original Edwardian Era ideals to reflect more modern feminist views rather than having Eliza Doolittle choose to stay with a man who treated her poorly. We ended the night with a stroll through times square, taking in the last few moments in the glitter of the city.

I was really satisfied with our New York trip, although it was so quick! I could even see myself living there, and I will certainly be back! It was so sweet to get to spend time with my little sis and mom exploring the city. There’s so much to see and do, it’s enchanting. I can’t wait for our next trip! Look out for Emily’s Post on her finds at The Strand Bookstore, coming later this week!

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