New York City Part 3 – August 2017
Grand Central is the most unique place that I have visited in New York City. I have seen it a few times now and each time I go I find out a little more. Although there are numerous restaurants and shops located in the terminal, it is most fun to just sit and people watch. Everyone is on a mission heading in numerous different place. Looking at a collection of people who all have different paths is incredible to watch; and they all pass through this one building.
This majestic train station also carries a lot of history with it. If you had to break New York City down to one critical building, Grand Central would definitely be just that. When you arrive there, you are essentially standing in history, as it was built in 1903 with only one major remodel.
When in New York, it can feel that everything is scrambled around you, but the idea of the madness circling into one place is quite intriguing. With plenty of places visit, such as the Apple Store, Jo’s Coffee, and Juice Press, (all places I stopped at), you can find yourself getting lost in the monument that is Grand Central Terminal.
This is a place that I had on my list for some time now because I heard that it had every sport imaginable and was right on the Hudson River; I knew I had to visit. Although I did not have time to experience everything they had to offer because we visited at night, we did have time to squeeze in a round at the driving range. There is something special about hitting golf balls towards the Hudson River at night.
I would definitely recommend going to Chelsea Piers if you have the time. Regardless if you are there for golf, basketball, or even bowling, there is something for everyone there and it a great place to relax from the chaos of the city!
When I think of New York City, I think of the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square. Next on the list of historic locations is the Flatiron Building. I have seen this architectural landmark in books, in movies, and now with social media, on Instagram. In fact, I probably see the building more now because of the bloggers I follow than ever.
Built around the same time as Grand Central in 1902, this triangular masterpiece exudes what New York City is all about. Amazing architecture that has stood the test of time and become essential to the definition of the neighborhood. When you see the building in a magazine, you don’t see the park across the street with people eating, or the Eataly across from that, you only see this unusual structure standing out among the others. This is an extraordinary historical landmark that has become a city centerpiece for over a 100 years later.
While I was in New York I went to so many coffee shops I could probably write an entire blog post about them. In the meantime, here are some highlights from my trip!
For Coffee, I made a visit to Birch Coffee on the Upper East Side. While it is a smaller coffee shop, it packs a lot of power. I had one amazing latte there. I would definitely recommend it!
In addition to Birch, I also made a stop by Blue Bottle Coffee. I’ve heard so many great things about this establishment I was definitely excited to try it. While there, I had the New Orleans cold brew and it did not disappoint! Both locations are listed below.
From Blue Bottle, I went to the One at Rockefeller Center. For those that go there, make sure you note that it is downstairs, basically, under the Today Show. Another good establishment I went to was called Little Collins. I’m a pretty big coffee gear enthusiast, so I get excited about different espresso machines, pour over equipment, and anything coffee related. When I found this coffee shop at what is called a “Mod Bar,” I got pretty excited. It is an espresso machine but in the form of what looks like a faucet. It is interesting to say the least, and makes for a great flat white!
For breakfast one morning I was dying for a Lox Bagel while I was there and found a great one. I went to Essex Bagel on 3rd avenue. I am not used to lox bagels being of that size, but it did not disappoint.
It is hard for me to narrow down the food I ate because there were just so many amazing choices. Like I said, I would like to make an entire post dedicated to the food of New York, so this may be in the plans for my next visit. I want to note that I also had an amazing jelly filled doughnut at Orwashers Bakery on the Upper West Side. Lets just say that it did not take long before it was gone. I would definitely recommend Orwashers as they have lots of choices and provide a great product!
When I was not too far from the Flatiron building, I saw that they had a place called Dough Doughnuts. I had a cinnamon doughnut and it was not too sweet or doughy. It had a good texture and did not stand a chance with me.
I cannot wait to go back and try more coffee shops and more food places/restaurants.
134 1/2 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065
1 Rockefeller Plaza Concourse Level Suite D, New York, NY 10020
667 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
440 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
14 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
I hope you enjoyed my New York City series! I cannot wait to share more places that I go to!
Thank you for reading!