I didn't take nearly as many pictures in New York as I did in DC because we spent our time more like residents there instead of nerdy tourists. It felt really great to just relax and enjoy life in the city, leaving our days open for spontaneous plans, doing whatever we felt like doing in each moment. While this method didn't get us to see the major things like the Empire State Building or Statue of Liberty, I still wouldn't have done it any differently.
Our first night in the city, we set out for the walk/bike path just across the street from our hotel to take a long walk along the Hudson River and watch the sunset.
We took bikes (courtesy of the Jane Hotel) on that same path the next day, but headed north instead.
I finally fulfilled my dream of eating a big breakfast at one of those metal-sided diners, and it was just as wonderful as I imagined it would be.
We spent a little time in Times Square (emphasis on little); neither of us were very impressed.
Not pictured but definitely noteworthy was the show Brent took me to see called Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel. It was... ummmmm... interesting. I think I'm still digesting it. I can say I was amazed by the incredible 5-floor interactive set, the costumes, and the music. But now that a month has gone by I'm starting to think maybe I'm just not sophisticated or artsy enough to get their strange interpretation of Shakespeare. However, if you want a bit of an adventure and want to feel transported to another place and time for the evening, I would recommend it! ...as long as you're comfortable wearing a mask and not speaking throughout the whole thing... and walking around 5 floors of a strange building lit only by candlelight... and nudity... and (fake) blood... and simulated orgies while wearing animal heads. I think that's it. If you're good with all that, then you'll love it.
Up next is our long ride through Central Park, but I'll save that for a separate post since there are so many pretty pictures to share!
Last shot... just because I love this one :)