Boston meets Brooklyn
If you live in New Jersey, day trips to NYC are a regular occurrence. So when my best friend, Leslie, said she was visiting from Boston, it was only natural that we hopped on the PATH train and spent the day wandering the Big Apple. After picking Leslie and her sister up from the airport, we arrived in Manhattan at around 9:30 a.m, leaving us the whole day to explore. And after a quick, but necessary, stop at Dunkin Donuts for my morning iced tea, we were on our way!
We started off in Greenwich Village - if you don't know NYC, the Village is in Lower Manhattan. We strolled along the charming, Europe-esque streets of the West Village and eventually made our way to Washington Square Park.
This is one of my favorite places in the city for people watching. There is always an abundance of performers and student protesters, making each trip here unpredictable and entertaining. We spent about a half hour having a full-on, tourist level photo-shoot and then decided to be on our way. Next up: walking across the Brooklyn Bridge!
Walking the bridge is something that has always been on my bucket list, but I've never gotten around to doing it. After a quick Google search, we decided to start on the Brooklyn side and walk to the Manhattan side so we would be able to enjoy the views the whole way across. We rode the A-line to High St Station and then made our way to the beginning of the bridge.
Crossing the bridge took about 20 minutes, and that included us stopping at several points to take pictures. It was a beautiful day for a leisurely walk across, and we only got interrupted by angry New Yorkers pushing us out of the way a small handful of times. The views were lovely and I definitely recommend taking the time to do this on your next trip to NYC.
Once we were safely back on land in Manhattan, we decided it was time to get some lunch. There is a chain of organic burger places called BareBurger that had been voted one of the top 10 burgers in NYC, so we looked up the nearest location which happened to be only a short walk away. The decor was casual and unique and the food was incredibly delicious. The menu has vegetarian options, gluten free options, and locally sourced options. Although the wait was slightly longer than expected, we were able to relax and enjoy our time, and in the end it was totally worth it.
Next up on the agenda was visiting Leslie's cousin who works in the Financial District. We took a detour and visited Wall Street on the way to his office. If you ever want to mingle with the rich and powerful (which, duh, of course I do) then Wall Street is a good place to start. Once we made it to the office, we found out he was on the 35th floor with amazing views of the Hudson and the Statue of Liberty.
This was our last stop for the day and it was now time to head back to New Jersey. We took the PATH train back to Hoboken to hop in the car and head back to my house in South Jersey. Obviously we needed a snack for the ride home, so we quickly stopped at Carlo's' Bake Shop from the TLC show Cake Boss for some sweet treats. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day in NYC.
I hope I inspired you to take your own day trip to NYC! I would love some suggestions for my next one...