NYC photo diary

New York City is a crazy, exciting, magical, and stressful place. I've only been twice, and both times I left feeling like there was so much more that needed to be done! Here are a few tid-bits from my trip with the beau and family--we ventured to Radio City Music Hall to watch the Rockettes, took in a couple Broadway shows (one of which Paul Rudd was in, and it was phenomenal), ate some delectable food, walked up and down 5th many times, and visited Grand Central Station...where we then took a train, which took us to a lesser known place called Yonkers to visit the beau's favorite restaurant, Texas De Brazil (which was well worth the crazy trip).

But I have to say one of my favorite things we did (despite the longest line ever and freezing during the wait) was visiting the 9/11 Memorial.  It was unlike anything I'd ever imagined; there was an eerie lingering stillness about it in which the sadness crept in, yet a calmness among everyone around us.  I could literally feel the American pride pouring out of each and every person visiting the site.

We also visited a wonderful place for Christmas brunch on the Lower East Side called Essex. If I lived in New York this place would be a go-to for brunch. It was roughly $26 per person, which included a meal and unlimited mimosas, screwdrivers, or bloody maries. WIN. I ordered the lobster Benedict (obviously), and it was even better than it sounds.

Overall our trip was a blast, and I can't wait to go back and try some new restaurants and see new areas of the city! What are you favorite stops in New York?


  1. The 9/11 Memorial was hands-down my favorite stop when I went to New York. While we were there, we came across a family standing by a name, a woman with her hand on the name, and all of them crying and hugging. It tore at my heart and made me so grateful for everything I have.

    Just wanted to share that experience - it was humbling!

    1. Oh I love that. So sad but you can really feel love in that place. It really was such an amazing experience to go there and finally see it for myself. Really instills some extra American pride in you!