9/11 Memorial Museum NYC Visit

The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York is impactful. The outside grounds and museum evoke emotion and self-reflection as the memorial is set-up as a homage to the lives that were impacted and remembrance of the events that transpired that day.  I didn’t know how I would feel about visiting ground zero, but I’m glad I did. I feel that the memorial is tasteful and nothing short of emotional.  For the most part, silence is observed by the patrons and photos are not permitted in certain parts of the museum.

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9/11 memorial museum

World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan

Here are a few photos I took of the grounds and inside the museum. Admission is free on Tuesdays after 5pm. Please visit their website for directions and more information: http://www.911memorial.org

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Beams

Inside museum

Stairs

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Reflection Pool

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5 Unique Travel Finds in NYC

As much as I love doing the classic cheesy touristy stuff when traveling (i.e. Big Red Bus tours), I usually try to find unique things to do that are more off the beaten path.  I don’t know why, but researching and finding unique activities makes me feel like I gain better experiences and end up with more exciting stories.  Or at least I’d like to think that I do!  🙂

Here is a list of some unique finds in New York that you might want to check out.  Let me know if you end up with any crazy stories!

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Large Margarita Pizza

Lombardi’s Pizza

32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Their claim to fame is being America’s FIRST pizzeria.  I don’t know about you, but the historical value alone is reason enough to check them out.  So when I decided to stop and eat here, it was a great surprise that not only is this a historic location, but the pizza is very good as well!

FYI, this place is cash only.  If you decide to go in and dine, I’d recommend going with a large pizza.  It’s only around $3 more than the regular size and it visually looks almost twice the size (great for photo-ops). Besides, who doesn’t love leftovers??

The High Line

Street level access on W 34th st (between 11th and 12th ave) midtown west

The High Line is a historic elevated freight rail turned public park.  Walking this trail offers a unique birds eye view and immerses you into the city as the trail runs through the center of blocks in between buildings. There are various art installations, wall murals, and look-out points along the way, so you don’t forget your camera!  The trail runs from West 34th Street in Midtown to Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

Famous apartments

Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment – 64 Perry St, New york, NY 10014

friends Apartment building – 90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Both apartment buildings are conveniently located within walking distance of one another in the Greenwich Village.  It’s fun to go hunt for these buildings during the day since there are many little shops and restaurants to see in the area.  Carrie’s apartment in the show is located on the third floor of the building.  Visitors are able to take photos outside of the property but, since it is a private residence, the stairs are chained off.  The Friend’s apartment building is located on the corner of Bedford and Grove St.  This is the building where Monica and Joey’s apartments are located.  Unfortunately, Central Perk does not exist, but there is a cute little restaurant located in its place.

Cake Decorating Classes at Carlo’s Bake Shop

631 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07030

I stumbled upon this class though Groupon and I’m so glad I did because it was one of the best experiences I had on my trip.  The class focused on the basics of working with fondant.  It was fun, simple, and not at all overwhelming.  Before the class you get to take a mini-tour of the warehouse and at the end you get to take home your apron and cake.  I flew home the next day and was able to take the cake with me as a carry-on item.  Classes are held at various locations throughout New Jersey, with the Lakawana location being closest to Manhattan.

Fishs Eddy

889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

If you are looking for fun kitschy souvenirs, I’d recommended checking out Fishs Eddy, an Americana themed kitchenware and gift store.  You may be wondering why you would purchase kitchenware as a souvenir (which is the same thing I asked myself when my friend dragged me in there), BUT you’d be surprised with the unique New York/Brooklyn themed finds that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.  The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum gift shop actually carries Fishs Eddy items, so just cut the middle man and go directly to the store.  I purchased the cutest miniature Statue of Liberty (about 2 inches tall) and my friend fell in love with a Ruth Ginsburg mug.  Other fun items for sale include New York/Brooklyn themed tote bags, dish towels, trays, shot glasses, coasters, etc.  Go in and have a look.  It’s at least a cute location to window shop.

New York Sweet Treats

Who doesn’t love sweets? If your answer is no, then this post is not for you. 😉

When traveling, one of my favorite things to do is to find the best local bakeries, sweet shops, chocolatiers, candy stores, ice cream shops, you name it. Sweets and baked goods are easy to transport, generally maintain a good shelf life, and are rather inexpensive when compared to the $10 t-shirt that’s probably going to end up as a rag one day. Sweets are an experience with nothing but good memories attached. So if you have a sweet tooth like me, here’s a list of some sweet places I discovered in NYC. Enjoy!

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‘Frrrozen’ Hot Chocolate

SERENDIPITY 3

225 E 60th ST, New York, NY 10022

Their famous sweet treat is the ‘Frrrozen’ Hot Chocolate.  It’s super sweet and very true to it’s name.  Definitely big enough to share.

MAGNOLIA BAKERY

Grand Central Terminal – 107 E 42nd St, New York, NY

Everyone raves about their Banana Pudding, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to try it.  I was able to try their cupcakes on the other hand and they are delicious! The frosting is light and airy with just a hint of sweet and the cake moist and flavorful. Perfect combination.

Mariebelle fine chocolates & CACAO BAR

484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Their flagship location is in Manhattan, but they also have multiple locations in Japan.  I would recommend visiting this chocolate shop just for the Cacao Bar.  The Cacao Bar is located in the back of the shop and has a quaint sexy French vibe.

ButterCup Bake Shop

973 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Their cupcake signature frosting style looks like an outward inward motion, which sounds weird, but it works for them.  As far as taste, the baked goods are subtly sweet and not overwhelming rich, which is definitely a plus because you don’t feel as guilty for over indulging.

CARLO’S BAKE SHOP

95 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Italian family-owned bake shop.  They are famous for their cream filled pastries, ‘Cannolis and Lobster Tails’.  Their cookies have a subtle sweet almond taste which you’ll only find in Italian pastries.  Yes, I watch their show on TLC.  Yes, I am a bit obsessed.  They have a New York location, but the original New Jersey location is worth the trek.  About a twenty minute PATH train ride from Herald Square @ 33rd Street, exit Hoboken.

Boozy Brunch Places in NYC

When searching for brunch locations, I learned that due to changes in alcohol laws not all restaurants are allowed to offer unlimited drinks specials (aka Boozy Brunch) unless the restaurant falls under a grandfather clause. Taking this into consideration, I searched for the best boozy brunch options during my trip. So if you’re visiting New York for the first time and on the hunt for a boozy brunch like me, here are a couple of good options. Let me know how you like them or if you have an option for me!

Boozy Brunch

Crooked knife

29 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

$29 includes an entrée plus unlimited Mimosas or Bloody Marys for 2 hours.

Mezetto

161 East Houston street, new york, NY 10002

$16 unlimited Mimosa add-on for 1.5 hours with purchase of an entrée (prices ranging from $13 – $19).

Agave

140 7th ave South, New York, NY 10014

$28 includes an entrée plus unlimited Mimosas, Margaritas, or Wine for 2 hours.

Lasagna Ristorante

196 8th AvE, New York, NY 10011

$9 unlimited Mimosa, Bellini, Screwdriver, or Bloody Mary add-on for 2 hours with purchase of an entrée from the “Italian Brunch” menu (all “Italian Brunch” entrées are priced at $15.95) CASH ONLY