Photography by Brianne Lee

Photography by Brianne Lee

Adventures in Midtown

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Day 2

"I want to wake up, in that city that never sleeps."
I awoke on day two very much excited I could finally live the words Sinatra sang so many years ago. 
We decided to explore the Midtown area first, considering how many iconic attractions it holds.

 Stopping first for coffee and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, we continued our way down Park Ave until we came across the Waldorf Astoria (the hotel featured in Serendipity). Of course we had to go inside! We walked around and admired the elegant, old victorian charm it had. Imagining we were in the movie, we got in the elevator and pressed the button for floor 23 (a notable scene from the movie).

Our next destination was the famous Grand Central Station. As I rode down the escalator into the Grand Concourse, classic Gossip Girl scenes flashed before my eyes. I stood in awe for quite a few minutes gawking at the architecture and the classy looking people hurrying to catch their train.  

After Grand Central, we located the New York Public Library. While wandering around the marbled halls, we asked each other, "where are all the books?" We had noticed a couple rooms that were filled with encyclopedia looking books, but nothing more. Investigating further, we asked a woman working about our question. We learned that this library was for research only and that if we wanted fiction/non-fiction type books, we had to go to the New York library down the street. Who knew?!

Bryant Park is located right behind the library, so we made a stop there, then continued wandering the streets looking for a place to eat. Europa Cafe, which offers delicious salads and sandwiches, was the winner.

Our next stop included Radio City Music Hall followed by the Rockefeller Center Plaza, where we stopped in at the famous Bouchon Bakery for some afternoon treats. I had my first ever macaroon (chocolate flavored of course), and let me tell you, it was love at first bite!

Times Square was next on our list and I have only 3 words to describe it; bright, loud and crowded.
We spent time sitting on the red steps gazing at the giant, colorfully lit billboards and people watching.

Located in the heart of Times Square, the Marriott Marquis hotel has a revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge called The View, that offers a 360 degree view of the city. As you may have guessed, we were all over this! Meg and I enjoyed fruity (virgin) cocktails, while marveling at the view before us.

It was then time for our first broadway show...
I was completely blown away. From the puppet like figures in shape of animals (controlled by the actors), to the set designs which made you feel like you were in Africa, everything was beautifully done. 

Considering our "dinner" consisted merely of virgin cocktails, we were starving by the time the show was over. We decided to head to a pizza place called Angelo's, which is located right next store to David Letterman.
Once our stomachs were happier, we found the subway and journeyed back to Queens!


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