The Big Apple

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When our Europe plans fell through, we weren't quite ready to head home so we booked a last minute trip to New York City! Steve had only been once for a few hours, so I was excited to show him some of my favorite spots.

We covered some big tourist attractions (the Met, the Empire State Building, 5th Ave., the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, St. Patrick's Cathedral) but my favorite parts were when we aimlessly walked up and down the streets stopping in cute shops, restaurants, bars and bookstores.

I read about a cool new oyster bar in Southern Living when I was on the plane and knew that we absolutely had to try it. I made reservations for later in the week as soon as we landed and it did not disappoint. Located on Pier 25, Grand Banks is a hand-built ship christened in 1942 that used to sail the waters of the North Atlantic. In 2014, the schooner was gifted to the Maritime Foundation and turned into the coolest place to get oyster and drinks! It was definitely a new favorite find from our trip.

We also met up with my bestie and bridesmaid, Victoria, when we were in the city for a day! She showed us around Highline Park and the Chelsea Market. Both are must-sees when in the city, especially in the summer! We had drinks at the Standard Biergarten (they also have another location in LA!) which was the perfect place to catch the ending of a Euro Cup game.

We stayed at a pretty hilarious hotel called Yotel. When we walked into the room, the only light on was this purple mood lighting around the TV and the bathroom had no door hahaha. At night, the hotel had the same lighting around the outside of the building and we'd crack up every time we had to tell an Uber or cab driver where to drop us off. Luckily, it was clean, and we weren't at the hotel that much anyway.

Our week in New York was a great end to our extended honeymoon! We had so much fun and were exhausted and ready to head back to California by the end of it!

See our trips to St. John and Charleston here and here!

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