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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New York in the Fall

I'm pretty sure I can blame You've Got Mail for romanticizing New York in the fall. I mean it's no secret, I love the season of fall and I certainly love a romantic comedy. But that movie has made me dream of visiting New York City in the fall and I finally had the opportunity to do so ((if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you already got a glimpse of some of my travels over the weekend)).

I've been to NYC a few times before, but never really explored with a local. I stayed with my dear friend, Amy and we covered a lot of ground in two days. I'll remember the visit for years to come.

Working in higher ed, I'm a sucker for a pretty campus. I like to take a self-guided tour of the closest university if I haven't already been there while visiting relatives. Day 1 of touring started with a New York bagel, which I ate on the steps of the old library at Columbia University.

Amy showed me around campus a bit on this picture perfect day. I loved the Hogwarts feeling of Teacher's College, with its wooden beams in the ceiling and all.

We made our way to Grand Central Station, an iconic place I had not been before. It was just as big as I imagined. The ceiling surprised me with its beautiful constellations.

Next up, we caught the East River ferry to Brooklyn. We met up with some of Amy's friends and at ferry and went to Smorgasburg, an outdoor food fair. There were so many food choices! and thankfully the rain held off, but the sky looked stormy all afternoon.

Of course, we visited the Brooklyn Bridge. A good portion was under construction, but we were there before sunset and got some good shots. I loved seeing the Statue of Liberty from a distance.

One of my favorite things about the visit was seeing Amy's place. She shares a 15th floor apartment uptown with an awesome roof deck. The city view was great and I stole this panoramic shot from her :)

Sunday was another full day, going to Redeemer and the Met, and visiting with other friends in the city. We walked around the Upper West Side and saw several landmarks shown in You've Got Mail. All in all, it was a fun-filled weekend and I'm so grateful I got to go.

Have you ever been to New York in the fall?


  1. I love the Fall, but have unfortunately never been to NYC for it. Only been to NYC in the summer and winter. I do love You've Got Mail, too! My friend and I both love that movie and were discussing it and she actually just sent me a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils in the mail! Made my day!! You should consider doing it too, if you have a friend who loves the movie too!

    1. ah, that's one of my favorite lines from the movie :) so fun that you sent a friend a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils! What a great idea!!

  2. You are making me want to go back to NYC..I've only been in the summer!

  3. loving your new hair cut!!
    you are just to cute!

  4. i have never been to new york... but it's high on the travel bucket list.

  5. so i am totally a country girl, BUT, there is a special place in my heart for new york. the sights, the smells, the atmosphere. i LOVE IT. also, the graffiti. new york has sweet graffiti. LOL :)


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