Our second day in New York was one of the best! Although it was super cold and windy we were lucky to have a sunny day which made the cold a little easier to bear.
We started the day with breakfast in our adorable Airbnb – to which I will dedicate a separate post. And then took the subway from Brooklyn to Chelsea to meet my manager and friend. She was so kind to take the time and plan a New York must: Sunday brunch. Plus a walk on the High Line 🙂 We loved it and I hope so did she!
1. Brunch at Fig and Olive
We had the loveliest brunch at Fig and Olive with live music none the less! We shared the best bruschetta platter and paired it with cocktails – how else? And then we also had a very yummy avo toast – it was perfect. I am sure there are a million places for a good brunch, but if you are near Chelsea Market I highly recommend Fig and Olive.
2. The High Line
I really wanted to visit this railroad transformed in a park because I had seen a documentary on its impact on the area and the designers that worked to make it happen. And although the cold and wind didn’t exactly make it the best day for a walk, it was totally worth it!
You get a beautiful view of Chelsea and New Jersey. There are some beautiful murals both on the High Line and some on surrounding buildings. The vegetation is not exactly at its best in October, but there still are a lot of trees and autumn flowers to admire. On a warmer day, you could rest on the many benches and take in the views.
3. Chelsea Market
After braving the low temperatures for the High Line walk, my boyfriend and I knew we wanted to stop by Chelsea Market. First, because we usually like including a local market in our itinerary, but mostly because we had heard about the tacos they have there.
I will write more about how we discovered this taco spot and if it’s worth a visit on another foodie post. But until then, I will let you know that there’s a lot to do and see there. We shopped at a sample sale and I fell in love with the Anthropologie store. I would have taken everything home! There are spice shops, pubs, and home design stores and a lot of other things to discover. So make sure to put Chelsea Market on your list when in NYC!
4. Chelsea Neighbourhood
After tucking in tacos and horchata my boyfriend really wanted to do some shopping at a Century 21 outlet store. We thought we found one nearby so decided to walk there and we loved our stroll.
There are so many beautiful buildings in the neighbourhood! I am especially in love with the brick ones and I adore the contrast with the black fire stairs. I also loved the colourful doors and how much this area reminded me of Sex and the City. I felt like waking in a movie scene.
5. Flatiron Building
Looking for the Century 21 outlet I mentioned above, we got super close to the Flatiron building. It was super high on my list of things to see so I couldn’t miss it. The outlet turned out to be a real estate office (we mixed up the names), but it got us within 300 meters of this architectural gem – so I couldn’t complain.
Bonus: we arrived there right around the golden hour so the lighting was amazing. I took SO many photos and would have stayed there longer if there weren’t another thousand things to see.
6. Times Square
From Flatiron Building we went on to look for a real Century 21 outlet, but stopped at a Barns and Noble store because – I mean Rachel from Friends once furnished her whole apartment from them, so I had to see what that was all about.
Anyways, after we got our shopping fix for the day and decided to go back home, we had to exchange subways at some point. Only this time, luckily, our Google Maps app said we had to go above. And above turned out to be within a few meters from Times Square.
Although we weren’t 100% sure we wanted to see the place, we were convinced when we saw it. All the light, the hype and the action make it irresistible to the common tourist. There was also a concert there and we climbed up the stairs so we could take a good shot of everything going on. You don’t need to spend a lot of time in Times Square. For us 10 minutes were enough to take everything in and then we were ready to leave the crazy behind and head back home.
Our second day in New York City was packed with fun adventures and lucky encounters so we couldn’t wait for another day of exploring. Stay tuned for day 3: The Natural History Museum, Empire State Building with a private tour of the LinkedIn offices and World Trade Centre.