Travel: New York City – Part 1

No.28

27th Sep 2011

Top left clockwise: Jeff at Recipe, Colourful Brownstones, The View from our Hotel Room & the Hotel Belleclaire

We flew into NYC and spent four days in the big apple before heading to Delaware for our wedding and I’ll tell you there is no better way to have a few days of no wedding talk than with 5 dudes in NYC – it was exactly what we needed.  So I thought I would share some photos I took and places we went that I would recommend going if you are planning a visit.

Our first day in the city we spent just the two of us, we had some wedding errands to run and a date night planned before the boys arrived the next day.  We had decided to stay at the Hotel Belleclaire on the Upper West Side after having a nice stay there last time and we also like the neighborhood. We started our first day off by going to Sarabeth’s on Amsterdam, a cute little breakfast place.  It’s a bit pricey, but good to fill you up, the portions are large, the coffee is good too and bonus we got to sit on the sidewalk patio so we could people watch – which is a must.  After filling up on coffee and eggs we headed out for a walk to adjust to being back in the area and ended up around Time Square and then Fifth Avenue in Midtown to do some shopping.  Around Rockefeller Center there are a ton of shops like J Crew, Antropologie and Jeff’s favorite the Lego Store, so we popped into them to see the displays and buy a few items like my wedding jewelry and Jeff’s white dress shirt (J Crew).  The displays at both the Lego Store and Antropologie were very inspiring and I took some photos to capture the amazingness of the creative minds at work; doing store displays for Antropologie well this is a job I could love.

Antropologie on

Antropologie on 50 Rockefeller Center

After hitting the shops we decided to finally make it over to the New York Public Library, Jeff has been obsessed about seeing where Ghostbusters was filmed and running down the steps like they did in the movie.  I can’t believe that we haven’t visited this building before, I think it is now my favorite in the city!  It is a beautiful piece of architecture and interior design, everything has been maintained over the last 100 years and I love that the old elements haven’t been updated but taken care of lovingly.  It is a wonderful history lesson and place of inspiration, and right now until the new year they have a free exhibition on showcasing some of their most precious collections to celebrate 100 years, my favorite was all the journals they have from classic writers such as Virgina Woolf- her handwriting was difficult to read – not surprised there.  If I lived in New York I would definitely have to go there to read and take out old atlas’, we stumbled into the Geography wing and found these amazing books with original illustrations of maps and hand painted globes.  This library is an avid readers heaven and I agree with Carrie Bradshaw that the smell of the books is divine.  If you haven’t been make a point to check it out, and look up their website beforehand to see all the activities and exhibitions going on.  Also when you leave the library make sure to wander to the backside of it where Bryant Park is located, it’s a beautiful place with tons of chairs and tables to sit for an afternoon or evening with friends (yep it’s lit with flood lights so people can enjoy it after dark too).  The park also features tons of events, so make sure to see online beforehand.

New York Public Library

For our dinner date we went to a restaurant close by to our hotel that we had seen the night before when we were a little too tired to enjoy it called Recipe.  It’s located on Amsterdam between 81st & 82nd and it features local seasonal ingredients which both of us appreciated.  The interior is rustic, quaint and cozy and there are cute details like the menus are clipped together with a little clothes pin and the napkins are a check pattern, which was funny because Jeff was wearing a matching shirt.  We both really enjoyed our evening there and would recommend it, just make sure to make a reservation because it’s small and can fill up quickly.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our trip which includes stumbling into some classic New York moments and it features me and the boys – so long romance hello beer and dive bars!

3 Responses

  1. We’ll be in New York in a couple of weeks so this post is very timely! Definitely plan to go to the Public Library and will check out Bryant Park.
    Did you know that you can sometimes find Sarabeth’s jams in Winners? It’s pretty good but not as good as Ellie’s… or mine!
    I’ll try to get us into Recipe, it sounds like a restaurant that we would enjoy since we prefer small bistro type places where the chefs are creative with seasonal ingredients and are not restricted by a set menu.
    Looking forward to Part 2! xo

  2. Brandy, Have you thought of putting together a book or some cards featuring your photos, perhaps some printed in sizes suitable for framing? I would sure buy them… in fact, could you please put that on my Christmas wish list ; )

  3. Nicki,
    I have thought about creating items with my photos, and I promise to work on that! Thanks for asking, I’ll keep you posted. xx

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