Day two started off to an early morning. We headed out around 8am and made our way to walk across the Brooklyn bridge. At 8am, it was a beautiful sight: city life, seeing early morning runners, the sun up and awake, with no cloud in sight. There weren’t many people out which was weird for a city that never sleeps. A perfect way to start off a Sunday morning.
It was about a 30-45 minute walk across (minus the stops to take pictures). Once off the bridge, we made our way to our reservation to the One World Observatory. When we arrived, we were glad that we payed $22 extra ($54 total) for the Priority Admission tickets because there was a long line to get in.
The Observatory was 104 floors high but guests were allowed to the 102nd floor for viewing. In sixty seconds, we arrived 102 floors up. The view was indescribable. We had a 360 degree view around the building. We were able to view all of New York and New Jersey. It was a breathtaking. At first, I was a bit skeptical with how high the building was, along with my fear of heights, but I felt 100% being up there in all its glory. It’s a must see for any tourist of New York.
After we left the One World Observatory, my “parents” left for their reservations for the 911 Memorial. While we waited, my two friends and I headed around the city to look for the Tiffany & Co. that was close-by. Passing by different places, we stumbled across a Macaroon place called Macaron Cafe and decided to head in. Macaroons are one of my favorite treats so I had to get some. My friend, Justina, and I ordered a box. The flavors (from left to right) were: Earl Grey, Rose Lychee, Pistachio, Express, Dark Chocolate and Vanilla. They were all so light with the perfect touch of sweetness.
After savoring our macaroons, we headed on and discovered a Native American Museum. Actually we got lost, found a free admission museum and decided to go on an adventure. The architecture on the inside of the building was beautiful. High ceilings, different artifacts, history.. Just informational. It was a detour, but also an adventure in New York.
After asking for directions and using a GPS, we found Tiffany & Co… Only to find that it wouldn’t open for another half hour (which was when we needed to meet with the parents). It wasn’t the Tiffany but we took a photo in front of it anyway just for memories.
We headed back to the apartment to relax a bit before heading out for a late lunch. We headed to Smorgasburg (it took me forever to pronounce it correctly). Smorgasburg is a food flea market where different kinds of food vendors come out every weekend and sell their food. Ooh, food! One of my favorite things in the world.
I was in the mood for something “home cooked” so I stopped by a Filipino vendor called Lumpia Shack and ordered a Stuffed Mushroom Lumpia (vegetarian). Let me just say… There wasn’t anything left in that container 10 minutes later. If I wasn’t full, I probably would’ve order another one. It was very good and met my satisfaction as far a Filipino food. I recommend this place if you’re looking to try something new. For a drink I ordered a Pineapple Lychee with Tapioca Balls from a vendor called ThirstyTea. Again, this was pretty good.
There were so many good smelling foods, I wanted to try them all. If I lived in New York, I would go there every weekend for lunch or dinner just to try something new.
After all that, I was ready to head back to the apartment and take a nap. My tummy was happy and so was I. Be sure to keep a look out for day three!