District Tours and Desserts
Tuesday in the city probably wasn't the most well planned but we saw a whole lot despite traveling back and forth on the subway so much.
We started our day in the Flatiron District. After marveling at Burnham's Renaissance Revival masterpiece like a typical tourist, we headed over to Madison Square Park. It's hard to choose, but it was probably my favorite park we visited in New York. The shade trees were perfect on a warm day and we found a seat near Shake Shack while we waited on our seasonal shakes! There was so much going on in the park during our visit from school groups learning about Big Bling to fur babies getting in their play time at the dog park, there was something for everyone on their lunch break. Speaking of lunch breaks, we were able to meet up quickly with my friend Tyler who I've known since daycare. His office at New America is just around the corner so we were able to catch up on life for a few minutes. We scoped out some good views of the Empire State Building before heading over to Washington Square Park.
Greenwich Village was the first place we went that really seemed like an escape from the real hustle and bustle of the city. We walked through the NYU campus and made our way to the Washington Square Arch. I immediately put my feet in the fountain trying to escape the heat! We eventually found a shady bench just in time for some street performers to announce that a show was about to begin. Alex, being the outgoing one of the bunch, was of course summoned to come join the show. After a few coordinated dance moves, he and a few other lucky volunteers were told to stand in line so that this guy could run and jump over them. Success! The whole thing was a riot and we were all laughing the entire time. By that time we were hungry for lunch and grabbed something quick and fresh at Le Pan Quotidien.
I obviously should have kept a journal on our trip because we just saw and did too much to keep track of last week! I can't recall what we ate for dinner but I know we saved room for dessert because we headed over to Serendipity 3 in the Upper East Side. Corey had a bucket list of cool places to go while we were on vacation and while I was reticent to give in, they all ended up being worthwhile! Corey tried the famous frrrrozen hot chocolate and Alex and I split the "Can't Say No" Sundae. Alex said it was the best dessert he'd ever had and I would probably agree had we not tasted the deliciousness of Laduree macarons later in the week. Their desserts were so huge that they have a minimum split plate charge! We didn't try the world's most expensive dessert but we still ate like royalty. So thank you, Corey, for pushing me to try new things in NYC even when I'd rather be a homebody.