After having a jam-packed scheduled during Day 2, I also created a jam-packed schedule for Day 3. I guess that’s the type of vacationer I’ve become!
Good Morning America & City Hall Fountain
The morning started off with breakfast near Times Square in which we rolled on by Good Morning America. The crowd wasn’t too large, but we didn’t need to stay too long because we had to head back downtown. I booked a free walking tour of Brooklyn that started by meeting near the Brooklyn Bridge.
Our tour started with the history of how the bridge was built, who built it and that it was the first steel suspension bridge in the country. The tour guide was great and we learned a lot of tidbits during the three hour tour. The bridge is one full mile across.
Brooklyn Heights & DUMBO
After stepping off the bridge, we arrived in in Brooklyn heights where we headed towards the DUMBO area. DUMBO is one of the most expensive areas of Brooklyn at this time as it is full of newly renovated warehouses. Then we walked to the Fulton Ferry Landing and took a break complete with a scoop from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
This is probably one of the best views of lower Manhattan that I got to experience these past three days. The sky may be cloudy, but at least the cloud isn’t hanging over the tops of all the skyscrapers!
The building above on the left is the newspaper where Walt Whitman worked before he decided to write Leaves of Grass. The building on the right is where Truman Capote was living when we wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The tour guide was sure to point out that he did not own the building, he was only living there for many years. Also, the building used to be yellow.
We ended our tour by stopping in front of this small garden behind Plymouth Church. This church was a prominent station on the Underground Railway. And the church’s first pastor had a sister named Harriett Beecher Stowe – who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Another fact about the church is that they invited Abraham Lincoln lecture on the topic of anti-slavery to its congregation, which happened before he was elected President.
Chelsea Market & The High Line
And if I’m not crazy enough for all the walking we just completed, we grabbed a cab to head to the Chelsea Market. I had planned for us to eat lunch there, but it was already pushing 1 p.m. and the market was so busy that it was hard to walk through. So we walked though and got out right at the entrance to the The High Line.
And then? We walked some more! At least The High Line is a beautiful walkway full of greenery and flowers. And the best part is that it is away from the street traffic noise.
The Frying Pan
Walking along The High Line for about eight blocks then we headed to a restaurant called the Frying Pan, which was located on the pier. It was fairly empty, so what we considered a great choice for lunch considering how busy the market was at the same time.
After lunch we continued walking along the Hudson River Greenway, which was a walking/bike path that ran parallel to 12th ave along the west side. We were strapped with time, but we walked right by the U.S.S. Intrepid. We then grabbed a cab and headed back to the hotel to change before heading out again.
NBC Universal Tour
I planned a NBC Studio Tour for 4 p.m. The tour itself was pretty bland, but it was was cool to see all the studios. We got to see the SNL cast rehearsing and we also got to see the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I was surprised how small the studios were. In the gift shop was a photo op about the Megan Markle and Prince Harry wedding – since it was happening the very next day.
After the tour we then went on to get a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery. I wasn’t sure what I wanted so I was still looking, then one of the bakers brought out another dozen cupcakes. On the royal wedding train again, they were cupcakes that mimics the royal wedding cake: elderberry and lemon curd. Surprisingly, not that good, lol!
Champagne Bar at The Plaza
We then walked to The Plaza in which I wanted to have a glass of champagne in the Champagne Bar. I ordered a glass of Dom Perignon and Zack had a whiskey while we rested for a quick thirty minutes before heading out to dinner. This was as close as we got to Central Park.
To finish off the night, Zack and I had reservations at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Midtown. We had a great steak dinner complete with a birthday dessert. After, we had to pack up because we had picked one of the first flights out of the city the very next morning. We arrived so early to the airport that even TSA wasn’t open. Overall, one of my favorite birthday trips!