Third week in NYC

En voi uskoa, että New Yorkissa oloa on takana kohta kuukausi! Aika on mennyt todella nopeasti- rakastan tätä kaupunkia. Tässä tulisi viikon verran kohokohtia, siitä mihin viimeksi jäätiin.. Kuvat ovat The High Linelta. 🙂

  • Lauantaina syötiin illallista ainoastaan gluteenitonta ruokaa tarjoilevassa ravintolassa, East Villagessa. Tunnelma ja ruoka olivat molemmat erinomaisia ja voin lämpimästi suositella Risotteria Melottia, mikäli olet kaupungissa- etenkin jos olet “ruokarajotteinen”.
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  • Maanantaina oli Labour day ja kävimme katsastamassa Labour dayn alennusmyynnit, jotka ovat kuulemma myynniltään lähestulkoon verrattavissa joulun alennusmyynteihin. Suuntasimme Macy’s Fifth Avenuelle, mutta en löytänyt yhtikäs mitään. 😀 ps. muutama muukin oli päättänyt lähteä liikenteeseen.. 😉
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  • Tiistaina kävelimme the High Linen, joka on 2,3 kilometriä pitkä, vanhalle junaradalle rakennettu “puisto”. Polku alkaa Gansevoort Streetiltä Meatpacking Districtiltä (Sinkkuelämän Samantha asui tällä tiellä!:D) ja jatkuu aina 34th Streetille saakka. The High Line on 150 miljoonan investointi ja sen kyllä huomaa. Tykkäsin tästä paikasta todella paljon.
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  • Keskiviikkona kävimme katsomassa Stand Up Showta Comedy Cellarissa. Tämä oli ihan mahtava kokemus ja illan aikana esiintyi mm. Rey Romano, joka tähdittää Everybody loves Raymond tv-sarjaa- mielestäni sarja pyörii myös Suomessa. 🙂 Minua nauratti vielä illalla sängyssäkin kaikki kuulemani vitsit. 😀
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  • Torstaina kävimme katsomassa Eric Claptonia Madison Square Gardenissa, konsertti oli kokonaisuudessaan kaunis. Mieleenpainuvimmat (ja eniten tunteita herättävät) kappaleet olivat Tears in Heaven ja Wonderful Tonight.
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  • Perjantaina meidän piti mennä historialliselle kävelylle, mutta päädyimme vahingossa uptownin Century 21:seen.. Kyseinen tavaratalo oli paljon parempi kuin Financial Districtillä sijaitseva ja löysin vaikka mitä! Tein siis reissun ensimmäiset ostokset (jollei Lululemonin urheiluvaatteita lasketa:DTällä viikolla ohjelmassa on mm. Empire State building ja muotiviikot! Mukavaa tiistaita kaikille. 🙂

Can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we got here! Doesn’t feel like that at all. Here are the weekly highlights from where we left off… The pictures are from The High Line. 🙂

  • On Saturday night we had dinner in a gluten-free restaurant, Risotteria Melotti, located in the East Village. I loved the cozy atmosphere and the food was also excellent. I highly recommend this place if you are in town and especially if your diet requires gluten- free options.
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  • Monday was Labour day so we decided to check out Labour day sales at Macy’s Fifth Avenue but I didn’t find anything. ps. we were not the only once checking the sales out…. 😉
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  • Tuesday we walked The High Line, which is a relatively new “park” (more like a street), starting from meatpacking district and going all the way up to the 34th Street . The lane used to be an old railway, but with 150 million dollars, the city of New York turned into something pretty fascinating.
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  • Stand up show at the Comedy Cellar was a lot of fun on Wednesday. The tickets have to be booked in advance on their webpage (cannot get same day tickets). I believe they cost around 12 dollars each and there is a two drink minimum. I found the show super funny and although I was so scared I would be asked something during the show (talking about introvert nightmares), I highly enjoyed. myself:D
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  • Thursday we saw Eric Clapton in the Madison Square Garden, the concert was beautiful. My favorite songs were Tears in Heaven and Wonderful tonight.
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  • On Friday we were supposed to do a historical walk, however we accidentally ended up to Century 21 department store in Upper Manhattan. That one was way better than the one located in the Financial District and I found a lot of great stuff! That was my first official New York shopping as before that I had only purchased sportswear from Lululemon and pink unicorn slippers for 5 dollars. 😀

This week we’ll visit Empire State Building and New York Fashion Week! Can’t wait!:)

Past week recap & some pictures

Okay, let’s continue from where we left of in the last NYC update.

Last Friday we had dinner at Bobwhite Counter, located in the East Village. Both food and service were great. It was actually my first time trying mac and cheese, which we shared (usually I hate sharing food- this was just an exception :D)

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On Saturday we walked around West Village and SoHo. Both neighbourhoods are very trendy and ‘hip’. However unlike in the midtown there are no skyscrapers and the atmosphere is much more authentic and ‘village-like’. ps. the small townhouse in the picture is in the market for 5 million, so the area is also quite popular- but hey if anyone’s interested..
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Sunday was a great day too and we spent it in Brooklyn. There was a Sunday market in Dumbo area where people sold clothes, jewellery, furniture, food etc. We also decided to walk across the Brooklyn bridge back to Manhattan, the bridge is almost 2 km long and extremely pretty.

We took the metro to Brooklyn and it was our first time using metro here. I have to say that I absolutely hated it. I am claustrophobic and it was hot and crowded in addition to which the metro was old, dark and loud. By the end of the ride I was deeply traumatised and swore I would never take it again but at the end of the day I was so tired I had to eat my words and become a respectul metro-rider again. 😀 Tip to fellow claustrophobics: come here during summer so you can bike everywhere and don’t need to take the metro 😀

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On Monday we ‘visited’ Harlem, meaning my travel company was so scared we had to walk directly to Upper East side. 😀 I however really much liked the ghetto atmosphere and could have stayed longer! We also tried to visit the Guggenheim museum but it was already closed so we just went to the gift shop.. Mondays plan to “visit Harlem and Guggenheim” was not a great success. 😀 The day was a lot of fun anyway- we worked out in the morning, took the cab for the first time in the city and had a delicious lunch and dinner. 🙂 Tuesday is a bit of a mystery day for us and we cannot fully remember what we did! We tried looking for pictures and even receipts from the day but we were unable to find anything worth mentioning. Most likely we walked around Manhattan without a real purpose- just enjoying. 🙂

On Wednesday we went to the cinema. We chose Angelika film center, where I believe the movies are a bit less mainstream. We saw a movie called “the only living boy in New York”. Despite the fact that Cynthia Nixon and Pierce Brosnan were on it, it was not the greatest movie I have seen, but the experience for sure was great. Going there I successfully waved a cab for the first time and walking home while admiring the lit Chrysler building felt unreal.

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Thursday was a new museum day that started with going to Guggenheim only to hear it is always closed on Thursdays.. Gladly the gift shop was already a familiar place for us. 😀 We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can yourself decide what you want to pay for entrance fee. According to my travel guide it would take a week to see all the pieces in the gallery.. We decided to focus on Egyptian section but got totally lost. At one point a security guard asked if we needed help as we had walked by him already three times. 😀 Just as a tip- reserve plenty of time to visit the MET, it can also take a week to get out of there
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Friday (today) was probably the greatest day so far- went to a sex and the city tour! The tour lasted about 3,5 hours during which we the tour bus took as to all the iconic places where the show was filmed while the tour guide told us about the show and played some clips. It was not a traditional tour as the tour guide was not only a SATC fan but also a stand up comedian who was not afraid of swearing and telling inappropriate jokes. All and all it was a lot of fun and I can recommend it for all the fans of the show visiting New York. 🙂

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Now it is time to get some sleep so we can take the most out of the weekend as well. Hope you all have a good one!