New York Stops: Central, Madison Square, and Battery Park

New York Stops: Central, Bryant, Madison, and Battery Parks

If you find that you need a break from all the hustle and bustle of the city, but don’t have the time to actually leave the city, there’s a good chance that there’s a park nearby, and there’s an even better chance that it’s Central Park.

I was able to visit a few parks during my visit and they are all unique and beautiful.

Central Park is the biggest park in the city.  I didn’t even get to explore the entire park.  Here you can find something for everyone.  If it’s warm, and you have a chance, rent a bike and explore the park. Continue reading

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux -- A first time experience in New York City

New York Stops: Grand Central Station

New York Stops: Grand Central Terminal

Located at Pershing Square, 89 E 42nd Street stands a Grand building with a lot of hustle and bustle.  When I visited the station, I had no idea that it was as big as it is.  There is a dining concourse, fine dining spots and retail shops in addition to the tunnels that lead to subway trains, trains, and buses.  This place is always packed, Later in the evening there tends to be less people, and it is no less grand.  So if you’re looking for that perfect shot, evening is probably the best time to get here. Continue reading

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux -- A first time experience in New York City

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux -- A first time experience in New York City

I can’t say it enough, New York City is amazing.  Last week I had the opportunity to visit the city for the second time ever, and guess what?  I got to go back for a THIRD time!  The first time I went there I didn’t get to see or do much because I was so overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do.  The second time I had a little time to do some research and planning and by this last time I pretty much had a set idea of what I was going to do and how I was going to accomplish it.  Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) there was still tons of stuff to do.  This time around I explored the city solo. Continue reading

New York City Stops: Magnolia Bakery

I had honestly never heard of Magnolia Bakery until a friend of mine insisted that I go there and try the banana pudding.  When I went to New York recently, it was one of the first stops on my itinerary.

Magnolia’s started as a small bakery in the west village, and since has expanded to locations worldwide. How did I not know this?!  Anywho, there are multiple locations around new york city, and the one I happened to walk into was in Rockefeller Center.

On the outside, it looks like a typical bakery, but when you walk in, it feels so homey! Continue reading

The Beaten Path: 24 Hours in New York City

I’m a west coast girl through and through.  It’s a short (short for Hawaiian’s because it’s the closest piece of land to Hawaii!) 4-5 hour flight, the weather is always nice, and the time difference is not very much; it feels like my second home!  I decided however, I would venture outside of my comfort zone (yikes!) and make the jump to the east coast, and see what all the hype was about.

I just got back from NYC aka “The Big Apple” and had every intention of making a fabulous post for you, my wonderful readers, right away! After a long 11 hour flight, and being passed out for about 4 hours after getting home, that obviously didn’t happen. Continue reading