A Very New York City Weekend

The title sounds like a spinoff of a movie, but it really was a New York as you can get. It was also beautiful and warm. It was nice to have a midweek trip to Cape May and then spend the weekend back in the city. It’s strange to go from having a car and driving through pretty little towns to back to subways and walking on very crowded sidewalks. Nice to get away, and nice to be back.
I shared many of these photos on social media channels. While I love being able to share real time things, I hate that I can’t really explain the whole story. Blogging has been taking a bit of a hit with the rise of micro-blogging platforms, but I like being able to share more here, too!

Okay. I mean, if that picture doesn’t make you want to pick up and move to the city as soon as possible, I don’t know what will. The Upper East Side isn’t really a popular part of the city to live in for twenty-somethings, but I truly can’t imagine living anywhere else in the city. (Without losing my mind that is.) I’m just about right in between the East River and Central Park, both being great escapes from the concrete jungle.

Early mornings in Central Park are the best and Saturday was no exception. Garrett and I met up with my friend Kathryn from high school who is an insanely talented photographer and was in town with her husband this weekend. (Seriously, you need to check out her work.) I was really excited to catch up with her and she offered to take photos for my blog. Can’t wait to share them with you, but here are some sneak peeks in the meantime.

(I’m wearing this dress and boots similar to these; Garrett is wearing this sweater.)

We thought it was going to be fall weather when we took the photos, but it was actually pretty warm. We ended up changing before we went off on the rest of our day! We first headed way downtown to the financial district to pick up our packets for the 5k we ran on Sunday. It’s a hike and a half to get down there, but it’s gorgeous to sit by the water…. so that’s what we did for a little bit! In true adventurer fashion, we set off to find our favorite doughnuts (cinnamon sugar all the way) from Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market. I will do a lot for doughnuts, including brave the Chelsea Market weekend crowds.

Since we were in the nearby, we walked to A Salt and Battery for Garrett’s favorite fish and chips. So. Good. It was too nice out to not sit outside and eat. I just wanted to bottle up the day in a jar to remember forever!

There’s a Warby Parker in my neighborhood and I have a bad habit of popping in every now and then to try on some new glasses. I’m thinking I need to splurge on another pair...

This morning, I ran my first ever 5k. Garrett asked if I wanted to run it with him and I said yes, not even knowing what kind of race it was or what is was for. It was absolutely one of my favorite NYC experiences to date. The race is called Tunnel to Towers and I recommend to everyone who has the chance to do it. The race is a memorial for Stephen Siller, a NYC firefighter who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Manhattan to help on 9/11. The minute he heard about what was happening, he threw on his gear (60 pounds!) and started to drive. The tunnel had been shut down, so he got out of his car and ran to Manhattan where he ultimately gave up his life helping.

The 5k race starts in Brooklyn and all the runners (and walkers) go through the tunnel and finish by the Freedom Tower. It. Was. Incredible. I don’t even know if I can put into words how amazing and powerful it was. 25,000 people ran through the tunnel Stephen Siller ran through. It was crowded, not in a suffocating way, but in a “we’re doing this together” way. Running through the tunnel was long and hot and many firefighters were running with their gear on… just like Stephen Siller did. (Not easy.) Every now and then people would start chanting “USA!” and it would echo and echo throughout the tunnel. It was insanely powerful; I kept getting goosebumps.

Then you get out of the tunnel and can breathe a little easier with the fresh air. Now, I’m not a runner and I was really feeling heavy-footed and slow. But you round the corner out of the tunnel and firefighters are lined up alongside the race course high-fiving and encouraging the runners. Each firefighter had a banner with the name and photo of a firefighter who had given his life on 9/11. I choked up and picked up the pace. It was surreal to see both the men who continue to put their lives on the line and the volume of men who gave their lives helping in 2001.

I’ve honestly never felt so proud to be an American then.

The best way to end a beautiful day is with a beautiful sunset.
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Kaitlin Olivero

I'd live in UES if not for its beauty, but also for its Gossip Girl fame, hehe. Also, that 5K sounds absolutely amazing,.what a meaningful experience you now have.


It seems like you had an amazing 5K experience. Nevertheless, I would like to add that there are also female firefighters. Although none of them have died in 9/11, it would be unfair to erase them from the whole "risking their lives for us" by refering only to "firemen". That being said, I really love your posts about life in the city and they make me want to go there so badly! <3

Katie George

The last line of the third paragraph about the race says: "It was surreal to see both the men who continue to put their lives on the line and the volume of men who gave their lives helping in 2001."

Anyway, it sounds like a great cause and experience and the whole weekend sounds amazing.

Audrey Lin

Haha I try to stick to one outfit a day, because I'm still not used to having to do my own laundry in college 🙁 but so far it's been working out okay. I've been horrible at dressing for the weather here though, because as soon as I think the cool autumn air is starting to settle in, the sun comes back in full force, which I love, but… when can I start pulling out my sweaters and layers?! 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's


Such cute pictures. Can't believe you ventured in to the Chelsey Market. That, Union Square & Times Square are complete off the grind locations for me. You are most certainly brave. However I must agree, donuts….. yum. Btw, congrats on the race. (new post today)
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Brittany Lee

Definitely sounds like the perfect New York weekend! It's the stuff like this that makes me want to move to New York so badly. There are very few events like these where I live and I am a fast-paced kind of girl who likes to get things done! I can't wait to find a job up there and make the move!

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Vi Nguyen

Congratulations on your first 5K! That's wonderful that you chose a run that particularly has so much meaning. The experience sounds surreal indeed. I ran a 5K this weekend too in Philly to raise money for pediatric cancer and it was so great to see such a big turnout and see first hand how brave and strong the patients are.

Aimee Carmichael

Great post, this post has made me so excited for my trip to New York on Friday!! I love the upper east side and thanks for the great tips on places to go this time we want to do less of the tourist activities and more of the every day New York things.. And well done for your first 5k