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Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Big Apple, day 2

(I am so far behind posting these that it's a miracle I remember any details.)

On Day 2 we started ditching everything non-essential and went down to wallets and phones. And the selfie stick. I ditched the camera after day 1, which is probably good since we had rain off and on.

Day 2 was supposed to be a little less strenuous than day 1, although that did not really happen because we just had too much we wanted to see and do. We had a lot of laughs about how "easy" day 2 and day 3 were going to be. 23,000+ steps did not feel easy, however.

We ate breakfast at Urban Space market, realized it was National Donut Day and ate donuts from Dough. Yes, two breakfasts. Fueling up for the steps.
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We visited Grand Central Terminal. The market (and coffee shops) were amazing. We had coffee twice in the space of about 2 hours.
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We spent 4+ hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then took a timeout at the Temple of Dinder, laughed hysterically and tried to cool our battered feet on the marble floor. Right after this particular picture, we were reprimanded by a security guard about the selfie stick (even though there were no signs posted anywhere and many others had a selfie stick as well) and then a couple next to us loudly applauded the ban on selfie sticks . . . even though they had just taken a selfie as well. It was bizarre and our only strange run-in with people. Otherwise, New Yorkers were very customer-service driven, helpful and friendly. Often, strangers stopped to ask if we needed help with directions.
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We spent Friday afternoon in Greenwich Village eating a calzone at John's Pizzeria, a macaroon at bisous, and a cupcake at Molly's Bakery. Y.U.M. Definitely our best food day (peanut butter cupcake with nutella filling in case you were wondering and a blood orange macaroon with chocolate ganache filling). Not only was this our best food day, but we loved browsing in this neighborhood. It wasn't touristy at all, just full of community. This is also where we saw an urban basketball court/game. Just like on TV.
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We rode the Staten Island Ferry.
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We finished up Friday with a late-night stop at The Shake Shack where we ate ice cream (I told you this was our best food day) and took advantage of their wi-fi and shared pictures.


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