When Mary shared news with me that she would be teaching a class for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at B&H Photo in Manhattan, she asked if I wanted to come along for the trip. Luckily my calendar was clear and we were so excited to spend the day together in The Big Apple!
The only time I have been to NYC was about 13 years ago. My cousin and her family live in SoHo, and I went to visit her for a weekend with my mom and aunt. I remember taking a carriage ride through Central Park, taking a double-decker bus tour of the city, and seeing the Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall. We had gone into Tiffany’s, Prada, Kate Spade, and walked around in Macy’s. But this time, I was excited for us to just walk around with no real itinerary other than making it back to our bus in time to go home.
There really is something about this city… it’s amazing. You feel something different in the air. It’s classic, historic, fresh, and cutting-edge all at the same time. Everyone is on their own agenda, minding their business, doing their thing. So many beautifully different faces, styles, cultures, scents, sights, architectures… I was just in awe of all of it. The food – oh my gosh the food… I wish I could seriously take a year off and just try every single restaurant. I feel like I have so much to say about our day yesterday and have no idea how to organize my thoughts… That’s why I take pictures, so I hope you enjoy…
Our bus left at 6:20 am from White Marsh. I spent the night at Mary’s the night before so we could be on time because goodness knows that being up at 4:00 am isn’t something I do too often… We got ready with our coffee, some fresh fruit, granola bars, and our bags, and took our seats on the top level, second row back from the front. I don’t typically get car-sick but whoa… Soon after we were on 95, it passed and we spent the 3 and a half hours talking, snap-chatting, giggling, and anticipating our day. Before we knew it, we saw the city skyline! It was awesome to be there so early so we could have a full day there!
The couple in front of us was so cute. They were photographing everything with their cell phones. Every sign we’d pass that said New York, every bridge, every everything… :)
The Lincoln Tunnel…. I was glad when that was over. Stop-start traffic, under water, in a bus… Mary and I were getting pretty anxious for some fresh air at that point!
Our first mission after we got off the bus was to eat lunch! Mary looked up a super cute spot to check out called Rustic Table so we headed there, about a 15 minute walk from where we were dropped off.
This little place was so perfect and every bite we had was beyond incredible. Fresh food, perfectly-sized portions, and the most amazing brownie I’ve every had in my entire life. Seriously. Like wow.
I enjoyed a quiche duo with a golden beet and goat cheese salad, and Mary ordered a chicken and potato bowl with an arugula salad. Everything was delicious!
Seriously – this is heaven. I will be back for you, deliciously perfect brownie.
Our next stop was B&H Photo! A tech’s dream wonderland… It was cool to see just where all of the gear we order comes from! Guarded by security, the warehouse is filled with so many people browsing the aisles filled with cameras, TVs, chords, flashes, video cameras, stands, and so much more. We found the room upstairs where Mary would be teaching almost 500 people (70 in the classroom and over 400 livestreaming!) all about using your personality to develop your photograph style! She teaches all around the country for Rocky Mountain School of Photography!
She was wonderful and everyone really enjoyed what she shared with them… It was so fun to be able to be there for this! After her class was over, we decided to just walk… We headed south down 9th Avenue through Chelsea and down into Greenwich Village, window shopping and people watching – two of my absolutely favorite things to do.
I can’t wait to go back and spend and endless amount of time in Chelsea Market… Sigh. I could probably spend an entire week in there and can only begin to imagine what it must hold within…
We were completely halted in our tracks by the gorgeous pastries in the Maison Kayser window, so we stopped in for a couple cappuccino’s, a raspberry tart, and a coffee éclair…
We wanted to see the Statue of Liberty, even from a distance, so we walked out onto Pier 45 on the Hudson River and took it all in, all while trying not to get swept away by the wind!
We headed back up to where our bus was picking us up by the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and stopped at a cute little Italian sandwich shop on the way back to warm up and grab a quick panini.
We barely scratched the surface of an entire world I can’t wait to continue exploring… It was such an inspiring and fun day and I’m already looking forward to planning a trip back up to see even more… Thank you so much to my sweet friend Mary for letting me tag along!