A little bit of NYC pic vomit for ya…

So I have finally uploaded my pictures and I’ll have you know this isn’t even half of it… and one of my biggest regrets?  I feel like I didn’t take enough pictures.
My friends and family always make fun of me and say I can’t just “enjoy a moment”, I have to take pictures of it.  I feel like I enjoy a moment MORE when I take pictures of it… because its trapped in time forever. 
Anyways, enough rambling.  Here’s some captured memories of my trip to one of the most amazing cities ever.
Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Bridge Park. To our left (not pictured) is the Manhattan bridge. Such a cool little spot to see both bridges at the same time. 

My best friend Mona (and the reason I was there!) smarty pants is going to grad school out there and was the most amazing tour guide. 
My travel buddy Dorey! (Also a member of our high school best friends — we are a close group!) This is at Top of the Rock… a $25 ride to the top of a building to see all of NYC. I’ve been told this is better than the Empire State Building because you can see the Empire State Building, where as if you’re on it… well you can’t! 

Being one with the statues at the Met. Tip: It is a recommended donation for admission to the Met.  (Since it is owned by the city and considered public property.)  You could literally donate a dollar if you are running low on vacation funds!  (We were told by locals the Met has enough money anyways. Ha!)

‘Cloud City’ exhibit on the roof of the met. Such a cool structure, and the views were incredible. 
Mona and I with our dear friend Travis, who traveled all the way from Washington D.C. to see everyone!
Being goofy while waiting for breakfast. 
Quick break on the highline. (Another place for great views.) 
230 5th — a really cool rooftop bar with heat lamps and red robes to keep you warm and snuggly!
Spiked hot apple cider… I mean how could you not? 

The Flatiron Building… Travis gave us a little history lesson on it. It is considered to be the very first skyscraper in New York. It’s called “Flatiron” because it looks like someone pressed an iron onto the top.
The view from our friend Mindy’s amazing hotel room at The Carlyle in Upper East Side. 
And yes… those would be chocolate covered strawberries delivered to her door. 
More view from the room.

You’d think we’d never seen chocolate strawberries before the way we were all snapping pics.

A bidet… I know… I’m just really mature. 
Obsessed with this little reading nook. Brass tree branch legged side table? Yes. 

You haven’t done NYC until you’ve eaten from a food truck. Saltiest pretzel I’ve ever eaten but so good.

Sailboats in Central Park… Gossip Girl anyone? 

More Central Park. I’d spend every Sunday reading, pick-nicking and people watching if I lived here. 

Belvedere Castle in Central Park. 
Sunset & skyline. 
Classic Times Square picture. 

And finally drinks and relaxing on a rainy day outside Grand Central Station. 
This vacation was just what I needed.  What I loved most about NYC was the amount of culture and history all around the city.  There are so many mom & pop businesses and restaurants that have been there for years and every building has a story.  You can’t find that just anywhere. 
My vacation was certainly “beer budget” as I booked my flight so far in advance, I only paid $350 for it.  I stayed with my friend Mona most of the time and spent 2 nights in the Algonquin hotel for $200 (shared 3 ways). 
If you’re looking for a beer budget vacation, talk to your friends who live in other states!  They might be willing to house you for a week or could have some connections on affordable places to stay.  Also, make sure you watch flight prices and book enough in advance where you won’t risk them going up!
I’ll share some cell phone NYC pics later this week, as these don’t even cover half the trip! 
What’s your favorite part about NYC?  (If you’ve been lucky enough to go, of course!)


  1. Monday, October 22, 2012 / 5:50 pm

    I love everything about NYC, but like you said if I had to narrow it down it's that feeling of history and stories at every corner. Most people only think big crowded city and don't think about how old NYC is. Every building is just beautiful. I love the sounds too, NYC sounds like NYC you know? People watching is great too! Okay, can't wait to see more of your pics!

  2. Monday, October 22, 2012 / 6:27 pm

    this makes me miss NY so much. There is an energy there that you just cant get anywhere else. 🙂

  3. Monday, October 22, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    These are great pictures! You looked adorable in all of them! So fun. I love NYC. Don't ask me how none of my crew has managed to move up there to provide me free lodging. What a bunch of hoes. I'm currently lobbying for my company to pay for my next trip. All my clients are in NYC and all my candidates interview there. It only makes sense that I should meet my clients and candidates in person at least once!

  4. Monday, October 22, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    my favorite thing about this post was all the pictures of you with your high school friends. Mine are scattered all across the country and I miss them so much, it inspired me to call them all up and say hello today!

  5. Monday, October 22, 2012 / 8:22 pm

    Looks like you had a fun trip in NYC! We did a girls trip there two years ago in Feb. and it was a blast!

  6. Monday, October 22, 2012 / 8:39 pm

    Looks like such a fun trip! I love NY and can't wait to go back.

  7. Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / 1:28 am

    Great photos! I loved NYC..the one time I went there like 10 years ago. 😛

  8. Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / 1:45 am

    I'm so glad you came to my blog. I love yours. I love the "champagne lifstyle on a beer diet" that is so cute!! Great pics of NYC too. You can consider me a new follower 🙂

  9. Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / 3:03 am

    wow, hannah, it looks like you guys had so much fun! It was fun following your travels on Insta too! I love that Cloud Exhibit! Have not been to see it yet! Every time I'm in NY, I absolutely have to go the the Bowery Museum. It always has the most amazing art installations!

Holly Foxen Wells


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