I asked my girlfriend out one evening two years ago and in celebration she decided to take me on a trip to New York City. This is my second time going there. The first time I went with my best friend to see The Cat Empire
I will be using some photos from Flickr to fill in some blanks to the adventure. The photographers have been credited below the photo with a link to the page of the photo. The rest of the pictures are by me or Katie.
**6:00am** - Woke up, got ready, and grabbed coffee and breakfast sandwhiches for Katie and I
**7:30am** - Board the full bus to NYC behind 30th St. Station of Philadelphia. Good thing we had reserved tickets.
**9:30am** - We arrived a little earlier than expected. The ride there was not bad at all. After finding our bearings, we began our adventure that Katie had planned out. The first place we went to was the [Cookshop on 10th Ave](http://cookshopny.com/), a very nice and cozy restauraunt. It was highly decorated for the holidays and the staff, all dressed in jeans and denim aprons, were very nice. Katie found this place by looking at a food Instagram account and saw some photos from here and thought I would like it, and I definitely did. I had a great breakfast sandwhich that I didn't take a picture of. I'm not sure how I was expected to eat it since the eggs were fried and yolk would have gone everywhere, so I just cut it up and ate it with a fork.
**10:40am** - Breakfast is over and we bundled up to walk the "high line" to the Whitney Museum of American Art. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line.
Once at the Whitney, we checked our coats and bags and started to explore. The current exhibits ranged from 3d art to photography to video. Without a doubt, the Rachel Rose: Everything and More was my favorite sight to see. It is a high definition color video presented in a room by itself, projected on a see-through backdrop.
The Whitney also had some great views of the concrete jungle that is New York City. I could see the newly finished Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty (which I was actually seeing in person for the first time ever).
**3:30pm** - The Whitney was nothing short of great.. Afterwards, we made our way by foot to Washington Square Park where we got to sit and watch a piano player and a drummer play. We took a brief walk around NYU's campus and then went to go check out the New School which had some really rad architectural design.
**4:50pm** - Greenwhich Village was shortlived and we hopped in a taxi to go see the famous glass Apple Store, and also work our way towards where we planned to eat dinner, Rue 57. We checked out the Apple Store and then walked around a bit to see all the decorated windows and peak in to some stores. At this point, I couldn't believe the amount of people walking around. It was absolutely crazy.
**6:15pm** - . We had dinner at Rue57, which was great. Our waiter was really kind and made sure to ask all of his tables where everyone was from and then make conversation with them. Katie brought me here for their french onion soup, which was good, but I think the burger was the best burger I've had. A definite recommendation from me. Oh and, they also serve sushi. Interesting given the rest of the menu. Their website seems to be a little broken.. I could probably fix it for them in exchange for their filet...
**7:40pm** - Our bus leaves in exactly one hour, but we couldn't leave without seeing the Christmas tree. By the time we got there and took it all in, it was 8:10 and we were definitely not going to make it to where we needed to get by walking. So what do we do? Just picture us running and stopping every block to try and find our bearings. I honestly had no idea where we were going, but Katie figured it out quickly. We ran as far as we could and then hailed a taxi who got us there by 8:35 with a few minutes to spare. It was definitely not ideal feeling like we might end up trapped in NYC, but then I was told the bus comes every hour or so. But we still made it, which was awesome nonetheless. And that concludes our trip to New York City.