July 9: Day one in New York

After spending a couple of days in Ohio, I headed out to NYC!

For the city that supposedly “never sleeps,” some parts of New York are actually quite calm in the evening.

Mini Itinerary

6 a.m. Fly out of Cleveland
7:17 a.m. Layover in Washington Dulles International Airport (which is located in the state of Virginia…)It was a gray, drizzly morning here, and it was kind of warm.Here’s what it looked like when we landed:
9:30 a.m. Touch down at JFK International Airport in New York!

I was greeted with surprisingly pleasant weather in New York. Temperatures were cool, and I thought it would be hot because that’s how it was in the other east coast cities I’d stopped by. (Then again, it was morning, so that was probably a reason it was cooler.)

My family and I rested for some of the day, then walked around and grabbed dinner at Rusticos Pizza on 2nd Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets.

The servings of food were huge, but the food was good and it’s definitely a place to go to.

We all shared carbonara pasta, regular spaghetti and humongous slices of chicken/mushroom pizza.

July 10

On Wednesday my family and I winged the day. We walked around in the morning to find a place to eat breakfast and ended up at Le Pain Quotidien.

It wasn’t the cheapest place, but a bunch of the items on the menu were organic. I had some organic green tea and an organic blueberry muffin. The muffin tasted wheatier than the ones from Coffee Bean and Starbucks.

Even the butter was organic!

Next, we went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It’s a pretty big cathedral and the architecture was really nice.

A mass started while we were there so we stayed. It lasted probably around 30 minutes or so. I couldn’t help but wonder how they could hold mass with people walking in and out of the cathedral and construction noise. It was challenging to make out what the priest was saying, but the lady singing had a great voice.

The longest stop of the day was at the Museum of Modern Art (which I will refer to as MoMA from here on out). We wanted to see The Paley Center for Media, but it was closed, as it is on all Tuesdays 🙁

(A more detailed entry on MoMA will follow on Friday.)

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