24 Hours in NY: From Brooklyn to the Big City!

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015

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24 Hours in NY: From Brooklyn to the Big City!

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With cabin fever after what was a brutal winter, the (soon-to-be) Mister and I were ready for a much needed engagement celebration and getaway in New York. I thought it would be fun to do something a little different this time. So, we headed off to Brooklyn for the day!

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And what a beautiful day it was. We started the day in Williamsburg and walked for, what seemed like miles, around town. Great boutiques, thrift stores and restaurants. We had our heart set on a burger at the Five Leaves.

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But, it was mobbed and we were starving. So, we decided to hop in the car and drive over to Prime Meats in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn.

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Little did we know, it would be a mob scene there, as well. But, we were seated quickly and got down to the business of eating…BURGERS!

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A very cool place. No wonder it gets so much pub.

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After lunch, we decided to drive by my grandparent’s old house in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay. The house was just as I remembered it some 50 years ago (ouch!). My grandmother used to give me baths in the sink and they kept a Pebbles doll from (the Flintstones) there for me to play with. I wish I still had it. Apparently, it’s collectable. I wanted to knock on the door. But, David didn’t think that would be a good idea. He’s probably right.

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When we arrived at the Hudson (one of our favorite hotels), I mentioned that we were celebrating our engagement and asked if an upgrade was possible.

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Without blinking an eye, we were upgraded to a Deluxe Room and they gave us a $50 credit to use in the hotel.

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And what a view!

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Since we were celebrating our engagement and since we had a $50 credit, it seemed that champagne was in order for me (David would celebrate with a Coke). But, the restaurant was closed for a private party. So, when I tried to order from the Library Bar, they said a 1/2 bottle wasn’t available and that I should check with the front desk. And I’m glad I did, because 15 minutes later a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot arrived at the door (along with a Coke for David)! Now that’s service!

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It had been a long day and we were tired. So, we cancelled our plans for dinner at Rubirosa in The Village and decided to stay in the neighborhood. We walked over to the Carnegie Deli only to find that they were closed due to some issue with their gas line and Con Ed. Then, we walked over to another neighborhood Italian, and they were closing at 9pm (it was Sunday). So, we decided to go back to Blue Ribbon for their signature Asian Fried Chicken.

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Completely exhausted and feet throbbing, we crawled back to the Hudson and hit the sheets.

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We woke up to a beautiful sunny day in the city. David brought some coffee back to the room and we enjoyed the view while he played guitar.

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We checked out of the Hudson and decided to head down to John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker Street. John’s is the best. Even The Boss goes there! But unfortunately, he wasn’t there that day.

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 No one is more serious about their pizza than David. LOL!

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He indulged while I waited patiently for my chance to grab a slice 😉

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Usually our visits to NYC are just about wining, dining and shopping. But for this trip, we wanted to pay our respects to all those people who lost their lives on 911. The 911 Memorial was so beautiful. The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools. And as it turns out, I was standing in front of a relative of one of David’s fans. She saw our photo and reached out to let him know. Such a small world.

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Something else happened that was very eery. As we stood in line to go through security, a plane flew remarkably close to the new tower. I did not think planes could fly anywhere near the new buildings. Maybe it was a military plane? There were no visible markings and this photo does not show how close it really was.

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The 911 Museum was so moving. It was done so beautifully and was so respectful of all of the victims and their families. Not to mention the incredible multimedia exhibits, architecture and design. We were allowed to photograph certain areas of the museum. Some of these photos are online. So, I am pretty certain that they are okay to share. If you go to NYC, please visit the 911 Museum and Memorial.

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Once again, we had a wonderful visit to the Big Apple. We look forward to coming back in the fall.

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xoxo,

Dallyn & David

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