NYC PHOTO DIARY #2

Welcome to day 2 of #mermaidinnewyork, I can’t actually believe that’s only day two! It honestly feels like I’ve been here a week already. We are squeezing so much in to each day, and rightly so since there’s so much to see.

Brad wanted to check out Dough, which I’d shown him on one of the vlogs I’d watch before hand. He did his research and found that the original store was in Brooklyn so we decided to head for that side of the city yesterday. I’d mentioned I’d like to go to Coney Island while we were here so we headed there first. We took the subway about 45mins from our nearest station. The further out the city we got, the quieter the train got, and the more run down the views were. Once we got off the train, it was clear to see the whole town was more like a ghost town, and honestly it made me feel really uneasy.

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None the less we wanted to have a walk along the sea front so we had a little wonder down past the attractions, which were all closed for winter we assumed, but who knows if they ever open any more?! I really only wanted to go to get some photos of the colourful rides that I’d seen on films and online and luckily that’s all we got. Nothing was open and there was barely a sole about. We didn’t stay long and within the hour we were back on the train heading for Brooklyn to find the donut shop.

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We got off the subway in Brooklyn, and again, it was immediately obvious we were in a rougher part of the city. All the houses were so run down and there were empty boarded up windows on every third house. I honestly felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb and felt totally out of my comfort zone. If I was to go back, I think I’d put on something a little less colourful and something that doesn’t have “tourist” written all over it. Dough was not what we were expecting either, Brad thought it would be more like a cafe like we saw on the vlog, but alas, it was just a small little store. Although the donuts looked amazing, I think I’d have rather have found the other store in the city.

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From there, we felt rather saddened and disappointed with the areas we had visited, although it was an experience to have seen those areas, we had lost our excitement from the previous day. We got back on the train to head back south to get our connecting train back up north to the city. I was desperate for the loo by this point so we stopped at Carrol station and headed above ground to see if there was anything up there where I could use the loo. Thing perked up when we found a Milk bar which was pretty funky and a bit hipster. The girl in there serving was really friendly so we grabbed a coffee and I couldn’t resist the sound of an egg and cheese bomb, it was lush!

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Feeling refreshed and more excited, we headed straight for Central Park and wondered around. There was a hive of activity and instantly we felt christmassy again. We walked through the park, listening men play christmas tunes on the sax and various other interesting instruments. We passed a film crew filming something that look rather apocalyptic. We watched squirrels hide their nuts and we resisted getting our own nuts from the dodgy (and not so idyllic as the films suggest) men on the corner of every street!

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From there, we wondered down Madison avenue admiring all the fancy shop windows, not daring to go in. That is until I found Kate Spade. It was on my to do list to find and no more than seconds after I had said that to Brad, did we stumble on it. My excitement peaked and I couldn’t get in there quick enough. I had to treat myself and purchased a coffee mug with gold stripes, just a small treat, I couldn’t leave empty handed.

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We found Sax of New York and Barney’s who had the most amazing window displays, it was insane. By that point my feet were killing so we decided to head back to the flat to change and refresh before finding somewhere in the Lower East side for some dinner. Although by the time we reached our subway line, it was 5.30 and rush hour so the subway was rammed. Luckily we only had a few stops to ride and I managed to get a seat to rest my weary feet.

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I felt like a broken woman by the time we reached the apartment so we sat for half hour or so while Brad found somewhere to eat. We found a place just on the next block that was a bring your own booze which was a lovely Argentinian restaurant. It was pretty pricey but the food was delicious and a nice relaxed way to end the day.

If you’d like to see the day in video form, of course, I made a vlog! Check it out below!

 

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