Read here for Part 1, which is AKA day one of their fabulous trip to NYC.
So recap on Part 1: We met up, check out the Air BnB, went to the 9/11 memorial, and said “good night”. When the clock struck 9:00 AM, we were up and ready for another day filled with adventure. Unlike the rest of the trip, we did have some concrete plans. Paige and Rae needed to get Kanye cookies.
But first, we needed to get some brunch. Down the street is this cute, hipster brunch place. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty expensive. It was good, but expensive, so I opted for a chocolate croissant ($2.50!). Rae & Paige went matchy-match with avocado toast. It had a cute outdoor seating area.
After brunch, we embarked to Cupcake Market for the Kanye cookies. It was such an adorable little cafe. They served coffee, cakes, and other sweet delights. All the servers were very accommodating and genuinely nice people. Inside the cafe was like stepping into your British grandmother’s tea room. Lots of antiques, dim lighting, and tea cups. It also functioned as a retail space, where you can buy all these vintage tea settings and books.
Unfortunately, the Kanye cookie frosting was still drying, so we had to come back in the late afternoon.
To kill time, we walked around 2nd avenue and Washington Square Park. 2nd avenue is a darling place. Also known as the Ukrainian Village, it had so many small shops, cafes, and restaurants. Trendy and young, but quieter than the Meat Packing district. It wasn’t too far from Japan Town. I showed them the wonders of NoHo (North of Houston), like NYU, Cooper’s Union, and the park.
We explored a few vintage shops before walking back to Cupcake Market.
Finally, the cookies were ready (and costed $16!!!). They were hand painted and pasted on a regular flavored cookie, then wrapped up in a box of tissues. Paige wanted to eat our Kanyes and Kims in Central Park, so we started our train ride to uptown.
It was a little hard finding a field to sit at (it’s such a huge park), but we found ourselves right in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was such a nice, chilly day. We people watched, while trying to finish these super sweet cookies. Ugh, I actually regret buying it, because I couldn’t finish it. It was way too sweet for me.
Since we were sitting in front of the museum, it was only natural to want to go in. I’m going to bold the next sentence, because it’s important to know about the MET museums. YOU CAN PAY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO GET IN. I repeat, you can pay whatever you want to get in. Obviously, it has to be at minimum a $1.00, but the ticket price is just a suggested donation (a strong one, too). So, don’t feel like you have to pay $25.00 (or $18.00 if you’re a student) to get in.
Paige has a deep interest in African art, Rae wanted to see the Polynesian art and Photography, and I wanted to see the Greek and Roman art. Luckily, the African, Polynesian, and Greek and Roman art was all in one place (haha). We breezed through the Bronze Age, into the diverse African art, and emerge ourselves in Polynesia. Although the museum is extremely huge, we were disappointed with the selection of art in the specific regions we were interested in. For example, there were only a few, small pieces that came from Hawai’i (much to Rae’s disappointment). Although this makes sense, because I would think that Hawai’i would be super protective over their artifacts.
Papua New Guinea was represent really well and all these other Polynesian and Oceania cultures. It was amazing to see how each island had very similar themes and aesthetics, but had their unique flair about it.
We browsed through the American exhibit, but were disappointed that it was White American artifacts and not Native American. I’m sure they had some Native American pieces somewhere, but we moved on to the Photography exhibit.
The Photography exhibit was really small. I guess it just wasn’t the season for photography. There was this one small area (that was kind of hidden) that had these 19th century pictures of Bethlehem. It was crazy cool to see how different everything looked back then and how crisp the shots were.
The Egyptian exhibit was very fascinating. Rae was joking about how bias the descriptions of every papyrus scroll. “How do they know that this meant this?” It was really cool to see and go inside actual Egyptian temples. I’m not sure how they moved it in the museum (I guess block by block), but it was pretty surreal. The costume museum was closed until November 7th.
To wrap up the day, we went to Times Square. Now, I really don’t like it there. It’s really crowded and it’s much smaller than it seems in movies. The theater circuit is actually much bigger and circumferences Time Square. But every tourist has to come and take pictures of all the bright billboards. Paige and Rae said it wasn’t as magical as they thought it was going to be (sorry!). Hey, they got some really cool pictures of it, though.