Paige & Rae Part 3

Hey, sorry this series is taking so long! I’m busy with Hillsong’s analytics, school projects, and midterms just finished.

If you’re new to my blog, please read Part One and Part Two to read about my other adventures around NYC with my girls!

So, it’s Sunday and we accomplished a lot of things on Paige’s and Rae’s list. But we also struck out a lot, since we forgot that everything is closed on Sundays. Well, not everything, but a lot of places aren’t open (for obvious reasons).

We woke up really early to meet up with some of Rae’s and Paige’s classmates. We were supposed to have breakfast at the famous The Bagel Store, home of the rainbow bagel. The classmates stood us up, but that didn’t stop us from having awesome bagels! Rae got a pumpkin bagel. Paige got a yummy apple cinnamon bagel. I, the only one who got a colored bagel, got the Walking Dead bagel with nutella. It was okay, but I can see why this one girl complained about it tasting like chemicals.

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(TMI, but if you get weird poop colors the day after, it’s the dye from the bagels)

Then, we took the train to Chelsea Market. Located in the Meat Packing District (my fav spot to be), it’s a mix of hipster, artisan restaurants, and grocery and retail stores. It’s expensive, vegan (for the most part), organic, and healthy. We got coffee and browsed the tiny “flea market” they have in the back. Cute stuff, but kind of pricey. However, the Brooklyn Charms booth is my favorite.

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Next, we walked the High Line, which is a block away from Chelsea Market. The High Line is an abandoned subway track turned into a cool park. It’s a favorite place of mine, because it’s refreshing to be around so much vegetation. You’re around cement so much and you need to take a break and be next to nature. It’s also a great way to cut through Chelsea and go more East of the island.

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Then, we made our way up to the Plaza. Paige and Rae wanted to do the Home Alone pose in front of the Plaza. I took them inside the Plaza Food Court. It’s a cute place to splurge lunch on. They have the best mushroom panini.


We got tired. And when you’re tired on 5th Ave, there’s only one place to recoop! Central Park, of course! Tip, if you’re going to sleep in the Park in the beginning of fall, bring a blanket or extra layers.

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Before going down to Times Square for Hillsong, we chilled at Starbucks. I love Starbucks for two reasons. One, free wifi. Two, charger stations.

After church, we were excited to take the train back home and order in. We are so thankful that the Air BnB has Netflix! It honestly better than booking a hotel and I was sad that that was my last night there!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t follow Rae and Paige around the next day, because I had school. I’ll fill you in, though. They rode the Staten Island Ferry and went to the African Burial Memorial. If you’re here during summer and early fall, you MUST take the ferry. You get really great views and the ride if FREE!!!!


Adventures, The List of 5

5 Things to do in New York for Cheap

I’ll be posting a weekly list of five things according to a theme of my choosing. I’ll try to write a short bit about each item. Hopefully, I’ll encourage you to try one (or all) of the things on this list.

1. Taking a stroll down 28th Street.


Between 6th and Broadway is a honey pot of pure delight that could brighten up anyone’s day! A strip of flower shops! Just what a person needs to see after a draining or terrible day: flowers. Flowers are expensive, but taking a few minutes to admire them is free.

2. Visiting the Cloister Museum.

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If you don’t live anywhere near the top half of Manhattan, then the subway ride to 190th street will be a long one. A long, but worthwhile one. Once you step out of the elevator, you’ll be asking yourself if you’re still in New York. It’s quiet, peaceful, and very green. It’s a bit of a scenic walk, but once you reach the museum (which is free, but they strongly suggest a donation of any amount), your jaw will drop. It has two beautiful gardens and lots of Gothic artworks.

3. Taking advantage of installations, pop up shops, and random events through out the city.

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That’s what I love about New York. There’s always something cool and new to enjoy. Naturally, being in a large city there are lots of sponsored events, new museums, artworks, clubs, and events. So, however you got the info, you better take a chance to check it out. Like this art installation/pop up store in Chelsea Market.

4. Picnicking in the park (during the warmer season)


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A mix-up on going out for lunch! It’s a cute date for friends or significant others to go on as well. Although, I know some of you might think that making your  food is a hassle, it truly isn’t. What’s complicated about making a couple of sandwiches, buying some spirits, and unfolding a blanket? Central Park is an ideal place to visit with all that space!

You can find other parks on the New York Parks and Recreation website. They give a nice description of each park.

5. Exploring the Meat Packing District

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After a nice stroll on the High Line, you can find yourself in one of the most trendiest parts of the island! Cool cafes and restaurants, cobble stone roads, wonderful boutiques, beautiful homes, and fashionable people. Bring your camera, everywhere is the perfect backdrop at golden hour.

If you have any suggestions for places to visit or things for me to do, please leave a suggestion in the comments!