NEW YORK BOUND

Happy Sunday! Today is my “me-day” for June. It’s nice to have a day to myself after my 10-day PHL/NYC travels last week. I had a great time catching up with my high school, college, and post-college friends in the city. Since last week’s post was on Philly, I thought I’d share parts of my NYC trip as well šŸ™‚

 

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view from office in FiDi
First order of business was going to work. Ekkk, but…thanks to my work’s flexibility, I can work in the NYC office when I’m visiting town any time I want – that’s not so bad right? This way, I can visit my friends in the city whenever I want to!
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murals in lower east side
The next thing was my friendĀ Amy’s graduation. CONGRATULATIONS again!! Before we met up in the lower east side, I walked past this mural (which somehow snapchat had a Chelsea geo-tag on when it technically isn’t Chelsea…) of I ā¤ NY. Super cute!
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Liberty Cruise along Hudson River
The weekend was then packed with activities between Mike a.k.a. PB, his friends, and my high school friends. We went on a liberty cruise that took us from 42nd street to theĀ StatueĀ of Liberty and back. I’m having too much fun with these geotags! (I should also note that the geotag near Wall Street is a bunch of $$ bills raining downĀ – classic.)
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chocolate tour in Brooklyn
On Sunday, we went on a chocolate tour at Mast Brothers. For those of you who don’t know, Mast Brothers is a gourmet chocolate company based in Brooklyn. They have really interesting flavors, my favorite being the Sea Salt and Goat Milk. We went for a tour around their small production site.
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raw chocolate bites
During the tour, we got to taste chocolate throughout different stages of its production – from cocoa beans to the end product. These are chocolate rocks that are 70-80% onĀ the finish line. The table in the picture has scratch marks all over it because they have to break the large rocksĀ into smaller pieces beforeĀ the next step.
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along the east river
After the tour, we walked along the east river – it was a gorgeous day! It was warm and sunny, definitely a contrast to the cold and rainy weather in Chicago today šŸ˜¦ Along the promenade, there were lots of chairs that you can sit on and soak in the surrounding. It was a memorable day of chatting, exploring and chilling – couldn’t have asked for better company!
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flea market in brooklyn
In the afternoon, we visited aĀ flea market in Brooklyn. It was situated outdoors, which turned out to be too hot to walk around in the heatĀ šŸ˜¦ but we still walked around for a bit and escaped to get a drink at a rooftop bar nearby shortlyĀ after.
There were more activities over the weekend that I haven’t highlighted here, including Escape the Room, Beauty and Essex, brunch, k-town, driving to Newark to pick my friend up, etc… of course, none of theseĀ things would’ve been as enjoyable as it was if I wasn’t hanging out with my closest friends. Thank you everyone for making the trip amazing!
I’m back in Chi-town with a lot of new memories.

 

With love,
Steph

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