After a delayed flight on Tuesday night, Paige and I spent all of Wednesday roaming around the Upper East side. We stopped for brunch (the first of many during our trip) at a cute sidewalk cafe called Bluestone Lane. The inside of the cafe is housed inside a church, right in the center of the Museum Mile. We both ordered a variation of their toast; I got berries and ricotta, she got almond butter and honey. The beetroot latte was also an interesting addition to our meal.
Since the Guggenheim is two blocks from Bluestone, they are the perfect Upper East side combo. (If you plan on visiting NYC, there are a lot of different ‘passes’ for budget travellers! We did a build-your-own CityPass and saved money on the Guggenheim, along with some other spots you’ll see later on!) As an art history fanatic, I was thrilled to see some works by Calder, Brancusi, Braque, Cezanne, and Degas to name a few.
The Guggenheim sits right along the border of Central Park, so we chose to detour through it to our next stop. We entered towards the center, working our way south towards the Bethesda fountain. For the first time during our trip, I truly felt that I was in New York City. Walking through a huge park full of lush trees while looking up at skyscrapers felt like the definition of the NYC experience.
I loved seeing couples or groups of friends laying out and enjoying the view. After a quick refuel at Starbucks (a traveller’s safe haven), we headed over to Rockefeller Center. Personally, Top of the Rock was my favorite view from the whole trip! You can’t beat the classic view of the Empire State, plus seeing Central Park laid out in front of you is incredible.