The “Last” Weekend

This was my last official weekend in New York City! Finals are happening, my friends are starting to head home, and the longest/shortest semester in the history of ever is coming to close (That’s confusing. Basically, this semester went way too fast and is never-ending all at the same time, and I genuinely don’t know how I feel about it, but anyway….).

In celebration, two of my closest friends and I decided to have a little Saturday afternoon out. It started at The Strand in Union Square, which is a book heaven for, well, basically everyone, whether you like books or not. We picked up everything in the store and then decided to only buy three items or so between the three of us. I am now the proud owner of a book signed by the one and only Tim Gunn, if you were wondering… (#fangirling).

We then moved on to lunch at Hotel Tortuga in the East Village. I’m not a huge Mexican food fan, unfortunately, but I have to admit the place was pretty good. Their lunch special is only eight bucks, and you can pick from a menu of substantial options. My friends were a little more adventurous, and I went safe just ordered tacos (but their Grilled Steak is OUTSTANDING.).

We killed some time people-watching in Washington Square Park and enjoying the incredible weather, before making a stop at Amorino University Place. Amorino Gelato, an Italian chain, is famous for making the gelato flowers, and I tried it for the first time in the Galleria Lafayette in Paris. In celebration of (almost) surviving our semester, we each got one. They were worth every penny (See mine below- Cookie Butter, Milk Chocolate and Caramel flavors. The caramel is my favorite. The chocolate is good, but is a little overpowering.)

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From there we disbanded to attempt to be productive (Actually, they went to their room to be productive. I kind of gave myself the day off, if that’s even a thing you can do during finals week…?). I used the very last day on my unlimited metrocard to the fullest extent, and headed to Chelsea Market, which is one of my favorite places in all of New York City. Aside from the food (Think Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, but a little smaller!), there is also a stellar flea market permanently in the back. It’s a little hard to find, but they have some crazy cool stuff. I had lost one of my rings from my favorite stand, Cynthia Rybakoff, so I treated myself to a replacement.

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Before heading home to actually be productive, I took a detour through the West Village. I don’t spend much time in the West Village area, so it was nice to see it alive on such a beautiful day. It also was the perfect opportunity for me to stop at 66 Perry St. It may seem unassuming at first, but this is actually Carrie Bradshaw’s front stoop from Sex and the City. It’s crazy cool to see it in person, and the best possible end to my day to preemptively celebrate the beginning of summer.

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Thank you for a wonderful semester, New York City. See you in the fall, hope you’re ready!

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