Monday, April 4, 2011

New York City trip in pictures!

This post is seriously late, but I've been busy recovering from a whirlwind trip, jet lag, and the knowledge that I have to be back in the classroom, bright-eyed & bushy-tailed, Monday at 8 am.  WHAT?  Ugh.  Scratch the bright-eyed & bushy-tailed part.

New York City is magical, as was seeing all my friends together (we all got together Saturday night for dinner in Brooklyn--12 of us!--some friends from childhood, college, grad school, etc. etc.).  Summer has those pics on her camera, so I will post them as soon as she sends them to me (ahem, Summer).

But here's a summary of my trip, in photos:

Summer and me out exploring

In Times Square, right after we exited the biggest Forever 21 in the freakin' world (5 floors?)

how delighted was I to spot a dress made out of cards??

me with itty bitty Baked by Melissa cupcakes
seriously, they are about the size of a quarter!

Summer and Adam's boys

Radio City Music Hall

The closest I came to Carrie Bradshaw was visiting the Patricia Field store
(where I fell in love with a gold glitter iPhone case)

Times Square

check out the marquee--the Bronx zoo cobra was on the loose!
btw, if you don't follow @BronxZoosCobra on twitter, you're seriously missing out

a morning alone in Union Square . . . 

. . . where I spotted these precious school babies!

my darling friend Marisa at Motorino Pizza in Brooklyn
if you live in NYC, run there pronto!

we had broccolini & margherita pizzas
and love bomb cocktails!

Marisa and me at dinner--old friends!


Make it work!

my college friend Peter in his office at Kensington Press
(I'm suffering from job envy: he reads fiction manuscripts all day & decides whether or not to publish them!)

in the theater district
(I love how the light is shining on the "i")

Simon & Schuster, for those of us obsessed with literary presses

taken from the Brooklyn Bridge
(oh how I wish this were properly centered)

walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, heading to Grimaldi's
aka the best pizza in NYC

goodness gracious alive, this pizza is good

I love this picture of Summer with the "Live Your Life" sign in the background

Aside from a couple mishaps (including losing my phone & having to buy a new one), it was a phenomenal trip.  Summer was the best hostess ever (as was my dear Marisa, whom I stayed with one night!).  I wish I'd had more time so that I could have spent more time with everyone . . . but all the more reason to make NYC a yearly vacation!

Hope y'all had a wonderful week.  I'm glad to have returned to the blog world!  Happy Monday.


Faiza said...

Yay for New York City!

I love my friends and family but NYC is one of the best places in the world to spend time alone. I love that anonymous feeling and have great memories of being alone in Union Square with a book and some lemonade. Your Union Square pic made me so happy!

Have a great week!

Summer {athena in the middle} said...

had a blast with you. as for my camera, the cord is missing. boooo. need to buy a new one. um, k?

Anonymous said...

What a great trip! That pizza looks absolutely delicious! Did you end up seeing Memphis? It was so much better than I had expected it to be. Aw, I'm having deep NYC withdrawals now...

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

woo hoo. i love nyc. looks like you had a fabulous time :)

bananas. said...

a yearly NYC vacation? oh yea i like that!

i'm actually going in july, after a 5 year hiatus. i can't wait!!! your trip looks like so much fun! i must try that grimaldi's pizza!!!

ps. welcome back. sorry it had to be on a monday :(

erin elder said...

Your trip to NYC looks absolutley amazing!! I've never been to NYC but these photos make me want to go badly. It looks like you hit all the best spots and saw everything one should see when visiting NYC, and I'm a little jealous you got to hang out with miss Summer...

If I ever make it out to NYC I may have to copy your itinerary because it looks like way too much fun!!

oh, and lovely photos!! you ladies are beautiful!

wfayew said...

Peter has my dream job. And you went on my dream trip. I need to make an appearance in NYC.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh great! It looks like you had a great time visiting in NYC! I love that there's a 5 floor Forever 21! I love that store!

Lauryn said...

5 floors!? and I thought the Forever 21 in our mall was overkill... where do they get all that product??

Looks like a great trip!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Yay! Love this post! You look so adorable and happy in all of your pics!! I want to go to NYC even more badly now. I can't believe I'm 27 and never been! Boo to me!

Glad you had a great time and got to see great friends. Eagerly awaiting the next post :D

Welcome back ♥

melifaif said...

Your pics are blowing me away!!! They are fantastico!!! What a time...the brooklyn bridge photo = amaze balls.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

How wonderful! One day I am so going to New York! No idea when, but someday it will happen...

You look gorgeous in that photo with your itty bitty cupcakes! So happy to be in NYC!

starnes family said...

Great trip photos!

5 stories?! Would love to try that place!

this free bird said...

Claire you packed in so many wonderful things while you were in NYC. I would've passed out in Patricia Fields and probably still be there (if she didn't spot me beneath the rack in the back).


Jen said...

I'm so jealous! I've never been to NY and want too so bad!! Next time, take me with! ;-)

Happy Monday Darling! xo

E. Charlotte said...

What a great collection of photos! It looks like you made the very best of your NYC trip! I hope to make it there in the near future, never been! Thanks for taking us on the tour with you! (Looks like it was awfully chilly there though!)

ag. said...

Great photos! It doesn't look like you two have many bags after exiting F21?!

Kori said...

Great photos! I can't believe they had a 5-story F21!!!! I haven't been shopping in so long!!! Kori xoxo

drollgirl said...

you must have had so much fun! love the pictures! AND it looks like the weather cooperated fully for your trip - YAY!!!!

p.s. the pizza and drinks?! nom nom! they look fab!

Kimbirdy said...

woah, i thought the f21 store in san francisco was overwhelming! it looks like you had such an amazing time - yay!

Meredith said...

I had so much fun going through all of these pictures - they look simply amazing, I can't imagine how much fun you had actually doing those things! I don't even know what's in it, but I need a Love Bomb cocktail immediately. Also a deep dish pizza. Mmmmm.

Megan said...

I have been hanging out for this post :-) So glad you had a wonderful time. Catching up with all your friends sounds lovely. You have definitely got me excited for my trip in October :-)

Amanda said...

I wanna gooooooo!--she whines.

It sounds (and looks) like you had a marvelous trip! I would love to have friends like that show my around one of the greatest cities in the world! Are you able to get out of your NYC daydream yet? :)

Annie Cristina said...

Wow, you look like you had an awesome time! Great pictures. (Especially that pizza. Yum.)

Meghan said...

Girl, I couldn't agree more! NYC is MAGICAL and I feel like a new person each time I visit. Your pictures are just marvelous and I am so glad you had a wonderful time! I may be asking for some restaurant recs, as I am heading back in July!

Kara said...

I loved this post!! Amazing food, good friends, an awesome environment and OMG I lol'd at your "dykes" photo. Yay immaturity! :)

sheba said...

love love love these photos! can't wait to try motorino when i'm in bk next!

we need to do nyc together!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ah sooo fun! NYC is never NOT amazing, I love these images, the lighting looks phenomenal in them! You are lucky to go and I agree, that last pic of your friend is so pretty. Also, I want your friends job too so I'll get in line behind you. Love the pictures! I have been to NYC so many times but never walked the brooklyn bridge, so loved looking at those :)

April said...

Sooo jealoussssss

Paige said...

girl!!!! it looks like you had fun!

Micaela said...

SUCH BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!!! i want to go to NYC to eat first (that pizza?! those cupcakes?!!!) ha! you looks so pretty in each of them and so happy! what a great way to spend spring break in the city that never sleeps.

i've missed you though for sure on here, so glad to have you back! and so thankful to have had your NYC recap on our phone date :)

i love you so!!!!

ps. i would have gone CRAZY with you in PF! and again, those babes in Union Square make my womb ache ;)

Gracie said...

This is amazing! It looks like you had such a great time and it's well documented. I think that's always important when you go on trips. Those babies :) Awww huge smile.

CultAnthro said...

You just gave me an enormous craving for NY style pizza. Chicago style just won't cut it.... *sigh*

Glad you had a fun time - you deserve it!

Marz said...

Absolutely amazing photos!!!! You look SO gorgeous with your quarter sized cupcake bites! :) One of my favourite pictures of you ever :) And that Brooklyn Bridge photo - AMAZING! Centered or not, you need to frame that photo.

I am so glad that you got to hang out with Summer and all your NYC friends! Must have been SO neat to get everyone together. How amazing that these friends you knew at different parts in your life came together just because of you :) How special! Oh the memories you must have remembered with each person and the new memories you made - love it!
Completely jealous of Peter by the way!

I wonder if they found the cobra by now? ha I don't have a twitter, but I might just need to get one to follow funny things like that :)

It's nearly lunch time and I wish more than anything I could have a slice of some NYC pie - that pizza looks HEAVENLY!!!


Allison said...

I love a half hour out of the city, but I still get the same butterflies and excitement every time I go in. I love it SO much.
You are just lovely and look so fashionable and pretty in all the pictures! I can't think of a better location for spring break.
Seriously, I love every single one of your pictures -- and I'm totally taking your recommendations and will have to get myself to Brooklyn for some pizza! xox

Allison said...

And by love, I meant live - HA. I guess I got confused between my love for the city and the fact that I LIVE a half hour out of it? ;) (Signs I'm having a long day...).

Rach said...

I've always wanted to visit NYC and still haven't had the chance. Hopefully soon! I would have taken a picture of the Simon & Schuster building college it was my dream to work in a publishing house. Thanks for sharing your photos :) And LOVE the shawl/pashima you are wearing!


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{BlueEyedYonder} said...

Yay! So happy to see you had an amazing trip. That pizza looks delish! Drool.

Leesh said...

Looks like and sounds like you had a great time! I have never been to NYC and hope to go in June. When I finally get to go, I definitely want to try out those Baked by Melissa cupcakes. Mini-cute things are my thing.

btw - the pizza looks delicious!