Last Saturday, I woke up early to take advantage of my time left in NYC. Since the Empire State Building is so iconic, I decided to make it my first stop. If I thought Seattle was cold, it was nothing compared to the frigid winter air of New York! Still I trudged along and walked from my sister's Manhattan apartment.
|Walking up towards the Empire State Building|
But right as I got there, a bus load of asian tourists got off. These weren't just any asian tourists. They were pushy
asian tourists. For a moment I debated whether or not to just come back later, but wasn't left with much of a choice as I was swept into the crowd. Eventually I made it up to the top and was greeted with a wonderful view:
It was so cold, but worth it!
I spent awhile there just taking it in before I left. Upon exiting a snapped this photo from the lobby:
I quickly got into a cab then headed to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library.
|Front view of the New York Public Library|
|Back view of the Library|
Unfortunately for me, I had an hour and a half before the library opened so I filled it with a walk around Bryant Park. It was a small but quaint park with an outdoor rink.
|Outdoor rink at Bryant Park|
After awhile and unable to deal with the cold, I ducked into Le Pain Quotidien, a cute cafe nearby to crab some coffee and a croissant for breakfast.
Afterwards I headed to the library and immediately loved it. The building was just beautiful! Just take a look of the photos below!
|Looking upwards at the ceiling.|
|Entrance view from the second floor.|
|Hallway to one of the wings.|
|Walking up to the second floor.|
|My favorite room of the Library.|
|Lamp and window|
The Library had a neat exhibit about children's literature too.
If you ever find yourself there, check out the gift shop too. They have some neat stuff. I got myself a necklace with an Emily Dickinson quote and got Michael a ring with 15th century poetry (poesy) on it.
If you missed the first part of my NYC series, you can check it out here: NYC Series: A slice, Houston Hall, and Greenhouse