Spring has finally sprung! Sorta. It's not freezing cold out anymore, but we've got a lot of rain heading our way. I've got my fingers crossed that soon I'll be able to go out and wander around without bringing my umbrella. Last Saturday, it was in the 60s (omg) and cloudy, so I grabbed a cup of coffee and decided to explore New York City. I have friends and family coming to visit in the next few weeks and months, and I really want to have a better idea of places to take them/show them in the city. I honestly feel like I could spend all day walking around and not even skim the surface of all there is to do and see, but I'm sure going to try while I'm here!
To be honest, I didn't have much planned. I knew there was a restaurant in Brooklyn that I wanted to check out, but other than that I was pretty much up for doing anything. I took the subway downtown and decided to go to Washington Square Park first.
Spring is here!
One of my favorite sights in the city!
I definitely wasn't the only one with the idea of exploring the city. Washington Square Park was packed with people, including this statue performer guy!
I decided to make my way to Brooklyn for lunch, so I went looking around for a subway. I've always loved how subway signs look - there's just something really cool about knowing you can just hop on a train and be in another little world in just a few minutes. That's one of the reasons I love New York City so much!
The R wasn't running to the subway stop I needed, so I got out near the Barclay's Center and walked the half mile to the restaurant. I've seen Burgrito's posted all over social media for a while because of their "burgerito," so naturally I had to try it.
The last time I let a viral video influence my food choices, it was the letdown over at Do. I was really hopeful that this place wouldn't be a huge disaster. The burgerito is a burger-burrito hybrid. One of my favorite food trucks (Sweeto Burrito) in Jacksonville had the same concept, so I wanted to see if it measured up.
I was ready! (Who is "Jen?")
It was ah-mazing. Burger, sauce, french fries in a burrito. It tasted just like the burrito from Sweeto, so my trip was well worth it.
It had started drizzling while I was eating, but I still wanted to look around Brooklyn. I live in a very different, not as urban area, so I always love checking out different spots.
The architecture <3
I tried to map out some potential spots while I was eating, and one of the places I decided to go was to see the Wall Street bull and the Brave Girl statues. When I got off the subway, I found Bowling Green, which I had never been to before. I still get a kick over how tiny different parks in the city are - space is definitely at a premium!
I think more than a few people had the same idea as I did.
I definitely want to come back to visit when there's a few less people.
I ended my little exploration at the Brooklyn Bridge! I went to the bridge during a trip back in October, but this time I went on the Manhattan side. Since it was starting to rain, I decided to call it a day.
Even though it was raining out, the bridge was packed! It's a great spot for photos, so I highly recommend it during your next trip to the city.
Before heading home, I grabbed a few shots of some of the buildings downtown and by the courthouses.
And of course, it wouldn't be the city without a subway band to make the commute home a little better!