NYC//day 4: brooklyn flea, bridge & dancing in times square

another day filled with much walking, panting and sweating! not kidding but not complaining because hey, i’m in new york. we wanted to meet up with bailey’s old roommate, marisa who had moved to the big city after she graduated scad so we headed to brooklyn to start our day. she was in church during the morning so since it was early with a big day ahead of us, we naturally gravitated to a coffee shop. we found toby’s estate coffee which was probably one of my favorite coffee shops because 1) their coffee was good and 2) they had these long wooden tables that were uhh-mazing. i’m a sucker for those wood tables! after we scarfed down the coffee, we decided that it wasn’t enough so we each got another cup to start the day. (this is really funny because it reminds us of when we were heading back to savannah from nashville and we stopped at barista parlor, also our favorite coffee shop, and stocked up on about 24 oz. each of their coffee)

we had time to spare so we walked around town and shopped because. there was an indoor/outdoor market so we found ourselves a bookstore, spoonbill & sugartowpn books, inc. this was a small store that had a mixture of children books, notebooks and a large variety of art books. i could’ve stayed in there for hours flipping through beautifullly curated books about artists, design, life and a little bit of everything. i’m also a sucker for frankie, kinfolk, darling, oh comely, and pretty much every independent publisher. picked myself a copy of each because not only are they super educating and inspiring, they make great coffee table reads!

we met up with marisa and ate brunch at juliette which is also a great place food wise and aesthetically. lots and lots of plants hanging from the ceiling and chalkboard walks with fun type. mmm mmm good. i had their croque monsieur and boy that was delicious. thanks to marissa, we were able to walk to the brooklyn flea and eat some nummy popsicles from people’s pops. later that day we parted our ways and headed towards the brooklyn bridge. no where in our plans said that we were going to bike across the bridge. not only did we bike across the bridge in 15 minutes, we were both in dresses! that was the most liberating, scary, exciting experience ever. the beginning was rough as we had just walked a good distance and the bike was a bit shaky. it was scary because i didn’t want to stop in case i were to get in an accident with crazy bikers/walking tourists not paying attention. poor bailey, she kind of got lost in the dust as my adrenaline was rising and once i started pedaling, couldn’t stop. fortunately, we were able to stop in the middle and snap a few photos to prove that we had actually biked across the bridge.

since bailey saw her roommate, it was my turn to see mine. if you don’t know her, you should check out her amazing blog. esther mentioned meeting up at the silent disco held in times square. at first bailey and i were very confused not understand the concept of a disco being silent. it’s okay everyone; it’s an experience everyone should have. it’s free and basically you get a set of chunky headphones with three stations (there are three live dj’s cranking out the music) and then start dancing. the concept is so simple yet you get the best out of it. it was great to see all kinds of people coming together, forgetting our troubles and just dancing it out. that was probably the best 3 hour workout a girl could’ve gotten (at least, i know i did). as i assume you know, so much sweating…so much.

after some more goodbyes (but not really because i’ll see esther back in savannah!) we were in search of food! where we stayed in upper east village, there is a smaller pond of restaurants so we had to walk a ways before finding the place. we picked sushi but on the way there it started pouring! as you imagine, we were not prepared wearing our dresses, sandals, frolicking around.. obviously we had to start running and pray that we don’t miss our turn or better yet, slip down the hill. thankfully, we found our place a gobbled up so more delicious food.

after the day we were so exhausted. we had really pushed our bodies with walking, biking, and dancing so were were quite sore and felt like old broken people as we walked up the two flights of stairs up to our apartment. but wow, such a good day blessed with the best kinds of friends.

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