• Sydnie Mares

NYC Day 3: Shopping and Singing in the Rain

We didn't enjoy our fancy hotel as much as we could have, but on our third day, we did sleep in. By the time we got up it was lunch time, and just a couple blocks away from our hotel, Halal Guys were set up and I was craving falafel. So we had street food for brunch, and we had no regrets.

Seriously, every one in NY loves Halal Guys. We were on our way to do some shopping in Hell's Kitchen, a neighborhood famous in our minds for the Netflix shows Daredevil and Jessica Jones. We happened upon another market going on in the street. It was the perfect place to get cheap accessories, and we both stocked up on sunglasses.

When we got to Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, it was so cool. A vintage hipster's dream. However, we couldn't actually afford any of the retro clothes and antiques. I was in love with so many pieces though and I would definitely recommend it.

We headed back to our hotel area to take a break from the rain. I didn't think that we would end up going to the Paley Center because online it didn't seem that interesting. There were no specific events going on at the time, and the main attraction is their television and radio archive. To escape the rain though, we were down to do a little TV watching. The archive had some cool stuff. I showed Pedro baby Justin Timberlake and Brittney Spears on The Mickey Mouse Club. We also watched the intro to the first ever episode of Conan. It was nice to be on a rainy-day date.

We had dinner reservations at Cafe Vivaldi. I wanted to have a romantic venue with live music, and this was definitely it. The artist had a lovely voice and a retro sound. When we first arrived (slightly late due to traffic and weather), she was performing an Ingrid Michaelson cover, which I took to be a good sign. Towards the end of her set she played "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes which was the song we walked out to at the end of our wedding ceremony. I have the lyrics tattooed on my shoulder. It couldn't have been more perfect.

After dinner, we took a stroll through Greenwich Village and ended up in Washington Square Park again. We people watched in the rain. There was a good amount of college students walking their dogs. We took artsy photos. We kissed. My shorts got wet from sitting on the wet fountain, but it was totally worth it.

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