If you haven't seen Part I of my adventures in New York, you can find it here.
On day 3, we got up a bit later than usual because we were so pooped out from all the walking we did in the days since we arrived. We got to the metro station around noon and went to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). It is 6 stories, but some really beautiful pieces are hosted there. Van Gough, Monet, Andy Warhol, etc. Some pieces are really beautiful, but some I guess I'm not artsy fartsy enough to understand. Definitely an awesome museum, and it's probably the cleanest place I have been in New York to date. We stopped in one of the cafes to have a quick bite, but surprisingly the food was quite good.
After the MOMA we went next door to the St. Patricks Cathedral, which is absolutely breathtaking. The outside is gorgeous, and inside the stained glass and front display is beautiful. We accidently stepped in while there was a service and it was super awkward because I didn't know what to do. We just stood there for about 15 minutes because we weren't sure when the songs cut off and when we should make a dash to leave without attracting attention. You're not allowed to take pictures when there is a service going on, but I couldn't resist so I took some from the outside through the glass trying to be all ninja sneaky, but an old man saw me and shot me a dirty glance. I just want a picture to remember it forever ;_;.
The next day it was horribly rainy, but we went to 5th Ave and afterwards we headed to the New York Public Library (one of the places at the top of my touristy list to visit). Apart from being happy to finally be out of the rain, the library is drop. dead. gorgeous. The ceiling art is beautiful, and it's almost like being in a giant castle of books. Even though this was probably one of the coldest days while I was in New York, I was determined to get a flower gelato cone so we dragged our freezing asses over to Amorino. Delicious. But cold. But still delicious. For dinner we finally got a table at Ippudo after an hour and half wait.. at least we got in unlike a couple days prior when they turned us away because they said there would not be a table open for the rest of the day. The buns (which is like gua bao in Taiwan), is probably the best thing on the menu. We also had some unagi and ramen, but the spotlight is definitely on the pork belly buns! Thank god I can fufill my fix with The Chairman in SF.
On my last day, I only had until the afternoon before I had to head to the airport so I woke up bright and early and went to Lady M to pick up a cake to bring back for my family. I also had a slice of chocolate banana cake and it might be one of the best cakes I've ever had. It's like a good couple dozen layers of crepe with filling in between. The good thing is that it's not very sweet so I was able to finish my whole slice! I brought back a whole green tea cake for the family, which was KILLED. So good. Then off to Marc Jacobs which was quite far from the subway, but thankfully over the past week of training my ass to walk everywhere, I was ok! (I've unlearned all this now and have been driving everywhere again in California)
In case you're wondering about the lack of pictures of myself being the vain human being that I am, I apparently have no skill against the wind in New York and lost completely. NY Wind 1, Elaine 0. orz
On the boat I took about 30 pictures, all turning out similar to this:
I'm so excited for the holiday next weekend to possibly drop by Fanime to find a llama and some other fun activies! My dreams of catching up on sleep are never going to come true, but that's ok.