Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of

Hi all!

I’m back!  NYC was great!  I’ll give a short photo recap of the happenings.  I took pictures of some meals, not all (since most people in my program don’t know I have a food blog… sort of embarrassing… oh well).

The trip started off Thursday (after a 5 hr bus ride) at the Brooklyn Army Terminal…

Where we got a tour on a NYC Water Taxi.

It was amazing!  We talked about maritime transport (because planner worry about these things…)

and infrastructure

and the other New York type things…

Then we headed to our hotel and to a reception with other Cornell Alums at Rockefeller Center.  Wine and appetizers were enjoyed… delicious! Then there was an unphotographed night of enjoyment (may have had a little too much wine…).

The next morning, I got up bright and early and headed to Balthazar Bakery for breakfast, where I got the most amazing asparagus, mushroom and cheese croissant and some pretty tasty coffee:


My friend, Celia, got a chocolate croissant.

Looked amazing as well.  After that we headed up to Harlem for a tour of Harlem.  Awesome looking outdoor grocery store (perfect for my food systems planning interest)

and on our lunch break I got a mango with lime, salt and chile!

Sooo delicous!  They’re better in LA but this was great after not having had one in so long!  Actual lunch was unpictured “soul food”… Collard greens, rice and beans and plantains… soo good!

Then we headed to the High line, which is basically every planner’s dream.  It’s an old rail line that was converted into public space.  Pretty cool in my opinion.

Then some more walking around, over to Battery Park and the Irish Hunger Memorial (no idea this existed)

and finally ground zero.  The night ended with a broadway show: Fela!

I was thoroughly entertained.  Great African booty shaking and an interesting message (kind of sad at times).  Definitely recommend it, although I know not everyone liked it. After the show there was fun-ness with friends.

Saturday, we headed back to Ithaca at noon.  I had a fun time!  It was nice to hang out with my CRP friends and not have to worry about school work.  Spring break starts now!  So excited to do absolutely nothing!

Tomorrow will be spend lounging, catching up on blog reading, maybe baking and potentially watching the Cornell basketball game with some friends.

Glad (but maybe a little sad) to be back!  Have a great Sunday!!


11 thoughts on “Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of

  1. healthyexposures says:

    Welcome back! Glad you had a great time. And hey , at least you don’t have to go back to school work since you’re on break!!
    Loved all the photos. Never been to NYC and you showed me a totally different side of it.
    Have a great sunday funday!

  2. Jenn ( says:

    Looks like a great time!! Would you believe I have lived in NY for 28 of my 30 years of existence and have never been to the Statue of Liberty?! I know, it’s pathetic. lol I love the city, we’re probably going in May for our anniversary. We got married in Manhattan. 🙂


  3. grm3690 says:

    Hey, Karla! Just found your blog and I love it! 🙂
    These pics look great, glad you had a good time in the city!

  4. sweetandsweat says:

    I’m glad you had a good time in NY! The croissant looks yummy and seeing a Broadway show sounds like fun. Hope it’s your spring break right now as well and enjoy relaxing!

  5. Michelle says:

    Goodness I just found your blog and wanted to tell you that you take SUCH incredible pictures!! Whether it’s the buildings or that scrumptious looking croissant!!! And I also noticed that you have the most creative recipes ever!!! Everything looks awesome…i definitely want to try those vegan cookies!!

  6. simplyshaka says:

    Love love love yours pics!!! Fela looks and sounds like a good show. I like the concept of the high line along with the oversized seating pads and need to go to Balthazar Bakery when I go to NYC in July.

    Ummm hope you got the watch the Cornell game because they are kicking a** and taking names!

  7. Laura Georgina says:

    Awesome photos to go with your awesome time in NYC! Love the mango with chili and the water taxi (San Juan, PR has a really nice water-taxi system that urban planners have had plenty of fun with and I love cities that have them).

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