Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Romantic Weekend in the Big Apple

After a long month apart, Jake and I finally reunited in New York City over the long weekend! He's interning in Baltimore this summer and I'm in Manhattan, so we've had to transition from seeing each other daily at school to only talking over Skype at night. Unfortunately we've had to spend every summer of our three-year relationship apart since we live in different states, but the distance makes our visits all the more special. 

Jake visited me in NYC a couple of times last summer and we had an absolute blast, although we stuck mainly to tourist attractions like Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Little Italy, and the Brooklyn Bridge. While we still acted a bit like tourists this year, we also made a point to explore more local restaurants and attractions. Given that we’re both 21 now, we also visited some bars and pubs in the East Village and Lower East Side. One of the highlights of the weekend was watching the Macy's fireworks show over the East River!

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Jake and I had so much fun exploring and hanging out. If you’re interested, scroll through the pictures of our four-day vacation!

I showed Jake my favorite areas of Central Park, including Belvedere Castle. 

We also admired some impressive views of the lake and the Manhattan skyline. 

Of course, we had to visit the famous Bethesda Fountain.

Jake treated us both to ice cream after a successful people-watching session in Washington Square Park.

Sitting in Times Square until the wee hours of the morning is one of our favorite things to do. I usually avoid the crowded area, but always love coming with Jake to hang out and people watch. On this particular night, we ate at an Irish pub at midnight and then sat in Times Square until 2 a.m.

We both obsess over Prosperity Dumpling in Chinatown and bought meals there twice during the week. Four orders of fried dumplings and two sesame pancakes for $6?! Unbeatable!

In addition to dining at Little Italy and exploring the area around where I work, Jake and I ate at some great restaurants and spent a day in Governor's Island – each of those events will get its own separate blog post. Thanks for reading! Let me know if you know of any other fun activities for couples in NYC.