New York City

You GUYS! It’s been too long, I’m sorry! Life got pretty crazy. But I’m here now and I want to discuss a long overdue trip that I took back with my favorite guy back in June. The trip had three parts: Canada, New York City, and Long Island. For the sake of family privacy, I am going to leave out my Canada & Long Island experience. It was absolutely incredible to be in both places, and I loved every second of it all , but we were in Long Island for a short time and the trip to Canada was for intimate reasons. I appreciate your understanding! Now, without further adieu, New York City!

Rob and I decided that from New Brunswick Canada, we would drive down to Manhattan. We thought it was a great idea, we thought we could cut off hours of the thirteen hour drive no problem, and we thought I was not going to be hangry 90% of the time. We were pretty much 100% wrong, but fortunately we made it to Manhattan in one piece. We arrived at our residence, the Roosevelt Hotel located on 45 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017, at around 8pm. This hotel was perfect for our stay because of its location in Midtown Manhattan. The hotel is one block away from 5th Avenue, three blocks from Rockefeller Center, and three blocks from Times Square. We could not have picked a better location. Not only that, but this place was fancy AF. 

Because we had so much time left for activities that night, we decided to take a walk to Times Square. Rob had never been to New York City before, so being in the heart of it all for the first time at night when the streets are beautifully lit and the bustle is still happening was a must-do for us. We got to Times Square and were both blown away. What do you guys think was my first suggestion to Rob once we got there? If you said selfie, you nailed it.

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“Courtney can we please eat now, I’m starving.”

After sixteen takes, we finally chose a decent photo and moved on with our lives to the next most important part of the night: food. There were restaurants everywhere, but we decide to be as touristy as possible and get hot dogs off a food cart. We doused our dogs in ketchup and mustard, found seats right near the famous Times Square staircase, and took it all in until we were ready to head back to bed.

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The next day in Manhattan was jam packed with activities. We started by having a light breakfast at The Rustic Table (504 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). This place was perfect because everything was fresh and healthy.  I got the avocado smash, he got a salad and we got homemade lemonade.

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After our breakfast we continued to the first touristy event of the day, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. This spot was alright, the only thing that turned us off was the amount of screaming school children on field trips rifling through the rooms and bumping into us every five seconds. Regardless, we still had so much fun and I got to reconnect with my best friends Jen Aniston and Rihanna!

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Hey Jen, maybe let go of my crotch?

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I don’t think I have yet mentioned that I date a baller. Ball is life for Robert. Ball never sleeps for Robert. So where to next? Did you say NBA Store? Because if you did, you are correeeeeeect! I got to watch my love fall in love with his surroundings, shop through hundreds of jerseys and sneakers, and gush over the cased autographs of his favorite players. You know that saying “he thought the view was pretty but I thought he was prettier?” that was us in this store. There was nothing better than the look on his face when he saw some of the uniforms of his favorite players. It was a sad moment when we walked out the door.

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Fun fact: Shaq wears a size 27 shoe!

No worries though, because next was Top of the Rock! This is right in Rockefeller Center. The Top of the Rock takes you up to the 70th floor to the sky deck for a breathtaking view of Manhattan. Rob and I took our sweet time up here, and we actually took a decent photo together on the FIRST TRY. It was a true miracle you guys.

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As if we hadn’t already done enough walking, a nice stroll up to 70th Street from 45th street was what we decided to do next because I am *obsessed* with Bella Hadid. Bella has a clothing line at a shop called Chrome Hearts, and I needed to see it. What I did not know is that her clothing line was at the OTHER Chrome Hearts location in Greenwich Village. So essentially, we walked all the way up through Central Park for nothing, but I did get to see some EXPENSIVE jewelry and feel famous for ten seconds before we walked all the way back! Oh, and yes, Rob still did love me after I made him walk almost 45 minutes both ways. He is truly a keeper.

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They fed us chocolate while we browsed. #VIP

Since we are NARPS (non-athletic regular people), Rob and I decided that it was time to go back to the hotel and sit for a while before our dinner reservations. So we headed back to get ready to look like celebs at dinner.

Once 7:30pm hit, Rob and I strutted our stuff like the Cheetah girls back to Times Square for our dinner at The Haven Rooftop (132 West 47th Street). If you ever find yourself in Manhattan, you NEED to make a reservation here. There is a business casual dress code, so be prepared to dress fancy shmancy.

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When we arrived we were seated at the lower roof level where we enjoyed a cocktail and steak. Rob always treats me like a queen and lets me order whatever I want. Before I met him I used to order my steak medium well. I wondered why I always hated steak, and then I realized that eating a shoe was pretty much the same as medium well meat. The introduction of medium rare has been one of the biggest blessings of my life and I owe it all to Rob. Anyway though, back to our regularly scheduled programming. After we finished dinner we headed back up to the lounge where we had a few more drinks. I ordered the solstice, which was delicious and got me very…we’ll say…happy! Rob and I discussed nonsense for the rest of the night, like how cool Howard Shultz must be in person, and the importance of Linkin Park to all twelve year olds in 2008. The night was truly riveting. 

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In hand: my third Solstice, I was happy.

The next morning, we (luckily) dodged a hangover! We were up and out of the hotel by 10am, and we drove down to Greenwich Village for Chrome Hearts (755 Washington Street) part two. We were a bit early for the opening, so we decided on brunch in the village. Greenwich Village incredibly artistic. There are art students everywhere, the fashion is to die for, and the atmosphere is incredibly eccentric. Rob and I made our way through the village and ate at a spot called Bubby’s High Line. We both ordered the Turkey BALT (a BLT that also includes avocado because we are like that) and more homemade lemonade. The lemonade was my favorite part, followed by to the outdoor seating.

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After brunch, we walked to Chrome Hearts and I about lost my mind when I walked in. It was super intimidating because there were security guards everywhere and no one was allowed to take photos. But the shop was gigantic and extremely well put together. I got to sign a book that was put out on a counter when they opened the store that SO many famous people signed! I also finally got to see Bella’s clothing line in person. I was quickly shut down when I saw that everything was at least $200 but it was nice to see it all with my own eyes. There was an upper level to the store that was blocked off that morning, and I am convinced that Bella was upstairs. It’s as close to her as I’ll probably ever get so just let me have this, okay?

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Up next on our trip to the city was Yankee Stadium! I surprised Rob with a tour of the stadium a few weeks before the trip because I love him and he loves historic stadiums. So after the village, we took the 35 minute drive to the Bronx for our exclusive stadium tour! We got there and joined the ten others in our group for a walk through the stadium that even I loved, and I don’t care for the Yankees one bit! We got to see the Yankee museum,

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we got to walk out to center field for photos,

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Grandpa used a prop for his selfie!

and we even got to sit in the press box!

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Seeing Rob’s face throughout the duration of the tour was my favorite part. It’s so wonderful to be able to treat him to something so important to him after all he does for me. I couldn’t help but pay more attention to him than the ballpark!

The tour of the stadium concluded our trip to the city, so we got back in the car for our trek to Long Island. Our first trip together is something I will always cherish, and I am so lucky that I get to share it with all of you! Stay tuned for my upcoming posts about my latest trips! Thanks for reading, xo.

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