Parentals Take on New York City

You know when your parents come to visit you in the city — especially when your Dad hasn’t been to New York since the 70’s (!!!) — you’ve got to show them the best time. Well, with all the smiles, laughter, and sore feet that were brought on last weekend, I think it’s safe to say Derek and I did just that. I’ll skip the time-passes-too-fast rant, and jump right to the part of I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact their visit has already come and gone. Thankfully, we have an abundance of photos to relive their visit, over and over again. Thanks to Derek, of course.

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We started out the long weekend spending time meandering around our neighborhood in Brooklyn. And as you probably guessed it, we didn’t do any exploring until we stuffed our faces with brunch at one of our favorite local spots, Rosewater. We first discovered this restaurant back in June when Rachel was visiting, and we all were really blown away with how delicious the food tasted. It definitely was a no-brainer to go back with my parents.

I don’t know how we became so lucky, but the garden apartment (in a lovely Brownstone might I add!) my parents stayed in literally was only a block away from our place. Talk about the ultimate convenience. Hands down, this was the best Airbnb find ever.

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After walking my mom and dad all over, we all really worked up an appetite. The only solution was chowing down an “ice-cream flight” at Ample Hills! Six flavors of the tastiest ice-cream ever, yeah it was all gone within five minutes.

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Later on, we stopped at Smalls Jazz Club (remember here?) for a little jam session. This detour was so much fun. Not to mention it was a good excuse to sit for a while.

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Looking back, I’m glad we took time to go to the Top of the Rock, especially at night. Seeing all the twinkling lights shine bright into the sky, it really made me fall in love with the city all over again. The top being 70 stories high, I guess this is what it feels like to have a penthouse view…

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And of course, what would be a trip to NYC without hitting up the most crowded, overwhelming, touristy area ever (you know I’m talking about Times Square!) and scarfing down a few slices at Joe’s!?

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Mother Nature sure was good to us the three days my parents were in town. We couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sunday when exploring Central Park. Not to mention right many of the leaves had already turned into those dreamy golden hues of autumn, so it really was a beautiful sight to see. We woke up a tad bit earlier than usual just to make sure we arrived at the Boathouse when it opened so we could eat breakfast by the water. Totally worth it!

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One of my favorite moments of the entire weekend was when both my Dad and Derek were pulled into a street performance in the park. My mom and I about died laughing. I’ve got to hand it to them, they were truly good sports about it all. I think my Dad was totally digging all the mustache love he was getting!

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The last day of their trip was especially a touching one. We were able to go atop the Freedom Tower, as well take our time visiting both the 9/11 memorial and museum that recently opened. If you ever are in the area and have the chance to make this visit, I would highly recommend it.

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Since it was the eve of Mom’s birthday the night before she and Dad left to go back North Carolina, we celebrated with a wonderful meal amidst one of the most charming backyard patios we’ve ever been to. I’m one big sucker for Edison lights so as soon as we saw them flickering from the distance of the door, we all knew we couldn’t give up the chance to eat outside…Even if that meant keeping our jackets on the entire time!

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Ah, I miss these two already. Their trip of course flew by way too fast, but I’m so thankful to have had the chance to show them around the city we now call “home.” While I wish they could have stayed a bit longer, I’m sure their feet were happy the trip was only three days!

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