how to spend a morning in the Flatiron District

A few Sundays ago, I woke up early at the Marcel Hotel and spent my last morning in Manhattan with the city almost entirely to myself {and my mother!}. I could stand in the middle of almost every street without fear of becoming roadkill. Our accommodation was only a few blocks from the Flatiron Building, delicious coffee shops, and the New York Public Library-- all of which are among my favourite New York City 'things.' So, I went for an early Sunday stroll. 

If you're in the Flatiron District early in the a.m., here's how to spend the morning...

Visit the Flatiron Building //

Amidst all the chaos of trying to meet up with a certain someone during Summer 2015, they suggested I visit the Flatiron Building while staying in New York. Forward to my most recent trip to the city, I was still as in awe as ever of the Renaissance Revival architecture of the 22-story building. Almost a sort of reflective analogy for other feelings I've been feeling. 

 photography for sale in Argo Tea 

photography for sale in Argo Tea 

 outside of Birch Coffee

outside of Birch Coffee

 soy latte at Toby's Estate

soy latte at Toby's Estate

GRAB COFFEE OR A CUPPA //

The morning was cold, as April in New York is, which called for lots of coffee stops along our stroll. We nipped in for tea at Argo Tea {touristy chain} at the bottom of the Flatiron, black drip at Birch Coffee on East 27 Street, and a soy latte at Toby's Estate on 5th. My preference was Birch for atmosphere and Toby's for taste {try their croissaints}. 

STROLL PAST THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY //

My mother, like me, loves to read. Although the NYPL doesn't open until the afternoon on Sundays, I wanted to show my mother the stunning building which houses 53 MILLION items. It's a bookworm/history buff's dream come true. It's a beautiful building worth checking out even if you can't visit its remarkable insides on Sunday until later. 

Time goes by quickly in a city that moves so fast, but there was something slower about Sunday morning spent strolling around Manhattan. Time seemed as frozen as my fingers that morning. I can't say I was ready to go return to allergies and 'real life' in South Carolina, but I definitely appreciated the flowering trees and Poppytart snuggles that welcomed me back. 

As far as future plans and where I'll be strolling next, I have a few trips mapped out before I move. If I can make a crunched timeline work, however, I look to be making my way to London, hopping around to a few new stops in Europe, then stopping on an island high on the 'bucket list' for being frozen in time, and then, hopefully, on to my new home base for a while with a new job offer and a new country on the horizon.