Chelsea Market + The High Line


2015 / Fall Travel / Northeast

web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_101Three weeks ago was the first time I had ever been to the Chelsea Market in New York City! My sister and I had been running around the city all day, making our way down to fill our bellies with local food. By the time we got there my feet were k-i-l-l-i-n-g me, so we kind of quickly passed everything looking for a place to sit down. It was the kind of exhaustion where you’re hungry but you can’t even think about what you want until you have a minute to rest! We found a little table by a gelato place (convenient) and rested for a bit. Eventually I got up and got us some pot pies (chicken for me, veggie for Katy).

Because we were so exhausted I didn’t bother to take time for photos, other than the one of the twinkle lights. How cute is that?! We did go into some shops (Artists & Fleas was on our planning Pinterest board. OMG I wanted all the jewelry!) but once I looked at my watch I realized we were about 10 minutes from running out of daylight for walking The High Line (#photographerproblems). We headed up immediately and watched the city start to glow. web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_103web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_107 The High Line is an old railroad track that has been converted into a public park! We had to stop about every 50 feet to take pictures – whether it was a cool building, a dreamy apartment, or a cool view of the city.web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_106

This was Katy’s third time to walk The High Line, so she was busy looking at the surrounding buildings while I was focused on the design of the walkway. It was nice because we both noticed different things and were constantly saying to each other “Oh! Look at this!”.web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_102web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_108web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_105 Oh hey there, Empire State building! :)

I think next time we’ll start at The High Line entrance at 30th Street and work our way down, stopping at the market for a snack, and then end at Gansevoort Street, where we can get off and go to the Whitney Museum! Also, we should not do some much walking prior :)

More from this trip to NYC:

Top of the Rock

You’ve Got Mail Filming Locations

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Top of the Rock


2015 / Fall Travel / Northeast

web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_080Every time someone asks me what they should see or do in New York City, I always recommend Top of the Rock!web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_090

Top of the Rock is named so because it is on the rooftop of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (NBC headquarters). While this has become a huge tourist attraction, I don’t think it should be avoided! If you love vantage points, this is such a great one. Unlike seeing the city from the top of the Empire State building, the view from Top of the Rock puts the Empire State as the center focal point!web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_096

On the south side of the rooftop is the view of the Empire State building and downtown. You can even see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. On the north side of the rooftop is a stunning view of Central Park that I’m kind of obsessed with. I love seeing the scale of the perfect rectangle smack in the middle of all the concrete and stone buildings. (next time: helicopter tour??!!)web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_075web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_098I had always wanted to come up here to see the park from above during the fall season! Unfortunately the day we did this the weather & lighting wasn’t the best to allow the fall leaves to really pop, but it was still much more lush than the time I went in January (below)! NYC_JAN2012_202It can be hard to time attraction visits when you’re sightseeing, but if you can get to the rooftop right when it opens at 8am or be there as the sun sets, you will have an extra special experience! During the trip in January we luckily timed ourselves there at sunset so we got to watch the whole city light up!NYC_JAN2012_210

NYC_JAN2012_212web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_087What is your favorite tourist attraction in NYC? Or favorite attraction in general?

See more New York City travels:

You’ve Got Mail filming locations

Visiting Central Park in the Fall

Ghostbusters filming locations

Levain Bakery, Central Park, DUMBO

Trae’s First Trip to NYC

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You’ve Got Mail Filming Locations!


2015 / Fall Travel / Movie Locations / Northeast

web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_009“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would buy you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” – NY152

Ahhh, You’ve Got Mail. One of my all-time favorite movies. It has romance. It has humor. It has New York in all seasons. It has Tom Hanks!

In all the times I’ve visited New York City I’ve never done a You’ve Got Mail filming locations tour! What?! But I’m glad I waited until our visit last week because a) it was fall (the best season) and b) I got to do it with my sister, who is not a repeat movie watcher with the exception of this film. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this tour!

I T  I S  K A T H L E E N  K E L L Y

Cafe Lalo is where ShopGirl and NY152 plan to meet for the first time, until Joe Fox discovers that ShopGirl is Kathleen Kelly, the woman he’s putting out of business! web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_005youvegotmail147screen cap via

But he goes in anyway and pretends he’s just bumped into her.

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The cafe is just as charming as it appears in the film! I actually went to dinner here with a ballet friend the evening these photos were taken, but I knew my sister would kill me if she didn’t get to go, so we started our day with breakfast here the following morning!

Cafe Lalo is located at 201 West 83rd Street.

H E L L O ,  N E W  J E R S E Y !

Early in the movie we learn that Joe has a boat that he keeps docked on the Hudson River. His brother and aunt (who are mere children) come to visit one morning and frown upon a boat ride. They attend a street fair instead and eventually wander into Kathleen’s bookstore.web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_035web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_034anigif_original-grid-image-4039-1387406468-13gif via

Joe Fox’s boat dock is located at the 79th Street Boat Basin.

S H O P  G I R L

The Shop Around the Corner location is a great example of movie magic. Apart from the curve of the window, the space currently has zero charm. When we arrived here my sister asked why we had stopped because she didn’t recognize the location at all!

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I feel like I’ve read that the shop interiors were filmed on a soundstage, but I also remember reading that this was a cheese shop at the time, so it was cleared out and staged for the movie. I guess it could be a combination of both, seeing as how even in the shot above they would have had to dress the inside.

The Shop Around the Corner exterior is located at 106 West 69th Street (69th & Columbus).

H A P P Y  T H A N K S G I V I N G  B A C K

We can all feel Kathleen’s mortification when she’s so preoccupied with avoiding Joe in the grocery store that she doesn’t realize she’s gone through a “cash only” lane at checkout. To Kathleen’s embarrassment and disapproval, Joe comes to the rescue by charming the cashier into running Kathleen’s credit card.

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Zabar’s is located at 2245 Broadway (at 80th Street).

I  H O P E  Y O U R  M A N G O ‘ S  R I P E

I love the montage early in the movie where we learn Kathleen and Joe live in the same neighborhood and frequent the same establishments, often moments apart from each other. I particularly love the shot here at Verdi Square.


This is also the same spot later in the movie where they sit on a bench together and Kathleen says “Wow, I keep on bumping into you”. To which Joe replies, “Hey, you want to bump into me on, say, Saturday around lunchtime? Over there?”

Verdi Square is located at 72nd Street where Broadway and Amsterdam intersect.

H E  C O U L D  B E  T H A T  G U Y  R I G H T  T H E R E

The day Kathleen finally goes to meet her mister perfect NY152, she first has lunch with Joe at Gray’s Papaya.screenshot347 screen cap viaIMG_2761My cousin, Nan, took me here a few years ago since it’s a classic UWS establishment. We got ourselves Recession Specials and stood at the same spot Joe and Kathleen stood in the movie – though I did not realize this at the time! Also, these hot dogs are delicious and you should definitely try them when in NY!

Gray’s Papaya is located at 72nd Street & Broadway.

K A T H L E E N ‘ S  A P A R T M E N T

I feel like Kathleen’s brownstone is another character in the movie! It says so much about her style. It’s so charming I could burst!web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_010web_NYC_Nov2015_JanaCarson_009tom-hanks-at-meg-ryans-brownstone-youve-got-mail-611x343

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It appears that the cute gold intercom was just a movie prop and the front doors are slightly different, but damn, it’s so, so charming, right? I’m ready to move in!

Kathleen Kelly’s brownstone is located at 328 West 89th Street, between West End and Riverside.

I  W A N T E D  I T  T O  B E  Y O U

“There’s a place in Riverside Park where the path curves and there’s garden. Brinkley and I will be waiting.”

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If you haven’t had enough charm yet, keep heading west on Kathleen’s street and you’ll end up at Riverside Park. Walk north to 91st Street where, indeed, the path curves and there’s a garden! I highly recommend taking a walk over here even if you don’t care about this movie. It’s so beautiful!

The final meeting spot is the 91st Street Garden in Riverside Park.


Buying your ticket to New York yet? :) There are more locations in the area (everything is walkable distance on the Upper West Side!) but these were the ones we wanted to see the most. Other locations to see are Barney Greengrass, Starbucks, the Fox Books building, the faked entrance to Joe’s apartment, the outdoor restaurant, and H&H Bagel (RIP). This BuzzFeed article has a great overview map of the locations.

I want to know – what’s your favorite scene or line from You’ve Got Mail?! Leave a comment :)

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