First stop is Wall Street, full of beautiful neoclassic buildings. In fact all 3 orders of Greek columns were present in that intersection. Why don't Toronto have more of these?
New York Stock Exchange
And then a couple blocks away, buildings change into these:
One more block down is the 9/11 memorial:
The memorial is a beautiful and effective use of negative space. It was especially powerful with the water glistening underneath the sunlight, and with 30km/hr wind blowing.
And again the buildings shift shapes as I went farther uptown into SoHo and Chinatown.
After paying my dues at MUJI (and buying a New York branded tote bag), it's time to eat. I actually had graaaaand plans, but unfortunately I've entered a not-hungry phase. This has happened before and the severity of it can be described as I had a cup of hot water and 3 chocolate pretzels at 9 and was not hungry at 1 after walking in the brutal cold. So my grand plans reduced down to these:
Tea at Harney & Sons / falafel sampler at Taim / Prince St Pizza (the square is larger than it looks)
But the highlight of the day was having a tea tasting at T Shop:
This is my first time having a "aged" (8 year old heavily roasted oolong, the cup with redder liquor) tea, and it tasted very similar to pu-er. I guess thats because both are aged teas haha. The best description I've came up for this tea is to imagine descending down into a wooded area from its canopy. The first tea, a lightly roasted cui feng oolong, was very fruity. But today's weather really matched the heavier roast.