As some of you may know, my senior year in college I had an exchange student/study abroad student ( are those the same?) live with me. Her name is Tarn and she is from London. Turns out, she’s practically a British version of myself. We had an amazing year together, but then she had to go back to the UK. She has visited the states a couple times since then and I have been lucky enough to see her, but it had been over a year and we decided that wasn’t right. New York is one of the closet half way points for us, so we picked some dates, booked flights and found a lovely Airbnb in Brooklyn! To prepare and plan and keep in touch, we created a Pinterest Board filled with fun ideas to spend our time there. I was pumped!
We met at the airport on a Thursday evening, got to the apartment within 40 minutes or so, changed quickly, and were out the door by 10pm to catch the end of a concert at The Bowery Ballroom. We got to see about 40 minutes of it before it ended and then decided to grab a drink at a super cool speak easy like bar, called Apotheke. There, we made some friends who invited us on a SOHO bar crawl with them, the night ended around 3:30am, which I was quite proud of since we had been traveling all day. Go us!
The second day was very Gossip Girl: Manhattan, Central Park, exploring the Upper East Side, drinking mimosas, and ending the day at Bleaker Street at a wonderful Italian restaurant called Volare! The Staff is the best, food was amazing, and the entire atmosphere was cozy and elegant. Fairly early night since we didn’t get much sleep the previous night.
Day 3, we awoke at 6am! Brooklyn day/Thrifting. We began at the best coffee shop I have ever been to, I wanted to live there; it was so beautiful. We then headed off to the Brooklyn Flea Market where we found some amazing things that I truly believe changed my life. I got a hat that made me feel more myself than any piece of clothing has ever done to me, a little pocket mirror from the early 1900s, a brass tin from the 1800s, an old engagement ring and a couple other little finds. We then left because I was scared I would spend all my money there, so we headed to Williamsburg Smorgasburg. If you like food, you could make a trip to New York just for this. It was incredible. After we stuffed ourselves with some of the best food in New York, we decided we needed to shop again. We went to Beacon’s Closet, Urban Jungle (My personal fave), and Monk Vintage. We don’t buy stuff new, that’s boring.
After freshening up a bit, we were off again for part two of the day: Rooftops and Views. We began at the McCarren Hotel’s Rooftop, which had decent views and cheap rose. Next up: The Wythe Hotel’s Rooftop bar, The Ides. Little did we know, It’s apparently a very popular place to go so as we walked up we saw an awfully long line. As usual, I walked into the hotel as If I was staying there, Tarn following closely (She has learned That I do this quite frequently). I began walking towards the guarded elevators right behind a small group of girls that were apart of some private party, they assumed we were with them and we made it straight up to the top within seconds. It was stunning! Expensive rose, but well worth the experience. Sunset there was beautiful, which reminded me of a place I went a while ago called The River Cafe. We decided to head there by ferry boat for our next drink! Even more spectacular views there. Dinner at Rocco’s Tacos was much needed at this point after all of the wine and champagne we had been drinking like water since 4pm. Now, 11pm, we decide it is time to go on a dive bar crawl… The only one who’s name I remember is Union Pool, a very cool place. Over all, This was my favorite day, also it lasted 23 hours, which may have something to do with it.
Day 4: Last Day, I think we may have a bit drunk from the night before… Woke up around 9:30, so 4 hours of sleep. Lots of coconut water later, we arrive at Dominique Ansel Bakery, speechless. We did a lot of walking around near Little Italy and SOHO, when I saw a place about a block away that was all plants outside and I just felt intrigued, so we walked over and stepped into the most beautiful garden restaurant and hotel, NoMo SoHo. We just had to stay, even though we knew it was going to be expensive. 1 pitcher of mimosas and eggs benny later, we were feeling good, so we walked to the financial district. I saw a gorgeous building that I felt determined to get to the top of, so we walked in, smiled at the the check in, and took the elevator to the top floor. Up there, we opened a fire exit door which led to a tiny balcony with an archway cutout overlooking the whole city! It was incredible! We pulled out the selfie stick and had some fun. We also discovered an unfinished pent house that we explored! Tired, and a little drunk/hungover, we headed back to the apartment where Tarn packed up and headed for the airport to go back to London 😦 I had a simple night in: picnic in the back patio, sunset on the rooftop, and Game of Thrones Premiere in bed. I also had amazing dreams about more New York explorations, which is kinda like another day spent there. I headed for the airport bright and early where I wrote a couple chapters in my book about opportunity and living in the moment and embracing the people around you. What I love most about New York is how easy it is to do all of those things.
‘Til next time, xoxo