It’s been awhile since I’ve provided you an update on New York City, but there’s a good reason for that. Time seems to never cease or slow here, but that’s the way I like it! How have you been keeping busy?
- I’m starting to feel settled and have finally started decorating my little east-side studio. If you missed my apartment tour post, be sure to check it out!
- The World Trade Center spire was lofted into place this month — it tops out at 1,776 feet tall. (Below, on the left)
- Brooklyn is really fun. Warehouse parties especially.
- Don’t bank on grabbing a cab when it’s raining. Guess what? Not happening.
- The East River running path (above) has some of the most amazing views of the city.
- You need an actual key to get into Gramercy Park – the pretty area that I’ve been shooting most of my photos in recently. Like, the actual park — the grassy field. It’s iron gated and you have to be among the privileged (read: rich) few to get in.
- New York bagels are unbelievably salty and delicious. I used to laugh at my old co-worker, Haley, who would carry-on a baker’s dozen bagels on return flights to Chicago from work trips. I get it, Haley. I get it!
- The best places to get coffee are those you’ve never heard of – like OST Cafe in East Village or La Colombe in SoHo. On the walk to work, I usually stop at the same street vendor every day – $2 extra-large iced coffees! New York’ers, Anywhere else you’d recommend?
- New York squirrels are aggressive and have great taste in handbags. Back-story on that is here.
- I am addicted to SoulCycle. I have a weekly Outlook reminder set for scheduling classes every Monday at 11:59 EST. Classes fill up within seconds — literally! Survival of the fittest and fastest Internet connection.
- Jessica and I are on a mission to over-indulge at every Mexican restaurant Manhattan has to offer. So far, my favorite is La Palapa!
- Tory Burch and I share an office building. True story, read more on it here.
- I’ve never seen Clueless. This is irrelevant, but I just thought I’d let you guys know.
- Additionally, I’ve never been to Shake Shack, but I walk by and marvel at its New York’ism all the time (below, right). I’m going to make Alyssa supervise my first visit.
In the meantime, I’m headed to Texas to visit my sister! I’m looking forward to skipping town for a long weekend. They say you never really appreciate New York until you leave — I’ll keep you posted on that. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!