New York: An Experience
Last Halloween was the first time I ever visited the incredible city of New York. I got to experience the mesmerizing, yet chaotic Times Square, the iconic Statue of Liberty and the world's largest Macy's. I love the energy of the city. It's beautiful, vibrant and inspiring! I visited again this summer and this time I wanted to feel like a local, so my friend and I stayed in an Airbnb in Harlem.
The experience was magical! I don't like feeling like a tourist so I like to engage in what the locals do (when in Rome right?). I walked the sidewalks of Harlem and took the subway to lower Manhattan and even Brooklyn, a borough I immediately fell in love with. Here is a rundown of everything I did during my last trip in the city that never sleeps.
My friend and I arrived on a late Thursday morning and we headed to our beautiful brownstone in Harlem. From there, we walked down the street to Sylvia's, a popular soul food restaurant in the city, and enjoyed their delicious smothered chicken and cornbread. We then took the subway to lower Manhattan to visit The MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) museum. The museum was massive and there were so many rooms filled with ancient history. By the time we started heading to the fashion wing, the museum began closing. So we scurried out, got some ice cream and headed back to the crib to get ready for a night out.
The next day, we got up and went to visit the Empire State building. It was incredibly cloudy which made the experience very disappointing. I wasn't able to get any good pictures (and my hair frizzed up like crazy) so I won't be posting them Lol. We then hung out at a Starbucks until 4pm and headed over to the MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) where Uniqlo holds a free event every Friday night. I enjoyed the art displayed as well as the wine and cookies :). While I enjoyed all the art that surrounded me, I was exhausted from not only walking around the city, but having to walk around the museum as well. So we walked another 10 mins (gotta love New York) to the subway station to go back uptown to eat.
We were eager to try Red Rooster, but saw that they were shooting the popular Netflix show Luke Cage so we headed across the street to Corner Social where for the first time I had truffled fries and it was tasty beyond words. Once we finished getting our grub on, we went back to the crib to get ready for an art show/ party in Brooklyn. When I stepped out the subway station in Brooklyn, I felt like I stepped into a completely different universe. It still felt like New York, but a more cool vibe. We finally arrived to the venue and there was a long line outside. We waited in the line for what seemed like forever that by the time we got into the venue, we turned right around and walked out and headed back to our weekend brownstone.
Saturday was our last full day and so we had to make it count. We decided to try Brooklyn again after a friend, a native, recommended that we go to Woodland for brunch. So we began our epic journey back to the BK and we were met with a rainstorm. We were of course unprepared and had to purchase these awful looking blue ponchos just to walk up the street. Remember when I said I don't like feeling like a tourist? Well, in that moment I did and I felt everyone around us knew it too. We finally made it to Woodland and it was already a party. The DJ had the reggae bumpin' and we sat down in time for the unlimited mimosas and chicken and red velvet waffles special. The mimosas were strong and the food was scrumptious. We stayed there for a few hours and then left to explore the streets of Brooklyn.
We didn't get to cover too much ground as we had to leave to meet up with my native New Yorker friend near Chinatown. We killed some time with him in Times Square until 6 and rushed over to see the legendary show The Lion King on Broadway ( I told you we had to go out with a bang.) I've always wanted to see a Broadway play and so it made sense to make it a priority this time around. The show was so amazing and the the actors did a incredible job. I even teared up a bit. Once the show wrapped we got food at The Shake Shack, stopped by The Sugar Factory and headed back to the crib to pack up for our flight in the morning.
All in all New York was a fun ball of energy and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you haven't visited New York, I highly recommend that you do.
Btw, check out some pics from the first time I visited the city.