I just started binging Gossip Girl on Netflix. Don’t ask why because I don’t even know why. I never got to posting about my New York trip with Jay in November and watching Serena Vanderwoodsen and the gossip girl gang prancing around the city made me miss seeing those dirty but equally mesmerizing New York streets and sights. My first experience in New York was one of the most memorable trips I’ve had last year. The older I get, the more I realize how important, delicate, and exciting it is to remember those first-time feelings. Of anything. There was a real kind of magic I felt being in New York last fall that I still think about even months later. The city is artistic, urban, fast, smart. Even staring at the buildings I could feel myself being transported through history. Or Devil Wears Prada. Whichever is more iconic. We landed around 4pm after a total of 10 hours traveling with layover. We were really tired but didn’t want to waste any opportunities, especially since we were staying in SoHo. We explored the area we were in, ate some Spanish happy hour tapas at Boqueria, and there were a lot of clothing stores for window shopping. The architecture is just so different from the west coast. Walking around and staring at buildings is a marvel alone. And everyone’s outfits are so on point.
I did some heavy research before this trip on what kind of food to eat in NY. Even though I didn’t get to try a lot of places, we kinda just winged where we wanted to eat based on our location. The morning of our second day, we tried a Jewish-owned breakfast spot called Sadelle’s, famous for their aesthetically pleasing salmon towers, and it was only 10 minutes or so away from our hotel. I’m usually not a fan of lox bagels tbh, and maybe I should’ve just tried a lox bagel anyway just to say I tried one being in NY, but we still had some fresh bagels , potatoes, and eggs. No $100 salmon tower for us this trip but they looked spectacular. The restaurant was so nice and v New York. Reading reviews of this place, I was hoping they would be screaming “HOT BAGELS!” but they did not. Looking back, I regret not eating more bagels during our trip. (even though I did eat a lot of bagels during this trip.)
First subway experience wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The first few days were kind of rough, especially at night when certain stations would be closed and we’d have to find the station entrances. I couldn’t imagine living here, I’d be late to everything. One of my coworkers who used to live in Brooklyn told me to keep my feet up if I sat on the benches in the subway because rats would scurry by. I never looked down the entire trip tbh.. especially since 10 minutes of walking out of our hotel I saw a big dead rat on the sidewalk. Traumatizing.
That morning we decided to do some sight seeing and bought tickets for a ferry ride to see the Statue of Liberty and other iconic monuments. I know friends were telling me to take the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue because it’s free, but I felt pressured to buy tix from this guy on the street because he was convincing and I am weak. While Jay and I were waiting, we were getting pretty scared that the Ferry wasn’t coming and thought we got scammed, but alas. It came. And we did not waste our $12. Or $20? What is money
Brooklyn Bridge. Be still my heart.
Manhattan Bridge. Another cool bridge. There she is!
Trying to get photos with the Lady Lib in a sea of tourists.
Jay wearing my scarf because it was so cold out there in the water. After the ferry ride, we took a Lyft to the 9/11 World Trade Center memorial. Walking around and letting my fingertips touch the names of the people that died made me feel so emotional. I breathed in the cool air around me and imagined what it must have felt like being in New York City on that day, what it must have felt like knowing a loved one was there in that building. I thought about the names that I read and wondered who they were, what they were like. I shed a tear. They made something really beautiful out of such a tragedy. It was touching and moving.
Afterwards it started raining and we were getting hungry. I was determined to try Shake Shack in its birthplace and there was luckily one just a few blocks away from us. Sadly, we didn’t get to try the original location that I remember drooling and awe-ing over when they featured it on Food Network years ago. They opened one at the New York, New York on the Strip, and, to my prayers, even opened one in Henderson so I can have access to cheese fries to my heart’s content. But I didn’t feel like there was much of a difference between the one in New York and the one in Vegas. Regardless, my heart will always belong to that fried portobello mushroom burger no matter where I am.
Jay loves basketball so I’m glad we got to watch a Knicks vs. Hornets game at Madison Square Garden that night. We got nose bleed seats but the crowd was so wild towards the end. I was jumping outta my seat and everything. So intense. And the Knicks won that night! I saw Carmello Anthony and Tracy Morgan from afar so that was p cool too. And Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy. I realized Chance the Rapper was there a day after we left and I cried deeply inside to myself. It’s fine.
* (It appears that I posted these in non chronological order on the home page so, know that there are two other posts for day 3-7) 🙂 k bye