New York. The city that never sleeps. Literally.. You can go to any restaurant in any corner at any time and you will see that bustle of people walking by. Coming back to California feels lonely compared to the amount of people you casually interact with in New York without even a second thought. Dodging people so you don’t bump into them while walking on the streets or trying to push ahead into the subway doors are things you start to miss after a long trip to New York.
I was going for almost a week and I know hotels in NYC can get pricey so I AirBnB’d a place in Chinatown which was only a $7 uber ride to the Meatpacking District where its poppin until the sun comes up. By the time I landed, checked into my place which was about $120 a night, grabbed something to eat, it was already night time and I had to have an early start the next day because I had already booked tickets in advance to take the visit The Statue of Liberty. The tickets were only about $25 but the tickets to the Crown area were sold out for my dates even though I tried to book it like almost 2 months in advance, and there was barely a price difference like $28 to the $25 I spent. So if you’re going to NY and you know in advance, I would definitely recommend booking the Crown access instead of just the Pedestal access that I got.
We caught the ferry from the Statue of Liberty, which was a five minute walk from a Subway station called Bowling Green where we caught Line 4 directly to Grand Central Station which is of course famous from so many movies and tv shows but the one that rings most clear to me is the scene from Gossip Girl where Serena comes back into town from wherever they sent her away to lol. I’m also sad I didn’t get my Serena and Blair pic by the MET steps but there’s always next time. New York is that city that you never get sick of because each season you go, it feels like a different city.
Dress- Fashion Nova
After the station, I took a train to visit NYU town and ate at an Indian/western fusion restaurant called Khati Roll. I had the Paneer roll, which was basically a type of spiced yummy cottage cheese rolled up with vegetables in a tortilla. After this, I returned to my humble Airb&b where I planned out my trip to Brooklyn the next day.
What I didn’t plan was to walk across the whole thing! I was lucky enough to try Grimaldi’s though which was right under the Brooklyn Bridge and probably one of the most famous pizza spots in NY! And that’s saying a lot because NY is known for their bomb pizza and have delicious slices around every corner. I bought an unlimited subway pass and it came in handy for the daytime except at night I would be cold and lazy, so I ended up calling Lyft and Uber more often than I expected. So I’m not sure if the unlimited pass was worth the price of buying individual tickets. The station in Chinatown closest to my apartment was Canal St. It became my base for the next few days and from there I took the subway to York St and then had to walk a bit to get to the bridge area but along the way is where I ran into Grimaldi’s so the walk was totally worth it! The Brooklyn Bridge Park is really beautiful, and there is an outstanding view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn side.
Lace-up bodysuit- Mystique Boutique NYC
Red skirt- Mystique Boutique NYC
Boots- Stuart Weitzman
After traveling across the Brooklyn Bridge, which is over a mile long, I deserved some rest so headed back to Canal St station, and took a nap before heading out in a Lyft to Le Bain- The Standard Highline, the rooftop bar of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District. There are two floors, the top floor being the terrace with an incredible view and really cool seating and the floor just below with a lukewarm pool from which there was also an incredible almost 360- view of the city of which I stole a pic of off the Standard website just to explain to you guys what this place really looks like in the day. Incredible, right? At night, it looked different but the lights from the concrete jungle made another incredible but different kind of view that I am really glad I was there for. But when I go back, I would check out the Standard in the daytime. It is right on the edge of the water and just has the most amazing views from all sides.
Dark green dress- Asos
Ok so the drinks at Le Bain are totally $$$ but the place is so worth it even the bathroom has its own view. I would definitely recommend checking this place out. After here, we went to a bar called The Brass Monkey which had three floors and each played a different genre of music. I was more inclined to hang out on the hip hop floor which was the second but the third floor was the rooftop so everybody wanted to be there. The view from the Brass Monkey had nothing on the view and atmophere from Le Bain but the drinks were a lot less pricey. On the way home, I ate falafels and rice from a food truck which hit the spot. You can’t leave New York without hitting up a food truck!
The next day, I visited Central Park. That is one place in the middle of a concrete jungle where you can just really get away. It’s astonishing how such a beautiful park can be located in such a big city! It is literally in the middle of Manhattan but for some reason, it is so serene and full of nature that you seem to forget you are in the middle of the busiest city in the world. Here you can find musicians singing John Lennon’s “Imagine”, roller skaters doing tricks around cones, and The Bubbleman (he actually goes by that).
The park is actually pretty big, about 1.5 square miles which is quite a lot if you were to try to walk the whole thing. There is a pretty decent sized lake in the middle of the park and people row boats from one side to the other. I think it would be about 2.5 miles if you went from the north side to the south side from 110th street to about 59th street. A single north south leg took me close to an hour but I didn’t even start all the way at 110th. Maybe more because I was marveling at and drinking in the beauty of the park and the city around it.
We walked to Times Square from the park which was a less than a mile away from the South side of Central Park. It went by quick because there were vendors selling all kinds of things on the streets and I get easily distracted. This is probably the most tourist-y and populated area so we checked it out and got out of there pretty quickly.
White coat- Juicy Couture
Jeans- Forever 21
Top – Charlotte Russe
Shoes- Me Too
The last day before I left, I went to check out The Loopy Doopy Bar that I had heard and seen so much about on social media. You’ve probably seen it before, but this is the bar where you get those alcoholic popsicles in a glass of Proseco champagne. It is located inside the Conrad Hotel which is kind of near the Wall St area. New York is so famous for their rooftop bars because of the magnificent view all their tall skyscrapers create for us. So of course, this is another rooftop bar but not with the so-incredible 360 view from Le Bain but still, nothing to complain about.
The alcoholic popsicle drink was about $20 a pop so I would label this place kind of pricey but I mean, where else are you going to get proseco pop?! They had all kinds of cool flavors like watermelon mojito and blackberry pear campari. Those were the two I tried but there were other flavors like Raspberry Appletini and Cantaloupe Julep.
Two- piece white set- Missguided
Pink shoes- Steve Madden
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this! And I hope you all get to make it out to New York one day, sometime soon! Safe travels yall and happy holidays!