I fell in love with New York. I don’t mean ‘love’ in any colloquial way. I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and never love anyone quite that way again.
There’s something comforting about standing in the midst of the chaos that is a New York City block. Surrounded by thousands of people that are going in every different direction, it reminds you that this world is so much bigger than yourself.
I spent last weekend in the city with my best friend Lexy. We were random roommates freshman year, a time when we were both equally a mess, and now we’re about to enter our senior year, ready to take over the world. She’s in NYC for the summer interning at Kleinfeld’s (Look for her on episodes of Say Yes to the Dress!) and I’m so so proud of her.
While she worked during the day, I wandered through the city and walked wherever my legs took me. From Chelsea to Greenwich Village, SoHo and Tribeca to the Upper East Side, I took in as much as I could. I took the subway and rode in the yellow taxi cabs, and basically pretended that I was a New Yorker for four days.
But of all the places I went, these were some of my favorite parts of the city:
The High Line – Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Only in NYC will you find an abandoned railroad track now turned into a park overlooking the lower west side of Manhattan. The High Line was my first stop when I landed so we could watch the sunset over the river.
Times Square – Midtown, Manhattan
Was I really even in New York City if I don’t go to Times Square and eat dinner from a hot dog cart? The answer is no. No matter who you are or where you come from, stopping in Times Square is a much needed stop on your trip.
Rockefeller Center – Midtown, Manhattan
Rockefeller Center is another one of those places like Times Square that is super touristy, but still a must see stop on your trip. Whether you stop by the Today Show or Radio City music hall, stop by the Bouchon Bakery across from the Today Show for the best coffee, macarons, and croissants for a mid-morning snack.
Grand Central Station – Midtown, Manhattan
I’m obsessed with Gossip Girl, so while I was in town, I stopped by all the spots of the iconic scenes, including the one that started it all. I didn’t spot Serena van der Woodsen, but I saw some of the most beautiful architectural design in the world.
Tao Downtown – Chelsea, Manhattan
Asian is my favorite type of food so it was only natural that we had to go here. Tao was AMAZING; the atmosphere, the food, and the service, it was all unbelievable. My only regret was that I don’t have more pictures to share with you.
Good Story @ Arlo – SoHo, Manhattan
The Love Wall @ Seamore’s – Chelsea, Manhattan
Every day, especially of late, I see way too many instances of hate in our world. Hate will not, and can not win, unless we choose to let it. I refuse to believe that I live in a world without love and happiness, and it may seem corny, but this wall is just a symbol of the love that will always prevail.
The Bagel Store – Williamsburg, Brooklyn
We’ve all heard of the rainbow bagel, and part of me wondered if it was worth the hype. Well I’m here to tell ya, not only is it totally worth the cute picture, it was probably the best bagel I have ever had. If you’re ever close by, try a classic rainbow bagel with funfetti cream cheese, and I promise, it’ll change your life.
Pro-tip: do not walk across the bridge in the middle of the day in the summer without a water or a gatorade. We literally had to stop halfway across the bridge to sit down and take a break. But nonetheless; make the walk for the most beautiful views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines, the river, and the Statue of Liberty.
Catch NYC – Meatpacking District, Manhattan
What can I say, I have a weakness for rooftop bars and great food. 10/10 would recommend the Lobster Rolls and the Mango Shrimp sushi roll.