NYC Summer of 2016
"The city that never sleeps." This statement holds true for New York City. From the many times I've gone, it was a first for me to experience the sweltering summer heat and the blaring sounds of the city when you're trying to get some sleep.
I instantly felt sweat crawling down my back as I stood in subway platforms, anxiously waiting for the next air-conditioned train. I felt exhausted as I was walking an average of 8 miles a day, but it was physically fulfilling especially since I'm used to driving everywhere in Southern California.
Here's a full recap of my week. I hope you enjoy the photos and I hope this can be your guide if you ever visit NYC and want to do what locals do!
DAY 1 - THURSDAY (DAY OF ARRIVAL)
Didn't even bother to stay in and relax at my brother's apartment. We immediately got out of the door, met with one of my best friends, and walked around Williamsburg to eat an early dinner at Baoburg and grabbed some sweets at Momofuku Milk Bar. We then drank good brews at Greenpoint Beer and Ale and ended up at Union Pool for some cheap alcohol and imbibed in libations at a cute little speakeasy called, Featherweight. (not pictured)
DAY 2 - FRIDAY (MY BROTHER'S BIRTHDAY)
Started the day with some delicious cronuts at Dominique Ansel Bakery then to a Kosher Vegetarian Dimsum restaurant in Chinatown at Buddha Bodai that serves mock-meat and vegetable dumplings. After our savory meal, I had to buy slip-ons from Vans at The General DQM because my feet were hurting from my sandals! I've been eyeing these for a while so I thought it was about time to own a pair. We then went to La Colombe for some iced mocha and took a couple of photos in SoHo and in the Financial District. Later in the evening, we went to a Japanese restaurant called, Suzume, then went to Skinny Dennis to meet his friends for some live music and cheap drinks.
DAY 3 - SATURDAY
Met up with my friend Leslie and her boyfriend Jaycob at Egg Shop for some brunch. It was a good place to eat but it was somewhat overpriced for something you can definitely make at home. We then checked things off my list and went to Cha Cha Matcha for some iced green tea latte with almond milk. It was refreshing and not to mention, good for you! We then went to hang in the backyard of Saturdays Surf then went to see the Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. This $4 billion architecture is a minimalist dream. I couldn't pass up the aesthetic of the place and asked my friend to be my subject. After that, we went to Boba Guys for some Jasmine Tea and ended up at Kinfolk 94 in Williamsburg to meet some locals. We sweated it all out dancing to Drake, Beyonce, and Kanye. It was such a fun way to end my Saturday!
DAY 4 - SUNDAY
Started Sunday a little later at a vegan sushi place called, Beyond Sushi, with my friend Leslie. We then walked to the Low Line Lab to see a glimpse of the future project of the world's first underground park. It was interesting, but it won't be finished until 2021. We then went to Chelsea Market for some beers at The Standard Biergarten at The Standard Hotel. It was a little bougie so we drank our beers as fast as we could to get out of there. We then walked a couple blocks to get some ice cream from Ice & Vice then had amazing cocktails at Suffolk Arms. We met up with Jaycob at Samurai Papa and had the best vegan ramen in the land! (No joke!)
DAY 5 - MONDAY (4TH OF JULY)
Happy Birthday America! My brother and I roamed around a surprisingly peaceful Manhattan. Everybody seemed to be out of town and it was actually really nice. We went to get rolled-up ice cream at Frozen Sweet. It was $7 with all the toppings you want! It was so good because it wasn't sweet at all. We then walked to the Elizabeth Street Garden to take a couple of photos then grabbed a cold beer at The Randolph. We then proceeded to the South Street Seaport District to check out the Festival of Independence and had something to eat at the Smorgasburg at Lumpia Shack. We then killed some time watching a band on stage then went underneath the bridge to watch the Macy's Fireworks. I started feeling anxious being in a crowded place for so long so we stayed for 10 minutes until the fireworks started. We also wanted to beat the crowd so we headed back home early.
DAY 6 - TUESDAY
I started the day with brunch at one of my favorite places in Williamsburg, House of Small Wonder. I always make sure that I come to eat at this place because it is THAT GOOD. I always order the Sashimi Zuke Don but I decided to try the Tsukune Don and it was the best thing ever. I could totally eat another plate of it! After brunch, I went to Matcha Bar to try their iced green tea latte then went to meet up with Stephanie, a friend from back home who now models for Wilhelmina, at MoMa. We then went to Central Park so I could take some photos of her and then went to an Indonesian coffee place called, Kopi Kopi to try the Es Alpukat (layered avocado espresso smoothie). We then walked to her workplace before we said our goodbyes and I ended up meeting some of my former coworkers for dinner at Eataly.
DAY 7 - WEDNESDAY
My brother and I went to Grand Central Station Terminal to get a Shroom Burger from Shake Shack then walked a few blocks up to see the New York Public Library. We then trekked up to Harlem to see the Royal Tenenbaum House. (Any Wes Anderson fans out there?) He then showed me where he worked at the Michelson Studio and it was a gorgeous space! It's a wide, modern, open studio with big windows overlooking the Hudson River. They recently shot a commercial for Coach with Chloe Grace Moretz, Garnier, etc. I would love to work there!
I spent my last evening in NYC with my friend, Leslie, and went our for happy hour at Zadie's Oyster Room and dinner at Wok to Walk. We also enjoyed our last cocktail (for now) at a speakeasy called, Attaboy. We were both so sad that I was leaving the next day!