New York! Oh my goodness, is there a more exciting place in the world to be?
After what felt like the longest commute in history, we arrived at our AirBnb in Williamsburg where we were greeted by our super friendly host (who gifted us a nice bottle of red wine), showered and then walked over to Bedford Ave for a late lunch and people watching (which was 10/10). For “lunch-dessert”, Ryan and I walked over to the Williamsburg location of Momofuku Milk Bar to get my long-awaited fix of their famous cereal ice cream, and it did not disappoint. Williamsburg is the perfect place to base yourself in Brooklyn because it is such a vibrant neighbourhood with the perfect mix of boutique clothing and food stores, street art, incredibly fashionable people, some of the best coffee in New York, food markets and loads more.
Even though we were horribly jet-lagged, we caught the subway to the comedy show Assscat3000 at UCB Theatre to see an improv show. Knowing that it was a popular (and cheap!) event, I had purchased the tickets online when they were first released, before we had even left for our trip. We marked the end of our first night with dinner at Midtown Shake Shack and getting caught in a giant downpour before jumping on the L Train for the trip home.
Mark and Mon arrived from Canada during the night and after a sleep in, we walked around the block for a coffee fix at Blue Bottle Coffee. We couldn’t help but pop into Madewell and try on their perfectly-fitting denim and a few dresses.
We headed into Manhattan as we had made a lunch booking at one of New York’s highest rated restaurants, ABC Kitchen. It was, as expected, amazing. How good does this salted caramel ice cream sundae look? The afternoon was spent seeing the sites in the Brooklyn neighbourhood, DUMBO before catching the ferry to our AirBnB to freshen up for sunset drinks at The Ides at Wythe Hotel. I still daydream about that orange sunset.
After grabbing morning coffee at Toby’s Estate and a trip to Mast Brothers (where we resisted buying all the chocolate), we headed to Russ & Daughters to grab lunch then took the subway to Central Park to sit in the sunshine and admire the greenery. It was so nice to see it looking so lush because last time Ryan and I were there, it was monochrome from the winter snow.
Such cute tiles in every subway station!
How incredible is this green wall outside of the MET Museum?
After lunch and a snooze on the grass, the four of us walked over to the unique and interactive Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, where I designed patterns in the Immersion Room, admired poster design in the exhibition ‘How Posters Work‘ and purchased this Brooklyn-made necklace at the giftstore.
Later that evening, we went to the Off-Broadway interactive show, Sleep No More. You walk into a pitch-black hotel, are given creepy masks to wear, and then let-loose within the levels of the hotel to explore intricate rooms and watch parts of the thrilling play (based on Hamlet) unfold in front of you. Everyone has their own unique experience, and it left me wanting to get more tickets so I could go again (and again). We couldn’t help putting on the creepy masks on the way home…
After a long morning snooze and a stop for coffee at Sweatshop, Ryan and I headed to the Chelsea Market for a wander and an early lunch at one of the many food vendors. It was nice to be indoors for a while and escape the scorching Summer heat. Try the pistachio gelato at L’Arte Del Gelato, it’s 10/10.
Walking from The Chelsea Market to The High Line we stumbled across the Intelligentsia Coffee cart, which is nestled out front of the High Line Hotel, and Ryan topped up his caffeine levels.
The High Line is a public park built on a disused railway line. It is filled with public art, gorgeous landscaping, water features and also allows for stunning views of the New York City streets. We made sure we stopped at the sundeck and water feature area to rest our weary feet and watch little birds cool off.
At the end of The High Line is The Whitney Museum of American Art, where we viewed the America is Hard to See exhibition and enjoyed the colourful installation of Mary Heilmann: Sunset. Along with MoMA, this has to be one of my favourite galleries in New York. I love that the building is also just as inspiring and interactive as the artwork inside.
Rooftop drinks, anyone?
To watch the sun set, we walked to Le Bain, the rooftop bar at The Standard Hotel on The High Line, before having a vegetarian degustation at Dirt Candy. The view, drinks and people watching was more than I could have asked for. New York is just filled to the brim with awesome.
Eat + Drink
Shake Shack in Midtown (I still dream about the stuffed portobello mushroom burger)
The Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel for sunset
Toby’s Estate Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee
Sweatshop for coffee
Momofuku Milk Bar
Sunset drinks at the rooftop bar, Le Bain
Splurge on a vegetarian degustation at Dirt Candy
See + Do
People watch at a café/bar on Bedford Avenue on a weekend
Watch the improv show Assscat3000 at UCB Theatre
Visit Mast Brothers and watch chocolate being made
Ride the subway! It’s so easy, cheap and convenient
Pack a picnic and head into Central Park for lunch
Explore the DUMBO area
Catch the ferry along the Hudson River
Search for street art in Williamsburg
Visit The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Centre
Book tickets for Sleep No More at the earliest time slot and spend the night in awe
Walk along the High Line
Visit The Whitney Museum of American Art