The Concrete Jungle
With sand in my hair
and mud between my toes
I bid farewell to the tropics
and trekked to the paved pathways
of my favorite city
I entered the tangled maze
stopping to smell the roses
why this city
has always had my heart.
Because in New York
a buzzing energy circulates
infecting you with passion
reminding you that you are alive.
Parks sit like oases
in an asphalt desert
bringing the masses to nature
and a local watering hole.
Restaurants cover corners
the next always cooler than the last
we are powerless to resist.
Wandering the streets
like a world traveler spanning the globe
you can find every culture
hear every language
without even leaving home.
Fashion is fierce
the expression may be weird
but you can be anyone
without being feared.
In New York among traffic
among garbage and even crime
there is beauty all around you
if you only stop for a while.
And in New York
the buildings and bridges
that sit higher
than your eyes can even span
don’t make you feel small.
They show you how big you can be
when you let yourself fly.
My Favorite Things in New York, New York
With the endless restaurants, museums, events, and shops in New York, this list is hardly exhaustive. But when I am in New York, these are that things always bring me bliss.
Brunch at Noho Star
Hands down my favorite brunch spot in all of New York. I have been coming here since I was a kid and it never disappoints. The salad with goat cheese and avocado, bruleed oatmeal, and the burger with shoestring fries are among my favorites.
Nutella ice cream from Ronnybrook Farms in the Chelsea market
The best ice cream I have ever tasted in my entire life.
A perfect bagel and cream cheese
You can get this anywhere. It’s New York people.
Vanilla macaroon from Laduree
These treats really do live up to the hype. Savor one slowly letting the delicate meringue crumble between your teeth before sinking into the creamy center. Vanilla is my favorite. Why mask perfection with any other flavor?
Shopping in SoHo
Ever since I first came to new york as a wide eyed ten year old, SoHo has been my favorite neighborhood in New York. I love the architecture, the small streets, the fashion, and the beautiful stores.
The Farmer’s Market in Union square
Raised in Seattle it just wouldn’t be Sunday without a trip to the farmer’s market. I love the selection at the one in Union Square which has beautiful flowers and micro greens in the summer. When I’m in the big city interacting with farmers from New Jersey or upstate helps me feel grounded.
A walk in Central Park
On a sunny day there is no better place to be in New York but Central Park. I love sitting around the ponds and people watching.
Exploring the Impressionists at the Metropolitan Museum
This might make me a square but for me no museum in New York holds a candle to the Met. The Whitney and the MoMA can be fun, but when I want to truly feel moved I head straight to the impressionists collections at the Metropolitan Museum. I spend the afternoon with Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh. They make the best company.
Shopping for dinner at Grand Central Market
New York is paradise for foodies like me and Grand Central Market has an amazing selection of seafood, produce, and spices.
Standing on the Brooklyn Bridge just before sunset
When the sun casts a warm glow over the city, photographers and models line the Brooklyn Bridge for photoshoots. The views are gorgeous and it’s inspiring to watch.
Seeing an off broadway show
I’ve seen some pretty amazing theater in New York over the years, from Les Miserables to The Lion King to Mary Louise Parker in Proof, but its the off broadway productions that usually leave the biggest impact on me. My first trip to New York I saw the De La Guarda dance troupe from Argentina perform one of the most bizarre and entertaining shows of my life and last fall I enjoyed the confusion and exercise running up and down stairs in the highly interactive production of Sleep No More.
Hanging with the cool kids in Alphabet City after dark
Over the years on my visits to New York I’ve smoked hookah in Moroccan bars when I was underage, sang karaoke in holes in the wall in Midtown, had bottle service in clubs in Chelsea, and danced at the top of hotel bars in swimming pools. My favorite way to enjoy New York is still sitting over a fancy cocktail with friends. The Lower East Side has some of the coolest spots to enjoy a cocktail. My favorites are The Experimental Cocktail Club and Please Don’t Tell.
Relaxing at Home
Sipping pink cocktails on the sofa, eating steamed shrimp with my fingers, and having slumber parties with my Aunt Janet who has always made New York feel like home.