So as everyone who has been following knows, my sister came back to New York with me and I thought it would be fun if she shared her experiences here in New York.
So... Get excited for Pacific to Park's first guest post where my sister steps in to recount her trip to NYC to visit me, and friends from college! Check out her adventures and her account of NYC below.
I've been to NYC a couple times before but this trip was special in that I saw New York from a "New Yorker's" perspective. I stayed on the Upper West Side with one of my best friends from college. Over the week she took me to all of her local favorite hot spots, where I casually pretended to be Gossip Girl much to her embarrassment and eye-rolling.
So where do I begin?! Apart from living out my fantasy of being Blair Waldorf/ living in NYC, my schedule was so crazy and fast-paced... but what did I expect? It's New York City!
Here are a couple highlights from my trip:
- Westville - Chelsea
This was one of my favorite restaurants during the trip. If this picture doesn't convince you, take my word, the fries were amazing. I ordered a CBLT- or roasted chicken, crispy bacon, tomato, lettuce sandwich on a fresh, toasted baguette. The ambiance in the restaurant was very laid back, and Americana with the waiters looking similar to lumberjacks. I was a tad jealous of the atmosphere at the neighboring restaurant, Pounds 'N Ounces, since it literally seemed like a party inside with Timber blasting, and beautiful men brunching as I passed by. That was the kind of scene I was expecting in Chelsea. I can't speak for Pounds 'N Ounces food, but I definitely would recommend Westville. Alex had been to Westville before and everyone in her group had amazing meals. She said her boyfriend, the connoisseur of chicken tenders, swore on Westville's therefore you should hit them up!
While we were wandering through Chelsea we spotted fliers advertising the Gay Pride Parade the following day. We made sure to check it out.
Pride was sooo fun! I've been to the San Francisco one a couple years back, and knew how much of an experience it would be. To be sharing the happiness with everyone around you, and supporting each other is pretty awesome. The glitter bombs, and pumping jams didn't hurt either ;)
OH! before I forget, I want to make sure I put a plug-in on the Keratin Treatment I got done the day of pride! My hair is typically so unruly/frizzy/curly/thick/horsehair etc. I've gotten a Brazilian blowout before in LA, but since it only lasts a couple months it was time for an appointment! Alex recommended going to her salon in the Upper West Side, Blondi's, and the Keratin treatment I received there was amazing. I will die praising this place. I got a Groupon deal for the treatment, done by Ranni, and my hair has been straight, silky, and all around perfect since. My first Brazilian blowout was good, but this one was AMAZING. Your hair becomes hassle-less. Thank you hair gods for creating this product:
2. The Highline
I've been to the Highline once before but I don't think you can ever get too much of it. For real. Check it out:
3. Williamsburg- Brooklyn
So hear me out. I wasn't interested in visiting Brooklyn since I had gone on my last trip was greatly underwhelmed. I had expected hipsters galore, bomb thrift shopping, amazing food, and COFFEE. When I visited though, I thought the shopping was overpriced in the famous Brooklyn flee market, the food was average, and the area was less pretty than Manhattan. Granted it was the winter, (California hadn't prepared me for the miserably cold weather), and my perspective could have been hindered. I visited Williamsburg for the second time and this time around, I really enjoyed it! The weather definitely made a difference!
Everywhere you looked there was some sort of street art, and creativity seemed a-flowin. I went to a super cool Buffalo Exchange thrift shop and totally would have bought out the store if it wasn't time to leave.
Back in Manhattan, as we were rushing to watch the Germany- Algeria game, we passed by a corner packed with viewers. Funny thing was, the surroundings and mood here was much more lively than that in Bryant Park. We had left Williamsburg to head to Bryant Park, thinking we would be watching the World Cup projected on a large screen. Instead, we had to sit outside an outdoor restaurant with a tv the size as the one of the Paragon (shown below) and sit quietly. On this street corner though, we narrowly avoided the oncoming traffic as we so were huddled and packed together. Even though back in Bryant Park I was rooting for Germany, alongside other German fans, at the corner-side viewing party everyone was an Algeria fan. It was a lot of fun standing (quite literally) in solidarity for the underdog and rooting for them to win.
As for my last couple of days, I spent them alongside Kaitlin exploring the city and roaming around.
Until next time New York... you know you love me... xoxo Gossip Girl.