City Vibes: NYC Part 1
Locales | May 9th, 2015
As a self-proclaimed “city girl” since the age of four, it has astounded many people that up until the past year I had never visited New York City. Family vacations as a child were spent road tripping around the Western states and never took us farther east than Texas. As a young adult, my love for France led me time and time again to fly right over New York and instead opt for European adventures.
Last November I finally made my way East, when a friend invited me to the city for a weekend following his business trip. After experiencing New York in the chilly Autumn, I was thrilled when my own work took me to Manhattan last weekend.
The Springtime weather was absolutely perfect, cherry blossoms were in full bloom and I had been itching for some adventure.
Friday night I stayed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and had my first Airbnb experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better location. Just steps from the Bedford Ave station the charming first-floor apartment was blocks away from local coffee shops, various boutiques, bistros and vintage stores galore. Most importantly it was only minutes from Momofuku Milk Bar. After dropping my things I headed straight for Milk and a late (very late) breakfast of Pork Bun and Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow cookie. I then spent the afternoon wandering through the streets popping into various shops and sampling some of the local cuisine, mainly iced coffee and macaroons.
That night I met my friend Hannah for dinner and a drink. I met Hannah, a New Jersey native, when we lived in the same building together in Paris. The last time we saw one another was when I moved out of our building in preparation for my return to the States almost two years ago! While that seems like a lifetime, it may as well have been yesterday. She filled me in on her life, finishing school, moving to Brooklyn, boyfriends, jobs and goings on. It was a wonderful evening catching up with an old friend.