It seems like just the other day I was getting on a plane to New York and now Fashion Week is already over!Â Because every day wasÂ so packed with …
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STYLE TRENDS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
When it comes to New York, there is constantly so much to take in, and you’re never given the chance to really get bored. I love that each neighbourhood has itâ€™s own character and style – you could see factories, colorful row houses, and within a few minutes, you’ll be walking past a crazy-ass mansion.
Following on from my blog post from last week, here are some things to get up to when you visit NYC for either the first time or your next visit.
I am only scratching the surface here. We couldnâ€™t fit everything in, so there are things missing from this list, thatâ€™s for sure!
(MoMA) MUSEUM OF MODERN ART | (11 West 53rd Street at 6th Avenue, Midtown West): For me, this was one of the highlights of the trip – being able to get up close to paintings such as Vincent van Goghâ€™s, The Starry Night, was unbelievable.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART | (1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street, Upper East Side): Admission is by suggested donation – so you can either pay the admission fee or whatever you wish to pay. I love visiting the museums and galleries whenever I travel – I do it so often in Australia that I just love seeing what other cities have to offer.
THE COMEDY CELLAR: We decided only a few hours before we went that we would catch a comedy show. The forum we read said it was better to buy tickets in advance but you can get lucky sometimes in standby line. As it was all sold out online we thought weâ€™d try our luck and get there early and wait to see if we would get a seat. We were lucky enough to get in that night. We had to wait roughly 45-60 minutes, which was completely fine, despite the fact JD and I stepped in a HUGE puddle of vomit. NYC: the place of weird smells and disgusting things. The entire line of people, us included must have been the most dedicated people to comedy because the stench the vomit was omitting didnâ€™t hinder us from lining up. We saw 6 comedians – some were hilarious and a couple bombed. Itâ€™s a $12USD cover charge and a two drink minimum per person – really good value.
EDIT: I read that Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Schapelle turned up last Wednesday night and all did a bit. Imagine that!!!
CENTRAL PARK: We were looking at prices for Citibikes and then got accosted by a man who said he had bikes around the corner and could do a deal for all four bikes for $60 which was much cheaper than Citibike. We apprehensively followed him, but he pulled through and we had the bikes all day. We grabbed some picnic food from Wholefoods and rode around Central Park all day. Such an amazing park – I can not believe how big it actually is.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE: We chose the busiest day to do this, so if I can give any advice it is to NOT do this walk on a weekend. Try and do it on a weekday early or late afternoon otherwise you will be fighting your way through 10000 million people.
PROSPECT PARK: It’s like Central Park, but in Brooklyn. Perfect for a picnic and bike ride!
NITEHAWK CINEMA: Anything that combines dinner, alcohol and film gets a huge tick from me.
BROOKLYN MARKETS One Hanson Place (at Ashland Pl.) â€“ Williamsburg Savings Bank: I picked up some vintage clothes from here. Itâ€™s a $1USD donation. There are so many amazing stalls and vendors to choose from. Also; barter with the stall holders, they will definitely do deals on vintage! On that note, most vendors are cash-only.
BROOKLYN: For Brooklyn, you can take the L Train from Manhattan. Brooklyn is huge – we didnâ€™t come close to covering it all. For reference; Brooklyn, is 5 times the size of Manhattan. There is so many neighbourhoods to explore!
WILLIAMSBURG: Williamsburg is the Brooklyn neighbourhood quickest to reach from Manhattan. I could move there in a heartbeat. Itâ€™s got amazing food and coffee, a really laid-back vibe – I love the atmosphere. Get out at Bedford Avenue and just wander around! I covered a few great spots to eat in this blog post.
TIME SQUARE: The only time we went to Time Square was to procure a discounted Broadway tickets (located on 47th street) and another with Wade and Bec to see what it was all about. Itâ€™s really tourist driven, but itâ€™s a place you have to see at least once. Itâ€™s packed with street performers, vendors and signs so bright it feels like daylight 24/7 – itâ€™s visual madness. Itâ€™s not a place where youâ€™d spend every day of your trip, but itâ€™s worth going to see what it is all about, after all itâ€™s one of the most iconic places in the world.
While I didn’t do a huge amount of shopping while I was in NY, I did look at a lot. I was at a really awkward stage as I had been traveling in the lead up to NYC so I didn’t really feel the need to buy anything. I bought a handful of things and some amazing vintage pieces. See below!
SOHO: I loved SOHO – it was the perfect mix of designer and high street – all the buildings are spotless and I loved the iron facades. I found that we spent a few days walking the stretch along Broadway, Prince Street, Spring Street, and all the way down to Canal Street. Itâ€™s definitely a must see!
Also; while youâ€™re there check out the below. There are so many stores/ places, but these three were my favourite! The novelty of visiting places we donâ€™t have in Australia is real!!
5th Ave: Here, you can find flagship stores for nearly every high-end designerâ€”Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Armani, Fendi – etc. If youâ€™ve saved some cash for your trip I highly recommend heading to 5th Ave! If youâ€™re on more of a budget friendly spending binge 5th Ave also has H&M, Uniqlo, Zara etc.
THRIFT SHOP: Brooklyn is famous for its boutique thrift stores. There are so many in Williamsburg, so if youâ€™re there be sure to check out the ones off Bedforth Ave! Lulu’s Then and Now had great vintage pieces, as did, Buffalo Exchange.
MADISON AVE: Cute boutique to explore before or after visiting Central Park or The Met.
BOOKS: There are so many great bookshops in NYC, but my favourite was The Strand (828 Broadway, Manhattan), which had such an amazing selection of rare, used, and new books. Their motto, “Miles and Miles of Books” is no joke – definitely stop by if you get the chance!
COOL THINGS: Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway, Manhattan), JD and I are into collecting figurines and comic books, so we visited this place (itâ€™s right next to The Strand).
If you have some things you would like to add to this list, please comment with suggestions! I hope this helps! I wish I could fit everything in!
SOURCE: Substance| Style, Advice, Life – Read entire story here.
It was hard not to feel at home when we visited NYC.
Here we are day four back into work for 2017 – I have a 90s playlist queued and I am on my 3rd cup of tea. Procrastination hasnâ€™t set in yet, but I have been reminiscing a lot while writing this post. I have been working on this article on-and-off for weeks, formatting, editing and making sure I have included everything I love. I am bound to have forgotten a thing or two. If you have your own suggestions, be sure to write a comment! This post has proven to be an extensive one, so it will be a two part guide.
When we arrived in New York, I felt somewhat emotional. Not in the sense I had tears streaming down my face – more in the sense that I couldn’t believe I was here. I kind of had that lump in my throat feeling, which was a mixture between excitement and being overwhelmed by it all. I know it sounds ridiculous to have these feelings about a place, but New York has been on my bucket list for years. As my best friend would say: it’s my spirit city. I have never landed in a City and felt like I could live there immediately – if I could I would move there in a heartbeat.
I remember in year 11 and 12 watching runway shows and then later reality tv shows and being in awe of the bustling city. I only dreamed that one day I could visit. From itâ€™s incredible food and culture to itâ€™s fashion and people, New York was truly everything I ever hoped it would be. Without coming across horribly clichÃ© – it was probably even more.
Our drive in from JFK had me people watching and pointing out everything to JD, Bec and Wade (friends that we traveled with). Even that brief drive to Brooklyn from the airport is beautiful – especially at that time of year with ember-red autumn leaves on the ground. We visited 3 -11 Nov 2016 and would highly recommend that time of year.
The city, home to over 8.5 million people, contains so much to see and do, you can barely scratch the surface on a week visit, but then again, I donâ€™t think even a four-month trip would be enough to see NYC.
I am not one to travel with a daily planned itinerary as I love wandering around and stumbling across new areas and things to do. I will say though, I learned on day one that NYC without a loosely planned itinerary can be stressful. So for the rest of our time there, we had a loose idea each day. We did leave a couple of boroughs untouched, but I am sure we will be back in the not too distant future!
My list today is absolutely not all-encompassing, itâ€™s simply the places we tried and loved. I donâ€™t think anyone could have a definitive guide to New York – there is just so much to do and the city is constantly evolving.
My favourite places
I will go into more detail about these place in part two, as well as a shopping guide, things to do etc.
I can only vouch for Brooklyn – we had an adorable AirbNb with two bedrooms in Brooklyn. Super close walk to a couple of subway stations, amazing coffee and food. We were close to the Brooklyn Museum. A few forums indicated it was a little sketchy at night, but we were fine. I think any City can become a little sketchy at night. Just be mindful and aware like you would in your own area. I would highly recommend staying in Brooklyn as it then allows you to experience another aspect of NYC. We found that we had a well rounded view of the city for our first visit.
I have had friends stay in Manhattan and loved it. A few friends live in Chelsea and Williamsburg which are both amazing areas to check out. Manhattan would be a lot more convenient if youâ€™re wanting to be in a central location.
Subways is super easy. Unlike other cities, there are no zone restrictions. For the same fare,you can visit any part of the city. I think we paid $30USD for a 7 day pass Metrocard. A combination of subway and walking is the best way to see the city. We also Ubered as we were staying in Brooklyn and sometimes it was easier to use Uber – especially because UberPOOL is so cheap!
Okay, get comfortable because this is a long ass list. So many friends and family gave me recommendations ahead of our trip – it was impossible to fit them all in and believe me, I tried. We created extra meals per day just so we could try more places.
Bluestone Collective (55 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA): Our first place we ate was Bluestone Collective – after two weeks of travel I was craving some Australian inspired goodness. I ordered a salad and rosÃ© and JD ordered an egg and bacon roll and Aust beer!
Lincoln station (409 Lincoln Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA): We spent a lot of time in Brooklyn – this cute cafe is based in Crown Heights, but well worth the subway ride there if youâ€™re staying in any other place. Really good coffee, amazing sandwiches and also a great place for a cider at night. We actually watched the first half of the election unfold here! PS: they have free wifi.
Manhattanville Coffee (167 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA): I pick my coffee shops by seeing how many people on laptops there are. I love the USA coffee culture – I wish Sydney embraced it. Manhattanville was absolutely packed every day we visited. Itâ€™s funny how quickly you can find yourself in newfound rituals. JD and I picked up a coffee most mornings on the way to the subway. In fact, this place was one of the reasons I loved our neighbourhood so much. We also went there one rainy night, post walking 20,000 steps – it was perfect!
Emmetts Pizza (50 McDougal St West Village): This was a recommendation, so now itâ€™s a recommendation of a recommendation – therefore you know itâ€™s good, right? Itâ€™s a cute bar and pizza place – the Chicago deep dish pizza is probably one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten. I am drooling just thinking about it. Itâ€™s a great place to share a pizza with friends. They were super friendly too – the owner let me use his mobile to phone our friends to see what time theyâ€™d be meeting us!
La superior (295 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA): We were wandering around Williamsburg one afternoon and didnâ€™t really know the area whatsoever. I quickly Googled Mexican food and Foursquare users suggested this it rated a 9.1/10, so I was sold!! I am SO, SO glad we went there. The tacos, guava margaritas and spicy avocado sauce is to die for.
Hinterland bar (739 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218, USA): I am getting all nostalgic thinking of Hinterland Bar. JD really wanted to go there as he listens to a podcast called The Flophouse and one of the guys from that podcast owns Hinterland. Wow, that was a really roundabout way of explaining that. We literally were here for hours. We got far too drunk. We met some amazing people. WHAT A FUN NIGHT.
Sweatshop (232 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA): For an afternoon pick me up, this place was awesome. I dragged JD here because I was craving donuts so bad – ha! When people say there is â€œno good coffee in Americaâ€� I just donâ€™t think they have done their research. There is plenty of terrible coffee in Australia as well, but youâ€™d never go there, so why go there in the USA when there is a tonne of fantastic places offering A+ coffee?
Shake Shack: Because; Tasty. I rate this better than In-N-Out.
The Up & Up: The Up and Up was a place we just lucked into and from the street it looks like it would disappoint you. You have to go underground and it just looks like it may be a little dingy – boy were we wrong. Itâ€™s a quaint and incredible upscale bar – it truly is a hidden gem boasting floral wallpaper and small white marble tables. We left it up to our bartender â€œCheddarâ€� to surprise us from their inventive cocktail menu. He also gave us a host of other suggestions (some of which will make this list).
Magnolia bakery (West Village â€“ 401 Bleecker Street (Corner of West 11th St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10014): I made JD walk here on our very last day – I wasnâ€™t the best with directions that day and took him the most roundabout way – ha! It was well worth it after all itâ€™s a proverbial institution, right? I went to the one off Bleeker St, but look up which one will be closer for you when you visit. I think there are three others!
By Chloe (185 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, USA): By Chloe is usually packed and it is so beautiful! The decor and fit-out is simply amazing. A great place to mix things up when you are sick to death of heavy, fried American food.
Osteria Morini (218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, USA): We ate here on our final night and it was delicious – nothing beats freshly made pasta! We chose this one based on proximity to where we were. There were so many other good ones to try that sadly we didnâ€™t get to this time.
The Bowery Market (48 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, USA): We didnâ€™t get to go here but I want to include it as I really wanted to go! It was closed for renovations and we made our way there as it wasnâ€™t too far from where we were. Their website and social media didnâ€™t mention it was closed! If you get a chance, please go and tell me how it was! The silver-lining for this being shut is we found the most incredible place which I will list below!
Mild End (97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA): Mild End was a happy accident. We werenâ€™t able to go to the above place, but we were both becoming increasingly haaaangry so I quickly Googled what was nearby and luckily this little gem popped up. It was absolutely packed when we walked in – we had to wait 15 mins for a table, but man was it worth it!
Saxon + Parole (316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, USA): I had this written down in my phone as Saxon + April after mishearing a suggestion, then I saw the sign when we were walking down Bowery St and it clicked – I am including this as it was on my list but when we went to go there it was a little overwhelming due to how busy it was. It reviews really well and based on how busy it was (if crowds don’t overwhelm you like they do me) go there!
Again, this list is in no ways all-encompassing. I have so many more incredible places on my list,I could seriously keep typing, but I will leave this blog post right there. Be sure to swing by in a couple of days for part two. I also have San Francisco, Vegas and LA guides on the back-burner!
Please do comment with suggestions so we can all swap stories and tips!
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Second only to the nerdy male underdog (and all your associated landmark teenage dream cinematic moments of the outlier hurdlingÂ the quarterback to publicly make out with Queen Bee), the most celebrated figure of modernÂ film culture seems to beÂ the cussing, awkward, rough and tumble, unlikely heroine who either A)Â against all (all)Â odds, gets a blowout, a tweed suit,Â and the rest of her sh*t together by the end of two hours, and exits stage left to revel in her newfound social status as a strong
independent woman who don’t need no man definitely still needs the man she spent the whole film changing herself for, orÂ B)Â credibly realises her mistake in aspiring to what society has pegged as defining a successful female, but is then seen to find peace withÂ being seen as a weirdo.
I resent that.
Admittedly, all of this is a cut above theÂ damsel in distress. I’ve always found Golden Hollywood’s hopelessÂ on-screen post-rescue-and/or-epiphany embracesÂ (during which said damsel’s entire body hasÂ collapsed intoÂ her suitor’s red-bloodedÂ stronghold, with her neck snappedÂ back at an unsightlyÂ 90 degree angle)Â exceedingly distressing. But, in the same way that generations of women have stormedÂ away fromÂ the typecastÂ bounds of sexualÂ objectification and subservience, there’s no reason whyÂ today’s leading ladies should bow to theÂ checklist of zealous self-assertion, divine recognition, materialÂ possessions, perfect offspring, and that artificial and condescending construct of a “work-life balance” (all the while, not ageing a year beyond 30)Â to be truly successful.
That is not to discredit what so many female trailblazers have done for gender inequality as a whole with these accolades in tow.Â But, there is no universalÂ image ofÂ success.
There is no secret sauce.
There is no quick fix.
Success is not even the pay-off of hard work – it’s just the acceptance of said hard yards.Â Our bumbling ingÃ©nue (I imagine her to be KristenÂ StewartÂ in sneakers and Chanel MÃ©tiers d’Art pearls and lace under a muddy raincoat)Â is allowed toÂ remain bumbling and ingenuous in her success without any
pressure to embody some American Dream woman who fits Soul Cycle, and a green smoothie, and a coconut water, and World Peace, and yoga, and pick up the kids from school, and learning to code into one day. It’s totally ok for her to not be consistently composed or organised or have a 5-year plan It’s ok for her to walk in the wrong direction without realising when she gets out of the subway at Times Square.*
All that to justifyÂ my 6AM consumption of waffles after shooting this story in a muddy raincoat.
They weren’t even whole wheat.
And I had maple syrup.
*Literally me. Every day.
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This might not be how your barber dresses on his off days but this is how my barber Michael Haar dresses off-duty.
Oh! I almost forgot! Looks like we might be doing an event together in London this September! I’ll keep you updated
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Rooftop Cinema Club: I recently watched an open air movie on a rooftop in Brooklyn through the Rooftop Cinema Club and it was such a cool experience. I took my friend Liz and we saw American Psycho! You get to sit in these cute striped lawn chairs and they give you headphones so that you can really zone in on the movie and not get distracted by anything. An extra bonus? The view of the city skyline at dusk is incredible.
Smorgasborg: The Seaport Smorgasborg reopened this past May and although I have been to a couple of the other locations, I haven’t gotten down there yet to check it out. Some of the vendors include Fletcher’s BBQ, Home Frite and Red Hook Lobster Pound. YUM! Check out the locations here!
Rooftop Pools: There are a handful of really nice rooftop pools in New York open to the public and I’ve been to a few of them, but would recommend McCarren Pool in Willimasburg and the Dream Hotel in the Meatpacking District. The fee for non guests at McCarren runs anywhere from is $15 Monday through Thursday, and $65 Friday to Sunday. And at The Dream, passes for non-guests are $60 apiece, Monday through Friday from 11am to 5pm. It’s the perfect way to still be outside but beat the summer heat!
Summer Restaurant Week: There are so many amazing restaurants in New York but they aren’t always exactly cheap and that can be frustrating depending on what you’re willing to spend on a meal. So I think restaurant week is a great way to try some of the spots you’ve had on your list without breaking the bank, because there is a prix fix that is (usually) reasonable, which allows you to get a nice sampling of what their menu has to offer. I have been wanting to try this place for while, and this place looks great for brunch. Restaurant week runs through August 19th.
I would love to know where your favorite spots are in New York during the summer or how you escape the heat. Let me know if the comments below! xo
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