My First Trip To New York
From Frank Sinatra to Alicia Keys, from Billy Joel and more recently The Lumineers, I have spent my entire life listening to how amazing New York City is. A sleepless city full of the most Instagrammable food, miles of shopping, and enough sightseeing to last a lifetime. Although I have gotten to travel to some pretty cool places, the big apple had never been one. Last weekend that changed when my family decided to visit my sister, who lives and works in the heart of Manhattan.
Ready to celebrate the 4th of July in the concrete jungle, we hit the ground running as soon as we landed. After sweating my way through a train and subway ride, I started to understand why everyone moved so fast, because who wants to melt all summer long? But the city redeemed itself after a walk on the High-Line that ended underneath the Vessel.
With only a few days to see as much as possible, each day started with fitness classes including [solidcore], Barry's Bootcamp, and spinning at Flywheel. So, if I was not sweaty enough from stepping outside, the classes added to my endless perspiration. To keep my energy levels high and fuel my coffee obsession, I made sure that every morning after class…and afternoon…and the evening included a trip to a new coffee shop. The caffeine helped me power through long walks across Central Park and SoHo. By the end, I managed to visit 12 different shops including the Starbucks Reserve (picture Willy Wonka’s Factory but insert coffee beans and hipsters).
If my taste-buds were not excited enough already, we also chewed our way across the city visiting staples like Magnolia’s Bakery (I understand the hype now) and cute hidden spots like Jack’s Wife Frida. Overwhelmed by incredible tastes and the um…interesting smells of the streets, we ventured to the Met for air-conditioned relief and visual experience like no other. From the bright and extravagant Camp exhibit, to the muted impressionism of Monet, and graceful Little Dancer from Degas; each corner brought a new collection that was more amazing than the last.
While I cannot say that I will miss the sweltering platforms of the subway or the never-ending sea of people, I will miss the constant adventure and excitement the city had to offer. I am already looking forward to planning another trip back to explore places I missed, visit different boroughs, and of course eat more food!
-Courtney, Digital Marketing Specialist