New York City Part 1 – August 2017
After wrapping up some personal projects, I took a short get away trip to New York. It has changed a bit since the last time I was there, so I thought I would share my experience with you over the next few days.
New York is a unique place that everyone should go to at least once. It is a diverse city with a unique history, countless entertainment venues, and food. Though I have been numerous times before, for some reason, this time, its exceptional personality really had an impact on me. I was last in New York City three years ago, but this was my first time as a blogger.
Through my travel series, I hope you find tips on places to go and see, and maybe a restaurant or coffee shop you had previously not yet been to or thought about.
FIRST THINGS FIRST, Coffee
Coffee is always on my mind. Prior to the trip, I did a good amount of research of which shops I wanted to visit, as soon as I arrived and checked into my hotel, I immediately went out in search of some of NYC’s famous spots. First, however, I had to stop by a place that I discovered on a previous trip, so I went to Perk Kafe. This is a little place that I happened to stumble upon last time I was in the City. I did not waste any time and went straight there to get an Espresso with milk, as they call it.
Located on the lower east side, Perk is a small coffee shop, hidden in a quiet neighborhood east of Lexington. It is a cozy space with great customer service. Ironically, the barista was from El Paso, so I truly felt at home as I sipped my espresso and milk which tended toward the sweet side.
From Perk, I went to visit my favorite shoe store, Flight Club. If you are obsessed with the latest sneaker styles as I am, this extraordinary store is an amazing experience. Carrying vintage, consignment, and new products, Flight Club is a legend among connoisseurs, and a favorite for celebrities. Even if I’m not in the market for a pair of shoes, I still love to visit when in New York just to see what’s on the shelves.
Parks in the City
I definitely appreciate the fact that New York City has so many parks in the heart of a building center. The first day I was in the city I stopped by one I had previously not been to, Bryant Park. This place was awesome! It is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, next to the New York Public Library. People go to throw footballs, relax, read a book, or dine at one of the cafes located in this little oasis.
While in the City, I dined at Bryant Park Café, you can eat and watch everything going on in the park. The meal was great and reasonably priced by New York standards. We were lucky that the weather was a perfect 75 degrees which allowed us to experience this really wonderful place.
As you will read about in my third New York post, the city has many food halls. I really appreciate this as there are many instances when you go to eat with someone, but there is no agreement on what to eat. Food halls solve that issue; especially when traveling with others!
The first food hall that I went to is Gotham West Market. How can you turn down a place with Gotham in the title while I in New York! While there, I tried the Ample Hills Creamery, specifically “The Munchies” flavor. If you are in New York, I would definitely try this delicious ice cream spot.
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812 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
162 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016
Ample Hills Creamery
600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
I cannot wait to share more. Stay tuned for Part 2 and 3.
Thank you for reading!