i spent the beginning of october in NYC, falling deeply and madly in love- or as one of my friends put it “caught between the moon and new york city”. perhaps, it was the joy of being in the most lively city in the world after spending months in mere solitude. or perhaps i just love NY. i have been to manhattan a gazillion times, but this trip, this trip was special. no particular reason other than the amount of inspiration i inhaled. i didn’t even realize how much i needed that. i had to cut my east coast trip short and head back to colorado for some production jobs. it felt good to be incredibly busy and constantly on the go. though, i couldn’t wait to get back to see my pup and take a rest, but as soon i did just that i crashed and burned and am still recovering. i seem to be following fall around the country. i was extra excited to see autumn in ny, but she had yet to fully show her colors. colorado was insanely beautiful though and we even did some shooting in a small mining town, so i got to travel within my travels.
but new york, lets talk new york. the walking, the food, the subway, the spontaneity, the food, the fashion, the people, the food. did i mention the food? i stayed at a friend’s loft in williamsburg to shoot her holiday lookbook (which i will post when we release). she had to go out of town for work… so, i got to play “new yorker” living in a loft and dressing up in many of my clothes i buy with intention to wear, but never do. i didn’t take a cab once except to and from la guardia, it was subway all the way and lots and lots of walking. though my feet killed me all week and i still have remnants of blisters, it was liberating. i spent the week shooting and styling during the day in the loft and meeting up with friends at night around the city and brooklyn. at first, i was overwhelmed with the amount of hipsterness of williamsburg, but by the end of my trip i was loving it. it has been so long since i felt inspired by fashion and clothes, i had so much fun picking out a cute outfit everyday-even if i was just going to get coffee. i can’t say i felt comfortable going to the store in a long lace dress in colorado- but in new york- anything is possible and acceptable.
i have always wanted to live in ny, but never did it because of the “complications”. the time is feeling right i must admit. well, it is a possibility anyway-one i can’t stop thinking about. what is my life without chances and experiences? it is what my heart desires. i realized as i was leaving ny for colorado that i don’t fall foolishly in love with boys anymore- but rather places. maybe it is an infatuation, but those are the most fun anyway aren’t they?
manhattan- my first love. alive and full of energy. i had dinner one night with an old friend and we talked of my colorado adventure and his life in ny. he said someone once told him that the people of new york are the nature, the botany. it might be a concrete jungle, but we are animals and the humans bring the life to the city. it is so true! people come to new york because they want to be inspired by others-to work with others. that whole new yorkers are rude thing- i just dont believe it. i encountered so many nice people and conversations just at a coffee shop, and slowly my intimidation of coming off a mountain adventure and into a big city dwindled. you don’t get that in LA. everyone seems miserable in california or LA, i never felt warm fuzzy feelings going to get a cup of coffee- i felt judged.
there is one spot i always hit up for a dosa in soho. a friend took me here years ago and it has been my tradition ever since to go at least once. hampton chutney company. i get the #6 with chicken, cilantro chutney, and an iced chai.there are a gazillion restaurants in manhattan and i can say i have only ever had a few bad meals. i have expanded my horizons over the decade of visiting from little italy to searching out the hippest of small joints. there are many websites to help you find the best restaurants of the moment.
it so happened while i was visiting two of my friends from LA were also in NY. it made the first few days full of random adventures and moments. that’s the thing about new york- you can turn a corner and your next hour is spent doing something totally unexpected. almost every night i came into the city from brooklyn and met up with a friend. (all of whom are very old friends!) one of my girls in ny is a broadway actor/dancer- i use to drive her to school back in alabama. she took me to sardi’s (if you have seen the muppets take manhattan you know this restaurant!) and at one point during our visit we were walking around times square to only stumble upon my morning jacket playing a free concert. another highschool friend of mine and i went to see our other friend’s show on broadway. it was my first broadway show.
i sat in line for 30 minutes to try shake shack. i saw ” something borrowed” one to many times, and plus i had to compare to in and out. it was pretty good. i could eat it right now in fact. you can’t really compare to in and out though. you just can’t. i did have a run in with a squirrel while trying to eat my shake shack. this little shit wouldn’t leave me alone. he tried to get in my purse and even followed me down about 10 benches. he ruined my experience all for the hopes he was going to get a french fry.
my last saturday in ny i decided to take the ferry from williamsburg to 34th street. i then took the subway to 77th street and walked to the park. i walked north to the jackie o reservoir and then all the way back down to 59th street. it was a beautiful day in the city. the park was crowded and the leaves were crunchy, though the colors were just starting to peak through. my feet hurt bad, but i took my time and sat on benches or laid in the grass- people watching all the while. it was awesome.
williamsburg is full of every current trend that is good. clothes, food, bars,and lifestyle. the weekends on those sidewalks feel something like the halls of highschool, but with hipster 20 somethings and young thirty-forty something families. i got the chance to try many little places in this epicenter of coolness. here is a list of some of my favs.
A. D.O.C. wine bar– this little wine bar/italian restaurant was my last pit stop. i stopped off just because and i had the most delicious pasta, house wine, and tiramisu!
B.Tiny Empire – another stop off on my way to the subway. this juice bar has so many options it is hard to decide.
C.The Shanti Shack– this yoga studio and cafe was delicious for such a small place. i am still thinking about the grilled cheese and have been making the nutter smoothies for breakfast the past few days (banana, spinach, coconut milk, almond butter)
D. Blue Bottle Coffee – drip coffee is where it is at. so is a buckwheat biscuit with ham, cheese, and chutney. holy shit- this was so much better than i ever could have imagined it to be.
E. Depanneur– this place was my staple because it was next door to the loft. i came here for coffee, breakfast, and pick me ups. such a cute shop. just cute.
F.Beautiful Dreamers– this shop is curated so well, and rightfully so as it is owned by a stylist.i dream of getting my work in here.
G.Mast Brothers Chocolate– hipster willy wonka’s!
H.Brooklyn Flea– pretty comparable to fairfax flea market. with views of manhattan and the water. i also bought two pairs of clogs from Nina Z that i am in love with.
I. East River Ferry – if you are in manhattan and are looking to visit williamsburg, i suggest taking the ferry one way. great views of the city.
other places not on the map, but totally worth the visit:
Marlow & Sons– a little empire of food and drinks.
Taco Chulo– hands down delicious mexican.
Species by the Thousands– another epic store full of curiosities and mysticism
15 thoughts on “on the road: NYC”
These photos are just stunning, no wonder you fell so in love with it! I visited for a couple of days when I was eighteen but I would love to go back again and expereince it all from a different perspective, especially williamsburg! xx
Wonderful post! I too love New York, so this was a great read. I just moved to Sausalito just outside San Francisco after having lived in Chicago for years. I wrote a similar post to yours “An Ode to Chicago…” On my own blog.
thank you. it is definitely a place worth seeing in one’s lifetime. in my opinion every place is worth seeing!
thank you! thanks for reading.
it does! it’s intoxicating!
thank you! barcelona is a pretty great place too! i hope you make it to NY soon!
thank you so much! i really appreciate you reading and commenting. i hope you have a great time in NY!!
I will be in NYC next spring and reading your post only made me anticipate even more (I didnt know that was even possible)! Thank you for sharing your suggestions, etc. I’ve been following your blog for a while, and although this is my first time leaving a comment, I want you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog. 🙂 Cheers!
hi there. thank you for reading. all these photos i took on my iphone. i use vscocam to edit! i also use a canon , but for this post it was all iPhone.
Love, love, love your post! New York is pretty wonderful! I lived there for a year back in the 80’s. Having just returned from Barcelona, your description of your experience in NY is very similar to mine in Barcelona, to quote you:
…”the walking, the food, the subway, the spontaneity, the food, the fashion, the people, the food. did i mention the food?”
Thank you for sharing. In light of my recent incurable case of wanderlust, I may just have to make my next journey one back to New York!
Oh, and I look forward to seeing your work in your friend’s holiday look book!
All the best!
Very nice vintage style for pics, what camera do you use? Do you use any software to retouch them? Thank you!!!
I share your love of NY. It’s just such a neat place and you’ve captured it so well. Whenever I’ve spent a couple of days in NY and return to Toronto, my hometown seems like a ghost town in comparison. New York has that kind of effect!
beautiful photography and love the blog!
This is seriously rad! NYC has never been on my radar of places I’d like to see, but my friend wants us to take a trip with her daughter when she turns 21 after she had a similarly positive experience there. I find the contrast of your shifting from solitude to such vibrant energy so interesting, as well! And your photos – dreamy!