Last week I got to take a last minute work trip to NYC to shoot some video and herd the big dogs to their happy hours/dinners. To say I was excited for this trip would be an understatement – getting PAID to travel to New York? Yes, please! I was hoping to make a trip to the city this year for a girls’ weekend with my friend, Nikki, so this lined up perfectly.
I’ve been to NY twice before but always when it has been freezing. This trip I arrived right as the weather was warming up and the flowers were blooming everywhere for spring, and let me tell you, it was magical. So beyond being put up in a fancy hotel and getting to do some fun “work”, I got to explore the city in all its springtime splendor with my friend by my side. And instead of doing all the touristy things I’d done on my previous trips, I got to enjoy it from a local’s perspective. I think it’s safe to say that the city stole my heart this time around.
It helps that my friend and I enjoy all of the same things and are all about the photos. She planned a perfect weekend for us visiting the most beautiful spots. And I do have to say one thing here – for some people they think taking photos gets in the way of enjoying something…that maybe you should put the camera down and soak in the experience. And while that may be true for some people and I totally get the validity of that statement, for me, taking photos has always enhanced experiences for me. I love seeking out the beauty and creatively capturing it forever on my camera – it is after all what I get to keep with me after I travel. I had a whole roll of film I planned to use and didn’t – as well as a GoPro that I wish I’d shot more on – so all in all, I think my photo taking vs. just experiencing the moment ratio was pretty good. It did inspire me to seek out the photo opportunities in LA – so maybe at some point I can share a guide for that.
Without further ado – here was my whirlwind of a trip to the city.
Wednesday: I got to stay at Hotel Hugo in SoHo – too pricey if I was paying for the trip myself but beautiful (I loved the decor). I couldn’t make a trip to NYC without catching a show on Broadway, so our first night we saw Kinky Boots, which I highly recommend. So FUN, and it’s been a while since I saw a show that I immediately wanted to purchase the cast recording to.
Thursday: My hotel was just a stone’s throw away from Dominque Ansel Bakery (the home of the original Cronut), which was all too convenient. Thursday morning I picked some up before heading to our We Work space to shoot some video. So good and SO RICH (I only ate half, which is saying something coming from me). Afterwards I ate pizza with old friends at Rubirosa and then literally walked all of Manhattan before having a fancy work dinner at The Marshal in Hell’s Kitchen.
Friday: Already exhausted after one day in the city, I slept in a bit before meeting Nikki to grab coffee and pastries at Dean & Deluca to enjoy on the steps of the MET. In an effort to find an ATM, we ended up getting sidetracked by some thrift store shopping before taking a row boat out on the lake in Central Park. Afterwards we had a glass of wine and some snacks at The John Dory Oyster Bar before I had to go to another work happy hour/dinner.
Saturday: All work obligations complete, I extended my trip through the weekend and stayed with Nikki in Brooklyn. We got up early to have a fancy brunch at The Plaza before making a quick sweep through the MoMA (super crowded on the weekends). Similar to the day before, we got sidetrack searching for a vintage photo booth and ending up walking the beautiful streets of the West Village. After our photo booth mission (Bubby’s on Hudson) was complete, we headed back to Brooklyn. We had plans to enjoy some jazz at the Carlyle’s Bemelmans Bar (which I still want to go to!) but were so wiped. Instead we walked around Brooklyn and Prospect Park (so beautiful) before grabbing cheese fries and mules. We relaxed the rest of the night back at her apartment with ice cream and a movie.
Sunday: My last day. We hit up the Brooklyn Flea in Dumbo and had lunch near the bridge. It was a beautiful day to wrap up my trip before heading home, and I came back with new sunglasses, a purse, and a pair of sandals.
I’m already missing NY, and my heart is just aching to return. I’ve got to find a way to get back (and maybe even live there temporarily). 😉