TWO | Did I mention the coffee, the cappuccinos or the lattes? For some reason at any little cafe you stop in they taste just a tad bit better. No lies.
THREE | Boutique Hotels. Staying at The Nolitan was a change this time around. It was adorable, cozy and served champagne, wine and cheese platters every evening from five to seven. Champagne o'clock as I liked to call it.
FOUR | Big Lights, Brick City. My oh my are these buildings gorgeous. Whether an exposed brick wall had been painted over a million times in every shade of white--I was still in love.
FIVE | Funny Signs. Maybe the average New Yorker doesn't notice them as much as say a tourist would but I have to give it to them, they can be pretty witty.
SIX | Building Envy. Yes, I know these fire escapes are for functional reasons but damn are they gorgeous or what?
SEVEN | Wandering About. With friends who went with us from Santa Fe and all of our lovely friends who live in the city--this is the best part. We don't do a lot of walking around in the Southwest so it's such a treat to not have to think about a car, parking or driving for that matter. Yes, it's the little things.
EIGHT | The Butcher's Daughter. Oh my heaven, this is the best juice bar/cafe on earth. They have everything, elixirs, teas, hydration juices to my favorite "the hangover killer". True to its name, it works like a charm. That with a perfectly designed heart latte was pure joy every morning.
NINE | Window Views. Isn't this apartment gorgeous? After arriving on the redeye, I slept like a cat in a windowsill beneath these large beauties.
TEN | The Restaurants. There were too many to instagram, too many to try. The Parsienne Cantine was at the Notlitan and was a beauty of a place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, appetizers and meet up with friends before heading out for the evening.
ELEVEN | Chocolateirs + Ice Cream Shops. This particular menu was from a lovely little place on Varick. I've never had chocolate curry infused ice cream with handmade waffle cones but I will never forget just how delicious it was.
TWELVE | The city really doesn't sleep. And that is what is so magnificent about it. Coming from a small city that looks pretty desolate come 10PM it is awesome to be in a place that is just getting its groove on at that time. While I'm certain people who live there don't experience it all the time, for travelers it is a dream come true.
...and to think I didn't even get to discuss the shopping,
the post would have been way too long.
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