I’ve only been to New York twice. The first time, it was when Mr. H took me there for my birthday sweeping me off my feet. As most firsts, we spent much of our time visiting the landmarks and must-sees. Empire State, Central Park, Moma, Library, Ground Zero, Grand Central Station… This time around, I went with Miss BFF, and it was an absolutely different experience and a fkn blast at that. We walked like mental pilgrims, shop-hopping, thrifting (and thriving) and eating like nothing less than pigs.
I’m jotting down some of the highlights of our trip in case some of yous are looking for inspiration for your next journey but mostly for myself, so that I remember next time I go. Those who know me know my memory isn’t my best attribute.
Our gals-getaway was basically divided in two main chapters: the Soho days and the Brooklyn days.
The Soho chapter
We stayed at the Sohotel, in the tiniest of rooms. Barely larger than a single bed. We had two singles lined against a wall head to head, which meant K couldn’t watch TV -not that we ever turned it on (just there). The bright side was the location. Absolutely central and conveniently located steps away from what became our breakfast parlour i.e. The Egg Shop and near enough to the best tacos that ever lay in my mouth a.k.a Tacombi Fonda Nolita. Man, those Al Pastor Tacos deserve to name an Avenue. And if you go, also try the avocado tostada. The vibe is so good. Old repurposed garage with food trucks inside and Mexican eatery-like tables (check photos of everything below).
Our daily routine was akin to some kind of shopping pilgrimage, as we hopped from shop to shop, pausing for coffee, food and nose-powdering. We hit dozens of shops but weren’t that taken with the Soho fash’, although we both regret not getting this amazing silver tote in Opening Ceremony. The good-goodies were found in Brooklyn, so hang on.
While in Manhattan, we also hit the very hip Butcher’s Daughter, which we were surprised to learn is mostly a vegan joint! Very misleading and mis-advertising dairy desserts as being bad for you! Talk about fake news…
The High Line park was grand, although I guess it must be even nicer early mo’, with less tourists (like yours truly). It boasts really rad views both sides, with cool lofts, art galleries, murals and the park itself is brilliant, with a huge plant variety, spots to chill and cute little food stalls. One of the funny things that happened while we were roaming the Meatpacking district was that we came across this super fabulous lady, the kind of woman I hope to be in my 60’s. Such a demeanour, with her white hairdo, the rolled up jeans and upturned collar, not to mention the poodle! So I posted a pic of this goddess on my instagram and from a comment, I learned it was no other than Linda Rodin (which for some reason I kept calling Lady Robin).
Damn I’m in love with Brooklyn. I was so infatuated in fact, that I wanted to take a photograph of every square inch, every trash can, every graffiti, every damn wall. We stayed in the Wythe Hotel, which is probably the coolest place on this globe. Although it wouldn’t hurt to treat the guests to some water bottles or little complimentary snacks or something. I mean they do stock the minibar like pros, but $13 for a little popcorn bag on top of the precious room fee… Nah.
The Ides Rooftop Bar has stunning views over Manhattan and the light is gorgeous at sunset. Hotel guests have priority table booking so it was easy for us to get a table but might be a little hard otherwise, especially on summer evenings. Be sure to load your wallet as drinks verge on $18 a glass.
Other great food addresses in Williamsburg/Greenpoint:
Loosie’s Kitchen. Steps away from the Williamsburg bridge, go there for super tasty veggie treats, like quinoa bowls and other healthy nibbles. Small portions but amazing flavours and a super cute little terrace.
Diviera Drive: a really cool Italian with wood-fire pizzas and an incredible terrace, in a converted garage atmosphere.
When it comes to shopping, nothing beats Beacon’s Closet in Greenpoint. Believe you me. I found a silk Balenciaga olive parka with lamb fur for $75. Lots of chic American designers like Alexander Wang and French labels like Vanessa Bruno, Isabel Marant… Lots of bang for your buck! The levels of adrenaline in our veins… we were high with rag bliss.
The funniest and cheapest thrill was when we took the East River Ferry from North Williamsburg to Pier 11 in Manhattan ($2.75) and then the free Staten Island Ferry to check out the Statue of Liberty. The East River ferry stops in many stations in Brooklyn, which is a great alternative to move around when you want to go from Greenpoint to Dumbo for ex. without taking the metro -which actually takes you through Manhattan! The views on the Statue of Liberty from the free ferry may not be as close-up as with the private ferries but hey, it’s a great way to save your bucks to pay for all the expensive taxes and tips!
On my moleskine for my next trip
(Yeah, I don’t have a moleskine):
- El barrio Museum
- Five Napkin Burgers
- Salvation Army Thrift Store in Hell’s Kitchen
- More Central Park
- Broadway show
I don’t know when that will be but probably soon enough cause “New York is always a good idea”.
Miss BFF or K
Lafayette St in Soho
Five Brother Fat Enterprise, Soho
Tacombi Fonda Nolita – Best tacos ever
views from High Line park
views from High Line park
views from High Line park – loft art galleries
Linda Rodin a.k.a. Lady Robin
Reynard, Wythe Hotel
view from our room in Wythe hotel
The Ides, Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn
Williamsburg Hotel café
Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
North Williamsburg ferry station
Views from the Staten Island Ferry
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge