My Guide to NYC

As I sit here writing this, I am enjoying a lovely cup of green tea an Toby’s Estate Coffee Shop in Brooklyn, NY. The vibe here reminds me a lot of my favorite coffee shop in Columbus, Mission. Full of buzzing energy, laptops, and a relaxed “hipster-y” atmosphere.

My kinda place to catch up on some work.

You’re catching me in my year of travel… I know… it sounds cheesy. But, I’m committed to making sure I stick to it!

When I quit my job last May, I was ready for a year of flexible commitments and a career that I could take with me as I adventure. Luckily, my husband has the full time ability to work from anywhere, too. He really was the inspiration and support system I needed to pursue this new path. Building this new life I’ve been dreamin’ up is a work in progress, but I am really enjoying figuring it out as I go ;)

So, let’s chat NYC.... cool?

My husband and I drove to New York for our friends Jack and Joe’s wedding in the Catskill Mountains. Talk about GORGEOUS. The wedding venue was at the Beaverkill Valley Inn and was a dream.

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The entire weekend was full of love. It started off with a relaxed rehearsal dinner on the back patio and ended with a pool party, wigs, and champagne. I absolutely adore these two and the wonderful group of people they brought together for their special day.

After the wedding, we made our way to NYC for a couple days of exploring.

This is now my 4th time in the city and I STILL feel like I’m learning my way around. This visit, I am on a mission to learn how to travel and navigate this city on my own. And I’ll be honest, the subway system wasn’t so hard! Slowly but surely, I am learning my way around NYC and recognizing the various neighborhoods of this incredible city.

Now, to dive into some of the neighborhoods and all the wonderful places to visit :)

BROOKLYN

Williamsburg

I LOVE Williamsburg! It has such a young and fun vibe with tons of restaurants, coffee shops, and lots of shopping. There are so many places to try, but here are a few that I enjoyed:

The Butcher’s Daughter is delicious juice bar and cafe. Plant-based and gluten/dairy-free friendly. It has a light and pretty atmosphere with comfy chairs and succulents all around! This smashed avocado benedict was amazing.

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Mast Chocolate. Wow. If you’re a chocolate fan, I highly recommend stopping in. The chocolate is made with all-natural, organic, and sustainable sourced ingredients. The sea salt was incredible.

Toby’s Estate Coffee. As mentioned above! Great energy and chill vibes. You can watch them roast the coffee which is pretty cool, too.

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Bushwick

We stayed in an Airbnb in Bushwick which is a very industrial and newly “hip” part of Brooklyn. This neighborhood in Brooklyn may have a bit  of a rough reputation, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

Quite literally, our stay was an old warehouse that was renovated into an apartment. There are a TON of cool bars and coffee shops nearby. If you’re looking to stay a bit cheaper and explore the industrial gems, it’s a great option.

Queen’s Brewery was really cool and open. A huge warehouse turned into a Brewery, with a large screen tv and picnic style tables. Cornhole boards included! Typical bar food.

Father Knows Best was the PERFECT spot to grab a drink in a relaxed atmosphere. They have a super cute back patio seating with tea lights and everything. A wider range of bar food, too.

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MANHATTAN

Midtown

We all know Manhattan. Home to some of the most famous buildings and entertainment hot spots out there. Broadway, Times square, shopping… you name it. There are too many places for me to name. But, here are a places what we enjoyed from this trip:

The High Line is a must see. Amazing views of the city from a renovated historic freight rail line built into a beautiful park. Enjoy a drink or grab something to eat along your walk or just enjoy the views!

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Gansevoort Market is a perfect spot to grab lunch. They support local goods and fare in a cool industrial style building honoring the history of the 1884 Gansevoort Farmer’s market. They have a wide selection of options if you have a group looking for a variety.

Central Park. Duh.

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The Village

I absolutely LOVED walking around this area so much. Way more than midtown if you ask me!

Saigon Shack for some tasty vietnamese cuisine.

Porto Rico Coffee Co. If you like coffee (or just the smell of it) you will definitely want to pop in this place!

By Chloe. Vegan restaurant where I got a yummy salted caramel push pop!

Washington Square Park. Beautiful… the iconic fountain! We sat and watched the sunset and it was wonderful.

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Other places I WISH I would have had time for:

Pressed Juicery

Souen

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Sweet Green

It was a short and sweet two day visit, but we had a blast and hit up some lovely spots. Until next time NYC.. we will see you again soon!