Goodness the love hate relationship I have with Manhattan is of Epic proportions. I've lived in Manhattan my entire life first starting out in Washington Heights until the age of 5 when I moved to the Upper West Side to where I reside still today.
Manhattan can be loud and annoying. She can be a savior of sorts (like the time I needed Benadryl because of a reaction to Shrimp and needed a place that was still open) She can also fuck you over painfully (that moment when your friend wants to go to Times Square or that time you had to run out of your house mid-make out to buy condoms and nothing was open or when you have the runs and your only option is that insanely dirty Wendy's) Manhattan does what she wants with you whenever she wants with you. I'm pretty ok with that and why you ask?
When she's good to me she's good. The summer sun in Central Park, the sample sales downtown, the way Soho lights up with energetic shoppers, Mister Softee, the south street seaport I can go on and on about why Manhattan is so amazing. She never gives you the same day twice. There will always be something new to try wether it be a food spot or a shopping spot.
You can easily end up having a bad day but there will always be a wine store open so you can buy a bottle and relax at home or if you choose to stay out the countless lounges and Bars open until the wee hours of the morning to calm you or to wreck you whichever comes first. Manhattan I love her I need her and I honestly don't know if I'd ever leave her. No matter what she will be there and that's more than I can say for the men in my life.
Good friends, good drinks, great shops and how I love you Bedford Ave. I seriously love Brooklyn and want to secretly live here.
A few words about:
The Brooklyn Bridge: Easily one of the most beautiful bridges I've ever seen. All the men who suffered and died to build this creation just makes you realize the spirit of the New Yorker.
Walking across this bridge is just so amazing. The views from all around are great.
Carroll Gardens: I really love this neighborhood. I hear the rent is higher because the rich folk decided to come in and and make it worse for the rest of Brooklyn (seriously rich people go away we don't need you in BK, and yes I plan on moving to BK someday) I hope to find a place around here someday. There are some really nice local mom and pop shops along with the American Apparel and other bigger stores slowly creeping into the neighborhood.
Williamsburg: I live in Manhattan. Not a lot of places drag me out of Manhattan. Williamsburg Brooklyn however manages to do so. I'm not completely for the massive changes I've seen over the years and I'm not for all the new condos/townhouses/etc without the slightest bit of affordable housing being implemented so people can actually live in this neighborhood (seriously half the new buildings are unoccupied because people can't afford it. Makes no sense).
What I do love is this neighborhoods ambiance and a lot of its people (not the hipsters of course) I love the good old fashioned mom and pop shops. I love the consignment shops. I love The Bagel Shop. I love the tattoo shops and the bars. I love it all and every time I'm here it just confirms it for me how much I love this area.
Barclay's Center: Since it opened I'd been hearing whispers mostly 50/50 with music venues or the BBall games look amazing from most angles...You name it I heard it and so I went. I went to a Monday Night RAW live event a few weeks ago (for those that don't follow A. HOW COULD YOU! AND B. ITS GOOD OLD FASHIONED WRESTLING). It's pretty easy to find and a number of trains go to and from Barclays which is always a major plus! (although thank you MTA for taking 2 hours to get me home that night asses!). I noticed from the beginning that the outside really isn't pretty at all! It's like a giant computer mouse with flashing lights lol. Thats just me though but oy.
Inside it reminded me so much of MSG. It's layout is exactly the same then again thats how it is at a lot of places. I also loved that there wasn't a bad seat in the house just like MSG. Armand and I were pretty high up and we saw EVERYTHING. Everything looked great and sounded great so what people told me about sound/audio being awful I just didn't here it but it's not a music show so I wouldn't know.
I don't visit often but when I do it's either for food or for baseball (well a couple of weddings as well ok ok ).
A few words about:
Citifield: I was field level so in terms of viewing there was absolutely no problem. In fact it seems anywhere you sit here you'll get a good view (hopes he likes the August game when we are in section 534!!) It was GOYA night so they gave out plantain chips and played spanish music and announced in Spanish. Made the players sound like gardeners. It was quite funny. Seating was a tad cramped but it's a stadium. You deal with it.
The food is pricy and they do check bags for outside food prior to entering so hide it well or don't even try it. They've got a Shake Shack up in there! Nachos, ice cream, sushi you name it! I ha a few beers and some ice cream as I had already eaten heavy to save some kinda money lol. The women's bathroom wasn't bad either. Although as with any bathroom you see it get messier as the game went on and after. No long lines really for anything. I just really enjoyed being at a baseball game and routing for a new York team even when they lost.
The stadium is easy to get to. I got there from Brooklyn in about 35 mins. If you take the 7 diamond from 42nd st in Manahattan it's about the same.
Queens Center Mall: It was renovated a few years back, and ever since it's been ten times better. I of course love to shop (way to much if you ask me) and this is a shopping heaven for people like me. I get to buy shoes, tops and bottoms create whole outfits inside this place, and eat when i'm straving!
I love how much variety is in this mall. I will say be careful. On weekends (esp. if its a nice day) this place is PACKED with people, and don't even get me started on the holidays (try to avoid unless your desperate.) What does bug me is having to go like 3 flights up for bathrooms, but other than that I LOVE THIS PLACE!
ahhhh the Bronx! Home of my beloved Yankees! I go to games pretty often I love the stadium. Over in Riverdale lives my boyfriend so i'm around there often as well. Some areas are still on the iffy side but it's on the up and up! Birth place of Regis!
A few words about:
Bronx Zoo: Animals.
I love them. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them.
I haven't been in a few years, but when I was little girl I'd come here a lot. I love seeing all the kids with their parents, toddlers just figuring out animals out. It's sweet.
There are a lot of lines for food and stuff like that, but I can't help it I'm a kid at heart so the Zoo is way too fun.
Yankee Stadium: Um hello the cathedral of baseball here. Old or New it's getting the best rating possible because of the sheer history of the place itself. The new stadium is a lot more grander and filled with advertising and way to expensive beer and everything is shiny and pretty and feels new even though this newer version is going on a few years here.
I've been to the old stadium approximately 1 time. One and that was back in 1998 when they had that once incredible year where they won some insane number of games...I was at game winner 110 I believe. It was cramped (which the new stadium doesn't have much of depending on where you are and who's around you (assholes who take up seats with their crap should know better. Fools.
Anyways I've been to the new stadium twice. just twice in as many years and both this year!. The first was with an ex (what a asshole he turned out to be) and the second with my great friend Hector. We went to that July 12th holy crap it got rained out an hour and a half and didn't finish until 12am game. Kuroda was the starting pitcher (in fact it was the last game he pitched at the stadium before tonight).
I also went to Monument Park as well as the Yankee Museum (neither of which I ever got to see in the old stadium. I made it an extra point to get there early so I can see both (they close just before the game starts). I had so much fun seeing both and reading into the history.Yes it's expensive and yes you'll have to sneak in food (don't ask) and yes it's not as gritty as the old one, but everyone and everything has to change sometime no? Man I love this team good or bad this is my team. I will always come here whenever the opportunity presents itself. ALWAYS.
This is my other home.
Um... I don't know a lot really. New Yorkers who've never been to SI aren't that rare actually. You'll find a lot of times we do everything in our power to avoid SI. They say it's like "another world". It makes me nervous.
I'm sure this gallery will be properly updated when I do finally ya know... go.
A few of my favorite quotes about FASHION:
"One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress." —Karl Lagerfeld
“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” —Coco Chanel
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton
“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” —Hubert de Givenchy
"Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” —Bo Derek
"Big girls need big diamonds." —Elizabeth Taylor
"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants." —Karl Lagerfeld
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A few words about my favorite venues:
Music Hall of Williamsburg: I've been to two shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and it's quickly growing into one of my favorite venues in New York City.
My first show was a She Wants Revenge/Nico Vega show. I went with Andres (because it's just what we do) The set up is pretty identical to the Bowery Ballroom (both are owned by the same people) Upon entering you'll find a downstairs lounge/bar area with tv screens if you'd like to watch from down there (but who ever does seriously?) The drink prices are high but thats with any venue your going to, and I never go for the drinks i'm there for the music. Bathrooms are also located in this area and for the most part are kept clean throughout each show.
Like the Bowery there is a main floor and an upstairs. I usually opt for the upstairs because depending on who you are seeing the people can get pretty ruthless on the floor as was the case when I went to my second show there The Sounds w/ Natalia Kills & The Limousines. It wasn't too bad just some shoving so I went upstairs got a magnificent view and watched a great show.
Lighting is always great, and the audio is always very very good at this venue. As with any show if your into watching the opening acts get there early otherwise wait a bit before going to save on wait time. I'll be back again for whomever I like next.
Radio City Music Hall: It's Radio City! You know new York staple? That building where all the cool shows happen. The building where I saw a power rangers show when I was little. The building where I saw the Christmas spectacular so many years ago and in January saw my love Lady Gaga (thank you Andres I love you always for that one) .
Yes it's a tourist trap. Yes you'll find yourself on a show day that it is impossible to walk around that area. Small sacrifices I say.
It's a new York staple. Everyone should see it taste and breathe it inside at least once in their lives. The decor inside is absolutely incredible. How they up keep everyday is a miracle.
A must go to.
Madison Square Garden: I absolutely love when I get tix to see anything here. I firmly believe that in most seating areas depending on how the stage is laid out you can see pretty well from just about anywhere you sit.
The only thing that ever pissed me off was the prices on food and drinks. Get ready to spend a boat load, and it's not like you can sneak anything in. Once I tried with a soda and they took it from it at bag check (need to hide it better next time lol).
It's been around forever and it's a staple in NYC. I've been to music shows, basketball games and in the smaller theatre they have as well.
It's layout is pretty easy to get the hang of so your sure never to really be lost anywhere.
You can't live here and not love food. You WILL be called crazy. To your face.
The belly rules the mind. ~Spanish Proverb
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