There’s something so comforting about being in the hustle and bustle of New York City. The people streaming around you on the sidewalks. The cabs and (insane) drivers honking on the streets. The food trucks, restaurants, shops and fruit stands on every corner. For me it’s like a dream world, one where I am a part of the heartbeat of a great city, while still being an anonymous girl in the world, only worrying about exactly what I want to do that day. It’s perfect.
And what I want to do every day goes a little something like this…
Grand Central: The ultimate place to feel the hustle and bustle. People are running on and off of their trains and milling around the terminal and the shops that you can find every few feet. Climb up the main stairs and take a moment to really look at the scene, take it all in. Then, of course, turn your head towards the ceiling to revel in the beautiful astrological scenes.
The High Line: This is my favorite thing in New York, hands down. Every single time I am in the city I find myself drawn to these blocks of old railroads turned city park, where I aimlessly wander up and down while snacking on the popsicles from carts the line segments of the park. Taking a book here is a great plan, you can lay out on the wooden benches and watch the world go by.
Chelsea Market: Food & shopping. Done. Sold. Enough said. Run in here and grab a farm to table milkshake while you check out the shopping options. There are tons of small shops and pop ups throughout the hall that will fill your pocket with chocolates, books, jewelry and the occasional clothing steal of a deal.
Eataly: Continuing with the food trend – if you eat, this place is for you. Seriously. It’s an entirely different world, filled with every single yummy treat your heart could desire. Personal favorite? The focaccia pizza, I’m telling you it’s a near religious experience.
The Flat Iron: I absolutely love this building, just looking at it makes me smile. The fact that there is a park right by it and it’s just across from Eataly just makes it even better. Take your focaccia pizza and sit your butt outside to take it in. You can thank me later.
New York is full of inspiring, driven and creative individuals – some of whom I am ecstatic to call friends (looking at you Claire Esparros) and seeing the ones that I love is always the highlight of a trip. It’s easy to forget that we all need a little down time and a moment to recharge every now and then. We find ourselves completely swept up in the hustle of our lives, chasing that dream job, thinking about that boy, worrying about if we have it all together or not – we forget that sometimes the thing we need most is to hit the pause button.
Ironically, New York City is the perfect place to pause.
Its chaos allows you to really experience the stillness if you let yourself. If you take that cup of coffee and sit on a park bench. If you walk the length of Manhattan with nothing but the sounds of the city passing by you. If you meet a friend for lunch and bask in the radiance of the moment, of the friendship. If you take a yoga class in a completely new place, one you have never heard of and may never see again. If you sit in Bryant Park and watch the frantic executives running by, realizing how lucky you are that you can just hit the pause button and be you.