How to Visit Europe without Leaving NYC: Exploring The Cloisters

If you've spent much time in New York City, you might think 190th Street sounds like a whole other world. And it kind of is, but not in the way you thought. Most people hear Washington Heights and say, "Where is that?" or "That's so far" or "I don't go up there." Truth be told, I had no real interest in the area until I found myself there for a work obligation. I showed up ridiculously early (which is kind of my thing), and decided to walk around. I stumbled upon Fort Tryon park and fell in...

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Food and Art and Hipsters, Oh My! Exploring Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Williamsburg is one of the few areas in New York City that I have always wanted to visit but never seem to get around to. In fact, I had several plans to go, which were disrupted by a minor surgery and other things that kept popping up. Since I’ll be leaving NYC in 5 weeks, I figured it’s now or never.

 

Artists and Fleas

We started our day at Artists and Fleas, which is an indoor market place. It could best be described as Etsy exploding in a...

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Stepping Back in Time at The Jazz Age Lawn Party

It was an average sweltering hot day in New York City. The streets were filled with girls wearing short shorts, and the pungent smell of garbage waiting to be picked up filled the air. It was the kind of day where nothing spectacular happens. Unless, you found yourself on Governors Island in which case it was an average sweltering hot day in 1920.

A quick ten minute ride outside of Manhattan and 100 years back in time, and you found yourself at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. One minute you...

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Trespassing in the Staten Island Boat Graveyard

Lately, I've had an itch to do something crazy, and it's been harder and harder to scratch. Weekends have been filling up with one obligation after another, and the last weekend of fun I had planned got canceled for a case of severe food poisoning. There's no other way to say it, I'm in a bit of an adventure rut. It seemed like the perfect time to do something a little extreme, so I settled on visiting the Staten Island Boat Graveyard. Seeing decomposing boats may not sound like an...

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The Coney Island Mermaid Parade: The Good, The Bad, and The Absolutely WILD

Mermaids and sailors and pasties! Oh My! That about sums up my Saturday afternoon! So what is a Mermaid Parade you might ask? Well it's a few different things rolled up into one. For starters, it is the nation's largest art parade. It's also a great way to bring tourism to an area that New Yorkers often forget to visit. The parade has been going on since 1983 and was started to bring mythology to life, raise self esteem, and encourage self expression. The real beauty of this parade is that...

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Spending a day in Flushing, Queens for under $30

Last year, one of my friends asked me to meet her at the last stop of the 7 train. We were headed out to Long Island, and she was going to pick me up there in her car. I stepped out of the train and was sure that I must have gone the wrong way. Suddenly, I was in Chinatown except I was in Queens. It was a tad overwhelming at first, but I decided to embrace the randomness of the day by grabbing a bubble tea while I waited. Ever since, I’ve wanted to go back and explore. This weekend, I...

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Dining in the Dark at Camaje in NYC

I shuffled my hands around the table as I heard metal hitting glass all around me. A sound that normally goes unnoticed in a restaurant, but was now one of the most prevalent sounds in the room. My right hand stumbled over the silverware as I tried to distinguish which was the fork. I began to aimlessly stab my plate like a barbarian until I felt tension against my utensil. The room filled with laughter as the slightly rowdy crowd attempted to decipher what was in front of them, or rather...

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Overrated Vs. Underrated New York City

Have you ever visited a city and heard about something a million times. Then you finally see it and think "that's it?" Later, you end up stumbling upon something you've never heard of and it was way better? Well, it happens to me all the time when I'm in other cities. So, I thought I'd share the inside scoop on NYC. There are so many places that are in movies, on Pinterest, etc. and we become so obsessed with going to those specific places that we get tunnel vision. The main tourist...

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Swimming with the Coney Island Polar Bears

In the summer, Coney Island is a beacon for adrenaline seeking park goers looking to test their fate. However, in the winter, Coney Island is a place of little action. Except on Sunday afternoons. In the dead of winter, while everyone else is hiding in their apartment binge watching Netflix, a motley crew assembles at the Education Hall of the Aquarium with only one thing in mind. Running into the ice cold water.

Before arriving, I hadn’t put much thought into who would join a club...

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Learning the Ropes of Rock Climbing

If you follow my blog then you might recall that I recently created a list of goals I’d like to accomplish by the time I turn 30. You can read about how I’m attempting to learn yoga here. But today I’m sharing another goal that made the list. Coming in at number 15 is learning how to rock climb. One of the reasons I created a list is because I have the attention span of a goldfish. I like to try everything once, but I rarely take the time to master anything....

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