2019,  Career,  New York,  Running,  Travel,  Work

Cali Girl Does New York

Work was calling, so I went.

I have always wanted to go to New York. The glitz, the glam, the “City that Never Sleeps.” Let’s not forget about my beloved SATC too, even though Girls Gotta Eat has me rethinking my love for those ladies! Every year there are two large tradeshows for my new(ish) industry, one on the east coast and one on the west coast. Last year I was too new to venture out East, but this year I was for sure going.

So I went. I knew my adventure time was limited and I tried to remind myself that I should be grateful for any time in this new-to-me-city, but I still had FOMO for all of the things I didn’t get to see or do.

That being said, I thought I’d show you what I did get to experience. Because, being grateful reminds you to focus on the now and not the what-ifs of life, so here we go.

Vessel at Hudson Yards

Sometimes your timing is divine and you arrive in a city that just released a beyond life-size sculpture, plus a beautifully grand shopping center. So, once you check into your hotel, you walk over there to see it, unprepared for the cold weather and ready to take on the new city.

Since my stomach was dictating what I did, I didn’t wait in line for tickets to climb this monster of an archetypical structure. Instead, I asked a random stranger to snap my pic and call it a day. D met me and we ogled at all the pretty stores inside Hudson Yards and bought a few things. By far, my fave was going into the brand new Kate Spade.

Chelsea Market

Food halls are all the rage, so of course, I had to check this famous one out too. When we walked in we saw a cute little wine shop and poked our head in. The convinced us to come in because they said we could by wine and a glass and walk around the entire market with it. SOLD! After that, we wandered, but they were closing soon. So, we each grabbed one taco, from the place a few people told us about. NY tacos don’t have too much on CA tacos…just sayin’!

Centeral Park

I was NOT leaving without logging some miles in Central Park. This wasn’t negotiable. So, I put on my warmest Lulu’s and headed through the city and made my way to the park. Stopping at EVERY block was so annoying, I should have tried riding the train down to the park, it would have cut out so much wasted time. Anywho, I knew it was huge, but I didn’t realize how hilly it was. And every little tunnel reminded me of Law and Order: SVU. I didn’t want to run near any of them, but I had to run through one. I even found a cute little hut with a chair and made a stranger snap my pic. The rain started to pick-up so I headed to the hotel to get ready for the show.

Times Square

Our hotel was so close, it was pretty easy to pop over here. I did a handful of times, but for my first visit, I documented it with a couple of co-workers. I dare say it, it is really overrated. Its buzzing and visually stimulating, but it’s not anything super amazing. Huge screens on huge buildings, trying to sell me anything and everything. I came and I saw, that was great.

The High Line

I wasn’t going to let the weather or my work schedule dictate as much as I could so. So, I set out to walk as much of it as I could before our team dinner. Freezing, windy, and solo I took to the High Line. I walked, snapped pics, and enjoyed the solitary moment. I’m sure on a nice Spring day, this is beyond gorgeous. It was a great way to see the city at a different elevation and perspective. They put a lot into the creation of this and I loved it.

Rooftop Vibes

We had a team dinner at the Refinery Rooftop and it was spectacular. I was able to check two things off at once. See the Empire State building lit up at night and enjoy a rooftop experience. We stuffed our bellies and drank ourselves happy. It was a nice and relaxing evening with a beautiful backdrop.

New York Carbs

Let’s be real, NY is known for carbs. Specifically their pizza and bagels. I made it my personal mission to try an authentic version of each. The pizza was a little hard, because of our location but I enjoyed the experience. I enjoyed the name of the establishment even more. And dare I say this, the bagel was okay. The schmear was intense and I went a long way to get it! But overall, I was hyped to try the two NY carbs I’ve always wanted to try. I obviously tried more carbs, but these two were the MUST.

I’m glad I finally was able to check New York off my list, even though I don’t even feel like I scratched the surface of this amazing city and state. I will be back, whether it’s for work or for fun, I will be back.

I couldn’t live here, but I’m smitten…

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