In April 2016 we spent 2 days in New York City. I was dying to see Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams perform David Harrower’s one-act play “Blackbird” at the Belasco Theatre. Luckily Playbill.com was selling tickets at a discounted price so we planned our trip, packed enough clothes for two whole days, and drove to New York City. This trip was unbelievably refreshing, it reminded me how long it had been since we had taken a real vacation. It felt so good to be in my favorite city, watching two of my favorite actors perform live on Broadway.
The first 10-15 times you visit NYC you spend most of your time looking up in disbelief thinking “How did humans even build something so massive”. Every time I’m in New York I’m in Awe of every little detail. The city that never sleeps also never seizes to amaze me; the food, the architecture, the people (Who beyond popular belief…actually can be quite nice) are all so captivating!
The most intriguing places in New York City are the ones that are tiny and full of character and originality. CW Pencil shop in China Town is the most charming place we visited while in NYC. This shop is tiny, and when I say tiny, I mean tiny. CW Pencil Enterprise is amazing, they sell high-quality notebooks, pencil sharpeners, erasers…but the most popular items are pencils. I purchased a high-quality charcoal pencil, a cute little elephant print eraser, and two tiny yellow public supply books.
After leaving CW Pencils, We went for ice cream at the “Juicy Spot Cafe” which is also located in Chinatown. You may have already heard this sweet little place if you watch “Unique Sweets” on the cooking channel. The Juicy Spot’s beautiful Ice cream creations are crafted right in front of you using a sub-zero anti-griddle. These Ice Cream Rolls, also known as “stir-fried ice cream” originated in Thailand. When we started ordering our ice cream, they said: “Whipped Cream is best for the photos”. I love that! The Juicy Spot Cafe has the most chill atmosphere, leaving there I could still feel the good vibes.
We also found time to stop by Earwax Records in Brooklyn to look for Florence and the Machine’s latest album (How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful) but ended up picking up Låpsley‘s latest album instead. I grabbed a chocolate covered hazelnut bar from the pop-bar, bought Japanese candy from Midoriya in Brooklyn, had the most delicious chocolate doughnut at doughnut plant (I highly recommend the “Brooklyn Blackout” or “Matcha Green-tea” doughnut), Spent 10 minutes in central park near the Japanese cherry blossom trees, tried Shake Shack for the first time, ate a questionable hamburger from a Time Square food cart, Photographed Banksy’s street art, and finally experienced that 4 story Forever 21 heaven in Times Square.
When I returned home I put my new Låpsley Record on and sat on the edge of my bed. Starring at a signed playbill and a small collection of New York City souvenirs I thought “That was wonderful!”. I went to bed that night happy thinking about two unforgettable days in the city that never sleeps. Someday, I’d like to wake up every morning in NYC. I believe I would feel wonderfully optimistic, ready to go, and full of whatever it is that makes the city seem magical to me.
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