My Trip to New York City!

June 25th, 2015

So I just got back from New York City. I had an amazing time despite some bumps in the road but overall, it was amazing. I couldn’t have asked to share it with anyone better than my best friend Sabrina. I’m currently typing on my new laptop so excuse me if anything is typed wrong. So I’m just going to quickly run through the basics of the trip with you. We started planning this trip back in January and it felt like June was years away. But June 21st crept up on us faster than we could’ve imagined. And now it’s finally over 😦
Despite the fact that that Sunday morning started with torrential downpours, I woke up with a lot of energy, ready to get a start on my day. The bus ride in total took a little over four hours from Boston. We hadn’t realized until the trip home that the ride there was actually quite pleasant. Anyway, we arrived at the Port Authority bus terminal at about 1:45 and took a taxi over to our hotel. Just a heads up, the rumor about new york taxi drivers and their road rage is absolutely true. So, we stayed at the Pod 51 hotel on E51st 2nd and 3rd and it was honestly a very nice hotel. We stayed in a bunk room with a shared bath among the other people on the floor but the bathroom remained very clean. There was also a rooftop deck with a gorgeous view of our section of the city. Needless to say, if you’re going to New York to site see but also want a nice place to stay, the pod 51 is a great choice. It’s also VERY affordable and VERY clean. That day, we decided to go to an indoor mall called Chelsea Market and this really neat park that was at one time actually above ground subway tracks. So the entire park was above the ground and gave you a very unique view of Manhattan. To finish off the day, we went to times square so that we could see all of the amazing lights at night. The incredible thing about times square is that even if you were there at 2:00 a.m. it would still feel like the middle of the day on account of the amount of lights and people there are. Towards the end of the night, we went to this cute diner near times square and headed back to the hotel.
Day 2: On the second day, we got to sleep in a little seeing as we were both super tired. We finally got out of the hotel around noon and decided to head over to east village. I didn’t really know exactly what to expect but east village is just about the most wonderful place in Manhattan. If you’re looking for a place that’s completely engulfed by diversity and art, east village is definitely a place you need to be. The area was very safe, from what I saw, and had a lot of cute shops, cafes and apartments. So that brings me to the reason we even went to east village in the first place. My friend Sabrina is a huge Zeppelin fan and there is a tea shop called Physical Graffitea and it’s actually located in the building that the cover of the Zeppelin album “Physical Graffiti” was photographed. It was truly amazing and the tea was very good! Afterward, we decided to take the Staten Island ferry because it’s free and it gives you amazing views of the city and the statue of liberty. The overall experience was incredible and if you ever get the chance to do it, it is a very fun ride. Towards the end of the night, we sat in central park, watched the sunset and then headed over to the empire state building. Most people have been asking me why we decided to visit at night and the only answer I can seem to give is that seeing New York City at night is one of the most unique and amazing experiences, you get a wonderful energy that you don’t really get to experience during the day. It’s almost like the lights of the buildings and the beauty of the city at night makes anything seem possible, so to see the city from such a unique and very high perspective at that particular time seemed like the right thing to do. If you ever get the chance to go to the observatory, make sure that you try to pick out times square. It’s almost as if it is literally coming up from the ground. The immense amount of lighting just lifts it up. It’s hard to explain in writing but you’ll know exactly what I mean if you ever see it in person.
Day 3: Today was kind of a shitty day in regards to weather. We decided that it would be best to just order some pizza, get some food and bring it back to the hotel to just chill. The dough of the pizza was actually fried and the cheese was smoked which made the pizza THAT much more delicious. I’m not sure exactly what the pizza place was called but I’m sure my friend on here ( would have the name of it in her post. At some point in the day, we decided that we were pretty much driving ourselves insane in our tiny hotel room and realized that we were in fucking New York and that we should get our asses outside. We stepped out of our hotel’s front doors without a plan in mind and just decided to walk around. This was probably our best idea because it led us to this very unique park on a dead end street along the east river and it had an amazing view of the queensboro bridge. So we sat there and just watched the sunset and it was honestly one of the greatest moments of the trip. Writing this now, I realize that I probably should’ve written all of the names of these businesses down.
Day 4: Today was our very last day in New York and was actually a very great day despite how exhausted we were. We went to MoMa (The Museum of Modern Arts) and I actually didn’t find it as amazing as I thought it would be. Some of the paintings were amazing and for those of you who didn’t know, the painting “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh is actually housed here and it was absolutely amazing to see. Needless to say, modern or contemporary art really isn’t my thing, I’m more into fine arts but if contemporary art is your thing, I would definitely recommend it! Afterward, we decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge which was, to my surprise, a pretty popular tourist destination. I mean I know there were going to be tourists but I didn’t realize there would be as much as there were. But, it was honestly such an amazing experience and you get some amazing views of the city. To finish off the night, we decided to actually walk through central park instead of just sitting on the edge of it and it was honestly a whole other experience. It felt like I was in a whole other world but with gorgeous views of the city. It was honestly incredible.
So, that concludes my post about my time in New York. Overall, the experience was mind blowing and very amazing. I had been to New York previously but had never stayed overnight so the whole trip was new and refreshing. We accomplished a lot on our trip and were actually quite sad to leave. As a whole, the trip was amazing and very, very satisfying and I can’t wait to see what city I go to next. A few tips if you plan to visit New York:
1; Make sure to bring a fair amount of money specifically for food and transportation around the city. It is very important to keep yourself well fed and hydrated if you’re going to be traveling around the city for long periods of time.
2; Be sure that your phone is well charged each day that you go out just in case you can’t find your way or you need to get in touch with somebody.
3; Bring a backpack that can easily carry snacks, water, a first aid kit, YOUR WALLET and hand sanitizer. Manhattan may be beautiful but it’s not very sanitary. In fact, I actually had gum stuck to my leg at one point. Also, make sure to have some emergency cash on you in case you lose your wallet or credit card.
4; Bring various types of clothing with you. You never know what New York City’s weather is going to be like.
5; When picking your hotel, make sure to read all of the customer reviews on it before booking the hotel. Our hotel, The Pod 51, was very clean and I would highly recommend it.
6; And last but certainly not least; make sure that you’re traveling with another person that you know you’re going to have a good time with and that you’re not going to kill by the end of the trip. I was lucky enough to spend the trip with my best friend and we always have a lovely time together.
(All of this information is from my experience, I am by no means a New York City expert)
I hope that whoever is reading this found it interesting and helpful and if you did, make sure to like and/or reblog it so that you and your friends can get an idea of what New York City is like! Hope you guys are having a lovely day and I will post again soon!


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A Plentiful Pot of Roasted Tomato & Root Vegetable Soup

With The Grains

March 2015

A plentiful pot of soup is like a return to your childhood home after many months or years away. Every ingredient, like every quilt, stuffed animal or lingering teen heart-throb poster, tells a story and stirs nostalgia. This soup stirred a few tales.

Red Pepper Soup by With The Grains

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There was a long photoshoot. It began with meticulously styled, petite portions of chopped vegetables. It ended with a back seat and a trunk FULL of produce. Those excesses became a warm oven of slow roasting tomatoes, a house that smelled of Italy, and finally, a robust red sauce. That red sauce stirred the cravings for comforting tomato soup.

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Artist's impression of the New Horizons flyby in July 2015. (NASA/SwRI)Artist’s impression of the New Horizons flyby in July 2015. (NASA/SwRI)

After more than nine years of traveling through space the New Horizons spacecraft is now in the home stretch of its journey, with less than 120 days and 143 million kilometers to go before it makes its historic flyby of the Pluto system on July 14. It will be the first time we get a good close-up look at the distant world which had for over seven decades held reign over the frozen edges of our Solar System as the outermost planet, much like its namesake governed the cold darkness of the mythological Greek underworld.

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Modern British Studies Birmingham

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