Every time I visit New York, I’m especially aware of my surroundings–the sour city smells, the greenery peeking around the edge of concrete buildings, the constant hum of traffic, and the people everywhere–moving in and out of subway cars, tourists wandering lost, friends chatting and laughing on park benches.
This is a city that demands to be noticed. And I, for one, am happy to observe.
So two weekends ago, Vafa and I snuck away for a quick weekend trip to the city. We spent hours walking through new corners and returning to some of our old favorite spots….
Vafa was stoked to get his favorite corn from Cafe Habana in Nolita. On our way there, we happened across Tacombi, a perfectly-kitschy taco joint, where we stopped for the best sour ceviche and tacos…
I had never been to Brooklyn Flea, but I found it to be kooky, a mix of everything. Vendors sold children’s toys from the 90’s, racks of vintage clothes, and hand-crafted home goods, Food stands offered fresh summer rolls and hand-cut fries.
Also in Brooklyn, BookCourt had a great selection of literary fiction and well-stocked children’s section!
Just down the street, we found the (sadly closing!) Community Bookstore, a total maze of a used bookstore–customers had to practically dance to get around each other….
We took so many good long walks in the city. Vafa especially loved walking through the residential streets of Brooklyn Heights, which were lined with beautiful brownstones and flowering trees…while I loved any walk on the waterfront.
The Lincoln Center at night is gorgeous and perfect for people-watching. Sitting with friends by the fountain, we looked for the dancers busting out ballet moves and for the odd celebrity-sighting (we saw Jane Krakowski and Zosia Mamet, and tried so hard to play it cool!)
Of course, a trip to New York wouldn’t be the same without brunch and shopping with our sweet friends who live there….they alone make the trip to the city worth it!
Thanks to this guy for the quick trip away! Here’s to many more weekends in the city.