This weekend my dear friend Emily visited me in New York for one of our traditional weekends of fun. Normally our adventures revolve around fabulous food – and this time was no exception – but we also decided to check a couple of items off of my New York City Bucket List as well, including visiting Ellis Island.
We actually also ended up doing a bit of an homage to another great love letter to NYC, “You’ve Got Mail,” visiting Riverside Park and Cafe Lalo on the Upper West Side – hence why I was inspired with today’s post title. 🙂
Seeing New York in this way makes me truly appreciate the breadth of experiences and opportunities I’ve been privileged to have over the past nearly seven years. As I’m about to embark on some new adventures in my life, I’ve been musing on how much I’ve learned in my time in NYC and in a sense, creating my own love letter to this city.
Though I could go up to 152 I’m sure, I’ll limit it for your sake. 🙂
So, thank you, New York City, for:
1. Teaching me how to dress, even though my closet is now predominantly black and grey.
2. Refining my palate and opening my eyes to some of the most diverse food and incredible restaurants in the world. Only in New York can I say I’ve experienced the crafts of Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Jean Georges, Tom Collichio and soon, Eric Ripert amongst so many others.
3. The niche eateries that mean you can satisfy most any comfort food craving at any time: S’Mac, The Meatball Shop, ‘wichcraft, Rice to Riches…
4. Allowing me to experience your abundance of historical and cultural significance: the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, The American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Ballet Theater, The Metropolitan Opera and on and on and on…
5. The ability to get nearly anything* delivered at nearly an hour. Like the time I got a six-pack of Corona delivered from a bodega on the UES, and the delivery guy went to another bodega to buy the requested limes. At midnight. On a Tuesday.
*except dry cleaning! Why is that?
6. The brilliance that is tailoring and cobbling.
7. The absolute awe that I still have every time I fly back into the city and see the Manhattan skyline. Gives me a warm fuzzy every time.
8. Making me appreciate every inch of the 300 square feet I call home.
9. The cardio and strengthening workouts from carrying groceries to a fifth floor walk-up.
10. Being just tough enough to help me build up some thick skin.