East Coast Trip Day 5 – New York Time Spare

MONDAY

November 11, 2013

A summary of my 2nd day exploring New York City alone, because I had so much TIME to SPARE…

6:30 wake up! (3:30am PST fml) 7:30 NJ train station, (bye dad xoxo)

 8:09 Miss train to NY 8:29 Catch next train to NY.

You can tell I’m alone with nothing else to do, I was blowing up my own twitter.
10:10 New York again! Drop off my carry-on bag with Michelle at her office and borrow her metro card for the day. She’s the best #forevergrateful 10:30 Columbus Circle! Explore Central Park. Buy roasted nuts (coconuts). Give a sax player a dollar. Mock tourists. Enjoy nature.

11:30 Find restroom in the Time Warner Center (it’s a mall). Try to charge phone but security guard would not let me sit down. Walk to Lincoln Center, it was not that exciting from the outside. 12:00 Time Square!!!! Amazing!!! Just like the movies!! (and Vegas!) Wow! 12:15 Kissing booth with Cosmo and Maybelline.

12:30 Eat sandwich at Majestic Deli.

1:00 search for flatiron building. Find farmers market at Union Square. Buy fancy green juice from The Squeeze.

1:20 Find the Flatiron Building! It’s magnificent!! 1:30 Walk through security and try to ride elevator up to top. Make small talk with fellow elevator rider. “Must be nice on the 19th floor! Wht do you do?” “I work for [itsXaXsecretX]” “oh cool. (never heard of them before). “Are you just looking around? Yes I’ve always wanted to see out from the top I was hoping for a goood view but am sad all the offices are locked.” “Well you look like a respectful person, I’ll show you around if you dont turn me in” …awesome!!! She showed me some great views of the east and south facing windows in vacant offices. Loved it!!!!

2:00 Tired. Phone dead. Must charge. No where will let me. 3:00 To McDonalds!! Free chargers upstairs!! While charging I met these funny kids who were very much day drunk off Bacardi Gold, as they informed me multiple times. They were very friendly and chilling in McDonald’s watching This is the End on an iPad. They both grew up in Manhattan, but were born in Jordan & Israel. Told me about some places I should hit up: A bar that serves $5 pitchers + a shot and free hot dogs “because when you’re that drunk, trust me, even the hot dogs sound appealing” lol. 3:45. Shopping! 4:00 Beacon’s Closet, Found a gray over the shoulder clutch. 4:30 Tried to sneak into Parsons University “The New School For Design,” Failed 4:45 Meatball Obsession, yum! 5:00 Shop lots of consignment and vintage, found a green UNIQLO light weight jacket at Buffalo Exchange. 5:45 I should get going 6:00 Look for wine for Michelle and I. 6:20 Find wine. Realize I don’t have a wine opener. Get Mike’s Hard instead, I know I’m sorry. 6:30 Subway to Michelle! 6:45 Grand St Subway. Pour our drinks into Starbucks cups. Tell homeless man who started hitting on me to keep walking. Felt like a real New Yorker. 7:00 Michelle!! Walk around with the poor girl who had a cold. 8:30 Date at Shake Shack ❤ 10:00 Cha-An Japanese Tea House. Tea and Moshi.

11:00 Head back. Must also grab bag from office & wait for late night trains. 1:00 Goodnight.

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You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:
Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty 
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare (now viewing!)
Day 6 – Autumn in New York
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest
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East Coast Trip Day 3 – Lady Liberty

Saturday

November 09, 2013

Dear friends, fans, and nosy neighbors, my run on sentences have gone on long enough! Here is a much briefer post about my next day in New York, it was also the day I reunited with my dad!

8:30 Dad rolls up in his old man car, the 5 series Beamer. Michelle is ecstatic, she claims she hasn’t ridden in a real car for months and months! 9:00 Statue of Liberty Park 9:30 Ferry to the islands, drink surprisingly good coffee in a cup. 10:00 Ellis Island. Find ancestors etched into monument, kind of a look-back-and-realize-how-far-we’ve-come moment.11:00 Statue of Liberty. Climb about 150 steps to the lookout platform on which she stands, lookout! Great views. Hard to see the statue herself from this close though, with her being directly above us and all.

12:00 French Fries 12:15 Ferry back 1:00 Liberty Park Cafe for lunch. Order an open faced pastrami sandwich with cheese. There was lots of cheese. 1:30 Drop Michelle off at a train stop so she could take the subway back to Brooklyn. 1:45 Drive with Dad through the town he grew up in, South through Jersey. Drive passed groves of autumn trees glowing in the setting sun. 4:00 Stop at Trader Joes. 5:00 Drive through Florence to see the small community he lives in now, I wasn’t expecting to see such quaint old houses and beautiful trees lining a winding river. Reminds me of Newberg, Oregon where I lived during my college years. 6:00 Arrive at his small apartment. Relax. 7:00 Bungos for pizza. 1 large buffalo chicken pizza and 2 beers please…

9:00 Goodnight Dad. 10:00 Goodnight moon.

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You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:
Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty 
Day 3 – Lady Liberty (now viewing!)
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York

Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

East Coast Trip Day 2 – New York Pretty

Friday

November 08, 2013

9:20 Hopped on the subway and rode into the city with Michelle. She left me at Grand Street where she got off for work and I continued uptown to my destination of Central Park. 10:00 detour at Grand Central Station. What a pleasant surprise it was to find myself in the middle of the famous arched complex. The place was swarmed by tourists requesting photos or asking of their whereabouts. To be honest I was the same as them, but since I was exploring alone I did not stand out as a tourist. Instead I was able to blend in with my surroundings and saw the sights of New York in a more polite way. 10:30 Arrive at Central Park!

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What a magnificent oasis embedded in the urban jungle. You must remember this is not just autumn – my favorite time of year, but Autumn – in New York! A time of year so enchanting that it has songs named after it! The trees were a glowing-red and the earth was littered with bright fallen leaves. This was a sight for sore eyes; these same eyes glistened with tears of joy. I can be a rather sentimental chap at times, this time was one of them. You see, I grew up near a park by the same name in California, so I always thought of “MY Central Park” as home. Ever since I realized there was a land by the same name in New York I had dreamed of going. Here I was, standing in the heart of my dreams. Surrounded by beauty unheard of in Southern California. Surrounded by the season of autumn and the changing of leaves, the brisk air, the horse-drawn carriages, the zoo, the tunnels and bridges… I took in everything and everything took my breath away. 12:00 Michelle recommended I visit Cafe Sabarsky. In which I tweeted “Cafe Sabarsky, where even the espresso shots are fancy.” accompanied by a twit.pic of my miniature glass of espresso topped with whipped cream.  I drank my espresso in the quiet of my own table as old couples dined on fine white china filled with gourmet pretzels and sausages around me. 12:30 Must find bank. Must tell bank that I am indeed traveling and not walking around with a stolen credit card. 12:50 The MET! How magnificent! If you thought traipsing through the paths of Central Park had me all choked up, wandering the halls of one of the greatest museums in the world was even merrier! As you can see by the tweets below, I was awestruck.

Never in any dream did I imagine seeing the likes of Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, and Seurat just sitting in galleries waiting for me to gaze upon them. Perhaps I’m being selfish, these masterpieces were there for others to enjoy too, but when one comes across something that reminds them of their entire upbringing, such as artwork that lived on the walls of my home and the pages of my parents’ art books for the past 23 years… If this person by chance stumbles upon the original masterpieces whilst traveling alone through a foreign city, it is an experience worth far more than 1000 words. Especially when I found Seurat. If you know anything about me you know that I’m in love with Ferris Bueller. Now let us recall the Chicago museum scene where they’re getting lost in the fabulous works: Cameron finds Seurat’s ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ and stares at it perplexed for a matter of minutes, maybe hours. I found a smaller version of this mural and had to stop and stare à la Frye; Lisa Loperfido was having a day off too ya know. 1:45 Still figuring out that darn subway. Tweet: “Poll: what’s more fun, subway hopping or subway eavesdropping? (in Manhattan, NY 2:37 pm). 2:45 I found my way to canal street, this task alone was not too difficult, but my phone was now officially low on juice, and I just realized I had not eaten anything all day (minus the dollop of whipped cream on the top of my double shot of caffeine.) Good thing I was right next to a Starbucks! Three old gift cards paid for my lunch and I ate it while charging my phone. While waiting there at the window bar overlooking the street I met Clyde. Clyde was a nice old man with a mustache. He told me how he’s sick of “this old grind” and wants to move out, perhaps to California. I recommended Long Beach because “you still have the city feel but without the hustle and bustle of New York.” He then left to go home and feed his bulldog so it wouldn’t chew up his couch. Once his barstool vacated it was filled by a girl my own age. She was getting off the street to avoid her stalker who hangs out by Starbucks because he knows she frequents it.

3:00 Shopping Time! I did not shop Canal Street because I was not in the mood for tacky counterfeits, I also did not want to be a hypocrite, because I wrote a long report in college about the counterfeit industry and the malignancy that comes with it (though I did keep my eyes open for a rose gold wrist watch, no luck.) Instead I shopped the windows of Soho. I discovered the stores I’ve only read about in Magazines… Top Shop, Made Well, Open Ceremony, how I love thee. I also admitted a cold hard truth:

I didn’t buy anything, mostly because I didn’t want to carry it around the rest of the day; being in the stores and seeing the styles was enough. 4:45 Walked into a small restaurant called Snack for a snack. They were offering a terrific happy hour: white wine and spanakopitas for approx $3 each, what a steal! (I paid more than that for my espresso earlier) I sat there, dined, and charged my phone again. 5:30 Michelle was set to get off work soon so I headed back to China Town  to look around. 6:15 Meet Michelle, all aboard the subway express! 7:00 Hunt for dinner. Michelle took me to the Chelsea Market7:30. Our grumbling stomachs passed over the flashy eateries with the long lines and we popped into the decadent smelling shop in the front, La Rana, (isn’t that spanish for frog?) It turned out to be some overpriced Italian place. I’m not going to tell you what the bill was, but I will say we could have bought 23 street dogs for the same price. Don’t get me wrong, the butternut squash ravioli was impeccable, but that price in relation to the plentiful food options of the surrounding city was a let down. 8:30 Walk the high line. The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side –thehighline.org10:30 Ok, despite popular belief I do not like to get inebriated. The thought of a night of debauchery in the big city never even crossed my mind. Besides, we had an early day ahead of us and Michelle was catching a cold. That being said, we went out for drinks at a small venue called Home Sweet Home. A basement bar lit with incandescent red bulbs and graced with the presence of  beasts. There were hipster undertones but the crowd coming in was covered head to toe in north face. It felt like I should have been in Portland. Nonetheless we drank our G&Ts, discussed our boy problems (literally, what is our problem with boys?) and went on our way. 11:30 Traipse back through the now-quiet trains and their adjacent vacated terminals.12:30 stopped at Popeye’s for corn on the cob. 1:00 fell fast asleep.

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Thanks for following along, I appreciate your interest in my over-embellished ramblings.

You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:
Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty (now viewing!)
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

New York Ready!

NY Weekend Clothes

This lonely California girl is about to take her first bite out of the Big Apple! I’m visiting my best friend who’s on a “make it in New York” mission, and my father who’s “bringing home the bacon” from 3000 miles away. They both just moved there this summer and now that it’s the most beautiful time of year I figure it’s my time to pounce!

…Autumn in New York, how romantic. But what’s a girl born and raised in southern California supposed to pack? (I did live in Portland for 4 years so I’m not too worried) but I do have a goal:

How to pack for a week in New York with just a carry-on?

Have a go to outfit, use accessories to differentiate, rock the shit out of it.

  • 1 black jeans
  • 1 black leggings
  • 1 black boots
  • 1 black hat
  • 1 black cashmere sweater
  • 1 black leather jacket
  • 5 neutral shirts
  • 3 different scarves
  • 4 tubes of lipstick

You can’t go wrong with all black, especially in New York. I’ve got my lipstick for the color pop and my scarves so I have some diversity. I like my outfit staples, and there is seriously nothing more comfortable than jeans and a T-shirt with a good pair of boots.

So here I go! I’m currently waiting at LGB Long Beach Airport (best airport ever). Can’t wait to touch down and see the other side! I’ll keep you posted.

**Update** I was so sad to leave, but am happy to tell you I made it back safely and have now prepared the following log of my East Coast Travels to share with you:

Day 0 – New York Ready!  (now viewing!)
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

Connect with me @itsa_Lisa on Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest