A New York Minute

Although I consider Chicago my new home, New York will always have a piece of my heart. I was reminded of just how much I love NYC when I was in town last weekend – for a whirlwind 30 hours! It was a short trip due to a time crunch, and while I was disappointed knowing that I wouldn’t get to see everyone on my list, it was also kind of nice to have a smaller “list of things to do.” I promise I will be back again soon, friends!

First up was a long overdue reunion with my friend MaryAnn. After years of working together in the lab, I really miss talking with her every day! We lucked out with the most beautiful, sunny, and warm day, which is the perfect weather for walking around Manhattan. We walked up and down the UWS, stopping for brunch at The Smith, and hung out in Central Park while people watching.

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After a quick shower and wardrobe change, it was time for the main event and the reason I was in town in the first place – my dear friend Bharat and his fiancé Jahnavi’s engagement party! We were very generously hosted at The Empire Hotel, home to one of my favorite rooftop venues (Gossip Girl fans will know it as Chuck Bass’ hotel!). The party itself was at the fabulous Mandarin Oriental.

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It was so wonderful catching up with so many old friends and meeting some new ones too! Everything was spectacular, and as expected, we all danced the night away! And continued into the wee hours of the night (morning?).

After a few hours of sleep it was time for Sunday Funday! My good friend Dominika drove into the city to hang out with me, and reminisce about our glory days! Stop number one was the quintessential NYC boozy brunch at Essex. Each entree is served with three cocktails (!), so you know it’s  gonna be a good day after that!

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Upon exiting, we were somewhat surprised to find ourselves in front of LaCaverna, a bar we used to frequent when we were much younger (before I even lived in the city!). Funny how it looks so different in the light of day! As we walked through the Lower East Side it was really like a trip down memory lane.

imageWe spent the rest of the afternoon shopping in Soho, where we both picked up a few things. Despite the same chain stores being all over America and the prevalence of online shopping, there’s just something special about shopping in NYC. Perhaps it has something to do with the whole no tax on clothing thing!

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It was about this time that we got a little punchy, and so a Starbucks run was in order. Fitting, since it was Dominika who got me hooked on coffee years ago – all those Mocha Frappuccinos!

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It was the most fun 30 hours I could have asked for; my next NYC visit will be much longer!

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