I sometimes don’t realize how close we are to the water in New York City. Yes, I know Manhattan is an island, but the crowded streets cause me and (probably others) to forget how we’re only a few steps away from the river. The best way to experience New York’s large bodies of water is with all the boats, and I know firsthand that’s something everyone should do at least summer.
Some New Yorkers might wish they had an iconic coffee hangout like Friends’ Central Perk. But, my NYC goals are more linked to finding a diner similar to one in Seinfeld. Because who doesn’t want more food in their proximity when talking to friends? I think I found my personal Seinfeld diner in FiDi, and they have the BEST pancakes.
There’s no better way to start a summer in New York than taking a trip out to Coney Island for the day. Once known as the largest amusement park in the world from around 1880 to World War II, the Brooklyn destination still allows you to escape the narrow city streets to a more open seaside resort filled with rides, food, and the beach. And when it’s a sunny day like this one, how can you not enjoy it?
When growing up in a Greek family, you will never hear the words “vegetarian” or “vegan” when it comes to daily diets. Aunt Voula says it best for all Greeks in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, “You don’t eat no meat? […] That’s okay, I make lamb!” It’s not saying that every Greek out there is an ignorant carnivore—we just really like our lamb, okay! Based on my Greekness in the last few sentences, you better bet my first visit at a vegan restaurant was going to be quite the experience.
While Central Park was a winter wonderland not too long ago, spring is officially here in NYC! All you need is that first sunny, warm day to go outside, after all. One thing to love about spring in New York is the chance to see all those beautiful flowers bloom. Most importantly, you need to head over to see the spring bloom in Central Park.
When living in the city, it’s hard to keep track of everything going on. We all click on that “Interested” button for a Facebook event, but do we really end up going to the event? Probably not. It’s why I’m introducing another blog series on Lost & Found in the City called “City Happenings” so you can actually see what events are worth checking out. Check out the events picked out for April 2017.
I’m all for trying new food. That’s one of the first things I do when visiting a city because it’s exciting to see new places while eating something delicious. I thought of an idea to share these experiences on the blog in a new series called “City Bites.” I will be covering a restaurant I visited and it will include photos, maybe an occasional vlog, and my personal thoughts on the place. For my first place, it seemed almost appropriate to pick brunch because life without brunch is a life I don’t want.
The Statue of Liberty serves as a national symbol of freedom for more than 100 years. Of course, some Americans and international folks have the bucket list goal to climb up to the crown. Well, it turns out a lot of people want to do that. I learned that the hard way—crown reservations are usually booked months in advance. After moving to New York, I decided to make that reservation as soon as I arrived.