June 25, 2018

New York Adventures, Month One

Since I'm trying to do a lot with my time in New York (in case this summer is all I have for a while), I thought I'd do monthly blog posts to keep y'all informed on what I've been up to.


1. So much Sarah J. Maas. I read over the collector's edition of Throne of Glass twice.
2. Making friends with my fellow interns. One's from my hometown, and we had no idea until I offhandedly mentioned it in a conversation with another intern!
3. I slugged a lot of books. (Slugged means looking over pass pages and making sure no production errors were made and then also marking for any other errors I see.) I mostly looked over chapter book and middle grade titles, ranging from Unicorn Princesses 8: Feather's Flight to Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill.


1. I was fortunate enough to be near a pop-up food stall market while I was in the Airbnb (and then it was only a few blocks away from my dorm). It was kind of pricey (most NYC food is, though), but fun and reminded me a little of Taste of Chicago. This was on a much smaller scale, of course. I tried a slider and fries and fried cookie dough balls, and then rolled ice cream on another visit.

2. Wafels and Dinges - So messy but so good.
3. Petit Poulet in NoMad is my new fave French place. (Although I'm still attached to Le Grainne Cafe in Chelsea.)
4. Hill Company Chicken in the Flatiron neighborhood has amazing chicken and waffles.
5. Cafe Lalo - Where they filmed one of the iconic scenes in You've Got Mail. Service wasn't great, but my quiche was amazing.
6. Levain (a bakery famous for their massive cookies) - I don't like nuts, so Kelly and I shared the dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie. It was insanely rich and good. So glad I ordered milk too, lol.

7. Amorino (a gelato place) - Pretty good taste, but I went mostly for the aesthetic. If you order a cone, they'll make it look like a flower, and you can get a mini macaron put on top, too.

8. Penelope - The roomie and I went here for brunch, and I really liked it! We got the sweetest donut holes appetizer, and I loved my rosé mimosa and omelet.


1. I got a New York Public Library card, mainly so I have access to their ginormous e-book collection. It's been a great success so far.
2. Made my first trip to Books of Wonder at the end of my first week, since I get off early on Fridays. It was a quick jaunt that included my first solo navigation of the subway. I walked away with just two books, although I could've easily bought a whole bookcase's worth.
3. Got all my Morgan Matson books signed. :D
4. Visited the Upper West Side Books of Wonder, too, and pretended it was The Shop Around the Corner.
5. Work perks - grabbed a couple books from the free book stack; got an ARC of The Girl King from Hali, the editor; and read the first pass of Kingdom of Ash. I'm bursting to talk about it, but y'all won't get anything out of me.


1. Morgan Matson's launch party at McNally Jackson!!! This was absolutely the highlight of my week, maybe the month.
2. I saw Ocean's 8, which was ridiculously fun. 
3. I saw Waitress on Broadway. It was such an experience, from the pies they sell at the bar to Katharine McPhee and Co.'s amazing voices to waiting at the stage door. Katharine didn't come out the night I was there, but almost everyone else did. Caitlin Houlahan, who played Dawn, was so kind. (Also she's my height!) And Erich Bergen - what a presence. He was born to be an actor.
4. I saw Incredibles 2, which was everything eight-year-old Emma hoped it would be.


1. Bryant Park - It's near work, and I love it so much. It's so pretty and the perfect size. And it's right behind a branch of the NYPL.
2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art - I went at the end of my first week in New York. I got in early, thanks to my membership, and saw most of the Costume Institute exhibit. I also explored the Greek and Roman art, the European sculpture and decorative art gallery, and a short-term exhibition entitled "Public Parks, Private Gardens - From Paris to Provence," which I loved. I knew I had to see it again.

3. The Upper West Side - While Kelly was here, we spent the afternoon up there. We saw where the end scene of You've Got Mail was filmed, which was surreal.

4. Chelsea Market - Kelly and I went here on her first day with me, which was a rainy Sunday. I'd definitely like to go back on a weekday when it's nice outside so then it hopefully won't be so crowded.
5. Maman - Julia recommended this sweet little coffee shop that has a few locations downtown. I've gone there to write after work the last few Fridays (since I get off at 2), and it's been so wonderful. I love the vibe, and I've written so much.

So, yeah, that's the gist of my first month in New York! Any recommendations for places to explore/eat?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you're having a great time in NYC! I enjoyed reading about your adventures . . . even though all your discussion of yummy food made me even hungrier than I already am. xD


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