As I am preparing to go to New York I am making my lists of places to go, do, see, etc. The thing I enjoying doing the most when I visit someplace is living like a local. Go and see and do the things the locals do. Of course, because my man is with me we will do SOME of the tourist things, but he would much rather not hop around to all the tourist things either.
The best way to achieve living like a local is to ask a local. If you can’t ask a local who currently lives there, the next best way to achieve this task is to ask someone who used to live there! Since we here at Des Moines is Not Boring have our own former New York native, Annick Sjobakken I asked her for a few suggestions.
Annick and I talked about what I was looking for and here are a few things Annick messaged me some information to get me going:
Places to eat:
- Katz’s Delicatessen: Get the pastrami sandwich – split it with a friend as it’s huge
- Roberta’s Pizza Roberta’s-my favorite pizza place-near the Morgan L stop in Brooklyn (you can get the L train from union square)-there’s usually a 45 minute or so wait as they don’t take reservations – they grow all of their ingredients on the roof
- Hotel Delmano: Hotel Delmano has the best cocktails. It’s near the Bedford stop on the L (the first stop in Brooklyn) which is a great area to walk around/shop/people watch too
- Mission Chinese Food: Amazing inventive Chinese in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Since I told her I was going to be staying at the Fabulous W Hotels Union Square she gave me some specific hints for that area as well.
A few great places near union square:
- City Bakery: on 18th and 5th ave – a great breakfast or lunch spot-try their pretzel croissant and their hot chocolate
- Lillie’s Union Square: A great bar with yummy food
- Frank’s Restaurant: Frank is my favorite Italian restaurant in the city (it’s in the east village so you could walk there from your hotel)
A few of my favorite small music venues:
- Glasslands in Brooklyn (near the Bedford L stop)
- Cake Shop in the LES of manhattan
- Knitting Factory (near the Bedford L stop)
- Union Pool is a great bar and venue (near the Lorimer L stop)
- Death by Audio is a fun hole in the wall unmarked rock venue – (also in Brooklyn near the Bedford L)
As far as shopping goes I would walk around the LES of Manhattan around Ludlow St there are a lot of cute independently owned boutiques and around the Bedford L stop in Brooklyn there are too!
Of course, I have a few things on my OWN list to add though they are not the LOCAL things they are things I just MUST do while I am there.
I am going in the heart of NYFW and am still in line and hope to go to some Fashion Show for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week…but if I don’t end up getting my Press pass, here are the other things on MY list.
Go to Mood. Mood is the fabric and notions store they always show on Project Runway
Visit Parsons. Parsons is the school they go attend (funny enough I mentioned this to Annick and she touts “Oh yeah, I went there! Small world)
Go to Makerbot. Make something 3-D if I can afford it. (I hear it can be pricey)
Go to a Broadway show. I mean, how you can you go to NYC and NOT go to a Broadway Show?
Shop at Soho or other stores in NYC you can’t shop at just anywhere. Maybe I will go to Macy’s or something. (This is oddly something my man said he WANTED to do)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hello Audrey is like my idol. I must have breakfast there, outside the window. It is a must and I didn’t get to do it the last few times I was there.
Hoping to do:
Walk along the Waterfront
Take a walk on Wall Street
A visit in the future:
Someday I REALLY want to go for a summer in The Hamptons…sigh….
See the Rockettes
Well, that is my TO DO list so far for going to New York. If you have any other ideas or suggestions I would be happy to consider adding them to my list.
I just have one question to leave you with for now…
Is it too early to start packing? (Insert Giggling Excited Laughter here)
Until Next Time … XoXo~TrishaTrixie
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“Trisha Trixie” Hunter is a Fashion Designer & Blogger for Trisha Trixie Designs-Life in a Retro State of Mind as well as for Des Moines is Not Boring & Vintage Inspired Model – Trisha Trixie The Vintage Fashionista
I also would love to visit your store or event no matter where you are. East Village, Beaverdale, West Des Moines, you name it. Des Moines has an abundance of places to shop and events to entertain. If you want me to come to your event or shop let me know. I love to shop and I love to get out and about and see what others are doing and wearing. Fashionistas do more than just talk shop, we like to live it as well!