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NYC: Birthday Recap {part 1}

Traveling is one of my favorite things I could ever imagine doing to celebrate any birthday. This year, for my 28th birthday JPC and I jetted off to NYC to spend time with friends, shop and of course – EAT. 

Stay

We decided to go the Airbnb route for our stay. It’s much more affordable, and offers a real-life NYC experience. We rented a fab apartment in Greenwich Village – check it out here. It’s my favorite neighborhood, with beautiful town homes and fantastic little restaurants. Also helpful, it’s very close to the train and can zip you into Brooklyn in breeze. 

Do

Instead of heading to MOMA or some of the galleries that offer unbelievable exhibits, this time we decided to do something new. Specifically, the New Museum. We were able to visit 4 floors of unbelievable work from Polish artist Pawel Althamer.

His work spans across several mediums including video, metal work and sculpture.

The entire 4th floor included an interactive exhibit with a time-lapse recording taking place. Visitors were encouraged to create their own art in the space so Althamer could create a film from it later. While painting, drawing and coloring we were lucky enough to meet the artist himself. Naturally, he was lovely and I was quite starstruck. 

Just down the street from the New Museum is the wall space dedicated for the ever-changing Bowery Mural. Just a week before we came to town, artist Maya Hayuk painted a stunning color explosion that was exactly what the city needed with the Polar Vortex crap we’ve been dealing with. 

Shop

Of course, we spent most of our shopping time in Soho and the Meat Packing District. Scoop, Zara and Topshop are a few of my affordable favorites that we don’t have in Cleveland so I make sure to get some serious retail time here. I also love to check out Opening Ceremony and All Saints when we visit – they offer tons of trend foresight.

Eat

NYC ramen is top-notch. In the past we’ve enjoyed more than our own body-weight of Momofuko, but this time we made sure our first dinner came from Ippudo.

We lined up (in a blizzard) and waited with about 70 others for the doors to open. We were seated right away and I was able to slam some buns, noodles and sake all while jamming to 90’s hip hop. It was glorious and probably what Heaven actually looks like. 

Stay tuned for part 2, where I’ll share more doing and well, more eating! What are your NYC faves? It’s one of my new year resolutions to visit the city more, and I’m always on the lookout for recommendations 

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