New York City Highlights

New York City Highlights

Despite living in New York State from age 7 to age 18, I had only been to New York City for one weekend about ten years ago.  I am not sure how it happened, but my close circle of friends from Morocco and I decided that we were going to meet up in NYC to see Hamilton and hang out.  Then I had to invite my mother because I was obligated after purposely addicting her to Hamilton when she can to visit me in April 2016. Not everyone was able to make it, but this is what happens when your "squad" all live on separate continents. Literally. 

Here are the ten highlights of the week:

Escape Game:

I have played escape games in six or seven different countries now. This was by far the best that I have ever done.  We had so much fun.  It was creative; the logic made sense, and we managed not to kill each other.  We didn't win, but we came close. The game master actually lets us finish after our time ran out and it took us less than a minute to finish.  

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New York City Public Library:

This may be my favorite building in the whole world. It is gorgeous and full of books. They also have some impressive exhibitions for free. We were able to see the Declaration of Independence. 

Proof of a Small World:

I was getting breakfast in a random health food market (organic bacon and egg breakfast sandwiches, delicious, if you want to know) when who should walk in but my friend Chris.  Who I work with in Beijing and who is not from New York City. The world is a bizarre place, and we are far more connected than we realize.

This is the look you get when you start to explai that you came from Beijing to see the play he was in. "Whaaaat?"

This is the look you get when you start to explai that you came from Beijing to see the play he was in. "Whaaaat?"

Hamilton:

It was better than I thought it was going to be and I had ridiculously high expectations. The tickets were stupidly expensive, and I would pay that much again. 

Moroccan Food-

I spent three days trying to find a Moroccan Restaurant in NYC for all of us to meet at for dinner.  Morocco might have been difficult in many ways, but I still miss the food.  It is also surprisingly difficult to find outside of France and Morocco.  Which is sad for everyone who doesn't have regular access to Moroccan food.  I.E. Me.

City Clerk's Office - Marriage Bureau in Manhatten:

Two of my friends got married in the least dramatic way possible, and I got to be their witness. This must be the happiest government department to work in. Everyone that comes in is happy and wants to be there and is excited about the paperwork. Everyone working there was so nice and went out of their way to say congratulations.  The woman who officiated the ceremony, in particular, managed to make the wedding feel special in the few minutes that we had. 

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DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge:

I admit it, I am a sucker for the Brooklyn Bridge.  I think that it is beautiful and it conjures up all these images of old New York for me. And that view of the Manhatten Skyline can't be beaten.

Brooklyn Brownston:

We stayed in Brooklyn because there were five of us and we needed three bedrooms.  We had the whole upstairs apartment, and it felt as if we were staying on Sesame Street. It was a hike into Manhatten, but it isn't as if we were planning on

The Met

I now have a secret ambition to eventually move to NYC and get a membership to the Met so that I can go every weekend for a year.  I might just start to scratch the surface of what is there. If you are at all interested in art or museums, give this one a whirl. This isn't a half assed collection by any means.  BTW if you download their app onto your phone, you can get the audio guide for free instead of paying 7$ for it.  Worth it!

Reconnecting-

I hadn't seen one of my friends in over three years and my mother in more than one. I love my expat life, but I do miss people. I get into a rhythm if they aren't in your life day to day but then you see them again, and you remember why you love them. I have some pretty awesome people in my life. 

New York needs a few more visits.  There are still so many parts of it that I haven't seen.  It is 100% my favorite city in America and in my top ten cities in the world so far.  I'll be back.

What are your favorite things in NYC or the things that you dream about?

Reading Around the World: New York City- The Greatest City in the World

Reading Around the World: New York City- The Greatest City in the World

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Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton cover

Humans of New York: Stories
by Brandon Stanton

 

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Series: no
Published: October 13th 2015
Rating: Everyone has a story to tell

“The great thing about New York is that if you sit in one place long enough, the whole world comes to you.” 

The Alienist  by Caleb Carr cover

The Alienist
by Caleb Carr

 

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Series: Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #1
Published: October 24th 2006
Rating: Definitly set in New York

“The defenders of decent society and the disciples of degeneracy are often the same people.”

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan cover

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
 by Rachel Cohn and  David Levithan

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Series: Dash and Lily #1
Release date: October 26th 2010
Rating: Full review of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

“I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable. I particularly loved the adjective bookish, which I found other people used about as often as ramrod or chum or teetotaler.” 

Bunheads by Sophie Flack cover

Bunheads
by Sophie Flack

 

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Series: no
Published: October 10th 2011
Rating: en pointe

“Just when you think you can't go on, somewhere a little light comes on.” 

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older cover

Shadowshaper
by Daniel José Older

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Series: Shadowshaper #1
Published: June 30th 2015
Rating: A for out of the box plot element and potential

“Crazy. It was the same word María and Tía Rosa flung at Grandpa Lázaro. The same word anyone said when they didn't understand something. "Crazy" was a way to shut people up, disregard them entirely.”

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith cover

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

 

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Series: no
Published: 1943
Rating: immersive

“The world was hers for the reading.” 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer  voer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer 

 

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Series: no
Published: April 4th 2006
Rating: I am shocked that I haven't read this

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.” 

Here Is New York by E.B. White cover

Here Is New York
by E.B. White

 

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Series: no
Published: January 1st 2000
Rating: This seems like an good guide to NY

“It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.” 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt cover

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

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Series: no
Published: October 22nd 2013
Rating: much hyped

“I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.”

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto  cover

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
by Russell Shorto 

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Series: no
Published: January 1st 2004)
Rating: The greatest city in the world

“Manhattan is where America began.” 

Do you have any NYC recommendations? 

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