5 Ways To Use Your (NY) City


Happy Halloween weekend! What’s everyone doing this year? We’ll be going to a Halloween party in the city this weekend, and then joining in with Midtown East’s Trick-or-Treating next Tuesday (so thankful they start this at 3pm, perfect for the really little guys!) Augusten is going to be Peter Pan this year, I’ll be sure to share pictures on Instagram! In the meantime, I’ve corralled a few favorites below for you to add to your NYC agenda!

NYC Free Activity To Do: Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla (On October 29th at 4pm, head to Central Park from 106th Street to 110th Street on the East Side for pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, and most of all the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight!)

NYC Book To ReadThe Dollhouse (A fantastic historical fiction book merging women in the 1950’s and today, with elements of mystery, friendship, and love weaved throughout. I couldn’t put it down! Here’s a little snippet to give you an idea of the plot:

“When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren’t: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn’t belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she’s introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that’s used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.
Over half a century later, the Barbizon’s gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby’s involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman’s rent-controlled apartment. It’s a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby’s upstairs neighbor, to resist—not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose’s obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.”)

NYC Restaurant To EatDiner (Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this spot is located in an old vintage rail car, and has some of the most notable food I’ve had in a while! I love that they don’t have a menu, the waitress will just come over to the table and write the dishes on craft paper of what they are serving that day. I had a broccoli, ricotta, and farro salad which was to die for. Also, it’s a gratuity free restaurant, which is pretty cool!)

NYC App To DownloadMealPal (If you find yourself eating out a lot for lunch and dinner, hurry up and download the MealPal app. You buy a bundle of lunches/dinners in advance, and then the night before you can choose your restaurant to pick up a meal from. I love that it lets you filter based on preference, such as vegetarian meals, meal size, and location, and there’s SO many options to choose from. Plus, you go right to the front and DON’T wait in line. Every day different dishes are featured, so you’re not eating the same boring thing day after day. And the very best part? Each meal works out being about $6.)

NYC Spots To Sit Without Buying A CoffeePrivately Owned Public Space (Ever want to get out of your apartment to read a book, surf the internet, meet with a friend, but NOT be holed up in a busy coffee shop forced to purchase something you don’t really want? I’ve been a huge fan of privately owned public spaces for years, but just came across this website that actually details where they all are! You can search by neighborhood, amenities, etc. It’s a great list to have on hand as winter will be here soon enough, and hanging in the parks won’t be quite as enjoyable!)

How have you been using your city recently? Share below!




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