5 Ways To Use Your (NY) City

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Here’s 5 ways to use your (NY) city, this week!

DO:

The Women of the World Festival is happening this weekend, with events ranging from concerts to story telling to comedy.  With everything that’s been going on politically the last few months, I can’t think of a better time to join together to celebrate these wonderful voices.

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.” – Zora Neale Hurston

READ:

Are you participating in One Book, One New York?  It’s an initiative to try to get the entire city of NY to read the same book at the same time–kind of like a giant book club!  They voted on which book to read, and Americanah was the winner!  We’re actually going to be reading this for our book club in May (which is open to any women who would like to join, just RSVP here!), and even though I’m just a few chapters in, I’m loving it!

The city is also hosting tons of free events, talks, screenings, and workshops in relation to the book, you can view the entire lineup here.

MAKE:

We’re big on fresh squeezed juices in our house (it’s currently how I get all Augusten’s fruit into him!), and I can’t wait to make homemade healthy popsicles as summer approaches.  These palm tree and parrot molds are the cutest, and a surefire way to get little man’s attention;-)  Might even try a grown up version for Happy Hour on the roof!

WATCH:

I’m constantly amazed at the artistic talent in this city.  While this performance happened a few years ago, I just heard about it recently and had to look it up immediately on Youtube.  The Standard Hotel in the Meat Packing District had 60 dancers, countless strobe lights, and 160 of their floor to ceiling windowed guest rooms as part of a “fashion spectacular” performance, available to everyone on the streets below.  It’s incredible!

EAT:

If you’ve been anywhere on Instagram lately (or near a Starbucks), I’m sure you’ve seen the Unicorn Frapp the internet is going wild over.  And rightly so, they’re adorable to look at, and after trying my first one last week from Drink, have to say, they’re actually pretty tasty!  While I certainly won’t be making a habit out of splurging on these $10+ drinks, I found tons of other magical unicorn food recipes you can make in your own kitchen…the rainbow unicorn dip and candy bark are calling my name.

A forecast of 79 degrees means you have to do all you can to stay pretttyyyy hydrated, NYC. | @drinkaeo is located in the heart of @timessquarenyc, and makes all kinds of yummy non-alcoholic beverages, including any kind of unicorn magic your little heart desires.

How have you used your city this week?  Share below!

xo,

Jess

About This Column:  Each week, I have a laundry list of things that inspires me in/about NYC.  While it would be impossible to dedicate a full blog post to each and every one of them, I decided to start a column on Mondays called “5 Ways To Use Your (NY) City”, where I give the top five things I’m currently loving a shoutout.

While the “do” mention is decidedly NYC specific, the rest of the things mentioned are accessible to you, no matter what city (or suburb, or rural paradise) you live in, hence why the (NY) is in parenthesis.