Today I’m happy to welcome to the blog Claire Ady, the founder of Wed In Central Park, a boutique wedding planning company that plans your dream wedding in Central Park–be it an intimate elopement of 2 or a day spent with 200 of your closest friends! She’s been planning New Yorkers’ dream days since 2012, and has carried out over 180 weddings to date.
We’re delighted to chat with her about her favorite way to #treatyoself in NYC (when she’s not planning weddings, of course!)
What is your favorite way to #TreatYoSelf in the city?
I lived in Yorkville before I left New York to live in Las Vegas for a while. I’m not a New Yorker, in fact I’m not even an American. I’m British, but I love New York City. I really loved being by the water, running along the East River, and my dog loved the dog parks at Carl Schurz Park. It’s lucky I love running, since I also have a bit of a sweet tooth. This may shock you, but I’d never had Red Velvet cake until I lived in New York. It’s just not a thing in the UK. It should be, though.
When do you most often utilize this treat?
Our little beagle puppy came with me everywhere, so I would take him to one of the amazing Yorkville bakeries or diners and pick up a cake to go. Yorkville was the settling place for many Germans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We lived in Germany for a while before we lived in New York, and I can tell you that the Germans love their cake, and it shows in Yorkville, there’s lots of great cake to choose from there. My favourite bakery in the neighbourhood was Two Little Red Hens, their Red Velvet cake is to die for. It is just the right balance of the sweet cocoa cake and the slight tartness of cream cheese frosting. They sell awesome cupcakes, pies and cheesecakes and I believe they make large party cakes to order. They’re on Second Avenue between 85th and 86th.
So, I’d have my cake and my dog, and we would walk over to Carl Schurz Park and sit under my favourite tree and eat the cake, read a novel and watch the water. The Park is pretty amazing, with basketball courts, a kids’ playground and two awesome dog parks, the small dog park overlooks the East River, and I’d challenge anyone to find a dog park with a better view. Carl Schurz Park has a street level part, and has steps and pathways that climb up to the promenade that goes over the Roosevelt East River Drive. Because of this steep change in level in quite a narrow park, there are lots of windy pathways and hidden paces with statues, flower beds or other ornamentation. The Gracie Mansion, which is at the North end of Carl Schurz Park must have an immense view of the Hell Gate tidal strait in the East River that I loved to watch from the promenade. Something about the position of the islands of New York makes that area of water a very rough and hazardous one, and I believe many early settlers met their end there.
Would you consider this treat to be budget friendly, a sensational splurge, or somewhere in the middle?
My way to #TreatYoSelf in the City is not one that has to be kept for special occasions, it can be used for a pick-me up as often as you like.
It seems to be a trend that #TreatYoSelf days tend to come when there is either something to celebrate or when you need a pick-me-up. In the case of the latter, what words of encouragement would you give a New Yorker who is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?
As someone who lived in New York all too briefly, but has visited since very frequently, I’d encourage any New Yorkers to familiarise themselves with the gorgeous parks that you all have at your disposal, and to go out and use them. Specifically, I’d encourage New Yorkers to have a great workout and run through one of these lovely parks, then indulge at a fabulous bakery with your favourite cake!
Thank you so much for joining us on the blog today, Claire, and sharing your favorite way to use your city on a #TreatYoSelf day!
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