From The Lips Of A Local

Today we’re so excited to welcome to the blog lawyer and fellow blogger, Rachael, to share with you a slice of her NYC life!


Name: Rachael O’Bryan

Occupation: Lawyer, Aspiring Writer

New Yorker Since: April 2011. I needed a change and have never regretted my decision to move here with very little money. Sometimes you just have to take that leap.

What Hood Do You Live In: After 4 years in Alphabet City I decided to make a change and moved to Prospect Heights in March of this year.

Where Do You Get Your Morning Coffee: I don’t drink coffee. People always ask me how I survived law school without coffee. I drink soda (I know it’s horrible for me) for my caffeine boost. I also drink chai lattes and hot chocolate. In Brooklyn I often write at Breukelen Coffee House and treat myself to their chai or a Nutella hot chocolate.

Restaurant you’d be really, really sad bordering on clinically depressed if it closed: Hmm this is hard … I love trying new places but I’ll go with Cafe Habana.  Fish tacos and frozen margaritas – you can’t go wrong.

Every tourist must visit: Brooklyn Bridge at night. Walking over the bridge is one of my favorite things to do.  And you can throw in Brooklyn Bridge Park with that, too.

NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: This was a tough one.  Lately I’ve been getting into the natural / ingredient-conscious beauty product movement thanks to my good friend Desiree and her new store Vivrant Beauty.  That’s not a trend specific to NYC though.  For an NYC one a cereal bar just opened in Brooklyn.  I don’t even really like cereal but I’m definitely checking it out.  Let’s see if this concept becomes a trend.

Favorite way to while away a (non-work day) NYC afternoon: Exploring a new neighborhood, browsing the shelves and tables at The Strand, watching my beloved Mets at Citi Field.

NYC’s Best Kept Secret: I don’t know how secret these are but these are my go to suggestions in NYC – $5 mini golf on Pier 25 and shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade (usually no more that $10 for a ticket).  Everyone says NYC is expensive but here are two great cheap ideas for fun.

For more on Rachael, check out her blog La Belle Vie De Rachael.  For more tips from locals, click here.

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