A couple weeks ago I was sent on a quick trip to New York City for work. It was a super quick trip actually… just about 30 hours or so. However, in those 30 hours I walked 29,950 steps, shopped, ate, watched an Olympic ice skater perform, marched in the NYC Halloween parade, and also did those two work events that I was there for.
So, I figured I’d share a few of the highlights of my trip!
The best shopping
Obviously if I’m going to go to New York I’m going to run around a do a little shopping while I’m there! I actually did hit up a few thrift stores (which was a total bust), but the real gem was the Winter Village at Bryant Park. My hotel was only a couple blocks away, so I truly stumbled upon the Winter Village having NO idea what was going on. Basically it’s like Etsy exploded all over Bryant Park! The Winter Village Shops opened on October 29th and are there until January 2nd. You can check the hours here if you are planning to visit.
I LOVED the shops. Oh my gosh, I spent so much time just wandering from one shop to the next and fondling everything. I ended up buying three things at the shops, but I could have totally bought something for every single person on my holiday list.
I ended up getting a comfy t-shirt from the Strand Book store (it’s New York’s largest family-owned independent bookstore with EIGHTEEN miles of books), a super soft poncho/shawl thingie that I will be showing you later this week, and this handmade necklace from Friction Jewelry:
The charms are a real leaf and baby pine cone dipped in copper and 24k gold. The lacy oak symbolizes strength and the pine cone is for optimism. Friction Jewelry has an online shop with their handmade jewelry and even a whole page of leaf necklaces that you can choose from. Find them here: Friction Jewelry.
The best thing I ate
Not only were the shops at the Winter Village pretty amazing, but there were a bunch of food stands too! Since it was so near my hotel, I pretty much stopped by any time I needed a meal or a snack since there were so many fun options. Out of everything I ate, this was my absolute favorite:
TopArepa offers traditional Arepa, which is a staple food in South America. I had the Artichoke, Parmagian and Garlic on a sweet corn patty, which was sliced in half with melted mozzarella cheese inside. It was SO GOOD that I am considering taking another trip to NYC by the end of the year to get another one! You can find their website here: TopArepa.
The most unexpected but expected moment
Did I mention that I ended up being in New York for Halloween? Yup, I arrived Monday morning and departed on Tuesday, which meant I was in the city for the Village Halloween Parade. My co-worker, Edward, and I joked about jumping into the parade… but I knew that it would probably happen. I mean, why not? We ended up getting down to the parade area pretty late in the evening, but after some running/dodging/and general finagling found ourselves marching along in the parade.
All it all, it was a super fun and productive 30 hours! If you get the chance to get to NYC to experience the Bryant Park Winter Village, I totally recommend it. Just make sure you are prepared to buy everything!