this first photo is a reminder of how nauseous i was that morning, as we walked, again, to zabar’s to pick up breakfast of bagels and chocolate croissants. i just could not stand any smells or sights and the hot/cold factor of the weather/ heater made me feel even more dizzy and sick-feeling. so while everyone went into zabar’s to pick out juice and breakfast i was squatting outside by the tree in the photo behind me and this nice street vendor man let me borrow his chair for the few minutes i waited. he must have seen how dizzy and hungover i was because i was facepalm at that point. and i just to clarify, i had an entire bottle of champagne to ring in the new year. no lie. nothing even exciting went down, we seriously just hung out at our air bnb apartment and watched the ball drop and made a night of it with champagne (lotsss of it) and vodka shots chased with lipton tea…i vaguely remember that part. but i am a champagne lover! could drink it at every meal and with a straw. but it makes me a mad, yet very lovey and emotional drunk and i’m gunna have to work on that this year. note to self: 2 glass maximum
this particular day, if you couldn’t have already guessed, was not my day to play photographer so i did not carry my camera, but i made my best attempt to capture some of the fun things we did later on in the day, as my pounding headache wore off, with my phone.after breakfast, which we enjoyed i attempted to swallow down back at our apartment and next to the chilly window, but under a blanket (i’m telling you, hot, then cold, then hot, then cold) we ventured off to soho to find this one particular store my mom had been raving about called ‘yellow rat bastard,’ we made it & loved it! it was totally like an ‘urban outfitters‘ but raunchier. they had hilarious tees & i found this cute souvenir shirt for me & this one for dek (because his name means ‘palm tree’ in hebrew). after shopping a bit (& walking a ton!) we enjoyed lunch in chinatown. it was a funny experience in chinatown, dining, shopping, everything is so awkward and weird, but it was a great experience and amazing food! after filling our bellies, we headed to grand central station– we all really wanted to go see it in person. the subway took us right to the station and we exited into one of the confusing concourses that headed to the ‘main chamber.’ it was enormous, beautiful and very detail-oriented, made me just stand, again, in awe of architecture and artistry. it was really packed in there and there was even protesting or something going on, so it was hustle & bustle, but i’m glad we got to see it in person. plus! there is this way cool secret that we tried, hence the photo of my mom talking to the wall below.
after our visit to the grand central station, we walked around times square a bit & then looked up where to go for dinner. mirelle found the meatball shop which was a few blocks away from our airbnb apartment so we made our way there from times square. they had a dim lit setting with festive greenery hanging everywhere, meat grinders hanging on the wall and an open view to where they made their balls. and their balls were damn good! we got balls, mashed potatoes and homemade cookies with ice cream for dessert. highly recommended if you ever have the chance to go!
hope you enjoy photos from my new year’s day in nyc!
super hungover, chillin in a street vendors chair in the middle of the sidewalk
beautiful streets of soho
lunch in chinatown
grand central station
it’s an impressive sight
bryant park ice skating rink;
we enjoyed a bavarian style sea salt pretzel while watching people fall skate
at the meatball shop
the most delishious balls!
with the birthday girl
my friend Lauren, brother Ben & sister Mirelle
thanks for reading!
my last day in new york will be up soon & then i’ll continue with regular posting, i just wanted to be sure to document my trip, day-by-day to share with you guys and to be able to look back on 🙂
hope you’ve enjoyed it!