new york, new york

since coming to new york city three and a half years ago, i’ve found love, a second home, and learned a lot about myself. whenever i find myself longing for the city, it’s time for another visit – and taking some time there always helps me re-calibrate.

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on friday night, bae and i left for the big apple. we drive the four and a half hours up, and my favorite part is the last leg of the journey when you see the skyline from a distance. unfortunately, with the light and the moving vehicle, this was the best i could manage. for me, this view always makes me feel like i’m coming home.

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after a good night’s sleep, and catching up with family, we headed out to have a little date in the city. the bronx has such colorful graffiti, and we stumbled across so many different designs and patterns.

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hopping onto the subway, we headed down to my favorite part of the city, brooklyn. you may find this odd, but i really enjoy looking for rats in the subway. i affectionately call them “friends” and i love just watching them move about in the train tracks, scavenging. i wasn’t very lucky this time, and didn’t spot any.

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the part of brooklyn i love most has the most wonderful residential buildings. i find fire escapes to be especially romantic, though bae totally doesn’t get it at all. i always like to imagine what it might look like inside. i know that i’m not cut out for the city life, but i often like to imagine what my life would have been like had i moved here instead. it’s fun to dream of a different version of myself, living in one of these apartments.

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the iron fencing and little gardens throughout this area always feels so familiar, somehow. it really embodies man’s need stay close to nature, and i love that. the thick peeling paint and evident rusting gives it its own character, too.

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and finally, we come to my favorite place in all the world. there’s nothing i love more than a clear day, looking out onto manhattan and enjoying the beautiful view. bae showed me this spot the very first time i came to visit him and so in a way, i feel like this view was his special gift to me.

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nothing is more precious to me than the memories i’ve made here with him.

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after soaking up the view and enjoying each other’s company, my trip wouldn’t have been complete without some mr. softee soft serve ice cream. i enjoyed the cone while walking back through the bronx. there’s nothing like soft serve in new york, and i look forward to it every time i come here.

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that evening, i met up with some of my girlfriends and we went to carmine’s. we got some drinks, ate delicious authentic italian food, and just chatted. it was so much fun, and i had the most delicious pasta i’ve ever eaten. in fact, i was so consumed with the taste, i completely forgot to take a picture. so instead, here’s my go-to drink, an amaretto sour.

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sunday afternoon, we drove home. it was a great visit to the city, though it felt almost too short. once we parked, i saw these flowers growing in front of our building, as if to say, “welcome home.”

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