Drop A Pin: New York, New York

SoHo and Brooklyn

New York is undoubtedly a whirlwind of a city where all your senses are constantly being stimulated whether you’re riding the subway or sitting in a pizza shop. It doesn’t stop. However, I have always found some peace among the chaos while traveling there over the years. It’s where I wrote one of my first poems on the floor of Port Authority after missing a Greyhound bus to Boston. It’s where I traveled by myself for the first time right after graduating college when I was trying to figure out if I was ready to move out. It’s where I went to see Greed Day at Webster Hall and made it with seconds to spare because I had to leave my backpack with a random doorman to get in the venue.

New York can force you to try to tune out the world and in turn tune into yourself which is something I liked to avoid for a long time. Now much more introspective and optimistic, I was able to embrace the city with much more of a presence. The times I did find myself alone were much more reflective on how thankful I am to be where I am surrounded by people who I believe want the best for me. I found myself opening my notes app or reaching for a pen – ready to create again or at least ready to try. I think some of the beauty of being somewhere new is it can be easier to give yourself permission to try something new. So here is to NYC and my favorite two neighborhoods to explore (at least before it gets warmer). Thanks Kelly and Nicole for letting me stay with you!

helpful travel links: Airbnb, Bagbnb, Lyft


New York Transit Museum – $10

I have to say, this may be a hidden gem. The museum features vintage train cars, old comics and literature, and lots of other New York history. Also a very cute place for a photo op.

Domino Park

If you want beautiful skyline pics, head here around sunset. Can’t imagine how nice this park is in the summer, especially with their retro lil taco stand.“Built on the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery, the park is a tribute to the diversity and resiliency of generations of Domino workers, their families and their neighborhood.”

Rough Trade Records

I’ve always wanted to visit this spot; known for being a crucial independent label for punk music especially in the UK. This is their only store in the US and it is a must visit.

Front General Store

Cutest spot for a unique or vintage find / souvenir. Incredible selection of vintage jeans.

DUMBO view

Just a quick walk from the Front General Store is this iconic spot.

PLG Coffee House

Cute spot for a quick bite, nice smoothie, and good atmosphere.

Happy Days Diner

Breakfast in NYC can get expensive, so if you’re looking for a fulfilling meal without breaking the bank definitely look for a diner.

Bergen Bagels

You can NOT leave NYC without a bagel and I am still..thinking…about these.

The Mini Mall on Bedford

Obviously every shop you’d ever want is in NYC but finding local vendors / secondhand options can be even better.



If you’ve been wanting to try Glossier without paying for shipping, you have to check out their store. All their products are out to be tested and played without and the inside is absolutely gorgeous. My recommendations: Priming Moisturizer, Glitter Gelee, Stretch Concealer, Generation G lipstick in Leo.

Champion Pizza

Has been my favorite pizza spot in NY for years. The owner, Hakki, also has a really interesting story.

Let There Be Neon

I have a neon sign obsession and I have been wanting to visit this custom shop since Sara Dietschy made a video about it (view here). First photo by Audrey Lew

Broadway Market Co.

One of my fav spots to find jewelry or prints.

…and more

  • Eats: Georgetown Cupcakes, Cha Cha Macha, Pietro Nolita (healthy Italian food), Dominique Ansel (famous bakery), The Butcher’s Daughter (vegetarian options)
  • Sites: Drawing Center (museum), New Museum, JIMMY at The James rooftop, walk the High Line
  • Shops: Opening Ceremony, Second Time Around, What Goes Around Comes Around, MoMA Design Store

around town

I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”
― Nora Ephron, Heartburn

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