Ya this pretty much sums up the day.
My mission to new York is complete: art viewed, beer sipped, pretzels scarfed. It was a great trip, I’m so glad I finally got to see all of it. But I’m not ready to pull up and move to the big apple, it was fun and all but I’m glad to be back at home in Canada.
Here’s a summary of the accumulated wisdom for the week:
-buy an unlimited metrocard transit pass, for 29$ it was the bargain of the century, plus saved the hassle of having to reload a card
-just like during my trip to scandinavia, having pre-downloaded maps for both street and subway was the key to navigation. I used OffMaps (1.99$) and the NY Subway (free) apps from apple’s app store.
– new yorkers don’t have nearly as many unsecured wifi networks as in other places (or maybe more people are tightening them up over time) and lots of hipster cafes are banning laptops (a new trend). Starbucks was the only reliable, non- hotel source of wifi, so if you’re trying to do your communications without roaming fees like I did, keep that in mind.
– cool shops and restaurants are not nearly as concentrated as they are in cities like Toronto and Copenhagen. If you plan on wandering and browsing be ready to walk through sections that may seem sort of like barren, garbage strewn wastelands (especially in Williamsburg).
– premium beer is actually not much more expensive than regular beer in the USA for some reason: my premium pint at spuyten duyvil cost about the same as a forgettable Brooklyn lager at another bar. So there’s no excuse NOT to try the fun stuff!
– go to a comedy show at the upright citizens brigade theatre, they are terrific! but definitely reserve online. They often sell out all the seats in advance and the standing room space isn’t great.
-eat before you go to the met. The cafeteria is a noisy, low ceilinged chamber of disaster, with extortionate prices. Buy a hot dog from the veteran manning the stall outside instead.
– top of the rock is awesome: shorter lines than empire state building and you can actually see the empire state building since you’re not standing right on it.
Thank you all so much for reading!
The trip is sadly coming to a close, but just in time- I was starting to turn into a real new yorker (helpful with directions but super irritated by slowpokes on the stairs at the subway). I’ve seen a ton, it’s been awesome, off to the airport!
I intended to go on a tour of the Brooklyn brewery but the line was way too long so I gave up and moved on to a serious beer geek bar, spuyten duyvil. It specializes in Belgian and craft brews. So much so that they differentiate between French and Flemish Belgian beers – intense! From the outside you’d never know what it is, and on the inside it looks like a one room school house. The proprietor apparently takes beer so seriously they only keep a rotation of 6 beers on tap for optimal freshness. 3 of them were styles I knew for a fact I disliked. This one, the pils is a clean, almost boring lager, like Stella Artois, but it’s good. I moved onto the davidson brothers ipa which is much more interesting. Smooth, minimal bitterness, very drinkable. I really like it.
While i’ve been in NYC I have been carefully taking fashion notes for my Toronto hipster homies. Here’s the summary:
Right now: granny boots (like a prospector, with toe cap and laces) heeled Oxford, or Oxford style dance shoe. Heritage style bags (distressed leather, maybe combined with canvas)
Spring: delicate layered necklaces, floaty floral dresses with ruffles at neck, paired with cropped leather jackets. Tons of nautical stripes, all colors but dominantly blue and white.
Cropped, patterned silk blouses that go with skirts I guess? I presume the oxford or prospector shoes will extend into early spring at least. Also, guess what ugly trend is rearing it’s head: the short romper! So many times I picked up a cute dress, only to find out it was a silky little romper, great disappointment, little Liz is too short for this trend!
If NYC is the city that never sleeps, then brooklyn is the city that sleeps til noon and then faffs around for a while. Had a bit of a sleep in and lazy morning (since nothing opens il noon) and then had a massive delay in the form of the subway being closed for some reason. The replacement shuttle wait was epic so I gave up and took a cab to williamsburg for a lazy day of poking around the shops. Saw some nice stuff, there was a perfume gallery that mixes it’s own scents: if you want to smell like a cross between a “clean baby butt” and a “wet mitten” they can take care of you, and maybe mix in some florals and musk. It was sunny and gorgeous and a great day for a walk, if not particularly productive shopping wise, but I suppose that’s for the best, right? More greenbacks for beers 😉