My Second NYC Experience
Let me be the first to say... NYC IS THE BOMB.COM
Sooooo... Why didn't anyone tell me NYC was so lit? If you don't know what LIT means.. it's another word for POPPIN!, Good Times! or TURNT UP! I wanted to share my second NYC experience in a blog because I didn't want to be annoying and post every picture on IG. You all (my readers) are like my far away besties so l wanted to tell you how much fun I had.
The whole purpose of doing this mini girls trip is because we NEEDED IT! Me and my girls have been so busy, going through transitions personally, and we needed some time to have fun. We also wanted to experience our first #AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn. We arrived early morning on Friday and got to baggage claim, & my bags were not on the runway!
Talk about freaking out!!!
I was so upset! I had the cutest outfits and I HAD to wear them on this trip! Luckily I had my day outfit in my purse and I was informed another plane from Atlanta was arriving two hours later. Unfortunately this would delay us, so we stayed there and by the grace of god my bags showed up! After that we started our NYC mission.. without a clue on how to get around. We took the bus to Queens, got off, then transferred two trains and finally walked about a mile to our hotel. LISTEN! That public transportation is confusing!! We arrived at the cutest ALoft hotel in downtown Manhattan right next to the Twin Towers! WINNING!! The view was amazing. The hotel had a lounge, bar, play area with a life size connect four, board games, and bean bags. LIKE LEGIT FUN HOUSE and so CUTE!! Check it out if you're ever in the area.
After getting dressed we headed to the Statue Cruise for a tour of Ellis island and Liberty island! We were up close and personal to the statute liberty and it was so crazy! I also spotted some fabulous ladies headed to a silent disco in Queens that night that I had to snap a photo of. Check out the photos below!
After spending about two hours there we wanted to head over to Times Square and shop a little. I also wanted to take a photo next to the infamous red steps! So after a few more trains rides we were getting the hang of finding our own way. We stopped by some cool shops, and ate a little while also being memerized by the performers and characters.
We were pretty much exhausted at this point. We shoped, ate, and walked million of miles. We honestly just wanted the bed!! Every trip we usually go on we always stay in one night, but we told ourselves, NOT THIS ONE. So we chilled at the hotel for a minute, then had girls night at the hotel's lounge for an hour and then headed to the movies. Movies on vacation? YES ! lol. The movie theater was ( 4 ) stories and we were one of the few people there. BTW, Don't Breathe, the movie, is a MUST SEE!
The next day we headed out to Canal street for some more shopping and fun! We really wanted to explore BK for some soul food, but we ran into some locals who suggested Harlem instead. So Harlem it was. I'm so glad we chose Harlem! The atmosphere was so different. The men were B E A U T I F U L and the people were super nice. I would sooooo live there!!! We ate at the infamous Sylvia's and then ran into a block party down the street. BTW you have to get the cornbread at Sylvias! A M A Z I N G !!!!!! Nothing but ...
Following that night we wanted to hit up a bar or lounge. I seriously wanted to go back to Harlem but the train ride was a little exhausting. Kuddos to yall New Yorkers' because I don't know how you all do it! Public transportation is so convenient, but it takes a toll on you! So after exploring we went back to Manhattan and took an hour nap. I searched on Instagram and found the hottest nightclub near us called the TAJ Lounge NYC. We contacted the promoter and he ended up treating us VERY WELL! It was a glow party that night and the music was House, Trap music and R & B. The whole night we had a great time, full of VIP bottles, hookah, and a section. See what Instagram can do?!
Sunday was our last full day in NYC. My friend recommended we check out Peaches in Bedstuy, Brooklyn for brunch so we caught a train there. It was an hour wait but it was super worth it! The food was amazing and decently priced. After that we attended our first festival ever in Brooklyn, NY called Afro Punk. Afro punk is a music festival that displays punk, alternative and hip hop music from various performers. The headliners this year were Ice Cube and Janelle Monae. Everyone was dressed in funky Afro-Centric clothing displaying their personal style.
I will be writing a separate blog about my experience this week! Until then here are a few photos!
Afro punk was a BLAST!!! I highly recommend it once in your life. There are alot of people there, but everyone is full of positive energy and GOOD VIBES!!!
Monday we had breakfast in the city and caught an early flight to Indianapolis. We wanted to explore Indiana, but didn't have enough time unfortunately. I did purchase a key chain though and take a picture for my map of photos I am starting!! My goal is to touch every state in the U.S! I hope I can accomplish that. But overall we had the best time EVER! Random people talked to us about their NYC stories, their personal lives (even had one man tell us he wasn't in love with wife anymore and we tried to repair his feelings ) , and about their upbringing. Everyone was DOPE!
What NYC has taught me...
- Don't be afraid to live... you only get one life, make the best out of it.
- Everyone is a hustler. Respect the Hustle =)
- You will spend a lot of money on transportation so be prepared
- Don't freak out if you get lost.
- The people are amazing, full of life with beautiful spirits.
- Try to go to as many tourist attractions as possible the first few days.
- have a budget on what you want to spend because you might go crazy!
Things I wanted to do but didn't have time..
- Really wanted to go thrifting in NYC but time flew
- really wanted to visit the street art, but didn't want to get lost =(
- Wanted to visit coney island & ride the coasters =(
Maybe next time.... but Until then.. That was our trip! I hope you all enjoyed reading! If you have never been before GO NOW! Who knows, NYC might be my next home!