New York City. The city full of promise, love and hope. Glitz, glamor and secrets. The crowd, the weather, the rats.
Whether romanticized or deemed overrated, NYC is a place very much tied to my childhood. It makes me perfectly nostalgic while making me want something more (reference, anyone?).
So, here’s my guide on how to transport you to New York from the comfort of your room, or at least no matter what city you’re in.
The early morning coffee rush is perhaps my favorite New York feeling. The somewhat chilly air and the still drowsy people, some in a hurry and some lazily lost in the morning paper, accompanied by a hot drink and a pastry is a perfect constant in everyday life. Try waking up a little earlier and heading to a local cafe, ordering in a still sleepy voice (mine is a warmed cappuccino and pain au chocolat), and listing all the work you have planned for today. today. Watching people through the glass is always a pleasure.
Take a shower, dim the lights, and put on crisp, crisp pajamas just the way you like it. Then, lose yourself in a wonderful world of movies – perhaps the closest thing mankind has come to a teleportation device. “the devil wears Prada,” “Elf“ and “Eloise at the Plaza“ are among my favourites.
An evening with friends
Get together with your dearest friends and have a pleasant evening. Maybe make some fun drinks, cook some vodka pasta, and make a charcuterie platter. Catch up on each other’s adventures and celebrate their victories. Oh, and don’t forget to laugh at each other’s childhood stories! Because in a big, crowded city, you need your people.
One of the greatest benefits of living in a city is the abundance of museums. The Metropolitan, MoMa, Guggenheim and Neue Gallerie only scratch the surface of New York’s best. If I could warp time, I’d love to be on a school trip to MoMa with my classmates and scribble down the docent’s explanations alongside a (rather poor) rendition of one of the many works of art. We could never be silent while drawing the nude sculptures. So grab your friends and head to a local museum. Sit in front of a room of your choice and start drawing! Bonus points if you spend too much time in the museum shop.
Central Park! An iconic shrine in the bustling city. Lying on the slightly damp grass with a pile of books from the library or having a picnic with friends is always the sweetest feeling. Lying on someone’s lap, blinded by the sun, the trees swaying ever so slightly, I remember the beauty of small things. Fortunately, parks tend to be located in all regions of the world. Libraries and picnicking also add to the list. Get on your bike and try to get to your favorite park. You will not be disappointed.
Fall is perhaps the best time to walk around a city. The red-yellow leaves and the cool fresh air, together with every townsman’s mini fashion show, is the coolest thing ever. Try to put on a comfy and chic outfit and take to the streets, giving a not-so-secret smile to every dog on the street. And, headphones. Your curated fall reading list will guarantee a serotonin rush. Remember to keep your head up and your steps fast. The art of walking should never be ignored.
the new yorker
I am a lifelong lover and collector of New York magazines. Or more precisely, the cover pages. Jean-Jacques Sempé’s whimsical and colorful illustrations, I believe, perfectly capture what I love about New York. Try jumping to the cover archives and start browsing! It will not fail to dazzle you.
PS Also play the puzzles and games on the New Yorker website (try not to cheat, as satisfaction is greater if one has struggled).
I hope you made a stop at the museum shop! My mother always bought a new set of puzzles from the museum shop and we spent the rest of the weekend putting them together. My favorite was the Met 500 piece set. So put on some Duke Ellington and get started on those corner pieces.
The city during Christmas time is something really special. The long hours wandering through department stores, carrying countless shopping bags, spilling hot chocolate on my tartan coat and then slipping in the snow. Very fond of it all. As the holiday season approaches, listen to Christmas carols and shop, eager to get home and wrap them in the silliest wrapping paper. Gift shopping is always a pleasure.
They say people and places are about finding a feeling. If you ever visit in the near future, I hope the city feels as special to you as it does to me.
Welcome to New York — it’s been waiting for you!