All that glamour aside, I've also become someone worse than a tourist in the way I am analyzing and scruitinizing New York. I'm a hyper-absorber/observer because at this point anything I do could be the last time I do it, so it's got to be done to the fullest.
Lesson One: New York, last weekend in April 2007
- Marie Belle in SoHo serves a chocolate and lavender butter sammich that is divine
- Jewelry, jewelry, jewelry!
- Todd's 9th Street Market is an East Village institution
- Some people are intentionally obtuse (ML)
- There's nothing like your college friends
- There's nothing like the East Village crew
- Anthropologie may support anti-abortion groups, but it has a lot of great clothes
- MUD is the strongest coffee in Manhattan so take that, Starbucks!
- Holy Basil is another East Village institution - apparently we'll still wait an hour to be seated there
- The only way to stay out at night until 4 am and then function the next morning is to eat something before going to bed (I recommend pizza or soy sauce/ginger fried chicken drumsticks)
- Only 25 year-olds can really get away with the above mentioned formula
- Handbags with serious hardware are heavy even when completely empty
- Bloomingdale's SoHo has great public bathrooms (the best are in the basement in the men's department)
- Graffiti can be art