June 16, 2013

One Day in New York

I took a quick work trip to New York last month to shoot this little YouTube video. After watching this vid, you'll see why I am 100% against shooting vlogs. I'm just not natural in front of the camera!

I was given one day (more like 2/3 of a day) for myself, I made it my mission to explore as many places as possible. Here's a little photo journal of my one day in New York!

Started off my day with the metro from Wall Street. I old and smelly subway gave me a new-found appreciation for the much cleaner and newer Muni buses in SF. Our hotel was located in the financial district of NYC and I loved the feel off the windy streets buried in tall buildings. So different than our Fidi in SF!

We started the morning with scouting around the B&H Superstore (where we filmed the video), which is conveniently located by the largest Macy's in the world! Photo op! I didn't do much shopping there since we have plenty of Macy's in SF.

Afterwards, I jetted across town to Ippudo for a bowl of delicious ramen. I was initially really aware of my lunch for one status but luckily, the man sitting across from me was also there alone. We quickly became lunch buddies and chatted away.

Ippudo NY
65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003

After lunch, I strolled the streets of New York and I felt right at home with all the street talent and street fairs. I almost felt like everyone in NY was a tourist. It could be because I was around all the touristy places but where are all the locals?

My stroll eventually led me to Madison Square Garden where I played the creepy tourist who took photos of everything, including the dog park. Heh, if you couldn't tell, I got a little panaramic-hyper.

Selfie in the back of a crazy cab ride! I thought they say LA drivers couldn't drive, clearly, they haven't been in a NYC cab before. LA drives have nothing on craziness like NYC cabbies.

Soho was my next destination. I couldn't leave NY without setting foot into my favorite store, Lululemon! Soho was by far one of my favorite neighborhoods of NY. I loved the feeling of shopping right in between the giant buildings. Though I didn't find much that I wouldn't find in SF, it was still a fun experience.

Then, I  ventured over to the Met in the Upper East Side. I really wanted a photo of myself on the steps where Blair Waldorf and company held court but I was having trust issues with handing a stranger my phone. I was really afraid that they'd make a run for it, so these photos will have to suffice.

After that, I needed to tend to my growling stomach and ended up going to BaoHaus. Nom nom nom. I loved the bao fries with the sesame paste!

238 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003

On the cab ride back to my hotel, I caught a photo of the gorgeous Manhattan bridge. The sight of the bridge is definitely impressive and breathtaking.  I really wish that I had enough time for a run across the bridge.

After a quick nap, I was at it again! Destination, Times Square, Rockafeller Center and Radio City.

Here's a photo from the shoot.

I only wish I got to visit Central Park and Grand Central Station but since we were filming at 8AM the next morning, I wanted to make sure that I had enough sleep. Somewhere in between jetting from neighborhood to neighborhood, I fit in tea time for one and getting my nails done.I couldn't have asked for a better trip.

I've always loved exploring on my own but exploring NYC all by myself was something else. I can't wait to go back with my wolf pack or Mr. Dubs.