New York is hot as hell, but in a good way.
I’ve always loved New York City–perhaps its because I watched too much sex and the city growing up or because the energy is so damn inspiring. From Florida to New York, here is a list of things I did while spending a few days in the big apple and the Hudson Valley area.
NYC never stands still. The city, the people, the cars, everyone is on the grind. It’s an entirely different vibe compared to Florida.
Day 1 – Getting from EWR to NYC
I landed in Newark airport, then took the train straight to Manhattan for $13. From the airport, you can see the empire state along with the rest of Manhattan. That’s how close the commute is!
Tip: Navigating from New Jersey Airport to the city is very easy. Once you land in EWR, you take the air train to the train station (3 stops). This is the cheapest and fastest way to get to the city. The train from Newark drops you off in the heart of NYC at Penn Station.
I met up with my two Miami friends from high school who are now living in New York. It’s been years since I last saw them, and I could instantly notice how mature and grown they’ve become since the last time I saw them.
It was inspiring to see. They went on and on about how they feel so much more motivated living here.
Food and Drinks in Union square
Fabian took me to this dope spot called “The Penny Farting.”
He ordered these delicious espresso martinis. A drink I never even knew existed. Changed my life.
I can’t get over this incredible view. My cousin from Sweden was kind enough to let me borrow his stunning 1-bedroom apartment, in the heart of Manhattan.
On my first night, I was invited by a family friend from Sweden to a lounge opening in the meatpacking district. We joined her and her husband for drinks, before meeting up with our other friend from Miami.
After Tao, they took me to some club in the East Village, and let’s just say my bank account was not thrilled the next morning.
After a strange but fun night, I woke up somewhere in the east village. We ate at this cozy little jam right near Tompkins Square Park.
Next stop: Hudson Valley
I hopped on an Amtrak to Rhinebeck. The train ride was pretty comfortable. For about $45, you got reclining seats, wifi, and food on board. Unfortunately, I missed the first train, because PENN STATION IS CONFUSING AS HELL.
TIP FOR VISITORS: Arrive at the train station at least 30 mins before the departure time. Oh, and if you’re like me who is late for everything, I recommend getting trip insurance just incase you miss it.
Off to Rhinebeck, NY
Rhinebeck is a quaint little town located in Dutchess county and has a population of fewer than 10,000 people. It’s beautiful, calm, and everyone is super neighborly. There are plenty of nature trails, state parks, and waterfalls within proximity to the village.
As much as I adore Manhatten, there’s something about small towns that make you feel at home. In all honesty, after seeing both places, I can imagine a life of me living in the suburbs compared to the city.
Perhaps its because I’ve lived in cities all my life. I always appreciate the quietness of smaller towns.
One of my favorite things about Rhinebeck is that there is no franchises or corporate culture. Here, every restaurant is a mom and pop place, and every store, coffee shop, and business is family owned.
Me daydreaming about my next trip….