Inspired by the infinite wisdom our members dish out in these columns, we decided to see what would happen if we actually put your advice to the test. Every day, as we make our way into our Noho office, we see thousands of tourists streaming by the doors —cameras pointing upward, hands grasping the newest dessert craze— and we wanted to get in on the fun! We decided to put these two desires together and turned to you guys for advice on walking, noshing, and generally having a ball here in the Big Apple. Here’s the kind of day we had.
Our afternoon started with a jaunt to Times Square, which 52% of you voted as the classic NYC tourist attraction you enjoyed most. Considering we usually spend most of our time downtown, it was actually pretty cool to throw ourselves in the middle of this bright, busy, and loud strip of space—a true paradise for people (and character) watching.
When 40% of you shouted out Union Square Greenmarket as your favorite less well-known NYC attraction, we hopped on the N and headed back downtown. The contrast from steel to green was absolutely welcome, as was the smell of freshly picked lavender and baked goods.
We saw asparagus.
Though there’s hardly a lack of shopping available in our fair city, we were more curious about some smaller, independent shops that you guys visited during your trips to New York. Although Strand—New York City’s largest bookstore that’s been around since 1927—isn’t exactly small, it’s an excellent example of an inspiring indie establishment, and many of you pointed us in that direction. We went straight down to the basement to explore delicious smelling, dusty tomes. And to take cute photos amongst the stacks, obviously.
Finally, it was time to EAT. There were numerous call outs for an adorable little place called Eileen’s Special Cheesecake when we asked you about must-taste desserts in the city, but even more of you were drooling over your memories of New York’s famous slices. It was an excruciating decision, so we decided to really go for it and get both. It was a super rough day, you guys.
We recommend the Strawberry, Classic, and Caramel cheesecake flavors at Eileen’s. And as for pizza? You can never go wrong sticking with a classic slice. (Or three).
One of the greatest things about New York City is its skyline—historic and yet ever-changing, the kind of sight you can stare at for hours (hey, even years!) without getting sick of. You guys liked seeing the city from the Gantry State Plaza (4%), One World Observatory (21%), the High Line (23%), and Brooklyn Bridge Park, (53%), so we sprinted over to our (second) favorite borough just in time to catch the sunset.
It was a pretty fulfilling sight after an adventure-filled day, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Hopefully those of you who want to make another pilgrimage to the city will do so soon, and create new memories! For now, we’ll keep eating that pizza for ya.
Love Jein, Katelyn, and Regina
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