I’m fresh back from NYC and while I can’t lay claim to Carrie Bradshaw adventures, I can certainly say…I enjoyed my Sidekicks and the City.
Arrival Night – Good Eats and Drinks
We arrive on Thursday evening and after catching up with our friends over wine and appetizers, we head out to dinner. Shout out to Chez Moi for the mussels, fries, beet salad and greens. Delish and we loved the 8 track tapes! Our arrival night delivers local faire, which does not disappoint, including a night cap of adult beverages at the recently reopened Long Island restaurant. Turns out our waitress is from NC and we engage in a conversation about living life in the south and the north.
Three cheers to our Sidekicks and the City for a great opening night.
Day One – Another Foodie Day
Grilled persimmons and portabellos
The highlight of the day was our venture to the wonderlust (uh, land) called Eately. Bravo Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich. Eately is a market filled with food stuffs from fresh fish to dessert, annually averaging 5 million visitors, which is more than the Empire State Building. Our bonus includes the star spottings of Toni Collette and Michael Stipe. The food? To die for.
Day Two – A Time to Reflect
Still waiting to open – One World Trade Center
We make our way to One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. The last time I was on this hallowed ground was 2005 with my Mum, a friend and her mum. Then, it was filled with dirt, debris, destruction and was eerily quiet. Now, it is bustling with visitors from around the world waiting for hours to see the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
In this same complex, there are two memorial pools that run as deep and wide as the Twin Towers stood tall and proud. My video captures just a brief moment, but I think you can sense the peace and sanctity.
Sidekicks ‘kick it’ at High Line Park
After this reflective time, we explore the historically transformed High Line, a park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.
The Graffiti Art Scene in 5Pointz
From the park, we begin our mission to buy vinyl and visit 5Pointz to see an outdoor art exhibit. In reality, it’s an outdoor art exhibit redefined. This area is considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca;” artists from around the world have painted colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building.
Art by Kidlew at 5Pointz
The art has now been painted over in a wash of white. We had a privileged window. Thank you City Sidekicks. And thank you Kidlew, it was great meeting you.
Last Day – Brooklyn Style
On our last day, we stay local and take in the beauty of Brooklyn Heights, including walking the infamous Brooklyn Bridge.
The beauty of Brooklyn Heights in fall
My cooldeb takeaway: Grab your sidekick(s) and get to the City.