Still, something about NYC makes me love it, once you understand the rhythm of the turnstiles, you learn to dress appropriately for the balmy spring, and you give into paying lots of money for drinks because you’re getting to enjoy them on the rooftop bar of your hotel with a cozy fireplace and the magnificent skyline framing you. The crowds become a comfort and the noise becomes a soft brown noise in the background, lulling you into a relaxed state. You see a father and son playing catch together in a quite tree shaded street in Gramercy park.
All of my impressions of NYC comes mainly from the TV show 30 Rock, and I am fine with that. Liz too seems to have the divided opinion that NYC is at once the worst and best city on earth.
Robbie is from New Jersey which means we will have an abundance of opportunities to go to the East Coast in our lifetime, this gives me the freedom to know I don’t have to see and do it all when I am in Manhattan. I get to enjoy the trip and explore the niche and mundane elements of whatever neighborhood I find myself in — for this trip that was Murray Hill and Gramercy Park.
We stayed at Park South, located on a (relatively) quite avenue tucked in-between the Flatiron building and the Empire State Building, it’s a boutique hotel in a beautiful historic building. As well as being a hotel the venue has a full service bar and restaurant called Covina, Covina cafe, a small cozy nook offering pastries and all sorts of caffeinated drinks, and o ya a contemporary Japanese restaurant.
But the best thing Park South has to offer is Roof — it’s newly opened sensational rooftop bar. A little pricy, but come on, you’re enjoying cocktails on a roof in Manhattan with a fireplace keeping you warm. This place has all the stars in my book of recs.
|Robbie had two fingers of Woodford, I had the Loose Seal, a house specialty cocktail|
|Possibly slightly tipsy at this point in the evening|
We had every variety of bruschetta in the rainbow plus some tender juicy quail and a flatbread panini. Robbie enjoyed the East Coast local craft beer – Dogfish Head – 90 min IPA, I kept it simple with ice tea. If you find yourself in Eataly, in the back corner you’ll find an elevator, take it to the top floor and enjoy — you’re in Italian heaven.
Purl Soho was a heavenly dream. As a long time fan and frequent user of their patterns it was surreal to be in the shop that inspires me so often! I wanted to buy everything, yarn, patterns, notions, fabric…. I left dearly hugging two skeins of small batch dyed Mulberry Merino but now I am too nervous to cast on! What should I make?!
That about sums up our short excursion in Manhattan, but because I love you so much here are a few more snapshots of what we saw and did, plus some links below to my favorite talks at Mockingbird.
|Tablescape at Mockingbird, they use caterer Pixie and the Scout and it never disappoints. Drool worthy photos: @Thepixieandthescout|
|Our pilgrimage to Strand Books in Union Square (my favorite square.) 18 miles of books to ogle. Ogle from your home here: @Strandbookstore|
|Even more angelic than it sounds|
|While in NYC I got to see my brother Joey! This was us right before we parted ways in Penn Station, him to Long Island and us to Nothern Jersey.|
- All Mockingbird recordings
- This talk from Flemming Rutledge – The Raising of the Crucified One – was not only my favorite from the conference, but truly one of the best sermons I’ve ever had the pleasure to hear.
- Jackwagon Junction – Sarah Condon
- I also loved the Moana and the Gospel talk from Charlotte Getz but it is not up on the site yet. I will share once it’s available.
Up soon on the blog will be pt 2 of our trip: The Bruce Springsteen tour of NJ.