I don’t know what it is about New Yorkers, but I think that we all sometimes forget that we live in freaking New York City. It sounds crazy, I know, but that’s the only explanation I have to justify the fact that most of us barely venture out from our neighborhoods, unless we need to. Me personally, I’m a total uptown girl. I feel most comfortable surrounded by the high-end stores and the overpriced smoothies of Madison Avenue. Uptown is easy for me, I can navigate myself like nobody’s business. Take me below 14th street however, and we have a completely different story. Because of the inevitable stress that comes with venturing downtown, I tend to avoid it at all costs unless I’m with someone who knows what they’re doing. That is, until this weekend.
That’s right, yesterday, I totally left my comfort zone and went to SoHo with some of my friends. Unsurprisingly, it was seriously beautiful (and cold). We are all uptown girls, so we checked off as many things from our Downtown NYC Bucket List’s (yes, we have them too) as we could. We shopped in too many stores to count, laughed at practically everything, low-key fell asleep in Urban Outfitters, thought we saw Vanessa Hudgens in Dean & DeLuca, reacted to drama, and basically did everything any group of teenage girls in NYC should do.
One highlight was heading to Two Hands, an Australian café in Chinatown. The food there is legitimately INCREDIBLE, and if it weren’t for the snowstorm outside, I would’ve felt totally at home ;). It was kind of refreshing to hear so many Aussie accents in one place, and to be able to order “avo toast” and not receive a confused facial expression back from the waitress.
It was so much fun exploring new parts of the city yesterday, and it totally motivated me to do so again. Maybe 2017 will be the year I leave my comfort zone of uptown and give downtown a go!
Hope you all have a marvelous long weekend!