A Few Days in NYC: Part 2!

 What a view. We cruised around DUMBO and froze our buns off.

What a view. We cruised around DUMBO and froze our buns off.

 Rufus Humphrey vibeZ.

Rufus Humphrey vibeZ.

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We spent a long minute getting all backwards and messed up on the subway because of a couple of track closures that led us in circles. So we hopped in an uber and headed back towards Williamsburg to explore some more and get a bite.

 Popped into Urban Outfitters (Julio and I both work the company) to have a browse and ended up seeing two bulldogs in the store. 

Popped into Urban Outfitters (Julio and I both work the company) to have a browse and ended up seeing two bulldogs in the store. 

 Stopped into Verameat. If you've never heard of them, girl, google it now! One minute we are trying on rings the next minute the gal running the shop asked if we'd model some pieces for their instagram. LOL! it was fun and we got 40 percent off whatever we wanted. (Funny story: the girl was shocked to find out we weren't local but from California. She said we seemed like we were from NY because we wore black and looked like we took no shit! Best compliment of my life haha.

Stopped into Verameat. If you've never heard of them, girl, google it now! One minute we are trying on rings the next minute the gal running the shop asked if we'd model some pieces for their instagram. LOL! it was fun and we got 40 percent off whatever we wanted. (Funny story: the girl was shocked to find out we weren't local but from California. She said we seemed like we were from NY because we wore black and looked like we took no shit! Best compliment of my life haha.

 Really kicking myself for not getting that boob ring.

Really kicking myself for not getting that boob ring.

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 Champ's pizza in Williamsburg. I told this NY guy I went out that I ate there and he said "that place sucks." Hey, I thought it was way good so I'd recommend. The pepperoni was hot fire flames good. Speaking of hot fire, pictured below, my hottest tinder match probably ever was found in NY. (I know what you're thinking. Tinder...really..c'mon. But listen, I only use it on vacation. Convenient way to meet people. I'd seldom check it during the day but try to arrange something for night time, grab dinner or drinks and a chat with a cute dude. Or just talk to people IRL that works too haha.

Champ's pizza in Williamsburg. I told this NY guy I went out that I ate there and he said "that place sucks." Hey, I thought it was way good so I'd recommend. The pepperoni was hot fire flames good. Speaking of hot fire, pictured below, my hottest tinder match probably ever was found in NY. (I know what you're thinking. Tinder...really..c'mon. But listen, I only use it on vacation. Convenient way to meet people. I'd seldom check it during the day but try to arrange something for night time, grab dinner or drinks and a chat with a cute dude. Or just talk to people IRL that works too haha.

 Julio flew out this morning so now it was time to fully solo style explore the city. I don't like to make too many plans. I always anchor the day around where I'm going to eat breakfast. Once I do that I look at maybe a place I want to explore, a shop, or another restaurant then kind of just wander around between point A and B. I think the best way to travel is to not put strict itineraries on your trips. Things can and will go wrong or fall through and you don't want to have these outrageously high expectations of how the trip must go in order to be fun. I like to have a few things I make sure I do or places to eat and then I let fate kind of take over from then on. Ask locals around you where they like go. I ask baristas or bartenders where they get tacos or shop. 

Julio flew out this morning so now it was time to fully solo style explore the city. I don't like to make too many plans. I always anchor the day around where I'm going to eat breakfast. Once I do that I look at maybe a place I want to explore, a shop, or another restaurant then kind of just wander around between point A and B. I think the best way to travel is to not put strict itineraries on your trips. Things can and will go wrong or fall through and you don't want to have these outrageously high expectations of how the trip must go in order to be fun. I like to have a few things I make sure I do or places to eat and then I let fate kind of take over from then on. Ask locals around you where they like go. I ask baristas or bartenders where they get tacos or shop. 

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 Riding the subway alone is weirdly enjoyable and therapeutic to this girl.

Riding the subway alone is weirdly enjoyable and therapeutic to this girl.

 Ok, you have to get avocado toast at Reunion in North Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It is by far the best I ever had, and for more than one reason. I'll share that with you in its own entirely separate post because that toast may or may not have gotten me talking to this dude. But I'm not giving any more details away. You'll have to read that one for yourself. ;)

Ok, you have to get avocado toast at Reunion in North Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It is by far the best I ever had, and for more than one reason. I'll share that with you in its own entirely separate post because that toast may or may not have gotten me talking to this dude. But I'm not giving any more details away. You'll have to read that one for yourself. ;)

 C'mon. So frickin cute amirite?

C'mon. So frickin cute amirite?

 So there are a million and one bagel places in New York and quite honestly I'm sure at least one million of them are decent to delicious. This one is pretty darn good. Bagelsmith off Bedford, the main drag in Williamsburg. Just a good ol' egg, bacon, cheese on an everything bagel. However, their iced vanilla latte/coffee/whatever they gave me and I bought was prob the worst coffee I ever had. So if you get coffee there just get a regular cup. The lady looked at me like "this ain't starbucks, kid." She was right about that.

So there are a million and one bagel places in New York and quite honestly I'm sure at least one million of them are decent to delicious. This one is pretty darn good. Bagelsmith off Bedford, the main drag in Williamsburg. Just a good ol' egg, bacon, cheese on an everything bagel. However, their iced vanilla latte/coffee/whatever they gave me and I bought was prob the worst coffee I ever had. So if you get coffee there just get a regular cup. The lady looked at me like "this ain't starbucks, kid." She was right about that.

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 This was just on a wall on the side of a dive bar in Bushwick a few blocks from where I was staying and the station I would catch the J train I belive. If youre into street art and just really cool kind of gritty walls, come down to Bushwick. I knew about this place from walking around here with some friends the first time I came to NY and loved it so much I made  point to come back. The art obviously had changed since then but it was so cool to see. It's in an industrial area that I wouldn't really recommend walking around in at night alone especially if you're a girl and new to the city. (Even though that's basically what I am) I think as a general travel tip, just be aware of your surroundings. Walk quickly, don't dawdle around. Don't wear headphones. Look like you know where you're going even if you don't. Someone told me the ping pong rule. If it feels like someone is following you, cross the street. If they cross the street too, cross again, if the cross the street again they're most likely following you. Dip into a business or walk to a main road. Fun fact: they filmed a lot of GIRLS down in Bushwick.

This was just on a wall on the side of a dive bar in Bushwick a few blocks from where I was staying and the station I would catch the J train I belive. If youre into street art and just really cool kind of gritty walls, come down to Bushwick. I knew about this place from walking around here with some friends the first time I came to NY and loved it so much I made  point to come back. The art obviously had changed since then but it was so cool to see. It's in an industrial area that I wouldn't really recommend walking around in at night alone especially if you're a girl and new to the city. (Even though that's basically what I am) I think as a general travel tip, just be aware of your surroundings. Walk quickly, don't dawdle around. Don't wear headphones. Look like you know where you're going even if you don't. Someone told me the ping pong rule. If it feels like someone is following you, cross the street. If they cross the street too, cross again, if the cross the street again they're most likely following you. Dip into a business or walk to a main road. Fun fact: they filmed a lot of GIRLS down in Bushwick.

 What do you know its a long post. Stay tuned for part 3!

What do you know its a long post. Stay tuned for part 3!

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