Experiencing winter in New York for the first time (alone!) last year was something else. Sure the snow hazard had it's scary moments, but I still enjoyed the time that I had to myself. Every corner looked extra magical with the white blanket covering them. I would just smile walking down the street and have a "how lucky are you to be able to do this?!" moment every now and then :)
I mean, there WERE moments where I got too tired from battling the snow every single day. It really felt like a battle! I got annoyed that my fingers couldn't function without my gloves on and just the fact that I didn't know anyone there. Winter made me feel homesick and lonely real quick. But these moments didn't last too long, Alhamdulillah.
I knew there was only one outfit option going in; black on black on black on black. That was the only way for me to survive 10 days in the city without a headache because packing for winter is no joke. Honestly, no offence to the bubble jacket wearers, because YES, there are a lot of cute bubble jacket options especially from Uniqlo, but I'm just not a fan. I like my oversized wool jacket.
The joke however was on me. The snowflakes that fell on my wool jacket/scarf/beanie would slowly melt, making me wetwetWET. Tu la, degil lagi, nak cute cute je, tapi taknak practical. Kan dah! So lesson to self, buy the biggest bubble jacket with a big ass hoodie attached to it next time you go on a winter holiday *smile/cringe*
It was so cold on this particular day that my phone died right after this picture was taken. Thank goodness I had written down all the directions on little post-it notes. I couldn't listen to my playlist or take any photos, which sucked big time especially when all you want to do is to explore the city, alone. Oh and I got myself an umbrella, after much hesitation! The umbrella was my personal saviourrrr because it was my sweet companion through thick and thin. When I say thick and thin, I mean the snow thickness level.
Oh and of courseeeee winter = food. Eating in or eating out. I got hungry every few hours of walking, and because of the snow, stopping every few hours at a cafe made complete sense. But seriously, woahh, I REALLY ate on this trip. The extra 3 kg that came back home with me were all from the burgers (how is Shake Shack's buns so softt), fries, maggie in a cup, $1 pizza slices, cheesy melts, and whole lot of doughnuts. You sure know how to feed a girl ah New york, hehe
I couldn't locate some places (no phone remember?), but here are the ones that I do remember:
1) Brunch it up at Westville. It's tiny! So cute
2) Got so spoilt by having Shake Shack opposite the hotel
3) The night scene at The Coffee Shop NYC is something to try
4) Catch up over coffee at Cafe Minerva
5) Try Friedman's Lunch for breakfast at Chelsea Market
6) Stuff your faces off at Doughnut Plant
I didn't get to cover that many areas, but Greenwich would have to be my fave. New York must be so lovely in spring.
There were a lot of ongoing constructions throughout the city but it didn't dampen the spirits of these storefronts one bit. They still stood out by decorating aroundd the pillars. You make do with what you're being given. I like that.
Staying the first few nights on the Theatre District gave me some time to explore Times Square. I think one day for me was just nice. Can I just say that night strolls in the city is extremely cozy?
You can see the 10 things that I did during my time in New York, here. Or if you want to cross the other side, I covered a little about the places I visited in Brooklyn on a winter weekend, here.