Today’s blog post is in the form of a “Follow me around for a day”. Now, despite living in NYC, I don’t usually find the time to explore its hidden gems. I’m the worst at reading directions. I can’t hail a cab. I never know what events are going on. But this summer, I’ve decided to hone in on these skills, starting at the very top of Manhattan.
First, I explored the lovely academic neighborhood, Morningside Heights (Upper West Side), which is home to the infamous Columbia University and its lesser known women’s college, Barnard College. Since summer just started, all the matriculates were flooding out and the tourists were flooding in. There was a dynamic flow of equilibrium in this picturesque retreat. Here’s a pic from a tour that had just finished:
Outfit of the Day:
– Halter Top: Forever 21
– Lace Shorts: Forever 21
– Cross body Bag: Michael Kors
– Gold Channing Watch: Michael Kors
– 2 Gold Bangles: TJ Maxx
– Gold Necklace: F21
– Platinum Sandals: Steve Madden
– Aviator Sunglasses: Cole Haan
Barnard College is only across the street, but unfortunately it doesn’t receive the same love as Columbia does. They call themselves, “a liberal arts research school”, which combines the closely-knit community of a liberal arts college with the large STEM/research institution of a university. Our lovely tour guide really provided insight into its thriving community — both socially and academically.
Can you believe this gorgeous campus can fit within the confines of Manhattan!?
Next, I took the MTA bus M04 all the way down to Midtown. Since the roads were blocked with traffic, it was about an hour ride. But I love looking out the window and soaking in the beauty of this cultural magnet. Fifth avenue is just breathless; I love the contrast between designer stores like Hermes, Tiffany and Co, and Valentino with less expensive brands like American Eagle and H&M. I think this is what makes NYC so magical — a mix of people from all different backgrounds.
I had the bus all to myself, after the bus driver kicked everyone but me, out.
Finally, I made it to Macy’s at Herald Square, where I did a bit of shopping. I have to admit, walking inside made me squeal with excitement.
Of course, there’s always interesting stuff going on in the city. This summer 2015, a culinary pop up market, Broadway Bites, opened up between 33rd Street and Broadway. They have partnered up with Urban Space and H&M to bring outdoor small businesses to the heart of Midtown. Food and people in the city — what better way to spend the evening?
Birthday Truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar (3 for $4.50)
My first time trying Pad Thai noodles ($12 at Bangkok Bar)
I took a photo of this woman because I loved her outfit lol.
Before I went back home, I browsed around Manhattan Mall.
That wraps up today’s blog post! I hope it was interesting to read or helpful to anyone touring the city this summer. Comment any questions or suggestions down below!
Sheryl C. ❤