Sitting at Gate B6 flight 475 to Detroit made the perfect opportunity to reflect on this inspiring and motivating weekend trip to the city that never sleeps. The city that becomes a normal procedure to the locals and a dreamland to outsiders- New York.
I’m sure I can speak for a thousand other fashionistas out there who can say that when you go to NYC it’s no normal visit. It is not just a bustling city full of melting pot people, 19th century architecture, and Starbucks. No, it’s the motherland of fashion in the United States of America. It’s where hundreds of interns aspire to be a designer, stylist, publicist, or journalist, the dream of working (since interning is no longer an option) at any publication under Condé Nast reinvigorates our minds, and attending New York Fashion Week is that of a child in a three-story candy store.
After a four-day weekend of doing completely tourist-y things, you can bet that there will be a ton of NY posts to come. As for now, I compiled a list from hours of people watching that you can do while you’re in The Big Apple.
I Experienced To Do (Or Shouldn’t Do) in New York City:
- Stay in a $700,000 apartment
- Run after a cab
- Take the subway
- Buy a magazine/newspaper for $12 from a street vendor
- Buy a cup of coffee from Starbucks, wear a scarf, and put in your headphones. Sunglasses are optional.
- Take the “Hop On Hop Off” tour bus
- Stop and stare smack dab in the middle of Times Square
- Smile at a stranger
- Compliment a stranger
- Have a friendly conversation with a stranger
- Check how fast your heart races after seeing a limo
- Walk at least five blocks before taking a bus, cab, and subway
- Haggle something in Chinatown
- Look down at your iPhone and walk for at least five minutes without looking up
- Enter the world’s largest store
- Count how many Banana Republics you can find
- Think of any movie with a NY scene and spot that place
- Obtain as much information about the city’s history as you can
- Feed the models. Then wake up from your daydream.
- Wear all black
- Catch up with an old friend over breakfast
- Be as tourist-y as possible. Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square are all calling your name.
- Count how many men are wearing a suit and tie in the Financial District
- Sit in Central Park and hum a tune
- Always look your best. You never know who is poking fun at your hat from their tinted cars
- Be as friendly as possible to retail workers
- Pray that no flock of pigeons will decide to go to the restroom on your head
- Play the chorus of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”
- Realize the potential in expecting the unexpected
- Dream like you’ve never dreamt before
“You cannot out-dream God.” – John Eldredge