23 October 2010

In the concrete jungle where dreams are made of

day 0-1
930 pm flight LAX→ arrive JFK 535 am
take the blue shuttle van to 35th street & 7th ave. check into Wingate by Wyndham. hot breakfast in the lobby.
pass Parson's New School, go into a random Mickey D's to book tickets for citytour hopon/hopoff tours.
pick up bus ticket, museum tickets, and ferry tickets at Madam Tussad's.
downtown tour (travel through midtown, pass Greenwich, all the way to near Ground Zero / stop at Battery Park.)
started to rain.
visit Wall St., Trinity Church, (random borders to buy a cd), walk around some more... (-$15 for a zip hoodie my dad needed cause it was raining and he needed a hood.)
hop back on the double decker. travel pass downtown again back to midtown (china town, little italy, up up up back to midtown.)
hop off at Rockefeller center. lunch downstairs in 'Wich Craft. Pastrami Panini with Mozzarella Cheese
spot that cranberry thing. you know..that thing you always see on TV? (pictures later)
walk around on 5th ave. giant 3 story h&m (-$15 for a sweater), walk into Official NBA store, browsed Zara, saw Hermes, Prada, Juicy Couture, A|X, Bare Minerals, MAC, Louis Vuitton, Takashimaya (closed ]: ) && way more. everything is so amazing, and unique that I ended up not buying anything.
*note: they sell different things on the east coast that's more 'european' because european visit the east coast more. whereas westcoast is more 'asian' style because its closer to asia. also the weather plays an important factor because in H&M they sold all wool, sweaters, coats, furry hats, thermals. and the coats were all 20%-50% off. (amazing) hahaha.
then MoMA gift shop = cute ceramics
run past Saks, Bergdorfs, FAO, Apple Store (promises to go back to Bergdorfs and Dylan's Candy Shop). Stop in Central Park to get waffles and dinges from the Waffel Truck (: <3 YUM ♥(v v sorry for webcam quality)

hop back onto the doubledecker back to midtown.
Carnegie Hall & Julliard
midtown transfer bus onto the uptown doubledecker. pass by Harlem (apollo theater), Columbia University, Barnard, Central Park, Lincoln Center, Madison Square, Upper East Side ♥ (many millionaire's houses//yoko ono's home), the MET.
get off the double decker back near Times Square.
wander wander wander... (it's very cold)
42nd & 7th ave. night tour... midtown lights ♥, downtown lights, brooklyn bridge, brooklyn tour (jay-z and beyonce stuff), new york skyline from brooklyn ♥ (soo pretty), end back in midtown.
walk back to hotel.
walk to IL PUNTO Ristorante. (-$19 for spaghetti al peperoncino e pesto di carciofi
) olive oil flavour too strong. unsatisfied. manager apologizes and gives us almond bisconettes
walk back to hotel
(it sounds so rushed. but it really wasn't. and this thing is an 'at your own pace' soo...yep)
day 2
hot breakfast downstairs. (tea tea tea, bacon, waffles, eggs, bagels, juice...etc) view from 17th floor in room (web cam quality sorry)

"taxi taxi !! take us to Amsterdam and 116th pleasee !" (-$20)
Columbia University Faculty House. (first floor room 2)
sit outside in the lobby doing college apps, tumblr, facebook, txting....
lunch at Pinnacle. NY style pepperoni pizza  & clam chowder (-$5) YUM ♥ // Columbia Bookstore.
back in Faculty House. Richard Leong visits for 2 hours (430-630) Educates me about the uni, talks about new yorkers, and jokes about random stuff...(jersey hatin. -silent yes- HAHAHA inside joke)
dinner at Ollie's chinese restaurant. beef with snowpeas (-$9) physical fight breaks out among two employees. whole restaurant stares and boss scolds them in chinese. mexican waiter cleans up broken glass.
goes back to faculty house and sit there for 2 more hours.
"taxi taxi take me to 35th and 7th ave"
drops things off at hotel but takes Madeline-Amelie with me.
strolls around time square. picture here, picture there...random newyorkers runinto my picture, and instantly my attractiveness drops by 70% T_T they make me look like a freaking ugly snowman. (okay rant over). many tourist stores, picture on F21's giant screen with everyone else in timesquare. walk to see the giant tkts stand, all the way to Gershwin Theater to check out Wicked showings, and the Hersey's store.
back to hotel. die again.
day 3
wake up so late, i didn't even hear my alarm go off. (woke up 4 hours later than set alarm time)
get leftovers at breakfast (most of the stuff was already gonee)
"hello can you take us to Amsterdam and 116th?"
upstairs today. great view of city...big table filled with hot water, tea bags, cinnamon apple tea, water, & coffee (v v sorry for webcam quality)

makes milk tea for self from Revolution (c) English Breakfast tea, + brown sugar + milk. yes!
walks out to Pinnacle for pepperoni pizza again. and a 1.5 L Smart H2O
2 hours at Columbia book store. (-$40 for sweater) no more sweats ]':
back on the second floor. internet stops connecting for 4 min...gets pissed off...stomachache comes along with that due to the cheese from the pizza...goes into fml mode, retarts computer...happy camper again (:
waiting for Richard to come by for a campus tour... nope. instead i went on this night cruise tour of manhattan on brooklyn at night.
after millions of photos, free bus shuttle courtesy of New York Waterways.
late night snackin at mickey d's. spotted: halloween bucket for kids meal SOO CUTE.
walking around around...bout to go home when we decided we were going into Macy's to check it out. wooden escalators (yes, so legit) and elevator riding. We rode the elevator and stopped on everyfloor to stick our heads out to see what was on each floor (8 floors) and then rode the wooden escalator back down. they have SO MUCH CLOTHES and restaurants!
dies in the hotel.
day 4
breakfast as usual downstairs. they had patties (boo. bacon is better)
subway to SoHo.
MUJI STORE SPOTTED. RUSH IN. NOW NOW NOW! spend an hour (-$15appx) ♥ ♥
jewlery store across called 'So Good'
walk to find Marc Jacobs, i find the headquarters instead. (LOL) and on the way there, i found Alexander Wang's office too (LOL again)..
TOPSHOP BABY(; three levels of pure joy. too bad i'm also pure broke and pure 'no-space-in-luggage' (-$30 for circle scarf after student discount) (AHEM. I VIL BE BAYCK)
walk around to look for cafe for lunch. stop by a really cute french cafe&adjacent bakery called Balthazar; too bad they're booked for the entire day...so iphone power directs us to Boom on (152 Spring St.) West Broadway. very indie/gypsy cafe (well most cafes in Soho are indie/gypsy). such good spaghettio ♥ and good french bread. the rosemary in the olive oil is slightly weird though.
run back to the subway to ride to 5th ave.
hello big underground Apple store, hello bergdorf goodman (from exterior), hello FAO & huge teddy bears.
then walk all the way to Dylan's Candy shop. TAO bar is spotted. (-$10 for 4 bars of chocolate) (cookies n creme, milk, dark, toffee bits)
finds a metro station. meets the sketchy hobo who sold a metro ticket. (joon bum says hobos can be CIA agents at times)
repack all bags. good bye Wyndam ! good bye Times Square! D':
find metro station.
$2.50 metro pass to ride all the way to Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport (30-45 min approx)(saves $55) and transfer to airtrain.
no more city view. no more goodness.
overpriced dinner at BonFire (in terminal 2)(-$9 caesar salad & -$18 for 3 tortillas with salsa and steak wrap)
9:00 flight is 30 min delayed.
boarding / random seating arrangements.
super funny flight attendant. (reminded me of mitchell davis)(jokes are hilarious)
delta is good. (you can pick CD's to listen to, ex) vampire weekend, justin bieber, taylor swift, imogen heap, john mayer, jack johnson..etc) (you can pick from either peanuts, pretzels, or cookies to eat why? other domestic flights don't even have anything to eat)(drink cups are twice the size of other airlines. more convenient)
turbulence. BIG BIG but fun turbulence.

(pictures to come later)

sigh. back to LA. too warm. too slow. too lazy. too abandoned.
manhattan i miss you already with your cold winds, busy streets, and the city that never sleeps

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