New York, New York

Ah, New York, how I’ve missed you. There’s just something about this city that excites so many of us, including myself.

In July, we visited New York again in five years. Five whole years have passed by since we moved away from the U.S. – it felt so surreal to be back. Who knew it would take so long for us to get back (for a while, anyway)?


This time, we stayed in Buchwick, Brooklyn which is admittedly not as hip as some of the other parts of town but it definitely had its gems.

We loved the coffee shop around the corner (Variety Coffee Roasters) and the Korean/Japanese fusion restaurant Sandobe. The brunch place we discovered on our last day, Barcey’s, is definitely worth a mention.

Oh, and especially memorable in Brooklyn was the Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO. So many high-quality vintage clothing and accessories, as well as handmade items from local artists.

It was definitely a different feeling than staying at Manhattan or Queens, but I liked it. A bit industrial, a bit hipster.

Variety Coffee Roasters
146 Wyckoff Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

918 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Brooklyn Flea
80 Pearl St,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

140 St Nicholas Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Chinatown & Little Italy

What I find fascinating about Chinatown and Little Italy is the street where it all overlaps. You see an unusual mix of Chinese and Italian business and somehow, it works. This is precisely what I love about New York.

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles
1 Doyers St,
New York, NY 10013

Mulberry & Grand
168 Mulberry St,
New York, NY 10013

The Met

It’s so easy to get lost in this huge museum with so many pieces on display. This time, they had a special exhibition going on – the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between‘ exhibition, of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Seriously, this was amazing. How can you come up with these crazy designs? Love.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave,
New York, NY 10028


The Midtown area was nice, but that was to be expected. What I really enjoyed was seeing the Gucci wall art that had been all over social media.

Food and coffee – A+.

Jack’s Wife Freda
50 Carmine St,
New York, NY 10014

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
18 W 29th St,
New York, NY 10001

Tacombi Fonda Nolita
267 Elizabeth St,
New York, NY 10012

The High Line

Something that was new this time around was the High Line. Built on an old train track, this 1.5 mile walking path was pleasant to walk on and we could get a nice view of the city.

The High Line
New York, NY 10011

One World Trade Center & Wall Street

When I visited the site of One World Trade Center, I was touched by the way they commemorated the victims of 9.11 with two fountains engraved with victims’ names on them. It also gave a sense of serenity in an otherwise hectic city.

The adjacent Westfield Mall may just be the nicest Mall I’ve been to, from an architectural standpoint.

Wall Street was well, Wall Street. Tall buildings, people with suits, a lot of tourists.

One World Observatory
Westfield World Trade Center

There you have it – this pretty much covers our week in NY. I hope my next visit won’t take another five years!

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