May 21, 2012

by English Muse

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion…no, make that: he – he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yes. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.’
Er, tsch, no, missed out something.

Chapter 1.
He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street-smart guys who seemed to know all the angles…’. No, no, corny, too corny for a man of my taste. Can we … can we try and make it more profound?

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City. To him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in …’
No, that’s a little bit too preachy. I mean, you know, let’s face it, I want to sell some books here.

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City, although to him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage…’
Too angry, I don’t want to be angry.

Chapter 1.
He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.’
I love this.
New York was his town, and it always would be…

-Woody Allen, Manhattan

Start spreading the News…

Tomorrow my husband is leaving for The Big Apple to work for 4 months as an intern before coming home to complete his MBA at the University of Tennessee. This is going to be the beginning of a huge adventure for us that we are both really excited about. So here’s my dilemma. Neither of us really know anything about New York. We went there over Spring Break for a few days but other than that limited experience, my only knowledge of NYC consists of random pop culture references, a slight obsession with the New York Times, and too-many-to-count viewings of You’ve Got Mail.

That’s where you come in. I’ll be coming up a couple weekends a month, and I’m hoping we can find some fun things to to do while I’m there. So what’s your advice? What’s your favorite thing to do in the city? Any tips of traveling up there? Any places we should eat? picnic? listen to music? drink coffee? people watch? Let me know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter and next week, I’ll share a secret project I’ve been working on that will incorporate these new finds!

Until then… xoxo* ~Hannah B.

**P.S. We are looking for a place to sublet through mid-September so let me know if you have any leads for that as well 😉  


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8 Responses to “New York, New York”

  1. Carrie says:

    Hannah! Summer in New York City is the best! Oh I miss it so much. I’ll tell you about some of my favorites. Central Park is beautiful for a casual day exploring, picnic-ing, and listening to street musicians. You’ve got to check out the Central Park Zoo, even just for an hour, it is charming! The penguins and polar bears are a must see. Also, if you or your husband are students, my absolute favorite thing to do is get RUSH tickets to see performances at Lincoln center, from the American Ballet Theatre, to the New York Philharmonic. As a student, you can get a steeply discounted rate to see absolutely spectacular performances. You show up on the day of the performance, and ask if they have rush tickets, and show them your student i.d. and often get really good seats for a very cheap price. Check out their website:
    I grew up in Connecticut, and took every opportunity I could to soak up New York City. If you have any questions for a frequent tourist/wannabe local, shoot me an email!

  2. Carrie says:

    Just a couple more things I thought of…


    Oh and when you visit Lincoln Center, make sure you stop for lunch or dinner at the Europan Cafe across the street. Delicious! And the prices are not bad either (For New York)
    Have fun!

  3. Hannah says:

    aww you’re going to have such an amazing time! I really want to go back and visit New York again!


  4. If you don’t mind dodging around some crowds and the chain stores that you can find everywhere, I’d spend an afternoon walking around SoHo, hitting McNally Jackson books, Harney & Sons Tea, and Purl (if you’re crafty), then splurge on brunch at Balthazar!

  5. Luli says:

    Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!

  6. Hannah B. says:

    Oh Carrie, you seriously just rocked my face off! Wrote everything down and will report back 🙂 Thanks so much! xo*

  7. Hannah B. says:

    That is my idea of ‘living the beautiful life.’ Wrote everything down… it sounds like such a *lovely* day! Thanks! xo*

  8. Hannah B. says:

    I’m expecting you to report back on this 😉

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