I can't believe how friendly everyone is! I was put under the impression that New Yorkers are brazen and generally keep to themselves. On the contrary, my experience was anything, but that. From the moment I stepped off the train at Penn Station, strange things started happening...coincidence?
I'm so use to facades, I had to keep reminding myself that the buildings are real.
(Disney Hollywood Studios NYC street facade)
1) All these real buildings, but not a lot of real bathrooms. Every Star Bucks from Penn to Time Square had a bathroom line longer than the coffee line itself. Toys R Us in Time Square was my relief. Now I know why New Yorkers walk so fast. They all have to pee.
2) There are characters walking around, they will try to persuade you for a tip. Legally, they can't ask for a tip straight up, but this isn't Disney World.
Off to my next adventure...To meet up with my friend, Autumn Cohen. She works on Broadway as a Wardrobe Assistant. She had to go into work for a bit before meeting up with me. She suggested Schmackarys Cookies on 45th Street. I think I have a famous doppelganger that lives in the city. While I was trying to overcome my indecision on what kind of sugary substance to devour, the woman behind the counter mentioned that I look familiar. I smiled & told her this is my first time in New York. A woman standing behind me then tapped me on the shoulder. She apologized for bothering me, but wanted to add that I look familiar to her as well. I think this may be a sign that I'm photo bombing too many people in the parks. I decided on a Creamed Corn Cookie. I wasn't in the mood for something too sugary. The sweet & savory combination was a great recommendation. It was like eating a sweet cornbread with bits of macadamia heaven. I took my cookie and did something I've always wanted to do...
...I parked my butt on a real NYC brownstone stoop.
This is where I normally watch the world go by (Universal Orlando NYC street facade).
It wasn't long till my friend met up with me. We walked a couple of blocks over and had lunch at Yum Yum Too.
The food lives up to the restaurant's name.
As Autumn and I were walking away from the restaurant, I accidentally brushed my bag up against an elderly man. The street traffic on 7th Ave was thick. I barely touched the man, but because I acknowledged it, the man proceeded to make a mountain out of a mole hill. In an elaborate display, he fell backwards on an unsuspecting woman. She freaked out & ran out of there. My first impulse was to turn & keep walking, but I stopped & extended my hand to help the man up. Another woman stopped as well & offered her hand. As soon as the man stood up, I bolted out of there. Autumn thought I was nuts for turning back. I was putting myself in a very vulnerable situation.
So, the real reason for my visit was to attend a fashion show. As the new Social Media Manager for, Fashion Hope, my first assignment was to write an article on David Tupaz showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
The mission of Fashion Hope is to build awareness about ethical fashion , while raising funds to resource front-line organizations.
I find it extremely rude to be out in public & be preoccupied with an electronic device. I had to juggle social etiquette and my new job. I'm extremely grateful for Autumn. She helped me stay focused & up to date.
Posing with the Designer, David Tupaz backstage.
'modeling' one of David Tupaz's hats
To wrap up my magical time in NYC, Autumn and I went searching for a great place to eat that would be off the beaten path. It really didn't hit me that I was in New York till I was in a gown walking down Park Ave. My friend & I went on a mission to find a memorable place to eat. We happened to settle on the perfect place, Park Avenue Tavern.
Not only was the food unbelievable, but so was the atmosphere. I couldn't contain my excitement. Of course, I would be the one who would blow out the candle by accident. I followed it up with, "Happy Birthday!" The owner of the restaurant came to my table to make sure the candle hadn't blown out again. As Autumn & I were leaving the restaurant, the owner held the door for us. He asked if we were off to "tear up the town". I was too full and tired to edit my response. "No, I'm going back to her place to tear up the sheets". Autumn elbowed me, "Phrasing!" Good thing I didn't say, "I'm going back to her place to tear up her toilet".
I never thought I'd be someone who would want to live in NYC. However, I have this overwhelming need to go back. It wasn't easy getting back on that plane (it took a nonrefundable ticket). I have every intention of returning in Dec. There's a reason why I'm returning at that specific time. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. As I was walking to Schmackarys, I was keeping a look out for Autumn's theater. I wasn't searching for it prior, so I can't say that I experienced serendipity. However, I did find the theater that's debuting a show I'm interested in seeing. I need to see this show because it's cosmically uncanny.
Well...I guess it's true what Carrie says..
SPECIAL THANKS TO...
Designer, Linda Bruner
Rj Ensalad & Joe Thompson for sharing your wonderful photos.
Hairstylist, Jessica Harned at J. Christine Salon & Blow Dry Bar