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 accustomed to movie sets, I had to keep reminding myself that it's all real.
1) You would think that with all these buildings around there would be easy access to a bathroom...and a clean one at that.
2) This isn't Disney World, but there are characters walking around...and they want your money. Legally, they aren't suppose to ask for money. I wish I knew this because Minnie Mouse straight up pointed to her purse and asked for a tip. I felt so guilty about having a picture taken, I declined photos with the super heroes.
After my quest to relieve myself was successful, I set out on 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, but was going to meet up with me at Schmackarys Cookies on 45th Street. I'm thoroughly convinced that I have a famous doppelganger that lives in New York. 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 the city. 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 too. I finally decided on a Creamed Corn Cookie. Don't be fooled by the name. I was recommended to try it & so glad I did. It was like eating a piece of sweet cornbread heaven. I took my cookie and did something I always do at Universal's NYC street facades....
...I sat on a stoop of a brownstone flat and watched the world go by.
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 helping him because I was putting myself in a very vulnerable situation.
So, the real reason for my visit was to attend a fashion show. Not too shabby, right?! I forgot to mention that I'm the new Social Media Manager for Fashion Hope. Pretty ironic when I don't like being on social sites for more than an hour. However, Marc Palmer, founder of Fashion Hope sees something in me & offered me the position.
The mission of Fashion Hope is to build awareness for HUMAN TRAFFICKING, 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. Happened to stumble upon 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 with my menu. As Autumn & I were leaving the restaurant, the owner of the establishment held the door for us. He asked if we were off to "tear up the town". I was too tired & full. I only had two hours left before heading back to Orlando. Apparently I was too tired to think what I was saying because I replied back, "No, I'm going back to her place tear up the sheets". DOH! (*phrasing*) It's a good thing I didn't say, "I'm going back to her place to tear up the toilet".
I never thought I'd be someone who would want to live in NYC. However, I have this overwhelming desire to go back. I received so many offeres. It took a lot for me to get on that plane (like a nonrefundable ticket). I have every intention of returning in either Dec or Jan...I haven't decided yet. I need to decide quickly or else I'll never afford the airfare. There's a reason why I'm returning at that said time. There were too many 'signs' (metaphorically & literally) that told me that I need to come back. There's a show that I absolutely need to see...
The story-line is too uncanny to miss... At the age of fourteen, a particular person helped me launch my career in the direction that it is today. We haven't crossed paths since (that I'm aware of). I seriously doubt he even remembers I exist. However, I came across this show that he's debuting in...I feel that just being in the same room, supporting his career will be like living a parallel universe. Or perhaps I'm just crazy. ::shrug:: We'll see what happens...
SPECIAL THANKS TO...
Designer, Linda Bruner for being my stylist for David Tupaz's fashion show.
Hairstylist, Jessica Harned at J. Christine Salon & Blow Dry Bar