Today is the first installment of a monthly series, where I’ll be sharing some of my favorite places, restaurants, and shopping destinations in the city I call home. Enjoy!
The Central Park Zoo
One of my most cherished childhood memories is of a drizzly fall day where my Dad took my siblings and I to the Central Park Zoo. To a five year old, the small zoo seemed wonderous and huge. I remember munching on a hot dog under a tree in the park afterwards and then being allowed to pick out a toy at FAO Schwartz. Best day ever.
Washington Square Park
When I lived in the East Village, my roommates and I would often take an evening stroll over to the park, which is truly magical at dusk. As the streetlights start to come on, you can get a perfect view of the twinkling Freedom Tower to the south and the Empire State Building to the north. Often there’s a piano player or jazz musician, and though admittedly there are some shall we say “interesting” people about, that’s what makes it New York.
Cobble Hill Park
Now that I live in Brooklyn, this tiny park has become my preferred evening stroll destination. When an old grocery store on the property was torn down in 1962 to make room for apartment buildings, locals collected signatures for a petition to create a public park instead. The adorable mews houses that line the southern side of the park remind me of something you would find in a quaint European village.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hands down the best museum in the city. The exhibits are always changing so there is something new to see with each visit, but my favorite part is still the Egyptian wing. Admission is a suggested donation, so it’s a great place for a cheap date! In the summer you can head up to the rooftop bar and sip cocktails while looking over the treetops in Central Park.
Photos from top down: Emily Barbeau, centralpark.nyc.org, washingtonsquareparkconservancy.org, Emily Barbeau, mta.info