Isn’t it amazing how hearing a certain song can transport you to a different time in your life? It’s almost as if music itself is a vehicle for memories. Below are some albums that continue to be nostalgic for me.
Billy Joel, River of Dreams (running weekend errands with my Dad in his old green truck, circa 1997)
Michelle Branch, The Spirit Room (middle school sleepovers taking quizzes out of Seventeen magazine)
The Beatles, One (working at the local ice cream shop as a summer job in a beach town)
Jack’s Mannequin, Everything in Transit (driving to school senior year in a hand me down car with no heat or AC)
John Mayer, Battle Studies (junior year of college, laughing and crying about boys with my roommates)
Taylor Swift, Red (living alone in Cincinnati for 3 months with no cable T.V)
Taylor Swift, 1989 (moving to my first NYC apartment the week Welcome To New York was released)
Waylon Jennings, The Essential Waylon Jennings (driving out east with Q)
Neil Young, Harvest (falling in love)
What songs evoke memories for you? I’d love to know!
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Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy summertime in New York. While the masses flee to the beach, those who stay behind get to enjoy shorter brunch wait times, street fairs, and seeing their street lit up by the setting sun during what I call “magic hour”. Below are some more ideas on how to spend your summer in NYC.
Oh coffee, sweet nectar of productivity.
I’ve lived in the NYC area my entire life and have been lucky enough to enjoy countless meals at the city’s millions of restaurants. My favorites tend to be casual, simple, and homey. Enjoy!
Bacchus Bistro, Brooklyn
This hidden gem french restaurant in Boerum Hill has the prettiest back garden and a delicious menu. The homemade goat cheese gnocchi is INSANE.
Rubirosa, Little Italy
Getting a table can be tough at this tiny Little Italy spot, but the tie dye pizza (with a mixture of marinara, vodka, and pesto sauces) is worth the wait.
The seasonal menu and the romantic vibe has made this my go-to neighborhood spot. My favorite dishes are the fresh salads and homemade pastas. The brunch is also amazing.
Chuko Ramen, Brooklyn
This Prospect Heights ramen place is the perfect cure for a cold and blustery day. Give me some pork buns, a bowl of noodles, and a cold beer any day.
The Coffee Shop, Union Square
This was my go-to place when I lived in the East Village, and it still holds a place in my hungry heart. It’s open almost 24 hours and features simple yet crowd pleasing dishes with a casual vibe.
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This weekend in New York was hot. Like, really hot. So hot that summer activities in NYC which would normally be enjoyable, like hanging out in the park or taking a stroll, became unbearable.
On these types of weekends, I run away.
I was blessed to be able to spend my childhood summers on the North Fork of Long Island at a family beach house. My siblings and I enjoyed long days filled with swims in the bay, games of running bases, and meals made up of the freshest that the farm stand and the fish market had to offer.