When jetlag still rules, and l wake up at 5 in the morning, one of my favorite pastimes is to go for a walk across one of the bridges between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Manhattan skyline looks most beautiful early in the morning, and even Brooklyn Bridge is almost empty from people, if you go right after sunrise. Here are the 3 bridges that I love to walk.
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I’m usually quite good at taking the subway in Manhattan, but for some reason it often goes haywire, when I am going to Brooklyn. The other day, I was meeting with Leah and Stephanie at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which is close to Union station, so I could have taken the N or the R train directly from Manhattan. Instead I managed to get on the J train and ended up on Hewes Street instead. From Hewes Street you can get some really great photos with Williamsburg Bridge in the background, but that wasn’t the goal of my trip, so after a couple of quick iPhone shots, I hurried down to get an Uber.
Barney Greengrass! This is the place where I had my very first Lox & Cream Cheese Bagel many years ago. I try to go back, whenever I am in this part of the city, so I was surprised, when I realized that I hadn’t introduced Poul to this place at an earlier point. Though it’s probably because we have been staying in Lower East Side most of the times, we have been in NYC together, and Barney Greengrass is quite far from there, in Upper West Side.
I often get emails from readers asking about cheap hotels in New York, so I found this blog post from my old blog about Seton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan that I thought I would share with you. Especially the rooms with shared bathroom are really good value for money. Sorry about the mess in the room, but my stay (and the photos) was before I learned to snap those hotel room photos before I settle in and make a mess:)
Ebenezer is a chain of salons specializing in high quality, Korean-style eyelash extensions. They are more expensive than other salons, but I’ve always been very happy with the result, so I don’t mind paying more.
When I was in New York earlier this month, I stayed at a hotel in Financial District, and one of the nights, I met with Ana for a drink at Lovelace. It was a busy night, but we were told that if we didn’t mind sharing, they could fit us in at a large table in the corner. We didn’t mind.
In the winter months, the back room at Café Select turns into a fondue room. With just enough space to squeeze in your closest friends, the back room quickly fills up, so a reservation is crucial.
I went with Alex and Sue, and the Three Musketeers quickly decided on the classic Swiss fondue which was served with bread and pickles. It was exquisite! Bread and melted cheese are all it takes. So simple and yet so incredibly tasty. I also had a glass of Kirschwasser, Switzerland style, but I had forgotten how strong it is. Perfect for a day out in the snowy mountains, but almost combine it with jetlag, and it will hit you like a hammer.
In addition to the fondue, we also had the zucchini chips, because this is one of the Café Select classics. They’re served with 3 kinds of dipping sauce and one of them is with feta. I’ve tried to recreate the feta dip, but I still haven’t figured out how to get the zucchini chips so crispy and delicious. So girls and guys, if you’re in New York and craving authentic Swiss fondue (or zucchini chips), Café Select is the place to go.
Dani Barker is a Canadian actress/writer/producer, who has made a career as a moviemaker in New York. Some of you might know Dani from Starvival, which was a popular YouTube show that she did in the beginning of her career.
Whitney Museum of American Art is much more than just a collection of paintings. In fact, the museum is known for embracing art in all forms, such as installations and films, focusing on American art and artists, who are still alive. The museum has a very dynamic, almost hip, vibe, a bit like MoMA PS1, and even those of my friends who aren’t really into museums tend to like The Whitney.