I have seen New York in its darkest days. I have seen it unite as the years go by, I have seen it reach a point where most would digress after a fall, and I have seen it rise even stronger than before. The people of New York are tougher than most, not in personality or in character, but in humanity. They are strong souls, some of the most honest and truest people you’ll ever meet, who stand together, walk among each other, and have not allowed fear to overcome them. Although we all suffered a loss in more ways than one on 9/11 as a nation, few know what it means to be part of this city. While some loathe it for its busy commuting system due to lack of knowledge, it is the human flow of the New York life, its music, its diverse culture and it’s ever changing atmosphere that makes so many including myself fall in love at every corner.
This year I had a chance to get away and visit the city which I will always and forever hold dear, and although my visit was short, it was just the right amount of New York I needed to bring me back to breathing right, and I got to thinking on my flight home, that if this place can suffer a huge fall and rise so gracefully, then I’ll be just fine.
“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”
South Florida has Miami Spice, but that’s not as important as Restaurant Week in New York City!
The Big Apple kicked off Restaurant Week on July 22, and it will go all the way through August 16th just in time for a swift randevu. Oooh, to be a stomach in the city right now is heaven, nearly 300 restaurants are serving up three-course prix-fixe lunches ($25) and dinners ($38). I sure hope my ladies are building up an appetite because I don’t think they are ready for this mouth.
Gourmet Prix-Fixe Menus
August 1 – September 30, 2013
$19 or $23 Lunches
$33 or $39 Dinners
Enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants.
My trip to New York was just as fantastic as I had hoped it would be. I arrived at the airport at 5am in time to catch the 6am flight out of Miami, and can I tell you that I’ve never wanted to leave so desperately out of Miami as I did this day. As I sat in my seat thinking of all the wonderful things I have in my life followed by a quick prayer of: Please let me live to see NY, it dawned on me; I had never felt more alone in my world. Here I was heading to the busiest city in the United States, and I felt utterly and completely alone. While I looked out the window to a sea of shiny blue ripples I remembered that the last time I was heading to the Big Apple, I was wearing bright colors welcoming the summer, now I looked down to an ensemble of black. I have taken to black like if it were the new pink. I have taken to black like if it were the last color left in the world.
I made my way to Max Brenner with Big to meet Erika. This place is absolutely fabulous, not only do you end up with the best chocolate coma in the world, but they also cater to everyone’s musical heart. I found myself doing a few flashbacks into the 50′s, and then easily grooving my way all the way into the 90′s. Thank you for recommending this place E, it was truly a treat!
The next day I woke up in New Jersey with my sister Zulisha, on this day we decided to drive pretty much all over New York for the perfect Dominican cake for my stepmother’s 50th birthday bash. Now if I ever see another three tiered cake in my life I will shoot myself stupid, because the thing was so heavy it still hurts my soul just thinking about it. Imagine two women, one being me, carrying it down a very steep flight of stairs, that was the ultimate mission. By the way my butt is OK now.
Saturday night we ended up at Drangonfly to see Victor Manuel do a live show for the wonderful people of New Jersey, and I had never felt more Latina then at this little venue that night. Funny, I live in Miami, and I had to fly North for the reminder.
After Drangonfly we ended up in Ihop, and I believe we were greeted by our first names of how often we found ourselves there for a pancake run. It didn’t take long before we took the party onto the parking lot, because so it seems that people do like to eat and enjoy their food at 4am.
Sunday I cancelled all the plans I had for the City, and decided to spend the rest of the afternoon with the two women who understand me the most in this world, my two sisters. It just so happens that after a very short amount of convincing we found ourselves in Cutting Edge Body Arts in the City for matching tattoo’s. We understand that there will be moments when people may get us; those will be short lived by the moments when we’ll be completely Misunderstood!
After that we ended up saying our good bye’s because I was flying out early Monday morning. And although my time in the City was very short, and sweet it was just what I needed to kick me back into gear. As I was preparing myself to head back home, I came to realize how much color I had while being here, there is nothing like a summer in New York City, and there is nothing like having a moment for oneself to appreciate the little things in life. Thank you to my sisters for always reminding me of who I am, and where I belong. It won’t be long before I make my way into the heart of this place again. Till next time New York!
It’s that time again when I’ll be taking a break from the blog. I dislike doing it but sometimes a girl’s gotta do, what a girls gotta do. It’s just me, myself and I trying to keep you interested, and for that alone I have to take a moment to myself to bring you something wonderful. In the mean time I will be working on school, my novel, and preparing for my fabulous trip to New York City; the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Its been almost 10 years since I’ve gone to New York as a single girl. I have always had a love affair with the City, the way it feels under my feet, the way it smells, and the way every corner keeps their eyes on my thoughtful moves, New York as always been my everything. The place I went too to hide from the world, the place I’ve held so close to my heart, the place that now I return with all the wisdom it has shared with me throughout the years. I will forever be a New York City, Carrie. Big, I’m coming home!
I hope that your city was one of the selected few to have this in theaters. I was totally bummed when I came across a no show in Miami. This falls into the many reasons why I want to move from here, nothing ever cute happens in Miami, NO REALLY! Nothing but flirty bikinis and washboard abs, who has time for that? I guess I will have to wait for DVD, but in the mean time set your eyes on, Josh Lucas.