This isn’t technically a “throwback” post since it happened last week, but I’m just now getting around to writing about it. Wednesday I went into the city for some fun in the sun (Thankfully, the weather was actually gorgeous!). Since I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful day, I decided to get off the train in Harlem instead of Midtown and walk the extra 83 blocks through Central Park. As I type this, I can see how that sounds crazy, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it gave me more chances to take photos of Flat Kennedy with different city landmarks.
Along the way, I finally found the mysterious Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park. I saw it in a CSI: NY episode once, and I’ve always wanted to find it. It’s the perfect castle for a city princess! Central Park was filled with people enjoying the coat-free day and soaking up some vitamin D. I was happy to be one of them.
I was getting a little hot after trekking through the park, so I decided to stop for ice cream. Whenever I’m not searching for ice cream, there seems to be a shop on every corner. This isn’t the case when finding an ice cream or fro-yo joint is your life’s mission. I used my map app, and it brought me to je & jo in Hell’s Kitchen. While it wasn’t exactly the ice cold chocolate milkshake I was looking for, my je & jo ice cream cup hit the spot. The strange (yet amazing) thing about their ice cream cups is that each flavor has cookie dough in it because…well, why not?! While $4.50 for a 4oz. serving of ice cream is robbery in my book, I probably didn’t need any more than that. My only real issue was that je & jo serves their cute cups with wooden spoons! Wooden spoons give me the heebee-jeebees, and while one isn’t supposed to eat ice cream with a metal spoon because it ruins the flavor, I believe wooden spoons shouldn’t be used unless you are a peasant in the Middle Ages.
I took my ice cream down to the Hudson River, so Flat Kennedy could ohh and ahh over the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum and the Enterprise space shuttle. Plus, the breeze off the water felt amazing. A few blocks south, I jumped on the High Line. If you ever get the chance to walk the High Line, I recommend it. It’s an old railway line about two stories above the NYC streets which has been transformed into a beautiful park spanning from Gansevoort Street to 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. The High Line views and art make it worthwhile especially if you are going to be walking north or south anyway. (Sidenote: Thanks to Instagram, I discovered that people are petitioning to make a Low Line – an underground equivalent of the High Line from an old trolley terminal in the Lower East Side. How cool?!)
After, I made my way to Union Square Park to meet my friend, Penn. We made an immediate bee-line for Popeyes when we discovered one on 14th Street. Penn and I are both from Atlanta, and we love our food. She gave blood earlier in the day, so we stopped in for some mid-afternoon fried chicken, beans and rice, coleslaw, biscuits with honey, and Arnold Palmers (half sweet tea, half lemonade). Later when we were in search of an outlet to plug in Penn’s phone, our only option was a place called Pop Burger on 9th Avenue. We weren’t hungry, but we bought a cookie and Coke anyway. Every one’s burgers looked absolutely delicious! The restaurant’s vibe was neat too – the Jetsons meet a 1950’s diner. I’m definitely adding it to my list of restaurants to try.
Later in the evening, we met up with our friend Teresa for drinks and girl talk at SoHo House. SoHo House is a private members club and hotel in the Meatpacking District. It includes a restaurant, screening room, rooftop bar and pool, photo booth, and more! I still want to move to SoHo to live amongst the amazing restaurants and art all the while being fabulous, but I think I can include SoHo House in my future fabulous lifestyle. It would only be a short stroll from SoHo. A girl can dream…
Stay fit and fabulous,