New York, New York
A few weeks ago, I traveled to New York to perform with my Thrilling Adventure theater team at Bell House in Brooklyn. I spent three days in Brooklyn and the city, so I put together a little weekend city guide for you! I adore New York and am usually lucky enough to go there once a year or so for work, so there are LOTS of things I love to do in NY–like seeing theater, taking dance classes at Steps on Broadway, eating at Ruben’s Empanadas–but this is a quick guide to what I did on a whirlwind weekend staying in both Brooklyn and NYC.
My friend Carolina joined me on the spur of the moment. Yay, impromptu girlfriends trip! We stayed in Brooklyn, (at a hotel I don’t recommend so I’ll spare you the name), but the hotel’s location meant we had the chance to explore parts of the city that were new to me. We spent a morning walking around the Cobble Hill area and I absolutely fell in love with the charm and family-friendly atmosphere. I kinda think it’s where I’d live if I moved to New York. My favorite moment was grabbing a to-go brunch at Ted + Honey, (below on the right), and then sitting in Cobble Hill Park while we nibbled our egg sandwiches and scones, sipped lattes, and had a two hour conversation about everything under the sun.
One of the highlights of the entire trip for me was visiting my friend Theresa’s bright live/work space in Brooklyn. She makes up one half of an art team called Brand Us, (the other half is her husband Phil), and they make wicked graphic art that plays on pop culture and fame. They do a lot of street art shows, so if you find yourself in Brooklyn it’s very possible you might see some of their art of on the street! They also work right around the corner from the Brooklyn Flea, so we stopped off there for an afternoon lunch from the Milk Truck guys. I went for the Three Cheese Grilled Cheese — a Gruyere/Cheddar/Bleu melt with caramelized apples which, let me tell you, I could eat every single day and still get excited about.
Thrilling Adventure Hour is a live stage play in the style of 1940’s radio programs. It’s cheeky, witty, and weird and I’ve been a member of the WorkJuice Players since 2006, playing Amelia Earhart. Paget Brewster, Paul F. Tompkins, Busy Phillips, Shannon Woodward, James Urbaniak, Jason Ritter, Marc Evan Jackson and SO many more wonderful actors also make regular appearances, and being a part of this team is one of the great joys in my life right now. Saturday night we performed two sold-out shows at Bell House to the most wonderful and enthusiastic audience, some of whom had come all the way from Canada to see the show! If you want to see our weirdness for yourself, we’ll be performing four shows at ComiCon in San Diego next month, so click here to grab tickets for the weekend of July 19th and 20th! If you don’t live locally, you can still get our podcasts for free on iTunes here.
The morning after the show we checked Hotel Tonight (my new favorite travel app!) and booked a night at the Bryant Park Hotel. I’ve stayed here before for work and I love it. It overlooks the site of New York fashion week and is central to everything without being in a freakishly busy part of the city. I’ve always expected it would be too expensive but Hotel Tonight got us a rate of about $150 which is crazy good for a night in the city at such a nice hotel! Already feeling lucky, we headed into the city via subway (resulting in some interesting ‘are we lost?’ moments) and spent the afternoon relaxing and lounging in Bryant Park.
I found myself craving pasta, so we did a little online research and booked a reservation that night at L’Artusi, an intimate Italian eatery in the village. What we found was the undeniable foodie highlight of the trip — the most amazing simple pasta dish I’ve ever had — noodles covered in butter, Parmesan and ramps. So divinely simple and so unforgettably heavenly. I practically licked my plate, (okay, maybe I actually did covertly), we shut the place down at 1:30am, and the servers were indulgently tolerant of our late night gab-fest. An absolutely unforgettable cap on our trip.
A couple other trip highlights:
- I met up with Tammy Tibbetts, founder of She’s The First, at Molly’s Cupcakes (delicious) and Tammy was an inspiration. I hope to feature her on the site this year so you can learn more about this enterprising woman (she’s only 24!) who just won the coveted DVF award.
- Using Uber made the whole experience so much easier. There were a couple of late nights in unfamiliar areas with no cabs, so a simple touch of the button called a cab to our location in less than five minutes.
- For the first time ever, I actually wore every single item I brought with me. I outfit-planned in advance, being very specific about what I brought and only planning one color palette: grey, black, navy and white. Items that made it with me were: Club Monaco blazer, Current/Elliot chambray button-up, StyleMint cashmere sweater, Broadway & Broome striped silk tee, white Theory tee, JBrand maternity jeans, ShopRuche fringed scarf, Madewell striped infinity scarf and Tory Burch boots.
What are some of your favorite New York and Brooklyn experiences?