Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Career Tyro: Summer at Kate Spade & Co

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Kate Spade & Co in the e-commerce marketing department. Kate Spade is a brand I've admired for a long time and the experience I gained and the incredible team of people I got to work with is invaluable. I left the office inspired every day and am even more excited to start my career next May. 
Senior year, I'm ready or ya! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Travel Tyro: Coney Island

About an hour and a half subway ride away from Manhattan on the southwestern tip of Brooklyn lies Coney Island, New York's seaside amusement park. Although the site was at its prime during the 1880s to WWII (it was the largest amusement park in the US at the time), there has been an increased effort to revitalize Coney Island in recent years. My friend and I visited during a heat wave in NYC and while I'm not a huge amusement park enthusiast, it made for a fun summer afternoon. From the iconic ferris wheel to one of the world's oldest wooden roller coasters and rows of junk food vendors along the boardwalk (including the original Nathan's hotdogs), Coney Island makes for a perfect all-American summer escape for New Yorkers. 

What: Coney Island, New York's oldest amusement park
Where: The tip of the Lower Bay borough of Brooklyn
When: summer is prime time
Why: Amusement park rides, carnival games, junk food vendors galore, and a beach
Tyro Tip: Visit during them onto of June to catch the annual Mermaid Parade
Ride the spinning teacup ride to channel Dakota Fanning in the movie Uptown Girls

Monday, August 15, 2016

Travel Tyro: Favorite Brunch Spots in NYC

I'm all in favor of sleeping in on weekends, but I'll always sacrifice some beauty sleep for an excellent brunch. Hands down the most frequently asked question I get from people visiting NYC is where to have brunch. So, here's a list of some of my favorites ranging from neighborhood favorite to Instagram famous. 

If I could only have brunch at one place for the rest of my life, I'd say Le Cou Cou without hesitation. Open since June 2016, the restaurant is owned by famed chef Daniel Rose and restauranteur Stephen Starr and serves classic French cuisine. Technically, they only serve breakfast at the moment from 7-10:30 am seven days a week, but it's worth getting up early to have one of their decadent dutch-style blueberry pancakes and a side of crispy hash browns. My friend even swears his breakfast wasn't just your run of the mill omelet. Equally exquisite are the interiors that include a beautiful bar right as you walk in the door.

Cafe Gitane

While Cafe Gitane has two locations, the one tucked into the Jane Hotel (on Jane Street in the West Village) is a hidden gem. The hotel itself feels as if you've walked straight into a Wes Anderson film, but the cafe is equally whimsical with it's Moroccan-inspired interior. The cafe has a range of dishes for both adventurous and plainer palettes from Moroccan couscous to avocado toast. The cocktails are quite good too; try the Lillith or Dark & Stormy

Two Hands is a neighborhood favorite in Tribeca and rightfully so. The Australian-owned restaurant has bright, nautical interiors (photos of the Bondi Icebergs hang on the walls) and a friendly staff that makes it a "happy, sunshine-y" brunch spot as described by my friend. I've honestly only ever had their avocado toast because why mess with perfection?  

Cafe Henrie won't necessarily set your tastebuds on fire, but this cute Instagram-famous brunch spot in the Lower East Side is the perfect place for a girl's brunch or catching up with a friend for coffee and a side of banana bread. Everyone also swears by their acai bowls, which you should take a photo of with the pink tabletops because did you really go to Cafe Henrie if you didn't? 

Laudurée might be Parisian, but this upscale Soho location is a NY staple. Besides their
endless array of macarons and pastries, the Soho location offers a full brunch menu and cocktail selection. If the temperatures are right, the courtyard is a charming escape from the city crowds. 

If you have a group of friends together, dim sum at the Golden Unicorn is a fun brunch alternative. Located in the heart of Chinatown, the restaurant is well-known among New Yorkers and has pig-shaped custard buns that are almost too cute to eat.

Friday, August 12, 2016

NY Summer 2016: July

July seems to have come and gone in a flash. I felt like most of the month was spent on-the go exploring new hidden gems around the city, catching up with visiting friends, traveling to new places, and learning new things. This weekend will be my last in NYC for the rest of the year and I can't help but feel like time just slipped away this summer. While I begin to process how much I've gained from my experiences this summer, I'm marveled once again at how much this city has changed me. 

Here's a few highlights from July:

Late nights on the Highline

Lower East Side

Upper East Side Doors

Warby Parker

The Plaza

Union Square

Central Park

Flat Iron District

Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment

Upper East Side Doors

Chelsea Doors

The Oculus 

Barneys Downtown

Ralph Lauren Flagship

Manus x Machina at the Met

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Upper East Side Doors

NY Public Library

The Met Rooftop

Flatiron Building

One World Trade Center

Lower East Side Wall Art

Central Park Sunsets

Brooklyn Bridge Park Sunset

Monet at the Moma

West Village

Bryant Park


Upper West Side

West Village

Upper East Side Doors

Greenwich Village

Degas at the Moma

Lower East Side

Union Square


Grand Central

Rockefeller Center


Lower East Side

American Museum of Natural History

kate spade ny madison ave



Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Plaza