Weekends… for some, is a time for rest and rejuvenation, while for others, a time to turn all the way up. For the past couple months, my weekend “stay in the house game” have been too strong, seemingly on purpose. I just couldn’t be bothered with anything. This must be the “growing old” phase lol. My weekend will pass by in the blink of an eye and I would wonder WTF did I do *sigh*.
Gladly, things have gotten better these past two Saturdays and I am hopeful that the momentum will continue. I was reminded of how awesome it was to get out and enjoy the weekend. Waking up with a plan and a purpose to venture out, enjoy and appreciate what NYC has to offer felt totally freeing and exciting.
I have neglected my weekends, I truly have. But it’s time to change that. With that wake-up call, I have made it my intention to venture out and do some touristy things. Whether in or out of NYC, my hope is that my ventures encourage you to get out and EXPLORE. I am excited to share this with YOU.
Last weekend Oct 14th; I celebrated my birthday out and about the city with one of my favorite humans. I spent the day visiting the World Trade Center, a major tourist attraction right now in New York then we went to IPIC Theaters to watch the movie “The Foreigner” with Jackie Chan. That movie and the theater get 2 thumbs up from me. I would give you a review about this awesome spot in an upcoming post so stay tuned. After movies, we walked down to the seaport (which looks so much different than I remember), took some pics and did some sightseeing. It was a really great day spent and it felt lovely being out and about.
That outing gave me the boost needed to get out the house this past Saturday. With my fav person still in tow, we grabbed breakfast at Dunkin Donuts (I’m always running on Dunkin’) and hopped on the subway, destination ‘The High Line‘ 23rd street. Could you imagine after over 10 years of living in New York City I’ve only been there once? The High Line used to be an elevated freight railroad now turned into an urban oasis. This public park is a popular hangout spot for both tourists and NYC locals.
It is an awesome place to spend a few hours alone or with a company, strolling, taking in the scenery, and enjoying the intentional relaxing ambiance above the hustle and bustle of the traffic below. You can find quirky pieces of an art exhibition called ‘Mutations‘ highlighted along the park. We saw this interesting piece by Jon Rafman entitled “L’Avalée des avalés” (The Swallower, swallowed). Interesting right?
Another interesting art highlight, which I nicked ‘The Hair Aquarium’ is actually a piece by Hooper Schneider entitled ‘Section of Intertidal Landscape (Hair Metastasis)’.
We got to the end of the trail at Gansevoort Street and were welcomed with the vrooming engines and loud horns from a line of high-end cars. My companion a car freak was in heaven, watching the Ferrari’s, Porsche’s, Maserati’s and what a passerby called an adult tricycle (lol) as they went by. After walking around the area for a while I decided Negril village would be a nice place to stop for a meal. Negril used to be one of my favorite Caribbean spot in the city. I use to be in love with a certain dessert there and I salivated at the memory and looked forward to actually feel the sweetness on my tongue again.
It was approximately a 15-minute walk from 14th street/ 7 Ave to West 4 Village. FYI Lunch at Negril ends at 3:30 pm and Dinner starts at 4:30 pm. We got there about 4 pm and told we can add our name to the list and sit by the bar till 4:30 pm. Not interested in sitting by the bar we left and stroll around the area for a bit before returning and were seated. It felt like we were forgotten for a while but once we got a waiter it was smooth sailing from there.
I was happy that the menu catered for non-meat eaters like myself. I indulged in their Quinoa ital stew, which was delicious. It consisted of a red and butter bean stew with pumpkin, quinoa, plum tomatoes and sweet fried plantain, yummy. My companion had the Jerk Chicken, rice and peas with veggies, which smelled sooo good I was tempted to taste it. The chicken looked well cooked and soft.
Finally, I ordered the best dessert ever, the delectable bread pudding with rum and raisin ice cream. OMG, it lightens up your taste buds like nobody’s business. I highly recommend it.
After dinner, we walked a block to Washington Square Park, which was full of action, and entertainment. I swear NYC is always lit. What a great day it was, I’m now looking forward to next week. Don’t know where I’ll be heading or what I will be doing as yet but follow me on Instagram to stay tuned. Have an awesome week y’all!