Hi! I’m back from following Mangchi to NYC. I had a sore throat on the flight back and then I was very sick in bed for the past two days. Now instead of missing two days of work I might miss five! But I had a great time!
This was my first time to NYC! I’ve been wanting to go for years, and wasn’t sure what to expect. The city has a gloomy vibe, not sure whether it was because of the weather (cold!) or because of all the shade created by all the buildings, but you could tell it is a tough town.
Eddie met me at the airport on Friday morning and then we went to Shake Shack by the hotel in Brooklyn. Shake Shack vs In n Out? I vote INO and Eddie votes for SS.
Then we went to the skatepark where Eddie, Weebs, and Dylan skated for a while. I did not skate at all because my legs felt frozen and I was feeling hungover and tired after the flight. Also, I am a poser. The park looked fun and kind of like it was built on prison grounds, but definitely a cool spot. Weebs loved it. Kids in LA skate better though.
Coleman Skatepark by Chinatown.
That night we had a delicious meal at a Chinese place, followed by dessert (NY cheesecake) at Junior’s!
NY cheesecake, red velvet cheesecake, chocolate fudge cake (my lactose-intolerant pick), lemon meringue pie, strawberry malt.
On Saturday, Eddie and I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, which was about a mile long and crowded with tourists. I was glad I did it, especially since now I never have to do it again.
And then we met up with Lenny and Arlo at the Meatball Shop. I was sooo not excited about eating meatballs, but my veggie meatball slider was so good! And I tried the other flavors and they were excellent too.
After that we did some shopping in SoHo and some fashion blog photography.
One thing I wanted to do was to make sure I got a slice of pizza, so we did that too.
This slice is from Joe’s. I had to remove a lot of the cheese, but it definitely hit the spot!
Also met up with Ricks at the Barcade! Turns out he knows Justin. What a small world!
That night we had more pizza. JJ and Lu threw a fabulous pizza party in the hotel! Four kinds of pizza from Artichoke, including the famous artichoke one. My favorite was the Sicilian. Dylan liked the crab one. Ashley loves the artichoke one.
On Sunday we went and got knishes from the famous Jewish knish place. They were okay. Kind of boring. Like, needed meat or ketchup or something, but I totally understand why they are a thing.
Inside Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery.
Afterwards, we met up with Dave and Paul and a couple others. Walked around and checked out an underground solar lighting exhibit and a cool market. We were going to go to Katz’s Deli, but it was too crowded. I don’t like delis, so I didn’t mind at all. We ended up at a Mexi-Chinese place where the soup was too spicy for Ashley and they had vegan miso-flavored soft serve. Then we took a walk to to the East River park, where I was envious of all the runners. I can’t wait for downtown LA to have a nice running route.
The brothers at the East River. I think that is the Williamsburg Bridge.
And then it was Mangchi show time! We headed to Trans-Pecos, which was tiny. Kid Koala killed it and Mangchi played hard. None of my pics from the show came out good, but you can find a bunch of good ones that others took on IG. #mangchi
Eddie and the band left in the bus after the show. Off to Boston. I was leaving the next day.
My last day in NYC. I met up with Ricks, Yuki, and Danny at the Chinatown pho spot. I had to check out of the hotel, so luckily I was able to stash my bags in Danny’s Chinatown apartment. It was a long and narrow apartment where the rent is way too high, but I guess that is the norm there. I also met Danny’s dog, Mutt Lee who is three years older than Charlotte.
The pho was legit (I got tendon) and it was great catching up with my old skate buddies. I said goodbye to my Skate All Cities crew and then met up with Lenny at Arlo’s pad in Manhattan. Arlo’s apartment is so nice and I don’t even want to imagine the cost of rent there.
Lenny and I walked around. Got coffee and went to Eataly. Then we met up with Justin and Arlo and went to Superiority Burger.
Arlo hooked it up at Superiority Burger. This little spot is known for the best veggie/vegan burger in America. I loved the burger and the slaw that had dried dates in it. We got soft-serve too. A great way to end my trip!
I’m going back to bed now!