This post is a touch overdue, but nonetheless it is hard to believe that it has been over six months since we packed up and set off for Manhattan. These past months have been some of the most exciting, invigorating, and stretching of our young lives. Jay just flew home from a Boston to Miami to Colorado Springs to Virginia business trip, and as we sipped green tea on the floor of our kitchen catching up on our week apart we began reminiscing about this unbelievable journey we are on. It is cheesy, and mushy and painfully cliché but we are both so wholly in love with our life. We are in agreement that no matter where life takes us next, we will always look back on our time in New York as one of the best, most exciting, most spine tingling spectacular seasons of our marriage. We are in awe of the growing that has happened in us individually and together. So in love with the friends we have made here. So inspired by the art and community we have been able to soak in. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t all be rosy. Uprooting and replanting has had its fair share of adjustments and longings as well, but slowly, over time those have turned out to be a beautiful reformation process for me. I have a cherished New York friend (who I would be lost without) who has lovingly and thoughtfully listened to me voice all my concerns and worries in painfully rich detail and on repeat. She told me it has been such a joy for her to watch my little mind expand as my vision for our future grows. The result is that now as we move forward to the rest of our time in NYC, to graduation, to job hunting and to family planning we go with an even more open heart, broadened minds and a whole bundle of faith that what comes next will be equally as amazing.
In celebration of our six month-versary we have detailed a list of some of our NYC favorites which help make this adventure just a little sweeter.
1. Grocery Store: Trader Joes
Yes, us and the rest of Manhattan. If you were to walk by the Upper West Side location on a Sunday night or Monday afternoon judging by the line you would witness just to get into the store, you would be left thing that TJ’s was one of NYC hottest new spots. Either way, their affordable goods and abundant organic fare makes Trader Joes a staple in our household. Be ware of the mini peanut butter cups though, they are lethally amazing.
2. Coffee Shop: Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
This place feels like home. It is a little slice of organic, home grown, west coast goodness in the heart of this metropolitan nirvana. Irving Farm roasts all their coffee up state in the Hudson Valley, and grows the ingredients for their menu items and baked goods on the same quaint farm. They also contentiously source all their beans, and strive to build sustainable partnerships with all their vendors. Best news: You can order stuff online too.
3. Staple Restaurant: Mel’s Burger Bar
Mel’s serves fresh to order non-traditional burgers and an extensive beer list. Jay is currently making his way through the Mel’s Beer Club that requires you to sample each of their 40 beers and as a reward you get baptized in beer and your name on a plaque. It is good that he has such lofty life goals.
4. Time Saver: Fresh Direct
As much as we love Trader Joes, life in the city can be busy (or cold) and sometimes it is nice to have the option to order all your groceries online and have them shipped to your apartment door. Fresh Direct has a great selection and not having to cart your bags of goods back up city streets is a wild awesome perk.
5. Gym: Crossfit NYC
This one is from Jay. Five or more nights a week Jay spends his time working out with the competition team at Crossfit NYC. From the workouts to the community he is loving every aspect. Currently, he is working towards a competition at Giants Stadium this May, so there will be more on that later.
6. Running Route: Riverside Park
Snow or shine, Riverside Park is my go to running route. The park runs a span of over 60 blocks, and follows the shoreline of the Hudson River. We live near Central Park, but Riverside has paths that are a little less densely packed with joggers and strollers which leaves it as my top choice for a morning run.