Hey World, How are you? Did you miss me? So, I recently (like this past weekend) went to New York. This was my FIRST TIME EVER to the east coast and it was amazing! It has always been a dream of mine to travel to this city. If you asked me if I could go to any city in the world…ANY…I would have chosen New York every single time. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to fly Virgin Airlines because a friend provided buddy passes at a discounted rate, which I am very grateful. Without those discounted tickets, I don’t know when I would have had the money to afford roundtrip tickets.
Boarding passes from SFO to JKF
We landed in New York Friday morning around 7am. It’s crazy how time changes and you gain and lose hours when traveling across the country or the world for that matter. It’s like time traveling! (ZOOM!) We caught an Uber ride (sorry Lyft) from JFK airport to The Lexington Hotel in Manhattan. It was a nice hotel and there was even a little guy out front with a purple vest opening the door for guests. I don’t know why that’s important, but dammit he had on a PURPLE VEST! (OK, back to the blog)
The Lexington Hotel was in a really good location because it was only four long ass New York blocks from Grand Central Terminal and walking distance to other surrounding attractions. Okay, I don’t really know if there were other attractions around per say, I just know it was in a good location..hence the guy in a purple vest. The only bad thing about getting to our hotel so early in the morning was that our room wasn’t even ready, which meant we couldn’t check-in until 3pm or something crazy like that. So, we had to kill time and how do you kill time in New York? You walk around and see the city, duh!
I was blown away by the massive size and height of just about every building I saw. I used to think that buildings in San Francisco were tall but they ‘ain’t got nothin’ on New York’s skyscrapers. We walked around Manhattan for a few hours looking for a restaurant to eat at but it seemed like everything was closed because it was 8am in the morning and 4th of July (message!). We grabbed a bite to eat at this placed called, Dukes, and the waitress who served us was on CRACK! Okay, I lied again…I don’t know if she was on crack but I’m sure I saw her take a line of salt off the bar. (That’s not true). Are you still reading this stupid blog?
After are bellies were full of sweet potato fries, hot wings, burgers, and a few drinks we headed back to the Lexington Hotel to crash in the lobby while we waited for our room. This little power nap is what we all needed for a 4th of July night we were about to jump into!
Watching the firework show on the Brooklyn Bridge- 4th of July
Later that night, we watched one if not the BEST fireworks show I had ever seen period! I couldn’t believe I was in New York with friends watching this crazy firework show looking at the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, and that New York skyline at night. The highlight of my night was just holding her in my arms and enjoying that VERY MOMENT in beautiful New York. It was INCREDIBLE and I hope she knows it. Those moments will NEVER happen again EVER! (sigh)
Exploring New York by myself
The next day, I decided to venture out on my own to see New York. I also planned to meet up with my friend, Digital Jay, from YouTube. We met in 2008 through YouTube video vlogs and him and I stayed in contact over the years. The promise was that one day we would meet in person if I ever came to New York. I traveled on my own from the Lexington Hotel to the Bronx to meet up for Jay for lunch and see a little bit of the Bronx. We ate at this spot called the “Step In“. I think it was a small Italian restaurant and there was a cute Puerto Rican waitress with her New York accent. I felt like I was in a Spike Lee movie from the 90’s or something. It was great to finally meet Jay in person and catch up on life. I can say that I am very appreciative of his time, our talk, and him helping guide me around the city. I appreciate you Jay!
Me and DigitalJay in the Bronx at the “Step In” Restaurant
I made my way to Times Square and loved the many street performers, especially the guy beat boxing by the subway entrance. There were so many people in Times Square. I think I counted like 1, 2, 3…BILLION freaking people there! I actually wasn’t bothered by the hordes of people. I was too busy walking around with a huge smile on my face as I continued to look up at all the buildings, lights, and listen to the sounds of Times Square (mostly car horns and Ambulances) . I really enjoyed the time I spent in the area. It was a great place to people watch, but then I made eye contact with a few people and NOW I felt like a freaking creeper/stalker so I left. Okay, that’s another lie too. I waited for Jay to meet up with me so we could check out this place called, Spin New York. It was a Ping Pong Hall with a bar? It was pretty dope! I got second place in a friendly tournament I organized. This guy from Yonkers had this crazy serve I just couldn’t stop. #GoodTimes
I’m enjoying walking around New York alone getting lost and figuring out the subway system on my own. I couldn’t help but wish things were different. I wanted to share these moments with her as we both traveled the city TOGETHER…as a TEAM…as ONE. I didn’t have time to sit down and cry about her. I was running out of time and wanted to see as many places as possible before we headed back to California the next day. #MissionNewYork
The last place I was able to visit was Central Park. I wasn’t able to explore the entire park because it was getting late and that park is HUGE! I just sat down, took off my headphones, and listened to the sounds of the birds chirping, kids laughing and screaming in the park, runners having conversations in strides, and felt the cool breeze of the wind gently blowing against my face. I saw so many beautiful places over the last 48 hours…ALONE. There’s nothing wrong with that but DAMN…I didn’t want to see New York like this. There was nothing I could do to change it. With all the drama that went down in New York, I was learning about myself and what I needed to do in order to be happy. I didn’t think this was going to be my last time to New York, but I knew I wouldn’t be back anytime soon. It’s unfortunate that New York will always be a bittersweet memory now. Don’t get me wrong. I had a great time in New York…I just wish I roamed and the city with her. And in the end, she’s all I truly ever wanted. #TheBeautifulStruggle
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