Toasting New York City: The Upper East Side

When I would come to New York City as a tourist, it was where I longed to stay…to visit…to shop…to dream. I think that the Upper East Side became the American Dream for many Millennials. Someday, I would work hard enough to enjoy an UES penthouse. Someday, the shopkeepers on Madison would all know me by name. Someday, I would have a corner Italian bistro booth that felt like home. Someday, I might be the next Serena or Blaire or, better still, Lily… Times have changed. I’ve changed. The Upper East Side has changed.

Toasting New York City’s Upper West Side

It’s in those moments of, “I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE! I CAN’T BE RUN OVER OR STUCK BEHIND ANOTHER PERSON OR I’M GOING TO LOSE MY MIND!” that we escape to the residential neighborhoods of the Upper West Side.

Tree-lined streets, brownstones, turn-of-the-century architecture, and parks on both sides bring fresh air, gentler paces, and space that we so desperately crave.

Check out the best way to spend a day in the sun in the UWS!

Merry Christmas from Midtown Manhattan

Christmas in the City If I can’t go home for Christmas this year, there’s no where else I’d rather be than Manhattan. There’s something about the smell of roasted chestnuts … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Midtown Manhattan

Toasting Holiday Spirit in New York City

Sometimes in the blur of city life, you need a reason to stop and be grateful for life, for health, for opportunities, and for those whom you love. Fortunately, New … Continue reading Toasting Holiday Spirit in New York City

Toasting the Halloween Blue Moon in New York City

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, there are creepy and spooky places all over New York City! From murders and suicides to overdoses and kidnappings – this city has seen it all. If only the walls could talk…or do they? From Washington Heights to the Lower East Side, we decided to spend this Halloween examining some of the top haunts the city has to offer – not the man-made haunted houses, but the REAL ghosts of New York.

Toasting the Moon – 3 Months of New York City

New Yorkers don’t realize what they have — even in the worst of times, New York offers abundance compared to so many other places I have lived.

Top of the Rock, The Edge, One World Observatory, The Summit, and The Empire State Building: Which One Should You Visit?

When in New York, you’re going to want to see it all. There are four main observation decks in New York City. And all of them offer breathtaking and sweeping views of this beautiful city. But, at $40 a pop, it’s expensive and it takes up a lot of time that you could be spending exploring the parks, getting out on the water, enjoying the food, shopping, or soaking in culture and entertainment. Which one should you visit? Let us help you break it down and choose the right one for you!

Toasting the Moon in Murray Hill, Tudor City, and Midtown East

Many tourists to New York will not purposefully venture into our neighborhood. It hasn’t been showcased in a television series or a movie. It doesn’t have a catchy name like Chelsea, The West Village, or Hell’s Kitchen. It’s not one of the well-known acronyms like UES, UWS, LES, FiDi…If you end up here, you will be in the heart of East Side residences, neighborhood restaurants, cafes, and bars, and a major hub of transportation via the East River ferries at 34th St., the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and the Grand Central Terminal at 42nd and Park.

Toasting the Moon in Central Park

From lazing and daydreaming in sunny Sheep Meadow, to listening to music and watching the street artists at The Mall, to joining a drum circle as the smell of Juniper lingers in the breeze at the shady and cool Strawberry Fields, there is something for every vibe and everybody in Central Park. Cultures collide, hobbyists unite, and inspiration fills the soul at every turn.

Wandering and Wondering in NYC

Lastly, this week was the last Manhattanhenge of 2020. It happens four times a year, twice for sunrise and twice for sunsets, where the sun is perfectly centered between the buildings for a glorious view of the city and the moment in time. The clouds put a little bit of a damper on our view of our first Manhattanhenge, but we still saw a pretty amazing sight!

Toasting the Moon in New York City

Travel for 2 cost breakdown (at the time of writing this post): The Roxy Hotel – Tribeca: $250 per night Roundtrip Airfare from San Francisco to New York (non-stop): $197 … Continue reading Toasting the Moon in New York City