#HelloBrooklyn – My Girls Trip to New York

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on June 27, 2016
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Summary

Ahhh, I won’t say “take me back”, we all know that is corny, lol, but I will say “I’ll see you soon, Brooklyn.” Its been pretty visible on my social media sites, but for those that did not realize it I spent the week in Brooklyn, New York and I loved every minute of it! A few months ago a few of my girlfriends and I decided (with the help of the husbands, of course we cant leave them out for being the ultimate daddy daycare, muahhh babe) that we were going to take our dream trip to New York together. We didn’t initially say we were going to stay in BK, but I am oh so glad that we did. The concept of going to NY and visiting all of the traditional, and non-traditional(a.k.a the hood spots) were on all of our minds. But how? Could we make it to all of the landmarks? See all of the things that we each wanted to see in just 5 days…lol

Where We Stayed

Here’s the thing, my old buddy Moe travels for her career so needless to say she has been to New York, probably a thousand times. So after looking in Manhattan and realizing that we would, 1. definitely need two rooms, and 2. the space was shit in NY, call me a spoiled Cali girl but 192 square feet is crazy for 2-3 woman with big bags of clothes in shoes) she said lets try airbnb.com. OMG!! What a perfect idea! we got to stay in Brooklyn like we lived in Brooklyn, talk about being super dope! I loved it. The brownstone that we stayed in was in a small suburb called Clinton Hill. And yeah I said Brownstone, with a stoop and all that 🙂

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Where We Went

We came to the conclusion that in order to move like we wanted to move the best bet was to get a rental, thanks Moe. We went to a water front restaurant called Industry, at Pier 15 in NY. We got to visit Manhattan for shopping, where I found a to die for Fendi swimsuit for myself, among other things. We had lunch at Junior’s in Brooklyn, amazing food, forgot to get the cheesecakes to take home  🙁 . Visited the sites of the world trade center. Where around the Barclay Center damn near daily. Went to Harlem to the legendary Apollo theater. Made our own mini movie in Central Park, lol. Expeirience a Brooklyn flea market, where I wanted to take everything home…ughhhh. Went to Coney Island and experience their version of Santa Monica pier, lol. There were a lot more rides though. We did the meatpacking district, attended a all white day party, Le’ Reve, which was CRACKIN’, but both my camera and phone had died  so the pictures are limited :(. We say the statue of liberty from a far but unfortunately didnt have the time to take a water taxi to go over there.

 

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Time Square in the evening
Where the trade centers once stood
Where the trade centers once stood

 

 

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Brooklyn Flea Market

 

People's Pops Plum Hibiscus made with local fresh fruit, Brooklyn Flea Market
People’s Pops Plum Hibiscus made with local fresh fruit, Brooklyn Flea Market

 

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Harlem, Mr Softee truck

 

 

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Apollo Theater, Harlem, NY
Busted Hydrant, I swear we didn't do this, lol, Harlem, NY
Busted Hydrant, I swear we didn’t do this, lol, Harlem, NY

 

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Coney Island, NY

 

Sisters in Coney Island, NY
Sisters in Coney Island, NY

 

Kids boomin, literally they had they boom box and were groovin' at Coney Island
Kids boomin, literally they had they boom box and were groovin’ at Coney Island

 

Where We Ate

…Everything.. well at least it seemed that way, lol. Of course we had to have the NY traditional things like the brick oven pizza slice.. yummy, and the Nathan’s Hot Dog. But what I think I noticed most about NY that I loved is their lack of Fast food restaurants. There were like none. I think I say one drive thru the whole week and that was at Wendy’s. Even with that there was no lack of places to eat. Tons of mom and pops type spots which every place we went was better than the last. There was Industry, at the pier, Sugarcane in Brooklyn, they won the best Caribbean food in BK, and that was TRUTH. We did lunch at the one and only 40\40 Club in Manhattan. We had breakfast at Sweet Chick’s  in BK, and lunch at Peaches in Bk, which was the most delicious non traditional soul food, we really did not expect what we received but all loved it.

Sweet Chicks, Brooklyn, NY
Sweet Chicks, Brooklyn, NY

 

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Shrimp & Grits & Mimosa, from Sweet Chicks in Brooklyn

 

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Spinach Wood-fire Pizza with crushed tomato, spinach, Parmesan, fontina, mozzarella to which I added shrimp to, and paired with with Grey Goose lemon drop martinis

 

 

 

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Had to go to Junior’s!! Definetely not just hype!, Pure deliciousness

 

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Jerk Chicken, peas rice and sauteed cabbage from Sugar Cane, in Brooklyn, NY

 

What I Loved

The CULTURE.. the CULTURE… THE CULTURE! Its everywhere! Not just one culture but the diversity is beautiful. The movement is beautiful. When I say that I mean the flow. Everything is so busy, but when take a look back and just watch it, its artful.. it just flow. I think I will never forget New York flow. The graffiti is dope, the projects, where dope, the city was dope, the business people meet the street people, the word that sums it up is DOPE! There is so much that I discovered during this time that we are so spoiled in Cali, are struggle is real, but there struggle is different. Its the little things, like how you go to the grocery store when you gotta take a subway or walk home?? Just my thoughts… It defineletly has me hell bent on having a “Staycation” and just taking in L.A. like a tourist and seeing SoCal like others see it.

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The Best Part

The best part of this girls trip.. my GIRLS.duhhh!! We just gel… drama free fun in the sun, and a hot ass mess. We had a “Girlfriends” meets modern day “Sex in the City” experience, and that is a memory that is more precious than anything you can ever buy! I think we are going to try and do this every year because we just had that much of a great time. I recommend if you have a group of friends you can stand being around longer then an hour, lol!! Take a trip somewhere, don’t over think it, just go! It will all work itself out and the memories are well worth it 🙂
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