A Whole New World.

I’m a west coast girl born and raised. Portland I spent most of my day, chillen on the Max and Maxin’ on cool.

Ok… Ok… I hope someone got that.

This is very true of me, on vacation growing up, I never went further east than Spokane, Washington. Which if you look on a map, that’s not that far East. My family drove up and down the I-5 Corridor, mostly through the San Francisco Bay Area, down to the LA area and that is pretty much about it.  It wasn’t until I was about 18 did I ever go across the US Border North or South.  Although I am Still waiting for the day to go across oceans, I imagine it’s not that far off.  I absolutely LOVE to travel, since I have been married, I have had the opportunity to travel a lot. My three kids have been on more airplanes than I did at the ripe young age of 16. Yes, I know that is old.

Last week I got to go somewhere I have wanted to go all my life.

Yes, the Big Apple!  To someone who lives here, I can understand it’s not that big of a deal, but to this west coast girl, I was super excited! I had certain expectations, but in all honesty, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The City that never sleeps, where the innovators, millionaires, models, artists etc. go to really begin their life. My understanding of this type of environment is so much clearer now having experienced it for myself. Living on the West Coast we take advantage of the our laid-back environments and take our time a little more. I spent most of the time traveling in the subway to get from place to place.

To a person who has not been there, the subway is intense. You have to know where your going, you have to take the initiative and make room for yourself, because no one is going to make room for you. You can’t look at someone too long, and you have to hold your belongings pretty close to your body, there are the few people that don’t mind taking advantage of your belongings if you’re not minding them yourself, if you get my drift. We stayed in the Bronx, it is rough around the edges, however it is not nearly as frighting as you see on TV, or how it is made out to be. Just make sure you are not walking alone after dark and keep to yourself. Taxi’s become your best friend, and you find yourself saving their numbers on your phone, so you can be better acquainted with them if need be, which  the need is quite often. We were going to rent a car while being there, but we learned pretty fast, it is not necessary and can be more of drag than blessing to have. The toll alone going from Jersey to New York is $12, you think $5 is expensive? The Cost of the Subway is so affordable, it would not make any sense to drive anyhow. $29 unlimited 7 day pass, pretty good, huh?

  I was so taken by the architecture there, I was in Heaven. I could just imagine myself living in a random door with a beautiful loft style house behind. I took a few pictures of the doors I loved.

Random doors.

 My husband and I walked everywhere, I don’t know anyone who actually lost weight during Thanksgiving, but I am not complaining. We went to Time Square, Statue of liberty, Clinton Castle, Bryant Park, Central Park, Union Square, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge… The list goes on…

I wanted to highlight one of favorite spots! Chelsea Market! In the heart of Chelsea district also, known as the meat packing district. It used to be the National Biscuit Company complex, making all sorts of things like; Premium Saltines, Vanilla Wafers, Fig Newtons, Barnum’s Animal Crackers (now Barnum’s Animals) and, in 1913, both the Oreo (originally Oreo Biscuit) and the Mallomar. (See more history) My Husband worked right across the street, and I took pictures everywhere!  I will now show you pictures:    
Do you Love this place or what?  Art in an Vintage Rustic Industrial Modern Quality. Everything fully functional and perfect! The Original Elevators still operating, as I was taking this picture the other elevator opened and the guy looked at me like I was crazy. The water Feature that you see is actually a Emergency reservoir running in the middle of the Market. It’s lit up beautifully. The Lighted floor with a mesh Christmas lights in an arch way,  show an elegant turn of the century looking clock. everything in this Market screams aesthetics! While I was there I went to the Anthropologie Store, they even had local artists designing the perfect sets of products for their winter snow falling display windows. My favorite was this little Cross with floral design in plain view perfectly hidden by the entry framework. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw that beautiful cross. ( I posted a picture of the entry way, just before the close up of the cross. ) Original signs worn out by age, hidden among in-operational original vintage industrial refrigerator doors.  My style in every way.  If you are visiting New York, this is a must see! The only down-fall I found was the lack of real retail stores. If you need food, This is the place to go, if you need clothes, you may find a day that some of the top designers have special sales.  However not the retail mecca, this is something you won’t want to miss.
Hope you enjoyed my walk through New York. I will post more pictures below.

Love,

Julia!

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