“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Looking for a fun and casual yet unique way to spend some time outside this summer? The Lightship Frying Pan is a docked ship located in Chelsea on the Hudson River (26th Street & 12th Ave) at Pier 66 Maritime. The vessel was built in 1929, and in 1991, it became a historic site on the National Register of Historic Places.
On this ship, you can grab some food and drinks (full-service bar and grill) at the Pier 66 Maritime Bar and Grill while enjoying the view of boats sailing down the Hudson. Check out their menu here–if you’re craving seafood, you’ve come to the right place. Their Mahi Tacos are on point!
Grab some friends and head to the Frying Pan early to get a table. The line can get quite long (as well as the line to get to the top deck), but the sunset views over the Hudson are definitely worth waiting for.
The Lighthouse Frying Pan is open seasonally from May 1 – October 1, seven days a week (subject to weather), and their hours are 12PM-12AM.
Warning: this post takes “treat yourself” to a whole new level.
Momofuku is an award-winning bakery and “milk bar” known for its Cereal Milk soft serve (featured in the second photo below with cornflake crunch).
Ever had Kellog’s Corn Flakes cereal? Well this delicious treat actually tastes like your “cereal milk” in soft serve form. Might sound a bit weird for a flavor, but trust me, it’s delicious. I’ve recently tried the Fruity Cereal Milk (featured above with cornflake crunch) which tasted exactly like Fruity Pebbles–brought back so many childhood memories! I even like this flavor more than the original. Don’t be afraid to ask to taste test! Momofuku also has an array of milkshakes on the menu.
Are you a cookie monster? Well, I am, and luckily Momofuku offers 5 different cookies (or more depending on location). Flavors include: Compost Cookie, Cornflake-Chocolate Chip-Marshamello-Cookie, Corn Cookie (to my surprise it was so good–tastes like corn bread!), Blueberry and Cream Cookie, and Confetti Cookie (similar to a sugar cookie–my favorite!). Supermodel and philanthropist Karlie Kloss collaborated with Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi to create “Klossies,” formerly “Karlie’s Cookies.” Sales from each “Perfect 10” cookie (featured below) provides ten school lunches to starving children around the world. “Coco” cookie provides support to young fashion designers, while”Rice & Spice” (gluten, dairy, and nut-free) provides support to children battling pediatric cancer. Each “5boro” provides five meals to hungry New Yorkers. Amazing, right?
But wait, there’s more! Their Birthday Cake Truffles are to die for. Currently on the menu, they also have Chocolate Malt Cake Truffles, which I’m sure are amazing as well.
Not a cookie or soft serve person? No problem because Momofuku also offer pie, but not just any pie–Crack Pie. Yes, it’s just as addicting as you think.
And let’s not forget the infamous multi-layered cakes! Flavors include Birthday Cake, Chocolate Malt, Strawberry Lemon, Apple Pie, Chocolate Chip, Dulce de Leche, German Chocolate Jimbo, and Salted Pretzel. Someone remember to get me one of these for my birthday please!
Please click here to view the full menu (includes pictures and descriptions). Certain locations also teach baking classes!
You can find Momofuku locations in NYC, DC, and Toronto. Not in one of those cities? No worries, they can ship their baked goods throughout USA and Canada. You can even bake your favorite Momofuku treats at home with their prepackaged Baking Mixes.
Prosecco and ice pops anyone? Loopy Doopy rooftop bar located in Battery Park at the Conrad Hotel is best known for their unique cocktails consisting of Prosecco and ice pops (People’s Pops–which are mouth-watering and delicious!). Prosecco is poured and the ice pop is dipped into the wine glass. Once the pop is dissolved, it creates a tasty, fruity cocktail. The juicy ice pop flavors vary monthly, but popular flavors include Blueberry Peach, Strawberry Lemongrass, and Empire Apple–all equally delicious. They also serve other specialty cocktails and small plates if the prosecco & pops aren’t to your liking.
This rooftop bar is indeed a bit of a tourist trap, but a good experience overall and a check off the bucket list for any foodie or New Yorker (do it for the Instagram). For me, these cocktails are an enjoyable summer treat and a very cool concept, especially because I love Prosecco or champagne combined with anything fruity. Heads up: these are overpriced (about $22 for one drink pop), but why not indulge even if it’s just one! The rooftop itself is a small space, so it can feel cramped, but the views are beautiful, as this rooftop overlooks the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty.Very cool way to beat the heat, relax and take in the scenery!
Warm weather is here and outdoor concert season is upon us! MoMA PS1 (affiliated with MoMA, Museum of Modern Art) just released their Warm Up line up for summer sixteen. Warm Up is an outdoor concert series, which takes place in the courtyard of this well-known art establishment located in Long Island City, Queens. Warm Up features an array of music genres and artists, both local and international. You’ll be able to experience anything from techno to live drummers, and if you get there before 6pm, take a stroll around the art exhibitions!
Warm Up starts Saturday, June 11th and runs every Saturday through August 27th. Hours are 3pm-9pm, doors open at 12pm. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day-of. Cocktails and snacks are available for purchase.