NYC Travel Diary | Manhattan + Brooklyn

NYC and adventures in Manhattan or Brooklyn are beautiful in the winter time. I wrote a travel diary below for you if you are on your way to explore

NYC is my favorite place to be during the Christmas season. This past week, Justin and I had the opportunity to shoot photo + video for a client at the beautiful 1 Hotel in Brooklyn. Our suite looked over Dumbo and the view from our bed was a clear panorama of the Brooklyn Bridge! It was absolutely breathtaking and I loved the hotel’s conscious effort to take care of the earth through their nature-inspired retreat.

We had two days shooting and decided to book an additional two days to explore. We spent one of our off days in Brooklyn vintage shopping, cafe hopping, and riverside walking.  In the evening we took a ferry across the river to Manhattan, where we stayed one night at a favorite boutique hotel, the Arlo in Nomad. The last day before heading home to PA, we traveled down the island by foot via 5th Ave. There are so many gems to share so I compiled a master list of where to stay, shop, stop, sip and fare whether you’re visiting Brooklyn or Manhattan this year!

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Stay :

1 Hotel

Shop :

Brooklyn Flea - antiques, jewelry, art

L-Train Vintage - best selection of vintage clothes!

Empire Stores (West Elm, FEED, Shinola)

Stop :

Pebble Beach - beautiful photo spot by the bridge!

Brooklyn Bridge - go for a walk earlier in the day to avoid crowds

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Sip :

Butler - espresso + pastries by a Michelin starred chef

River Cafe - glass of wine by the river

Fare :

Juliana’s - famous coal fired pizza

Gran Electrica - authentic Mexican + cocktails

Superfine - organic Mediterranean plates

Mulberry + Vine - make your own  bowl of clean eats

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Stay :

Arlo Nomad

Shop :

Beacon’s Closet - best vintage store next to Parsons school

Glossier Flagship Store

Canal St. Market - artists + handmade merch

TheRealReal - consignment for luxury fashion

ABC Home - 7 stories of interior heaven   

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Stop :

Eataly Flatiron - Italian market and eatery

Macy’s on Herald Sq. - classic Christmas window displays

Rockefeller Tree - it’s bigger in person...

Greenmarket at Union Square - farmers market in the middle of the city!

Chilhouse - trendy spa with modern nail designs

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Sip :

Cha Cha Matcha - get the ginger turmeric matcha ;)

Maribelle’s - hot chocolate you eat with a spoon!

Fare :

The Butcher’s Daughter - fresh and delicious brunch

By Chloe. - gourmet vegan ‘fast food’

Winter Village at Bryant Park - tons of vendors just for  Christmas!

Momofuku Noodle Bar - famous ramen spot near Union Sq.

Have must see spots of your own in NYC? Share them with the gals in the comments below! If you are visiting the city and want personalized tips or have travel q’s, send them my way -  love playing tour guide, especially for New York.