Takayo’s original NY guide

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I always thought NYC is cross between Tokyo and London before I visited. Well, my impression of the NYC… the City structure is similar to Tokyo, the Food and culture is similar to London, but I felt it holds a strong American history. I thoroughly enjoyed what the City offers and I want to share things I found and experienced with you.

Manhattan area [singlepic id=96 w=320 h=240 float=] [singlepic id=100 w=320 h=240 float=] The hustle bustle of Manhattan is easy to miss small things that make you smile. Shame, I couldn’t get it on the camera, but I saw a Bull dog on the Skate board. You see, the people are looking back! The life size street art is on every corner. I love this “WET PAINT” sign! [singlepic id=103 w=320 h=240 float=] If you’re in Christmas time, head for Macy’s – ignore the hordes of people and go to the lift to the 9th Floor. The entire floor is covered with beautiful Christmas decorations. Make a reservation to experience the sight specific interactive show, Sleep No More at McKittrick Hotel. If you have a sense of adventure, this is the theatre you don’t want to miss. [singlepic id=94 w=320 h=240 float=] Another Hotel you should go for a drink or stay is the beautiful boutique hotel The Jane. They will welcome you with the cosy fire place to make you sink into a big sofa.

Classic sweets [singlepic id=97 w=320 h=240 float=] I said to my friend that I want to try some NY Cheesecake as it is the only food I can think of that has NY on it. She said, “ah” and took me to the Veniero’s in East village. She opted for this particular place as it’s owned by Italian since 1894 and the cakes are suited for Japanese taste buds. The cheesecake was creamy with just right amount of sweetness. She also recommended to try the cake from Lady M, but time was running out. Green tea Mille crepe! Mmmm… [singlepic id=95 w=320 h=240 float=]Finally, the famous Magnolia Bakery (I didn’t know it has become famous since the shop appeared in SATC). The shop was full of people trying to get the ever so popular American cupcakes. I wasn’t impressed so much to be honest, but worth looking as the shop is pretty.

Bedford Avenue – Williamsburg [singlepic id=102 w=320 h=240 float=][singlepic id=101 w=320 h=240 float=][singlepic id=99 w=320 h=240 float=] Get on the L line to Bedford ave for some thrift shops, lovely restaurants and cool bars with no names. The area is chilled, but filled with buzzing energy. Head to the river side to get this amazing scenery of my main image. [singlepic id=92 w=320 h=240 float=] I was staying in this area and this restaurant is my favourite. You’ll find the menu at Five Leaves very inspiring. If you have time, try the Mexican or Tequila or both at this pretty diner style restaurant, La Esquina. You might see my friend DJ-ing to get you on to the dance floor.

Brooklyn [singlepic id=91 w=320 h=240 float=][singlepic id=90 w=320 h=240 float=] If you’re vintage lover, recommend to go to the Brooklyn Flea on Saturday. Don’t worry the market is in this amazing church in winter. You’ll find some interesting American memorabilia from old magazines to christmas ornaments, toys and clothes. My favourites are original 1960’s dream pets reindeers! Oh, and pop into the Target-supermarket on the way back. It’s the best way to see the real lifestyle of the local people.  [singlepic id=93 w=320 h=240 float=]