New York Adventures

It took a while to edit, but I finally finished the video all about my trip to New York City last week. I love New York so much, and I got to visit a lot of my favorite places and see a lot of my favorite people during this trip. Check out the rest of the post for tons of photos of everything I did over the last week!

The first time I saw a New York taxi, I just knew I was home again. As much as I love San Francisco, New York will always have a special place in my heart.

I began my trip by meeting up with my friend Jenn, who took me to Shopsins, where I ate a mac-and-cheese pancake sandwich with eggs and bacon in the middle. Needless to say, it was the most delicious thing in the world. You need to check out their menu though – it’s simultaneously a graphic design nightmare as well as miracle.

After that, we stopped in at Economy Candy, which carries more candy than I have ever seen in my entire life.

I love this photo I took of a restaurant window in the East Village. It captures both the structure and architecture of the city as well as the nature and trees that are always intermingled within them.

One night I met up with LoriDays and we went to the Way Station, the Doctor Who themed bar in Brooklyn. This photo was taken from the inside of the TARDIS bathroom, since it was too dark in the rest of the bar to get good photos of anything.

Murals inside the bathroom. They’re so cute!

There are also framed notes from Amy and the Doctor, written by Karen Gillan and Matt Smith themselves!

On Friday morning, I met up with Jenn again, and we went to Creative Mornings at the Met, which is a free event series on Friday mornings where somebody in a creative field gives a lecture, and there’s free breakfast, and it’s really fun.

This week’s speaker was George Lois, who designed a lot of covers for Esquire, among many other classic advertisements.

The nametags for Creative Mornings are always so fun. What would you have filled in?

I also got to visit the New York Google office, thanks to my friend Joshua Tabak who showed me around. It’s basically the best place ever.

They have their own private LEGO room!

And a PacMan room! Why is this not my house?

Even their microkitchens are super classy.

After showing me around Google, Josh and I walked around the Chelsea Market, about which I have a whole blog post coming soon, but for now, I wanted to share photos of this adorable cupcake shop.

They’re so pink and happy! I wanted to eat them all.

I loved all of their packaging design so much.

I love walking around the Union Square market. I can’t wait for the Christmas season to really kick into full gear in December!

I want to own everything on this table.

I needed to get a new Strand tote bag, so this year I went with this fun and colorful design.

I left a few nerdfighter notes in copies of TFioS! Let me know if you find them!

I loved this hand-lettering at the Ost Cafe.

When I was asking Dan for directions to Fuse, he gave me the cross-streets and told me it was impossible to miss. He was right.

I finally found a copy of the box set at a Barnes and Noble! It was so cool to be able to see my design on an actual store shelf!

I wished we could have seen the tree in it’s full glory, but at least we got a glimpse as it peaked out from under the scaffolding.

I am completely hopeless at ice skating, but I loved watching everyone out on the rink.

The miniature model of Rockefeller Center at the nearby LEGO store was so cute!

I just had to visit the American Girl store. Everything is so cute and nostalgic!

However, I do have to admit that this particular display is rather creepy.

But this new cupcake baking set is adorable.

Addy was always one of my favorites growing up. I love that the classic designs from the 90s have still survived to today.

This is the kind of thing I would have begged my parents for and never gotten. I’m tempted to just buy it for myself now that I can!

As cute as the doll salon is, I question the morality of charging $20 to give a doll a ponytail…

I’m so sad that they retired Samantha! The only place I could find her in the whole store was in this display of the miniature dolls.

I can’t go to New York without stopping at Veselka for pierogis.

So delicious!

I also went to a lecture at Cooper Union about how to make wood type and about the Hamilton Type Museum. It was really interesting, though the museum is in trouble since they’re being evicted from their building. If you would like to learn more about it and donate, you can go to their website here.

The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop makes the best ice cream in the city! I had been to the truck a few times, but this was my first time visiting the actual store.


I highly recommend the Salty Pimp. I’ve had it twice and it’s delicious.

My sister had the American Globs, which is ice cream covered in pretzels and then dipped in chocolate.

And I had the Gobbler Sundae, which has pie crust pieces and butterscotch and caramel and apple butter and it was delicious.

After that, my sister took me to see the play The Old Man and the Old Moon, which was fantastic. They did a lot of cool stuff with shadow puppetry, and there was a small (but very talented) cast, some of whom played several characters. You can get tickets at their website here.

On Wednesday, I met up with my friend Marlena to check out the inflation day for the balloons in the Macy’s Day Parade. They were massive, and I also got to see my sister at work – that’s her in the distance in the second photo.

After the balloons, Marlena and I went over to Crumbs in Union Square, who have the best cupcakes ever. I had a cookie dough cupcake, which was filled with chocolate and one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten.

I was so tempted to get a cupcake push pop too. It’s such a good idea!

And that was the conclusion of my New York trip. On Thursday morning, my sister and I took the bus home to New Jersey to spend Thanksgiving with our family. I’ll be here for a few days and then heading back to San Francisco next week, with tons of videos and projects I’ll be working on in December, so be sure to keep an eye out for that! Thanks so much for reading all the way to the bottom of this (very long) blog post!

  • Jenn Rothstein

    Thanks for the tip about The Way Station, I’ll definitely be checking that one out next time I’m around!

  • Yay! So glad we got to see each other. Maybe I will see you around Xmas?

  • liz eskridge

    Your pictures are amazing!!!!! Ice cream covered in preztels dipped in chocolate?!?! Amazing! The next time you head this way you need to check out Family In New York! They offer custom private New York tours. They can create a custom tour with your unique interests in mind! Even for someone who has visited NYC before, they can show you the city in a fresh new way!

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  • Melinda Barker

    I see tat you have made a pretty nice trip. A lot of photos to show and I bet also great stories to tell. This is as if I see myself 4 years ago when I went to NYC. I went everywhere. I was fortunate to find an affordable hotel with and that is why I was able to go. Otherwise it was way too expensive for me there. Where did you stay when you made your trip?

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    These pictures are amazing… And now I’m hungry for ice cream AND cupcakes! They next time you’re in New York you should check out Family In New York! They offer private custom New York tours. Even for the experienced New York visitor they can create a custom tour that is sure to show you a side of the city you have never seen!

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