NYC // DAY 4

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1 Nicolas rum

We wake up in the calm of a typical holiday morning, bright light sprinkling through the sheets hung up as provisional blinds. Our suitcases have puked up its content all over the room where its now fighting Nicolas’ skateboards, heavy magazines and velvet shoes for space.

2 Daniel

Four days of drinking on top of a jetlag is starting to wear on us so we just stay in bed for several hours, playing music and catching up on online content to the sound of the busy streets of Brooklyn. It’s calm and the hot morning air is almost milky . Some south american family is already having a day party on their porch, blasting music and barbecuing.

3 Bushwick KFC

The smell of frying meat is getting to us, and hungry we dress quickly and head out. Daniel jokingly suggests KFC, which is not happening, but I know he wouldn’t mind. Instead we take the JMZ line and get off at Bowery for breakfast at the Butcher’s Daughter.

5 Butchers Daniel

As we sit down, I hit Daniel in the side and nudge over to the table beside us.

“OMG DANIEL IT’S THAT FAMOUS GUY!!” I whisper as a crazy person when we go inside to get menus.

He obviously hasn’t got a clue who this “famous guy” is as he can’t see his face and I’m not being very descriptive. He tries to ask me what he’s done.

“HE’S AN ACTOR, IN FILMS! I KNOW HE’S IN FILMS!”

“Hm, what films?”

“I HAVE NO IDEA!”

It takes us a while, but Daniel actually figures it out, and yes, he is and actor, and yes, he is in films, because the man having breakfast next to us i Jake Gyllenhaal! I am star struck and have to take a photo. So ladies and lads, behind Daniel is Jake Gyllenhaal’s head.

4 Buthers daughter

I am already crazy happy about what NYC has offered us on this trip so far, especially today. I order some soft boiled eggs, cappuccino and fruit to have with my Jake Gyllenhaal experience, as I can’t imagine a more brilliant combination.

6 Butchers Daniel Jake Gyllenhaal

A guy on a motorbike almost hits the cafe as he takes a short cut across the pavement and the other american guests go mental and TALKS TO US. Jesus, strangers talking to me and they don’t even KNOW ME. It’s a shock, and ever so pleasant.

Daniel gets so excited that he accidentally elbows Mr Gyllenhaal in the back, for which he apologises and Mr Gyllenhaal even replies. But as Daniel hasn’t washed his elbow since, I’m sure it was on purpose. As far as I’m concerned, I now have a boyfriend who has touched and spoken to a celeb, so wow.

8 Soho

7 Soho

We pay, say bye to the talkative strangers and head out to explore the beauty of Soho. Fire escapes <3

9 the Hunt

Nicolas has given us a whole list of shops and coffee shops worth visiting so we stroll up and down tons of streets to check them out. Among them was the Hunt which is a well curated antique shop combined with the badass, handmade jewellery shop the Great Frog.

10 Soho

Continuing down past beautiful buildings and sunny streets, rummaging store after store for a birthday present for Daniel’s sister. But we have to hurry because we have an important lunch date to attend.

11 the Blind Pifg

It’s a date with the greasiest nacho plate of this world at the Blind Pig, a home for the Arsenal supporters lost to the new world.

12 the blind pig

2pm on a Tuesday and PACKED. American Arsenalers must be crazy good at calling in sick or just crazy good at being unemployed. Luckily they win and the whole pub explodes in happiness. Thank god, my man will now be happy.

15 Cafe Select

After another couple of hours of shopping we meet up with Nicolas who has finished work. He takes us to Cafe Select which looks like a dream from the outside with it’s endless rows of fairy lights.

13 Café Select

Inside is no different, and being with these two pretty boys waiting for our champagne mixers and beers, I am a very lucky girl. And they are actually not miserable but well happy, contrary to what the image might show.

14 Black Cigarettes

We find some black & golden cigarettes!

After a couple of drinks in this twinkling bar, discussing dead serious and unimportant matters we head out on the streets of Soho again and walk over to Nolita.

16 Unlovable

Next stop: the thai restaurant Lovely Day.

17 Lovelyday

We wait for about an half hour before we are seated in the wild restaurant. It’s busy in a fun way and people seem to be celebrating as if it is in fact a Saturday night and not a Tuesday.

18 Lovelyday

After being completely lost trying to decipher the menu, (as always at asian restaurants as I never remember the name of what I like) we order some heavenly noodles pots and more beers. The conversations continue as we bump in to lost lovers, discuss uncomfortable situations and age differences. By this time the beer clouds my memory.

20 Bowery

Stuffed we head down to probably the filthiest subway stop in the world.

21 Bowery

Nicolas.

22 Bowery

Daniel.

23 Bowery Bros
24 Bowery Bros

It’s late now but when we get back home we still continue the night watching youtube clips and trailers while brushing our teeth together, like a cute little family. Even if it’s nice visiting this other little twin brother in NYC we wish we could force him to move to us in London. And before knowing it we are all fast asleep.

 

Linn

 

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I’m basically boycotting freshers week at uni.

I went to an Ghost Signs tour around London yesterday, which meant walking down small alleys finding old, hand painted ads from the 30’s. It was wicked! But it was also way too awkward and people tried to make small talk, asking me weird questions and all of them actually thought I was 18. Jesus, I can’t do that.

I promised I wouldn’t go through it again, but today it’s a fanzine fair at LCC and that is just too tempting. Today I’m also so wearing headphones, staying in the background though. I’m planning on making them senior students cry, especially all the boys, and look for some kickass feminists, hopefully hip hopers. I am slightly doubtful though.

 

Linn

 

NYC // DAY 3

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1 Little Skips

Monday and day three in NYC. We wake up to and empty flat as Nicolas is working. Slowly slowly we turn around in bed, enjoying the breeze from the fan which is the only cure to the constant stickiness in this 30 degrees heat. Dressed we walk down to Little Skips, the quirky cafe around the corner.

2 Crisp sandwich

We odrder ham and apple sandwiches with lots of crisp + an ice coffee. Just another healthy American breakfast.

3 Daniel at ls

Daniel as we eat and plan our day.

5 NYC

We decide to be super touristy and go down to 5th Avenue and walk walk walk.

4 Street vendors

Having some overpriced smoothies from a street vendor.

6 NYC

Skyscrapers, yellow taxis, american flags.

7 Park
8 Park

It is pretty but baking hot. I’m talking no oxygen left on this planet kind of hot, and my new shoes feels like they are actually some devil creation eating me, and there are tourists everywhere apart from untrustworthy people trying to rip these tourists off. And I am awful at being a touristy tourist doing touristy stuff for the sake of doing them. Therefore I curse Seb (still love you though) for recommending this stupid thing while we keep on walking. Thankfully Daniel is great company!

9 Times Square

Eventually we get to Times Square, and it is pretty insane. Commercialism at its peak and I feel like I’m stuck in a flashing, beeping, fanatic arcade game. I mean, people are seriously dressed as robots and minnie mouse and what not. Surprisingly enough I kind of love it.

10 Times Square

Wow, this is so touristy. Me at Times Square, who would’ve thought.

11 Times Square
12 Times Square

After an endless walk, filled with people hustling, trying to sell us shit we don’t need and the heat frying our brains, we finally arrive.

14 Central Park

To Central Park with its endless rows of trees competing with the skyscrapers and it felt like heaven!

15 Central Park

We want to walk around, see it all, but by this point we are knackered. The stupid and touristy 5th Avenue walk has taken almost three hours and doing this walk being hot and hungover is a terrible combination. Instead we just sit down by the pond for a bit, catching our breaths.

After a little while we say whatever, after all it is just a park so fuck this and let’s go back to Brooklyn.

16 Bushwick Ave

Back in Bushwick we buy some more ice coffee and fruit salad by the station to then collapse down on Nicolas’s bed.

17 Bushwick

When he gets home from work we update him on our touristy day and he laughs at us, but kindly offers to take us out for a pretty amazing dinner instead. By dusk we go down lovely Troutman Street were all trees are covered in hanging toys.

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Until we get to the Venezuelan restaurant GUACUCO were we have delicious arepas and ice cold beer. It sure is a great dinner, and exactly what we need.

After all, you can say what you want about baking hot days, but at least they bring the perfect nights were there is no need to even think about wearing tights or bringing a jumper.

 

Linn