A weekend in New York City

I lived in Manhattan from 2017 to 2020.

On Friday March 13, 2020, one day after our office announced it was going remote, I left the city. I returned to New York City in May 2020 to move out of my apartment, again in July 2020, and most recently in June 2021.

On my recent trip to the city, I visited as a tourist to pay homage to a city I LOVE and called home for several years. Below is a breakdown of my short trip trying to fit in all of my favorite things in NYC.

I flew in on a Thursday red eye and woke up to the sun rising over the city.

From the airport I took a car to Dumbo to meet a friend for a coffee. We walked by an iconic Dumbo photo spot, and I felt it was an obligatory photo opportunity. This was one of the first places I took a photo when arriving to NYC in 2017 and as a tourist bidding farewell, it was appropriate to recreate that photo.

After Dumbo I took the train to Rockaway Beach where I participated in a one night yoga, sound, healing retreat hosted by a good friend and sister from Daya Yoga. This one night was purely magical, the people I met in those 24 hours are alluring. We played music, read astrology, did tarot, and healed with one another through, sharing, sound, food, movement, and presence. I don't have any photos from the event, but the experience was unforgettable.

On Friday, after morning yoga and the close of the retreat, I went into Manhattan to The Horny Ram where a few colleagues from the job I was leaving met for a farewell drink. The Horny Ram was a comfortable and accommodating space that gave me the feeling of an elegant hunting lodge. The food and drink were enjoyable, and the company made the experience. Here I am sitting on the upstairs patio waiting for everyone to arrive.

After drinks with colleagues, I picked up my old bicycle to use as transportation for the remainder of the weekend. In my opinion, the very best way to get around New York City is on bike; either the Citi bikes available throughout the city, or on your own. Always with a helmet, awareness, and confidence on a bike.

After picking up the bicycle, I needed to find a place to stay. I have been using Hotels Tonight for years and scrolled through their platform to find my NYC accommodation. When looking at the hotels in the area, the majority had added resort fees that would pile on once booked. I was able to find the Fitzpatrick Manhattan that did not have added fees, so I booked with them and had a very pleasant experience with my stay. They are centrally located, clean, friendly staff, and comfortable.

On Saturday I got up with the sun, had coffee, and hopped on my bike to ride into Brooklyn to meet a friend at Vital Climbing Gym in Williamsburg. Vital is a phenomenal bouldering gym! They have a large indoor bouldering area with overhung routes and top out boulders, they also have an outdoor bouldering area with a great view of the city. They offer fitness classes and the facility is beautifully laid out with murals, chill spaces, food and beverage.

Later that afternoon I attended a lyra class at Aerial Arts NYC. This is the studio where I first participated in aerial. So, maybe I am a bit biased, but this is the best aerial studio in the city.

What I like most about classes at Aerial Arts NYC is they get you on the apparatus right at the beginning of the class and you spend the entire class using the apparatus - from the warm up to conditioning to the flows.

With my recent trip to New York, I was able to schedule a lyra class on Saturday, and a Sunday straps class.

The classes at Aerial Arts NYC fill up fast, so it is important to book in advance.

Some of my other to dos while in New York City were a bike ride around Central Park, Chelsea art galleries, High Line, and spending time with friends.

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