Travel Junkie Diary of USA

Joyce Amil – A Diary In New York City

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Joyce Amil – A Diary In New York CityLike0

Travel Junkie Diary Of             

Joyce Amil is the owner and PR Manager at Ricci Capricci Beauty Salon at Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Ricci Capricci (which is Italian for Straight & Curly) is a beauty salon I opened alongside my mother over a year ago after having worked in PR for a few years.

My friend and I decided we would go just the two of us since neither of us had ever been! We looked at the map and narrowed it down to a list of cities we wished to see, of course we had to choose a few due to budget restraints and time limitations

Here is her diary… 

  A Diary In New York City

Destination New York City!

I am a huge fan of traveling and exploring different cultures and cities. I fell in love with lots places I visited in the past – but one city in particular had a big impact on me and inspired me in many ways… New York.

We were able to take two weeks off work so we chose to visit 3 cities in 15 days. We decided New York would be our East side stop and then we would fly to the West side to visit Las Vegas and Los Angeles. New York was a definite option for us as we were both just bursting to see it.

Stayed at Ace Hotel just off Broadway on 20 West 29th street. The location was prime and perfect for us as it was walking distance from pretty much everything we wanted to see in Manhattan.

ace-hotel-nyc

First impressions of the Hotel The lobby area was absolutely fantastic looking; it had a pub, a café in the lobby with tables, couches and work stations, and a small stage where musicians would play several nights a week. It was so urban, so quirky, and so cool! It had mosaic floors, a big hanging vintage American flag and free wifi too. We sat in the lobby amongst random people working on their laptops, enjoying a coffee with friends or even reading a book. The vibe was just perfect.

While previously browsing the website, we realized the rooms resembled a boy’s dorm room which made us giggle because we actually liked how “homey” it looked. We booked a Medium room which included a king sized bed, a mini bar, a big fridge, a vintage Martin guitar and a view of 29th street. The room was very vintage looking and had its own character.

We were happy to learn that the hotel had several activities going on during the week – bands playing, parties etc.

We ordered room service a few times (cheese platters and wine etc) and were very happy with the cuisine. On our last day in New York, we had burgers at the hotel pub (The Breslin Bar) and absolutely loved them!

Room Service Cheese Platter At Ace Hotel
Room Service Cheese Platter At Ace Hotel

Rooftop View From Empire State Building

 

Month August

What to pack My suitcase was filled with shorts, t shirts, sneakers, a couple of dresses for evening dinners or bars, a couple of pairs of jeans and one pair of heels. Sneakers are an absolute winner in the Big Apple because as a tourist, you want to walk everywhere

Street Pic

Diary Our diary consisted of many things we wanted to do and see in just 5-6 days. This meant that we were on a tight schedule and super excited! Things to see included Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, Time Square, Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Minskoff Theatre to watch a show or play (we watched The Lion King), Grand Central Station, Madison Square Garden, Museum of Modern Art, Statue of Liberty, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Metropolitan Opera House, Shopping and dining in Soho, dining in Little Italy, China Town, Brooklyn, Broadway Dance Centre for dance classes, McKittrick Hotel to watch one of the best plays and experience the greatest thing in the world called Sleep No More! Don’t even think of missing this one.

John Lennon's Imagine At Central Park
John Lennon’s Imagine At Central Park
Statue Of Liberty View From Brooklyn Bridge
Statue Of Liberty View From Brooklyn Bridge
Ruhlmann Cafe Just Outside The Empire State Building
Ruhlmann Cafe Just Outside The Empire State Building
Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building
Rooftop View From Empire State Building
Rooftop View From Empire State Building

 

Where to eat One of my favorite restaurants was Café Gitane in Soho, go there for potentially the best avocado toasty ever! Breakfast there is a must as they also have a great egg sandwich.

Wolfnights is also a super cool spot. It is the perfect place to visit after bar hoping in Soho. It serves wraps, amazing french fries and beer! Order the Feta Fries and the Sweet Potato Fries with a beer and enjoy!

Wolfnights Bar - French Fries And Beer

Little Italy also has many restaurants that serve great Italian cuisine dishes. Any restaurant you visit there is guaranteed to serve you good pasta and wine.

There is a very touristic but cool restaurant on Broadway that I really recommend called Bubba Gump Shrimp. True to their name, they serve many shrimp platters and lots of other sharing plates. Order a few to share and have you a few cocktails.

Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel between 6th and 7th avenue has some of the best burgers you will ever taste! It’s known as New York’s “Secret”! It’s normally packed with people and the waiting list is long but it’s all worth it.

burgerjoint_crowd

 

Where to shop For me, shopping in Soho was great. We walked up and down the streets to find some amazing little boutiques and stores that housed multi-brands and lots of cool one off pieces. The East Village also had some great stores including ones we recognized like Zara etc. Other must see areas for shopping include Chelsea/Meatpacking District and Greenwich Village.

Tips My tips for New York would include: wear comfortable shoes, stay there enough days to be inspired and to see everything (7-10 days), make sure you see all the touristic spots and watch plays. Also don’t forget to stop on the street for a hotdog and a pretzel! Expect New York to truly inspire you when it comes to art, architecture, city life, opportunity, nature, history and much more. What not to do would include: don’t rely on the subway or taxis during the day because walking is part of the experience, don’t take the subway so late at night and avoid walking. Taxis are your best bet. The city has its own culture and people there didn’t appear to be super religious. It’s a city that houses many different nationalities and religions so the locals are fairly open and accepting.

How to get there We flew Emirates Airlines 
directly from Dubai to NYC. We booked Economy seats and although the flight was 13.5 hours, we didn’t feel it! We slept most of the journey and when we were awake, we ate good food, watched movies and walked around to keep our blood flowing.

Best part of the trip Walking in Central Park, watching the play Sleep No More, shopping and dining in Soho, attending dance classes at Broadway Dance Center were among my favorite things to do in New York.

Empire State Pic
Empire State Pic
Street Grafitti
Street Grafitti
Brroklyn Street Art
Brroklyn Street Art

 

 

Travel Junkie Diary

A bohemian traveler

Leave a Reply

Follow @ traveljunkiediary
  • Looking back at the exact same time last year on a #TravelwithTJD team trip to Tokyo with @ritzcarlton - This was the view from my beautiful room. One of the most beautiful places I’ve been to! Have you been to Japan? I’ve got lots of articles and guides on the blog!
  • I spent my morning with @fourseasons worldwide team at @fsdubaidifc for breakfast and it was so wonderful to learn more about their new and existing projects, but here is a memory taking me back to Maldives. Isn’t the Maldives just an incredible place!?
  • It was an exciting day at the ATM travel market yesterday in Dubai being interviewed on @instagramforbusiness on how I turned my passion into a successful career and on how my business works. I’ll be writing an article on the Q&A of the sessions too! I couldn’t take photos inside the hall but here is a throwback of the time I spent my week Cambodia 🇰🇭 and I’ve also written couple of articles and info on my time there on my site! Happy Monday! 😊
  • It’s the possibility of having all my dreams come true that makes my life so beautiful - Yet, it doesn’t mean that I don’t get to miss some certain moments like this one. In the middle of Laikipia - I left my heart ♥️
  • We’ll always find our way back to each other 💫
  • There is a sandstorm in Dubai at the moment, so I decided to look back at my photos from @constancehotels during my trip to Mauritius 🇲🇺Also, a few of you asked me about the weather, and how the forecast shows that it’s always raining in Mauritius... don’t look at that! The forecast was wrong all week! We had sunny days and clear skies up until the day I left ☀️ So my rule of thumb is: Don’t look at the forecast 😊
  • Last year, I did a little sailing through the Balkans from Montenegro - Have you been yet? It’s beautiful!!! ☀️
If you are planning a trip to there this summer, I’ve posted an itinerary list of things to do in Montenegro! Link in bio!
  • Summer is approaching and I can’t wait! Throwback on this Sunday to my last summer in Croatia! Have you planned your summer vacation yet?
  • As we sometimes give all the love we have to others... we sometimes forget to love ourselves more. I’ve been on a little roller coaster ride the past few days... it’s a good reminder on how I need to listen to my body. Each one of us might be fighting a battle that no one probably knows of, or will ever know, so its always important to give people a break from time to time and let them just be. 💫
  • Mauritius and all its beauty 🇲🇺☀️ @constancehotels
  • The hardest kind of resistance is when you’re resisting yourself. When your heart wants something and your brain prevents it. When you feel like sometimes you want to explode but you don’t. Its not always pretty but you keep going because, everything that is meant to be yours, will be yours. 
@constancehotels
  • 6am wake up call 🇲🇺 @Constancehotels  #myconstancemoment