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NYC, Summer 2015

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I headed up to NYC at the beginning of June to check out my living accommodations while attending graduate school over the next two years and the annual return of Governor’s Ball. Not matter how many times I’ve been to New York City, I always find something new and the city is always changing. Excited to be a temporary “New Yorker” over the next few years and continually explore one of the greatest cities in the world.

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Another free flight courtesy of the JetBlue American Express card. Can’t beat the direct flight from Fort Lauderdale to La Guardia in just under two and a half hours. La Guardia also now has a AMEX Centurion Lounge, free if you have a Platinum or Centurion Card, so take advantage!

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Hotels in NYC are pricey, but when you factor in all of the amenities you get access to, it’s somewhat worth it. I was very happy at the Ludlow Hotel, not only because it’s right across the street from Katz’s Delicatessen, but they provide free breakfast and wifi. The location is ideal, walking distance to SoHo, Brooklyn Bridge and any subway station you would possibly need. The rooms are cozy, and beautifully decorated. Highly recommend, just make sure to upgrade your room for a fantastic view!

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Wake up early for the 6am flight to NYC. Touch down at 9am, just in time to get in line at Clinton Street Bakery. It’s one of my favorites — make sure to get some pancakes and the hues rancheros! Check into the Ludlow Hotel around the corner. Grab a quick coffee downstairs in the lounge before our Uber arrives to go to Governor’s Ball. Great shows by Benjamin Booker, Chromeo, Vance Joy, Florence + The Machine and most importantly, Drake!

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Free breakfast at Dirty French in the hotel. Walk to SoHo and stop at Oliver Peoples and Harney & Sons Fine Teas. Quick bite for lunch at Parm, super cute classic Italian spot on Mulberry Street. Meet back at the hotel to go to Governor’s Ball. Today we check out Angus & Julia Stone, Future Islands, and Conor Oberst. We get dropped off a few blocks from the hotel at Ivan Ramen. Really amazing Japanese restaurant, specializing in my favorite Ramen noodles. Highly recommended!

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Up early again to get breakfast at the hotel. Walk over the Tenement Museum for a really interesting look at the historical context of the LES neighborhood. It’s really amazing to see how much New York City has progressed and become one of the most expensive cities in the world in a relatively short time period. Wander through Chinatown for a bit. It’s not for everyone, but I can’t resist those bags of lychee! Meet back at the hotel for the last day of Governor’s Ball. It’s a beautiful, sunny day so we opt to walk across the bridge to Randall’s Island. Today we check out Echosmith, Tame Impala, Hot Chip and Lana Del Rey. It was a great festival and stop by Katz’s Delicatessen for some pastrami and matzo ball soup. 

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Up early for a big Monday morning. First stop is lox and bagels at Russ and Daughters just a few blocks away from the hotel. Walk back through Chinatown to get to the Brooklyn Bridge — one of my favorite walks in the city! We end up wandering through the ever-changing Dumbo neighborhood on the Brooklyn side and then through the Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s a beautiful, sunny day so we sit outside with our Shake Shack waiting for the East River Ferry. The Ferry takes you all the way down around the Statue of Liberty to a Midtown NYC stop, for juts $4. When it’s nice outside, definitely opt for a ferry ride! Walk for awhile to Barneys and end up in Central Park. I love wandering through Central Park, usually getting lost. Walk by the Great Lawn and Lake for a nice rest before getting on the subway to head back to the hotel. Amazing fancy Korean dinner at Jungsik in Tribeca. Really, really amazing food and cocktails!

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Last day in NYC for now, so we decide to walk around SoHo before catching a taxi to the High Line. They have also have new installations and it’s a beautiful project for the city. Lunch at Jack’s Wife Freda before getting a ride to the airport. La Guardia now has an AMEX Centurion Lounge, so we settle in and do some work before our flight home. 

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The city of “New Amsterdam” was given to the Duke of Yorkin 1664 as an 18th birthday present from his father. He renamed the city as “New York.”

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With 800 languages, New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

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Ancient Rome was eight timesmore densely populated than modern New York.

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In Manhattan, the apartment that’s the furthest away from a subway station is just 0.8 miles (1.2 km) away.

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