New York, New York

Monday, July 13, 2015

Oh, hey there! Remember me? I've only been gone about a week but somehow even a week away from my little spot on the internet feels like so long. I have so much blog reading to catch up on, and of course a little recapping about my trip. I meant to post last Monday before I left but time got away from me and I felt like my entire trip was a whirlwind of non-stop activity.

For those of you who don't know, my parents own a magazine for writers. They go up to New York City every summer for an event called Thrillerfest. It's filled with big name authors, publishers, people just starting out and more. The authors participate in panels that help give advice to the newer writers and its one big social weekend that help people to market their books and their services. From the moment I got there we went right into cocktail parties, speeches, banquets and more. 

On Tuesday we spent the afternoon filling up on pizza and then hanging out in the bar with some of the authors. I had spent the morning traveling so I was exhausted and went to bed early because I knew I had a busy day ahead of me. 


Wednesday I headed down to Soho and spent a little time shopping. I found all kinds of cute stuff I would have loved to buy, but I stuck to a few key items, like a new pair of black jeans and a couple tops. That night my parents and I ate at an Irish pub. This was followed by another night in the bar, where again, I was upstairs before my parents. Hello, lame twenty-two year old. I always forget how much the city wears me out! 


On Thursday I unfortunately had to take a midterm online, luckily my mom was busy at the same time and then we finished about the same time as well so I took her away from work for a little bit and we spent a little time on fifth avenue just checking out the shops. We stopped at Rockefeller Center and grabbed a little snack at a cafe near by. 


Once my dad was finished with work for the night we headed to make favorite spot in the city, Little Italy, for some homemade pasta, fresh mozzarella and tomato, bruschetta and a spinach salad. We also always go to the same dessert place after our time in Little Italy for some cheesecake and cinnamon cappuccinos. Overall, we left that night feeling very stuffed and ready for some sleep. 


On Friday I spent the morning at the Central Park Zoo. We watched the sea lion feeding, saw some monkeys and exotic birds and went to the petting zoo. 


After that we walked a couple blocks to find the restaurant Serendipity 3. It's a place famous for its frozen hot chocolate. They have the New York location, as a well as one in Vegas. We ordered one hot chocolate to share, as well as a hamburger for me and some soup for my shopping buddy. I was stuffed by the time we were done there but it was so good! 


And the restaurant was full of awesome decorations!


Friday night we had to attend more cocktail parties and do a little more socializing. We went out to dinner with some of my parents friends and had steak, mashed potatoes, green beans and creamed spinach. I also had a cup of clam chowder. 


I also got to meet one of my favorite authors from when I was a kid, R.L. Stine. If you aren't familiar with him, he is the writer of multiple children's series. They lean towards the horror genre (but made for kids). They also made them into shows which are on Netflix. When I was younger I used to read every single one even though they scared me so much! I followed his books through my teenage years with a few different series, and he will probably always be one of my favorites. He was also an extremely nice guy! 


Saturday we met up with some family from New Jersey. They came down to the city and we went out to lunch and spent a few hours catching up. That night we had one more pizza night. We also went to a cocktail party and an after party to say all of our goodbyes. I am so proud of my parents for the work that they do. It is clear that they make a difference in a lot of lives, and it is interesting for me to be able to see them in the atmosphere where they thrive. 

I had such a good week and yesterday morning I had to say goodbye to my parents at about 4AM which I was so sad to do. I will be seeing them in another month though, so at least I have something to look forward to. 

Happy Monday, everyone! 

3 comments:

  1. To be honest, New York has never been near the top of my "must visit" list, but this post definitely bumped it up a few spots :) How fun that you got to meet one of your favorite childhood authors too!

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    1. I definitely recommend trying it out at least once! Its so big and diverse that there is something for everyone and I think it would be impossible not to find something that you enjoy there :)

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  2. Your parents own a magazine for writers? That's awesome!

    I've only visited New York once, and I was about 10 years old so barely remember anything except being afraid because there were tons of people everywhere. It looks like you had a great time!

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