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Christmas/Hanukkah staycation at the Innside Hotel!

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Christmas/Hanukkah staycation at the Innside Hotel!

As 2016 comes to an end, I can safely conclude this has been the worst year of my life. I was telling a friend the other day after much thought, I don’t believe that just because a new year is approaching doesn’t mean it’s necessarily going to be a new start or a better year. Its not like things are going to magically glow like Disneyland ūüėź. I live in a world of reality and I just don’t think so.

Anyways, because certain travel plans backfired followed by new travel plans that backfired (my medium friend told me it’s due to the mercury retrogade. Google it.) I created MY OWN PLANS. Because I obviously cannot depend on anyone besides myself, I decided to book a staycation!

Since I’m the most indecisive human being on the face of the earth, this took me about 3 days of researching a hotel ūüėāūüėā…I finally made the plunge and booked The Innside hotel. I’m definitely glad I made this decision! The Innside hotel is a part of the Melia hotels & resorts . If you have been to Miami Beach, I’m sure you have seen a hotel called “ME”, which I learned is apart of this hotel family.

Meli√° Hotels International was founded in 1956 in Palma de Malorca, Spain. That being said, there are a lot of Spanish guests at this resort! Holaaa! ūüėČ It is one of the largest hotel companies in the world and the largest in Spain in both resorts and city hotels! The company currently operates more than 370 hotels in 43 countries and 4 continents under its brands! So lets get straight into my weekend and my overall thoughts of this hotel!

Located on the border of Chelsea & Flatiron, which happen to be my favorite neighborhoods, the building is big & beautiful! They play nice jazz music as you enter and they have outdoor seating for their restaurant in the front. It’s got a see-through cover for these cold months. Upon entry you walk into this glamorous space with perfect lighting! Looking straight you’ll find some couches, to the right you have the bar/lounge area and to the left is reception. Front desk is very friendly and total New Yorkers, so that’s good for tourists! ūüėā Check in was easy so lets move on to the next topic: THE ROOM.

Initially I called them and they gave me a free upgrade to a King room with a view! I verified that, and just because life in the past month has been everything bad…and worse…I just figured something had screwed up..so naturally I had my game face on ūüĎļ! But all was well, ain’t nobody screw up my king room with view upgrade, gurrrl! So up to the 15th floor I went! The hallway was SO CLASSY!! Full length mirrors next to every door!! What a girl needs!! The walls were a clean black so it was a nice contrast! I opened up my door to find a very open, modern, bright, clean, amazing room!!! Bathroom right next to the front door, huge room with flatscreen TV, minibar, wine bottle opener, espresso machine…..And…….a…… VIEWTODIEFOR!!! I had the BEST view of the Empire State Building!!! I was soo happy! Three days of indecisiveness turned out to be a great decision!

I think the only 1st world problems I complained about in my head was half the TV stations didn’t work and the room was pretty cold. I even had the maintenence guy come look at the thermostat but nothing. Oh well! Next time I’ll bring my portable heater!

That evening I ended up making plans and we started off at the hotel lobby bar and had a great convo with our bartender! Very friendly, cool staff! The hotel also has a gym and meeting rooms. Would have been nice if it had a pool or spa but hey, we can’t have it all! ūü§ĒūüėĄ

All in all, it was very peaceful, I took nice videos, snapchat filtered way too much & a small amount of pics, it was relaxing and it was nice being IN the city. Even though I’m a ten minute train ride away, it still makes a big difference! So I totally suck! I took numerous videos & snapchatted nonstop, but not as many pictures, except for my view! So the website is below, containing photos. I am adding in the few pics I did take and will try to screenshot from my videos. Those will be blurry just FYI lol. I’ll try to upload videos but they take forever and seem to always crash :/ But check the pictures out on the website! The hotel looks exactly the same! Happy New Years to all! And may you travel tons and your travel plans not get screwed up in 2017!

https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/united-states/new-york/innside-new-york-nomad/index.html
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Where Brooklyn at?!

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Where Brooklyn at?!

For a Queens girl, Brooklyn is confusing. Like why do people around the world think its so cool? becausetheyknownothingaboutqueensletskeepourboroughasecret

So anyways, I felt like hanging out around the Brooklyn Bridge area, without actually going because it’s been so hot and you know it’s gonna be crowded so I didn’t want to get stuck!

I remember going to Borough Hall for a gig once and it was a cute neighborhood. There is a street called Montague Street filled with cafes and cute shops around there. I wanted to hit up that area and Brooklyn Heights since that’s the posh area – I’m sorry if I am mis-quoting areas. I do not know if Borough Hall is a part of Brooklyn Heights or its next door neighbor. Again, I am a Queens girl. Queeeeennnnsss makes sense!

So anyways I took the R train to Court Street. There was some type of festival of nations going on which was really, really cool!! You could tell there was a lot of effort put in because the costumes and dances were very well presented! (I will post them up on my youtube channel, watch this space – just trying to experiment and post random videos on there & see how it goes¬†— I will link you all once I am ready to show you!)

I stopped to watch that for a while and continued on my way to Montague street. Once there, I walked in and out of some cute shops. My phone¬†battery was slowly dying so I thought I need to go sit somewhere and let it charge. I found this cute little Italian bar and luckily there was a plug by where I decided to sit at the bar. The bartender was really cool! A young lad from Kosovo. Our conversation didn’t begin until we saw this eccentric couple¬†dressed in African gear (him) and afro-hipster gear (her) walk out and some people asked them for a photo. Apparently he is some singer I have never heard of. My Kosovian bartender told me this area is money and there are a lot of celebs in the neighborhood. He¬†mentioned another celebrity I have¬†never heard of who used to come in to the restaurant, but stopped, because he would get mobbed by fans. Now he just orders delivery. I told homeboy how I was planning on walking over by the promenade by the Bridge and if that is worth it¬†or not. He said¬†yes. He told me from there to head over to DUMBO – yes Dumbo, there’s an area called Dumbo. Dumbo stands for “Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass”.

He said that area is money and nice to check out. He broke it down for me regarding the “popular” Brooklyn neighborhoods : Williamsburg is hipster, and Parkslope is yuppie, so no. Dumbo it was!¬†Which I believe is in Brooklyn Heights? Or next to? I don’t know. I’m a Queens girl not a Brooklyn girl!!!

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Just asked a coworker of mine from Brooklyn. Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo are not the same thing! They are right next to each other – like LIC and Astoria, for those of you from Queens ūüôā

Anyways. Here are some pics! After I walked the promenade, I went to DUMBO and there was a street fair going on (note my street market blog two posts ago!) which was REALLY good, and then I went back to the festival of nations. When I went back there were hundreds of flags and some music playing! Check it out:

VIEWS FROM THE PROMENADE :

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DUMBO/STREET MARKET (I know some pics are sideways,¬†I can’t get them to¬†adjust!! Tilt your head!):

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FESTIVAL OF NATIONS BY COURT STREET STATION/COLUMBUS PARK:

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Trains, Cars, Rails. How do you travel? The Daily Commute

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So this morning was funny. Four metrocard machines, and ALL broken. When I say broken, I mean they all were only accepting cash not cards. I used to never carry cash but then someone¬†once told me its always good to carry some cash here & there to be safe. So now, I usually do.¬†This morning¬†I needed to fill my metrocard, luckily I had a $10 on me.¬†As a busy New Yorker these things frustrate us. In fact, the MTA has really been on my nerves the last few months! Within the past say 2 months, my metrocard has gotten “ruined” some how and unusable. What’s annoying was the first time this happened, I filled it the day before with about $30. The seconds time it had about $15. That’s a lot considering it’s wasted in metrocard la la land!!! They say you can “mail in’ your card and get refunded. Ain’t nobody got time for that!!! Plus someone told me they did that once and never heard back! UGGGHHHHHH.

Anyways, it just reminded me about how growing up in Michigan everyone drove. Most places within this country people drive. America is mostly suburban if you think about it. Some cities are better at buses. I went to college in Minneapolis which was a very bus friendly city. I bus’d it so much that ever since I’ve lived in NYC I swore to God I would never take a bus again LOL.

Its interesting how someone’s daily commute which is so normal to them is odd to others. Like if I got my dream job in Bollywood (lol but for real yo!) and had to move to Mumbai and take a rickshaw to my daily office job as I waited for my big break…I couldn’t imagine traveling on a rickshaw as my daily commute but people do it! I remember before I moved to NY I thought the subway was “fun” …LOLLLL. I actually know people in NY who cab it everywhere they go. Strange to me but it works for them. There are also water taxis to Jersey and Staten Island.

Personally, my favorite mode of transport is walking. I walk a lot and as much as I can. I don’t live far from work so almost always I walk home. Keeps me fit and to me, it’s the easiest, quickest and most therapeutic. Trust me, I’ve been called crazy but I brush it off, because I¬†know at least I’m keeping myself healthy while¬†the people who think its strange are the ones who¬†don’t understand why they can’t lose weight or maintain it¬†and feel gross¬†all the time.

https://urbanful.org/2015/03/02/12-unconventional-ways-commuting-around-world/

It’s Halloween in the City!

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It’s Halloween in the City!

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No city does Halloween like New York City! HANDS DOWN! Halloween was invented (yes, invented)¬†FOR the city¬†of New York. And New York was designed for Halloween.¬†New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is by far the largest city-wide Halloween event in NYC.¬†Nothing you will ever see in your life is crazier!!! (here is the official link https://www.halloween-nyc.com/¬† )¬†I mean I guess elsewhere in the country and maybe the world, Halloween is meant for kids. I think its fair to say kids should be banned from Halloween in New York!!! hahahha (That laugh was evil)

It’s also safe to say that I’ve definitely had more fun hanging out on the streets than an actually party/club. The bars/lounges get sooo packed you cant even breathe!! And to spend¬†a¬†ridiculous amount for JUST the entry fee just to get annoyed because its so crowded you cant breathe – no. My first Halloween in the city we went to my friends party at a bar in Union Square (after the parade, of course) and then as we were “heading out” we found a drum circle in the middle of Union Square and started dancing in the street! So much fun!! This is the best holiday ever!! I think at this stage in life, I’m lazy to go all out with the costumes – but some people are soo create and original! As long as I have some ears or a mask of some sort and some glitter I’m good.

If you are planning a trip to New York and are open minded and not scared of witnessing craziness and the oddest of odd, Halloween is the BEST time to be here! Head downtown to the village for probably the craziest of them all! I will warn you though, the parade can get extremely packed. If you are claustrophobic, maybe you should reconsider lol. I’ve been stuck in the crowd many a times. I also remember one year my friends were on the other side of the street and the police wouldn’t let us cross over to meet them, so you have to be prepared for these things. Another year I was caught in a crowd unable to breathe or see any of the parade (btw never once that I have attended the parade was I actually ever able to like..you know..SEE the parade!! Its too crowded you cant get a good view.) and then some idiot decided to start a fight…omg..I still remember how awful that was!!! I think the best thing to do is be CLOSE to the parade but FAR enough that you don’t get killed lol.

Your guide to Halloween in NYC

Another year I worked a party that was hosted by Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian dressed as Poison Ivy at Lavo

Kim Kardashian dressed as Poison Ivy at Lavo

Celeb spottings - Kim Kardashian on Halloween

Celeb spottings – Kim Kardashian on Halloween

My mask that year

My mask that year

Another fun, memorable Halloween was 2008! That was probably the last year I went alllll out with my costume!

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I'm clearly in my zone!Ohhh the good ol' days!

I’m clearly in my zone!¬†Ohhh the good ol’ days!

Here are some more photos from the Halloween parade a few years ago:

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!