Though, admittedly, much of my writing is really done by hitting plastic keys with letters on them, I still have a special place in my heart for the pencil. It is my go-to utensil when handwriting school assignments or doodling in a journal. I like how it isn’t permanent, how it harbors two opposites at each end: a lead tip and an eraser. It can be … Continue reading Visiting a Pencil Boutique in Manhattan
Every time we leave New York City, my mom always tells me how we’ve covered more ground than she did when she lived there as a child. This year’s trip was no exception, despite the fact that our weekend in the city was shortened to about two days. On our most circuitous excursion, we started out walking from our hotel in Battery Park City to … Continue reading Imagine All the Cookies
It’s fitting that One World Trade Center, otherwise known as the Freedom Tower, should be exactly 1,776 feet tall. The sleek, minimalist skyscraper is about as modern and American as a building can get. And it’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—it seems to just blend into the sky. My currently strained neck muscles could certainly corroborate that statement. For my mom and I, … Continue reading Above the Big Apple
Let me tell you a little bit about something called a Salted Caramel Chicken Tender…
Just a few blocks north of Washington Square Park, deep in the heart of Greenwich Village, lies a small restaurant called Sticky’s Finger Joint. You walk in and the walls are adorned with murals celebrating the majesty and grace of the chicken tender. You stroll up to the counter and take a look at the menu. The friendly college student sitting behind the counter recommends a Salted Caramel tender. You are taken somewhat aback- ‘is this salted caramel fad still going on?’ you think to yourself.
The little credibility I have pertaining to the New York City subway system is derived from my umpteen trips on these gritty trains, through these dark tunnels and into these humid stations. It doesn’t take a lot to master the metro, but there’s a few things you should avoid doing at all times- for the benefit of yourself and for other passengers (most of them, incidentally, impatient New Yorkers who will be reluctant to cut you any slack):