Hela, my niece had this Arts competition at school and OH GOD! She kept on crying and screaming all day just because she didn’t have enough pencils and stationery to do her Artwork. Even though her mom got her new stationery just a week ago but she just insisted on buying more. I wonder that’s how kids are nowadays? Oh well. I took her out on my Honda Civic and we went to the nearest Target which was more of a wonderland to her. She got her favorite Faber-Castell sketch pencils, a bunch of charcoal pencils, some sticky notes, erasers and Candy Pop pens. Then we searched through the top deals at Target which were actually good. I got myself NERF headset with a mic which cost me about $10 on sale!!! Our total bill was around $50 and I’d say its quite reasonable for the total things we bought at such great quality. Well at least her Art competition went well and I got to look through things at Target!
795 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10025, United States
Looking for a dry cleaner to clean a comforter. Last time I brought mine in, it came back misshapen, so I’m looking for a recommendation. I love my dry cleaner for jackets and other clothing, but looking for my bedding specifically?
When I’m feeling too cooped up, I love strolling around Riverside Park. If you’re new to the area, it’s a scenic waterfront public park with over 180 species of birds, including wild turkeys, cuckoos, orioles, and warblers. During the spring and fall, I love checking out the Bird Drip, a manmade watering area for birds to drink and bathe. It’s an excellent spot in the city for bird lovers. Until spring blooms, I’ll just continue to stroll through the park with a cup of hot chocolate to see if I can catch any winter birds!
Riverside Park, Riverside Dr, New York, New York 10025, United States
If you haven't had a real New York bagel yet, I would highly recommend heading to Absolute Bagels. It's a pretty popular spot so if you're going right a prime breakfast time, prepare to have a bit of a line. They give off the vibe of being a totally traditional, kind of whole in the wall bagel shop but when you see their spread, you know they really know what they're doing!
The cream cheeses and schmears are made in hours with fun flavors and traditional ones alike, so it's great for groups with some adventursome eaters and those who aren't adventuresome eaters!
It's small and unassuming, so it's easy to walk right by unless you're looking for it (although there may be a line out the door, so you know you're there!).
Personally, my two favorites are a traditional egg bagel with plain cream cheese and chives, or a toasted everything bagel with the works (red onion, nova scotia smoked salmon, capers, tomatoes and garlic cream cheese. Honestly though, you can get any bagel from this spot and literally any cream cheese and it's going to be a win!
If you're a local, come by for a late breakfast or late lunch to avoid the lines. If you are a visitor, know that it's worth the line (they go pretty quick anyway!
Absolute Bagels, 2788 Broadway, New York, New York 10025, United States
Vietnamese food has so many complex flavors that make up a delicious and satisfying meal.
One of my favorite new Vietnamese places to go is Bánh. Located at 942 Amsterdam Avenue, Bánh has an array of mouth-watering classic bánh mì sandwiches, turmeric bánh xèo, which is like a savory stuffed crepe, and bún bò huế, which is a beef noodle soup with a spicy red broth.
This restaurant has quickly become a neighborhood staple, but there are so many delicious Vietnamese restaurants in the neighborhood like Two Wheels, Saiguette, and Plum Vietnamese.
942 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10025, United States