Where I Live Wednesday – New York City, NY

It’s rare to find someone in the blog world who hasn’t heard of Dawn over at The Alternative Wife. She’s got it going on with her beautiful pictures and equally beautiful blog. And this week’s Where I Live Wednesdays comes at a perfect time for me – or rather, my hubby, because he will soon be off to NYC for a couple of days (lucky him). Enjoy this trip to NYC all!

Name: Dawn
Blog: The Alternative Wife
Location: NY, NY

How long have you lived there? 20 years.

If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why? I grew up on Long Island about 40 minutes away from Manhattan. When I was 18 I moved into the city for college, I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and once I moved in I decided I was never ever moving back home.

What’s the climate like?
One of the things I love about living here is that we have four pretty distinct seasons. Every season without fail I find myself antsy and hoping for the next one to roll around. Our Spring and Fall are pretty unpredictable but those are the seasons that you can really experience those PERFECT days. Cool, crisp, clear and gorgeous in the Fall and bright blue long sunshine days in the spring. But like I said, it’s unpredictable and we also can get a lot of rain in the spring. Winters are cold. We don’t get that much snow typically, although this year was really unusual…we got a TON! But the city usually doesn’t get hit as hard as the suburbs and surrounding areas. Even after a foot of snow, it’s not unusual to have clear streets and sidewalks within a few days. And summers are pretty hot and humid. It’s kind of unbearable to be in the city so Manhattanites usually run for the shores on the weekends to escape the heat.

What are some of your favorite things to do during a typical weekend where you live?
Go to brunch & the farmers market.
On a nice day walk around Battery Park City and spend time on a rooftop.
During warm weather days dine outdoors.
Summer hit the beach – there are miles and miles of shoreline on long island covered in beautiful white sand beaches.
Wander the streets and check out little shops in Union Square, East Village & Grammercy Park. Also the LES, Nolita & Soho are cool but can get a bit crowded so I go to those places on off hours.
People watch…there’s such an eclectic mix of people in NYC. I never get bored.
During the fall go to the wineries upstate and on Long Island. Also go apple & pumpkin picking there as well.

What are some of your favorite restaurants in your town/city? Favorite shops?

* Rose Bar in the Grammercy Park Hotel. It’s my favorite bar in the entire city and they just happen to make my favorite drink of all time. A Ginger Fig Martini! Yummm :)
* Gemma for Italian – The best Italian food and it just happens to be a tooootal celeb spot. Almost every time I go I see at least one celeb. I actually went there the night of Ashton Kutcher’s bday party a few years ago {I had no idea that was happening} and I saw Madonna, Ashton, Demi, Bruce Willis, Sean William Scott, Salma Hayek, Lucy Liu & Kate Hudson all in the same evening. Best experience EVER!

Gemma, Nyc


* Max & Barolo for yummy Italian. Both have beautiful outdoor dining gardens.
* 7A & Petit Abeille for Brunch. If you like spicy fries you have to try the ones at 7A!
* Pylos for moden Greek Food
* La Palapa for Mexican Finger Good
* Buddakan & Mr. Chow for Asian
* Stanton Social for great tapas. Amazing at brunch or dinner.
* Neighborhood inexpensive sushi – Hane I go there at least once a week.
* For upscale sushi – Nobu

* Topshop – So lucky they have one of these here!
* Bendels – Great beauty, accesories & clothes* Bergdorf Goodman & Saks for shoes. You seriously will think you’re in shoe heaven!

Bergdorf Goodman.
Bergdorf Goodman

* Barneys
* Zara, H&M & Urban Outfitters – basics but you gotta love them and we have a bunch here.
* Amaran for household & great gifts


Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor. There’s sooo much to see in NYC. You can literally run around for months and never see it all. But if a person only has a few days here are some of the highlights I’d suggest:

* Energy of Times Square – It’s very touristy but it’s a place to see. The lights, the energy it’s something that needs to be experienced. Definitely be prepared for crowds regardless of when you go. It never empties out. Well maybe the morning after New Years Eve but that’s about it :)

New York, Times Square - Busy Crossing
Times Square

* Empire State Building – another tourist trap but a must see nonetheless.

Turn To Clear Vision

* Browse around Soho – There are great shops and restaurants but again be prepared for crowds. Especially on the weekends.

* Take a rowboat around the lake in Central Park. You almost feel like you’ve left Manhattan.


* Statue of Liberty and Battery Park City offers amazing views of NY Harbor. Go there to catch the sunset.

A new beginning
Battery Park City Sunset

* Go to a rooftop bar/restaurant when the weather is nice.

Empire State Building
Rooftop Bar

* And if you only have a real short amount of time and/or you don’t want to walk around much, take a sightseeing bus tour of the city.

Bus Tour

Tell us why you love your town/city. The vibe, the energy, the diversity, culture, arts & fashion. You can get anything you want at any time of the day. Beaches & mountains are all at your fingertips when you’re looking to escape.
Anything else we should know about where you live? No matter who you are or where you’re from I think everyone needs to come visit at some point in their lives. It’s a place unlike any other. Oh and also don’t be scared. NYers are actually very nice people. We’re direct but we’re helpful and honest too :)

Thank you so much Dawn for sharing your favorite things about NYC with us!

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  1. says

    New York has always seemed like such an exciting place to be. I've always wanted to live there, if even for just a short time! I'm hoping to make a trip out that way in the next year or so :)

  2. says

    I've been to NYC a handful of times and never get sick of it. This post just makes me want to go back… at times, I think I'd rather plan a trip there over Hawaii (don't tell Steve)…
    Thanks Dawn for such a true and accurate depiction of your city! I love it there and I'm so jealous that you get to live there!

  3. says

    Hey Krysten! Just catching on blogs from vaca! Glad you did an NYC WILW since I just moved here last weekend! Can't wait to check out some of those places!

    Congrats on your house and I'm really sorry to hear about your friend. You're in my thoughts and prayers!


  4. says

    Ugh I WISH!!! NYC is one of my most favorite places on the planet and it's been way too long since I've been there. Dawn's blog is awesome!

  5. says

    This post makes me want to leave everything and move to NYC immediately ~ one of my bff's at work just got transferred to the VS offices in NYC… I must share this with her!

  6. says

    A ginger fig martini!? Someone get me there quick! I'm dying to go to NYC. I've never been. I feel like I need to get the Husband to Europe first.

  7. says

    dawn!! it was so good to read about what you're up to over there! my sister in law lives in nyc :) i went to kindergarten in brooklyn back in the day…too bad they didn't stay around for me to grow up there!

  8. says

    This made me travel to an amazing city!I might visit it in a year!I might visit it in more!But I'll sure follow Dawn's advice!
    Be well!

  9. says

    I've only been twice, in middle school haha but I loved it!! Very different from where I am.

    Question: Is it really expensive to live in New York? What's rent on an average 2 bedroom apartment?

  10. says

    is it weird that i wanted to cry while reading this? NYC is my ULTIMATE dream city and i have wanted to travel there/live there since i was a little girl. i even look at apartments online on occasion, just to look and dream and wish. *sigh*… if i could teleport, i would be there now. 😉 hearing from someone who lives there how amazing it is always makes me want to go more!

    totally checking out dawn's blog right this second!

  11. says

    I've been having serious NYC withdrawals since booking my trip in November/seeing step up 3D. This only solidified my longing to go back!

  12. says

    I love Dawn and so glad you did this post on her!! She's got to be one of the most interesting bloggers out there. And her pictures? Always stunning!!

  13. says

    I was lucky enough to get to know Dawn these past few days here in the city and she is truly an amazing girl… great the you gave everyone else a chance to meet her a bit more…

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