Travel To | New York

“When I First Moved to New York I Bought Vogue Instead Of Dinner, I Just Felt It Fed Me More”
Carrie Bradshaw

I’ve been lucky enough to make a few trips to New York, with the most recent being for the New York Marathon, and there’s just something about the buzz of the city that makes me fall in love with it a little bit more each time I visit. The feeling of being a little doll surrounded by huge skyscrapers, the hustle and bustle on every corner, and the unequivocally chic hangouts dotted throughout the city. It’s unsurprising that the holiday blues kick in before even getting to the departures lounge to go home. Needless to say – It’s never a case of ‘Goodbye’ when New York is involved, but always ‘I’ll See You Later’.

STAY


1. The Ludlow Hotel
2. 11 Howard
3. The Refinery Hotel

EAT


Brunch

1. The Butchers Daughter
2. Bubby’s
3. Two Hands
4. Jack’s Wife Frieda
5. Egg Shop

Coffee

1. Culture Espresso
2. El Rey
3. The Ludlow Coffee Supply
4. Everyman Espresso
5. Happy Bones

Lunch

1. By Chloe
2. Umami Burger
3. Broadway Bites (Food Market)
4. Chelsea Market
5. Sweetgreen

Dinner

1. The Spotted Pig
2. The Little Owl
3. Tiny’s
4. ABC Cocina
5. Le Coucou

DO


1. Chelsea Market
2. The Highline
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4. A Broadway Show
5. Sunrise on Brooklyn Bridge
6. Central Park Strolls

SHOP


1. ABC Carpet & Home – a concept store where you can wander through their interiors, homewares and gifts for hours and hours through the sheer awe of their visual merchandising
2. LF Stores – It’s luck of the draw in this small women’s clothing store, but they have a mix of seriously discounted designer clothing and shoes. If you’ve got the patience to search through, it’s worth it!
3. Pottery Barn – Beautiful home interiors store
4. Chelsea Market

The Habit Hunter x

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Insight Into | The New York Marathon

“There Is Something In The New York Air That Makes Sleep Useless” 
Simone de Beauvoir

Running the New York Marathon has always been an aspiration of mine, but one that I never truly believed would be achieved. Having entered myself into the ballot for the last 4 years (even after having never run further than 10km), and always getting that pitiful ‘Sorry, not this time’ email –  I gave up hope on gaining a place. Sods Law, give up hope and a few days after having run the Paris Marathon I received the ‘Congratulations’ email — and the NYC planning began.

For a first-timer in the NYC marathon, the excitement was inevitable, as was the apprehension. Whilst I have never heard anyone regret entering the ‘largest marathon on earth’, there is a great deal of austerity surrounding the hours before the race begins, and the transport arrangements required the morning of the race. Due to the nature of the race starting on Staten Island, each entrant is required to choose a transportation option to the start, this is either bus or ferry. Having read mixed reviews on both options, I opted for the bus option (and think if I were to do it again I would make the same decision).

So there I was, alarm clock set for 4am, first breakfast consumed and off to the New York Public Library I ventured to catch the bus. Still pitch black a very sleepy NYC surrounded myself and the other 50,000 runners heading to the start line. Through security, and off onto the buses we went, like excited children heading to summer camp. About an hour later we crossed the Verrazano Bridge and arrived at the start ‘camp’. Which is organised into 3 sections based on your start times. In true USA style, they put on a spread — Bagels, coffee, energy bars, all you needed (other than perhaps a few more hours in bed). Arriving at the start line almost 3 hours before I was even due to begin the 42km haul was a little daunting, and I think had we not been so lucky with the weather (beautiful sunshine on what should’ve been a much crisper November morning), I think my mood may have been a little different as there is a lot of waiting around.

However, soon enough the call for the first wave of runners was upon us, and off I went. Running through all 5 NYC boroughs, with overwhelming crowds from start to finish, it really is a marathon to remember. One not to take for granted, and one I hope I will be able to do again! 3hrs30 later, the finish line was crossed. A truly incredible experience, and one I would recommend to anyone with any doubts in entering.

The Habit Hunter x