Upper West Side

A lot can be said for aimlessly walking around New York City. A few years ago while taking a stroll around the Upper West Side, my curiosity was peaked when I stumbled past a shop called Beard Papa’s.

Have you ever gone to an event and were so blown away by the catering that you can’t wait to partake in the “full size” version of the eatery’s delectable fare? Well, that happened to me not too long ago...

Last night, I took a trip to the Upper West Side to visit Palais des Thés, an intimate teashop teeming with 100 aromatic teas—from black and green varieties to oolongs and white teas. Once I entered the space, which is accented with mint green and pale blue hues, as well as large photographs of tea plantations and several canisters and boxes of tea displayed throughout, I was offered a cup of refreshing iced tea.

My first three years in New York City I spent living in Marble Hill—a small neighborhood located in the Bronx, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood, Inwood. Similar to both Inwood and the other northern Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Heights, a large portion of Marble Hill’s residents are Dominican.

This past evening, I went to an event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side. The sprawling space is full of interactive activities and exhibits geared towards newborns all the way to 10-year-old children—think corridors of wooden puzzle games, to teach kids how to apply spatial logic and explore vertical symmetry; and large pictures mounted on the walls with hidden images for them to find.

Recently I traveled to Chelsea to check out Loehmann’s, a department store where savvy shoppers can save big bucks on designer finds. At the time, the store was gearing up to debut its brand new look. The famed off-pricer has flip-flopped the first and second floors, putting fashion at the front door.

New York City is a land full of cultural opportunities. Every day, both visitors and locals can witness some of the city’s most talented professional thespians, musicians and dancers take to the stage at an almost never-ending list of world-renowned venues—from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to The Metropolitan Opera House and the Imperial Theatre. This metropolis is also home to a number of up-and-coming, dedicated students—on the cusp of their illustrious careers.

A nice meal or relaxing beverage in one of NYC’s amazing eateries is great—add cool décor and/or a theme and the experience is even better. Alice’s Teacup is one such place. The restaurant, reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland," has two locations on the Upper East Side, as well as a spot on the Upper West Side, and serves up the freshest teas, made to order, as well as tasty breakfast, brunch, lunch and supper items.

When I lived in the Bronx, I would often venture south to the Upper West Side for dinner. I think this might be my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan. I love the architecture and the laid-back attitude of most of the residents. Plus, there are so many restaurants, music venues and retail shops.

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