For the last post of the year here is a little something about me and my favorite things, the way Sparkles & Shoes started out. I have been in sunny Florida for the past ten days and while it was nice, warm, and sunny I missed my city. Over the holiday’s many people asked me what my favorite part about living in New York City is and I have too reasons simply to list – I love this concrete Jungle!
Instead, I decided to give you seven of my favorites and explain why against their relative opposite:
Uptown vs. Downtown
Obviously. I live here. I go out here. I eat here. I don’t want to leave here to go to work. And apparently in the Civil War that “almost” occurred immediately after Hurricane Sandy, downtown would win.
Subway vs. Bus
The metro card works on both but the subway gets you places much more effectively and efficiently. Bus’s have to deal with New York City traffic which is pretty much terrible 24/7 and do not have luxury of taking you directly from point A to point B like a cab does so for public transportation I choose the subway hands down.
Brunch vs. Any Other Meal … with Friends
NYC knows its’ brunch. There is no time constraint like there is on dinner and no set rules about what you have to order. And is completely optional if you want to drink or not, perfect! (I had friends in college who called this meal drunch)
Bars vs. Clubs.
Now my actual friends know that am NOT a beer girl – white wine or vodka soda is the way I usually go but if I want to dance I know plenty of bars I can do that at without paying a cover, waiting in line, or buying a table. Drinks are usually cheaper, the people are less stuck up, and there is a chance I may actually be able to HEAR my friends.
Duane Reade vs. CVS
Duane Reade is the more popular drug store in Manhattan but I have always been partial to CVS. The isles are laid out in a better way and their own brand of CVS products is a higher quality.
Local spots vs. Chain Restaurants
Why when you have so many amazing restaurants in Manhattan would you ever go to a McDonald’s, Pizzaria Uno, or Olive Garden. I can name three places for burgers, pizza, and Italian that are infinitely better than those chain places. Just give me the neighborhood.
Dunkin’ Donuts vs. Starbucks
Now while this is a bit contradictory to the question before this, as both of these are chain restaurants, “Tania” at my local DD is like a friend, I go in smile, we both nod, and within 30 seconds I have my large hazelnut coffee with skim and three Splenda. Perfect.
Summary: I am taking the subway to go downtown with my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and before I go to brunch at this local spot I need to stop by CVS, and then I will see you at the bar tonight.
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