August 28, 2017

New York Transit Museum

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Today's post is dedicated to an underrated museum in NYC. This past weekend I had the pleasure of going to the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn and had a lot of fun taking pictures and learning a bit more of New York's Transit history throughout the years.

I really wish I would have vlogged my experience because every single train cart was interesting with their old advertisements as well as their dated subway maps. Each train cart represented a different decade throughout history and showed how each train evolved throughout the years. I love learning about the past and how things were back in the day. I remember using tokens to enter the subway when catching the F train at Church ave and have also seen the changes and new subway lines that have opened up in the past 20 years. 


The New York Transit Museum is opened Tuesday-Sunday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Tue-Fri) and 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Sat & Sun). Admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Admission is also free to MTA employees and active duty military personnel. This museum is easily accessible via the 4 (Borough Hall), F train (Jay St-Metro Tech) or the B57 bus (Smith St. & Livingston St.). Do not be fooled with the entrance to this museum as it is located in a decommissioned station where you will see a sign that reads "New York Transit Museum".

This museum is definitely worth a quick visit if you are in the area and want to learn more about the rich history of the transit system. Walking through the museum will probably only take you about 1.5 hours and never seems to be crowded. I was very excited to learn more about the Second Avenue Subway line and how long it took to finally be built. If you cannot get to Brooklyn, there is an annex gallery and store right inside Grand Central Terminal. 


        

There is something about these old trains that really make me wish that I have lived during these times. The design of trains have definitely changed from the beginning of the 1900's (see picture above) and it is interesting to see how it has drastically changed from the amount of standing space to the design of the seats.

Of course going through these old trains is not all you see and learn, you also learn about the aftermath of the 9/11 incident and how the transit system was impacted. You are able to read about the impact of Hurricane Sandy and how we are better prepared for next disasters. Learning about the working conditions and what workers had to endure while working underground just makes you appreciate your train ride even more. Cannot wait to see what train stop I will get off in my next adventure. Thanks to Daniel for taking these awesome pictures!


           








Xo- Jess


July 28, 2017

NYC Restaurant Week 2017

The week everyone, or at least all the foodies, have been waiting for is finally here! NYC Restaurant week is highly anticipated by everyone during the summer months, it is a way for people to dine lavishly without breaking the bank. Over 300 restaurants ranging from $$$-$$$$ participate in a 3-week deal of prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch and dinner. Prices are set for each meal from $29 for a 3-course brunch/ lunch, and $49 for a 3-course dinner meal. I find that restaurant week in NYC during the summer is the most anticipated event in NYC because people have the opportunity to try out different restaurants that are rather more expensive than the average restaurant. Lunch is a lot cheaper than dinner so sometimes you will find that the restaurant you have been wanting to try out does not participate in a prix fixe lunch deal. 

If you are in NYC then you have until August 18th to check out this amazing food deal at any participating restaurant. Discover the wonderful restaurants that participate via this link: https://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week


Below are my top choices for restaurant week:


1. Felice

https://www.nycgo.com/restaurants/felice-15-gold-street

This classic Italian restaurant offers brunch, lunch and dinner Mon-Fri, Sunday brunch/lunch/dinner and conveniently is located in both the Upper East Side and the Financial District area. I highly recommend the Salmone for your entree. 


2. The Capital Grille

https://www.nycgo.com/restaurants/the-capital-grille-wall-street

This Steakhouse is one I have not been to yet (but will soon
!) but I hear amazing things from everyone who has dined here! The Capital Grill conveniently has various locations throughout Midtown and the Lower East Side area. The Capital Grille currently only has their special pricing Mon-Fri for both Lunch and Dinner. I cannot wait to try their New England Clam Chowder, their Signature Cheeseburger or Dry Aged Sirloin, and of course their Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake.


3. Fogo de Chão Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse 

https://www.nycgo.com/restaurants/fogo-de-chao-churrascaria-brazilian-steakhouse

This Brazillian Steakhouse was something I had to get used to. I dined here for Restaurant Week and was not a fan at first. They have an unlimited salad bar where you can pick out as many things as you'd like. I opted for their quinoa lentil salad, apple salad, rice and black beans. Their meats were a bit too different and I felt as though I was eating every kind of animal and had no idea what anything was. I would only recommend this place for extreme meat lovers who have an appreciation for steak and other meat cravings such as lamb, chicken sausage, chicken wrapped in bacon, etc. I did however love their plantains and garlic mashed potatoes which were unlimited! Fogo only has one located in NYC and it is located in Midtown on West 53rd street.


All the restaurants mentioned have received high reviews from people who have been there for Restaurant Week so reservations are highly recommended! I hope you all liked this post because now I am hungry! 



XoXoXo- Jess

July 17, 2017

NYC Getaway | Catskill Mountains

We are pretty much halfway through the summer and I have just been itching to get away from the city and do something outdoorsy and have a peaceful weekend that doesn't involve the Subway, people pushing and shoving, and tall steel buildings. The Catskill Mountains has been on a my bucket list for about a year now and I was finally able to go a couple of weeks ago with Daniel. We stayed in Woodstock, NY and was also able to do a hike trail and it was beautiful! 

We decided to do a beginners trail since this was pretty much our first time hiking in a very long time. At first we were completely unprepared for the hike since we had neglected to bring any water. Luckily we drove a mile or two and found a YMCA at the top of a mountain and we were able to fill up our water bottles. We sprayed ourselves with 100% deet (bug spray), had snacks in our backpack and we were all set to hike the Giant Ledge & Panther Mountain Trail. With the very little hiking that I have done since I live in the city, I was unaware of deet and how potent it was and surprisingly. no mosquito/bug bites!!! I found a durable long branch that I used as my walking stick for this hike and I felt like it helped out a lot and surprisingly I was not huffing and puffing at all. We made sure to stay hydrated early on our trail and eat peanut butter crackers every now and then.  


Once we reached the top I felt like a lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders and the view made the hike worthwhile. We also saw a small garden snake in person which is something I had never seen before and was taken aback by it and only watched from a distance. I will never forget my first hike in New York and I cannot wait to go back more frequently now and hike other trails and keep exploring the nature side of New York. The Catskill Mountains is an easy one day trip and less than a two hour drive from the city. 


What a great weekend I had in a very peaceful town and of course no traffic :)
Next on my New York bucket list is definitely Bear Mountain! Thanks for stopping by, till next time!
XoXoXo- Jess