new york, city of dreams + magic : a novel.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

People say New York is too full, too dirty and too mean. I think they're wrong, whoever those people are. I will live here someday, I'll let you know the truth then. For now, I'll stick to believing that New York is the city of dreams.

Way back in October (seems like a week ago) gustavo and I visited this city again. We stayed with a friend and slept in a little living room in a little apartment and it was perfect. Here are a few pictures I snapped while we were adventuring our way through the city.

Our first night in New York we had tickets to the "secret" Arcade Fire aka The Reflektors show in Brooklyn! It was a dress up in costume concert, so extra fun! We saw them at the Capitol Records show in LA, a few weeks later. I don't know how we got so lucky, okay now I'm bragging. Sawwy!! 

October 21st was our 9 year anniversary (WOW!!!) and gustavo planned a big day of traveling the city. We visited museums and ate hot dogs in Central Park and walked and walked and walked. gustavo said that there was a "coffee shop" he wanted to take me to in Brooklyn, so we took the metro and walked a little more until we walked right into the Wythe Hotel - Ah! It is the cutest hotel my eyes have ever seen! 

Our room was AMAZING, we had a window instead of a wall facing out into Manhattan. Speakers on the roof and did I mention how cute it was? I was a happy camper. 

We then had dinner plans at Battersby for our anniversary, it was so so delicious. They even brought us a little plate that said "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate and complimentary champagne! After dinner we walked down to the Brooklyn Promenade and enjoyed the city lights of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. 

We approached this circle of candles and he brought me into the middle and said, "do you know what is about to happen" and he got down on one knee and proposed. I think I was in shock because I don't really remember anything else. 

We walked back to our cute hotel wide eyed and excited for our future. We ended up carving our names and the date on a wet cemented street that was blocked off, like little criminals. We stopped by a liquor store and bought a bottle of champagne and spent the night celebrating, drinking at the rooftop bar and dancing in our hotel room.

The next morning we had coffee and orange juice delivered to our room and soaked in the view from our window. It was magical.


  1. Congratulations again! Happy for you two. And glad you love NY.

  2. okaaay first - i agree that new york IS the city of dreams. second - a secret arcade fire show??! sounds incredible! third - that hotel wins the cutest hotel award. and fourth - so exciting on your engagment!! congratulations!!! you guys are adorable :)

  3. Such gorgeous pictures of this city! My aunt lives in New York and she always says how wonderful the city is. It's nothing like how it's painted on television. It is the city of dreams. And Congrats! What a perfect time in the perfect city!

    Tightrope to the Sun

  4. this post was pure magic. <3
    and your photos are so good!
    luh you.

  5. stop it. this post is so perfect. i am in love. that hotel is perfect, and so are all your photos! new york is a dream. so happy for you! congrats! i wasn't expecting that ending, so this was like the best!

  6. happy 9 year anniversary!! I love your room at the Wyatt, how great is that wallpaper? I like how you've edited your photos of/at the hotel.

    like you I'm going to choose to believe New York is the city of dreams :)

  7. Okay, as if I already didn't want to move to New York one day, this post is just making me want to go even more. These photos are beautiful! And that hotel room! And a secret Arcade Fire! Ugh. I can't. It's just all so perfect.

    Happy anniversary! :)

  8. Man oh man do you snap the most beautiful pictures! i was reliving NYC all over scrolling through these. And I never get the negative flack that New York gets either- it's pure magic and nothing else ;)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  9. I would like to visit New York someday . I believe it's beautiful place :)

  10. 1. Congratulations!!!

    2. I am SO jealous that you went to that gig!

    3. I want to go to New York!

  11. New York is such a great place! Amazing photos, thanks for sharing.

  12. You too are lovely! I love all your photos. Great share.


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