Friday, August 6, 2010

NYC, FYI

I'm baaaaack. :) As you probably guessed, I was (in my opinion) in one of, if not THE most wonderful city in the world! New York City. Ahhh...I get a little shiver up my spine when I simply say the name. It is truly an amazing place. If you've never been, go there ASAP. It really is the city that never sleeps. Case in point: on the way to a VIP rap concert (yes, ME, at a rap concert...more info shortly) at about 11:30 pm our cab passed by a hair salon....which was brightly lit and bustling as if it were 11:30 am. It is the city of whatever you want, whenever you want. No wonder we are a culture who demands instant gratification...in our finest cities, it is present in its most intense form. I am waiting on pics from my sweet friend Emily, who housed me for the entire WEEK I was in NYC. I will try to post a few soon while I'm waiting on them.

First of all--the reason I took the trip: as part of the elective hours I am required to complete for my fourth year of dental school, I completed an endodontic externship at New York University's dental school. It involved shadowing the endodontic (root canal specialists, in case you are unfamiliar) residents as they worked, observing surgeries, and picking the brains of the students for whatever knowledge I could glean from them. It was a wonderful experience, both educationally and socially! I chose NYU because I love New York so much. I have always wanted to live there for at least a short while, but I'm not sure that is in the cards for me. So I told Emily that I wanted to feel like a real New Yorker for a week! She was a wonderful hostess.

Day 1: arrived at LaGuardia airport around 7 pm and hopped in a very talkative cab driver's yellow taxi. Met up with Em and her roommate Musette (how beautiful is that name?) at their cute as a button apartment near the Village. Unloaded my stuff and set out for one of their favorite restaurants, Gemma. I highly recommend it! I ordered a delicious summer salad. Went by Whole Foods (YUM!) to pick up some breakfast goodies for my stay and stopped in a nearby subway stop to get set up with a MetroCard for the week.

Day 2: Woke up early and headed to the subway. I got off at the right stop without a hitch (thank you, thank you) and found NYU dental school without any problems. Emily let me borrow a great map of the NYC subway system that was a total lifesaver. Met all the residents--from places as diverse as Egypt, Korea, Poland, Romania, good ole USA, Iran, Puerto Rico, and Syria. They were unbelievably kind to me and taught me SO much over the course of the week. For any dental people reading this, I got to see an apexification case on a pediatric patient this day. After work went down to the Times Square area to see the bright lights and get in the groove of the city! Then met up with Em, Musette, and another friend of theirs for dinner at a Mexican place, Mole, known for their (surprise surprise) guacamole!

Day 3: Woke up early with Em for a morning workout--power walking along the Hudson River. Subway, work, explored the Village and Little Italy, and ate PINKBERRY for the first time!!! If you haven't heard of Pinkberry, it's amazing frozen yogurt that can be found in New York, LA, and a few other cities. It's delish!
Ok...so now comes the rap concert. SO not my normal style. Emily has a friend in NYC who works for a company called Vevo that films famous artists in private venues for music videos to be posted on YouTube. He had a particular event going on this night with rappers Nas, T-Pain, and a Tribe Called Quest. These names sounded familiar today, and I know these guys are pretty famous, but due to the fact that I am not a big fan of rap, I didn't really know anything about them. But I figured, hey, I'm in New York and have an invite to a VIP only concert...why not?? So we went to a small little venue underneath a hotel and saw an awesome rap concert! I had no idea what those guys were saying but hey I was there! :) Probably the best part was when we got ushered to the front of the line outside the club...I felt like I was in a movie!

Day 4: slept in a little, since the rappers hadn't even STARTED playing (rapping?) until 1 am...again, not my normal scene! Em headed out to Queens to teach tennis (her weekend job--this girl works HARD, I am telling you) and I ate a leisurely brunch at the apartment and headed out to explore. Sweet Taylor told me I could buy a new dress for the party we would be attending that night. (More on that in a min.) So I found this cute little boutique called Pinkyotto and found a GREAT dress! I haven't bought a really nice dress in a while, so it was fun. I always feel particularly pretty when I get to wear something new.
That night we went down to one of the Piers and hopped on a HUGE boat for a joint birthday party for three of Emily's friends. We cruised around Manhattan. It was so cool to see the city from the water like that, plus we got a really close up view of the Statue of Liberty.

Day 5: Woke up fairly early and headed down to the Times Square TKTS booth to get discounted tickets for the musical Memphis! It won the Tony for best musical this year, and let me tell you, it was WELL deserved! Go see it if you get the chance. We hit up Gemma again for brunch...I got pane e nutella and a tomato basil frittata. Mmmmm. Headed down to the theater district for Memphis. It did not disappoint! Then uptown for church at Redeemer Pres. I LOVED attending a service there. Their main pastor, Tim Keller wasn't there, but the assistant pastor was wonderful. I love attending church in New York, simply because of the diversity. I feel like I am in the middle of what the kingdom of heaven will truly look like. People from every tribe and nation! Back to the apartment after church, leftovers for dinner. (New York is expensive!)

Day 6: Subway, work, took a LONG walk from NYU to Central Park, just happening to pass by Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales along the way...nothing wrong with a little window shopping! :) Then took an ice cream break at Dylan's Candy Bar, aka heaven on earth. Met up with Em and took a power walk in Central Park. I had probably walked, no lie, a total of 8 or 10 miles that day!! My feet were worn out!! Headed back to the apartment, ordered pizza from Lombardi's, New York City and America's first pizza place!, curled up on the couch and watched the Bachelorette finale--which was very entertaining by the way!

Day 7: Work, took off at lunchtime since it was my last day to enjoy NYC and headed again to the TKTS to nab a last minute ticket to see Promises, Promises, a comedic musical with Kristen Chenoweth and Sean Hayes (the hilarious guy from Will and Grace). Headed down to Canal Street to see if I could find a purse for my sister..no luck. Back to the apartment for a quick dinner of oatmeal and berries (I was using up the breakfast food I had bought!), and headed down to Broadway solo to see Promises Promises. Em was leading a Bible study that night, and since I only had one last night, I decided to skip it and see one more musical instead. Met back up with Em for prayer at the end of the Bible study at her apartment, then packed up and turned in!

Day 8: to the airport and home! I was SO excited to see Taylor...we have not been apart for this long since we've been married.

Will post pics soon! Hope this gave a little insight into the life of a New Yorker, at least as I lived it for a week!

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