Exploring the neighborhood: Yorkville.

Exploring Yorkville NYC flaxccentuate.jpgI’ve made it to New York City! 🙂

I’m excited to finally be settling in and getting the chance to explore my new neighborhood, Yorkville!

Located on the Upper East Side (UES) in Manhattan, Yorkville consists of East 79th street to East 96th street as well as Third Avenue and the East River.

Walking along the avenues and the busy streets, I find that everywhere I turn there’s a new shop, restaurant and bar to explore!

I’m compiling a list of my favorite spots and will continue to update with my new finds!

H&H Midtown Bagels East – on 1551 2nd Avenue

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There are so many bagel places in New York — how do you choose? Well, if you’re in the UES — this is a go-to! I was looking up local bagel shops for breakfast one morning and this place popped up. I walked over and found a line out the door — so I knew it had to be good! I have to say their kippered salmon on a bagel did not disappoint! Yum!

Five Mile Stone – on 1640 2nd Avenue

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Boasting a relaxed homey feel, this restaurant is a great option to meet friends for any meal! They also have great deals for happy hour!

Ice Cream Shop UES. – on 1707 2nd Ave

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This ice cream shops offers more than just sweet treats. 😉 Go ask to see the storage room!

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Empire State of Mind

Empire State building in New York City.jpgA year ago today I started my first big job after graduating from college. If you would have told me a year ago that this is where my life would be, I never would have believed you.

I started my new career with high hopes. I took on as many challenges as I possibly could, and worked hard to achieve recognition from my peers and upper management. I moved on to new programs and kept receiving a plethora of assignments, each just as daunting as the last. I took them in stride and completed each task, waiting with bated breath for the next one to come my way.

The funny thing is though, that sometimes, with all of that rush and excitement — it can take its toll. Instead of feeling energized, I had felt tired and drained. I was being worked level grades above my years of experience and knowledge, and I was starting to feel the strain.

However, when you least expect it, life has a way of telling you that when the time is right — to keep working hard and stay true to yourself and your goals — you can create the outcome you wish to see for yourself and make your dreams a reality.

And I’m here to say … Dreams really do come true!

Ever since I can remember, New York City has always been such an important influence in my life. I don’t remember a day after my first visit to the big city, where I wasn’t constantly inspired by its eccentric energy.

Whether in my artwork, stories, on my graphic t’s, pictures I put up on my bedroom walls … the city was everywhere.

It was hard to escape from — featured in almost every movie, various songs and as a popular backdrop for many novels, this beautifully crazy city is a force to be reckoned with!

I’m very excited to say that because of an amazing opportunity … I am about to call this place home!

I couldn’t be happier to start this new adventure and take this big new step in my career!

More life happenings to be featured soon! 🙂

xo. Britt