Concrete Jungle

by Grace Ko

My perfect day would consist of a mixture of sleeping in, exercise, being in "the big apple", good eats, and maybe a tiny bit of shopping. And this past weekend, I got to do just that. all of that. 

satisfying a major vietnamese sandwich craving @ numpang

satisfying a major vietnamese sandwich craving @numpang

a mandatory coffee break @ joe

a mandatory coffee break @joe

window-shopped (and maybe shopped) and dined at chelsea market 

window-shopped (and maybe shopped) and dined at chelsea market 

On our drive into the city, I asked Young, "Don't you think it's so amazing that you work in NEW YORK??? Don't you feel so inspired and in awe that you get to come into this city every day?" His response was not so enthusiastic, but then again, to his credit, it's not as glamorous when you have deal with the commute, the tunnel traffic, the chaos in Port Authority. But I love New York City. I love the hustle&bustle. I love the smell, the people watching I can indulge in.  Maybe it's because it's where I met and dated Young and where he proposed. Maybe it's the fact that I lived in the city for two years post-college. So when I get the chance, I love being able to make my way across the Hudson. 

It was one of those days that was just so perfect that I replayed it over and over again in my mind. As we drove home, I thought about why my day had felt so perfect. And it dawned on me: I had felt recharged, rejuvenated, refreshed. And I was inspired. 

Walking around New York, walking around Chelsea Market's Independent Designers Pop Up Shop, and especially getting to visit a friend's new restaurant in Chelsea Market (post on that coming soon!) I was inspired by their creativity and innovation, inspired by how they're living out their dreams. So inspired that I came home and decided I would launch this blog! 

And with that, let me leave you with the words of two of my favorite artists, Jay-Z + Alicia Keys: 

New York, concrete jungle where dreams made 
There's nothing you can't do 
Now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new 

Big lights will inspire you
Let's hear it for New York