Saturday of week 6 was one of the best days I’ve had in New York! My friend Aneesh and I made plans to go to Parm for lunch and then spend the afternoon at the Natural History Museum. Parm is a cool diner that serves chicken parm in different forms. I got the eggplant parm sandwich which was heaven. The Natural History Museum was HUGE. We spent 3 hours there and didn’t even see it all. My favorite parts were the Native American exhibits (still referred to as Indian at the museum) and the dinosaur fossils. Sadly, it is not the same museum used in filming Night at the Museum (except the outside of it), which was disappointing to learn!
After the museum, we met up with my friends Issac and Molly who were in town from Minneapolis. We waited in line at Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side for what is declared to be the best cookie on earth. It was well worth the wait — the claims were 100% true. These cookies are unbelievable. The outside is the perfect amount of crispy and the inside is warm and gooey. I got the chocolate peanut butter which was a dream.
Sunday I woke up with a basic white girl craving for an Açaí Bowl. I got a cappuccino from my favorite coffee shop and then picked one up from a place in my neighborhood (Hell’s Kitchen) called ‘Fresh From Hell’. Since Saturday wore me out, I had a chill day. My roommate was going to a party and needed to bring dessert, and as I was telling him about my prior day’s cookies he decided to bake a knock-off version. Let me tell you, they did not disappoint either and the recipe was insanely easy. Later, I biked down to Chelsea and watched the movie ‘Eighth Grade’. The theatre was near a Murray’s Bagels (which I hadn’t tried yet) so I snuck in one of those. I really enjoyed the movie although there were so many parts that made me uncomfortable to watch (in a good way). It took me back to that time period, for sure. The bagel was just ok. I picked up a Taco Bell quesadilla on my way home, got my nails done that evening, and then caught up with my best friend Brooke on FaceTime.
On Monday, we started the last week of curriculum with Girls Who Code. The last 2 weeks are final project work. This week the topic was Data Science which I really enjoyed. The girls had to interact with Twitter data, create their own survey and analyze the results, and discuss the risks/benefits of collecting certain types of data from users.
Monday and Tuesday were pretty chill after work. On Monday I discovered an Underground Market near my apartment that has a ton of different food options, and I picked up a poke bowl. On Tuesday I met my friend in Dumbo for pizza and we went to Jacques Torres Chocolate which is pretty popular.
Wednesday was a big day for me. I had decided the one thing I wanted to do before leaving New York was to see Hamilton. I found a decently priced box seat ticket that week and bought it immediately for the 8p Wednesday performance. I made a night out of it by dressing up and going to a bar to read and get a nice cocktail first. I found a hidden gem in Times Square called The Rum House, which is a lounge with a vintage feel and jazz playing. The drinks were great! I got to Hamilton on time and was thrilled with my view. I’ve never had seats so good before. I’ve listened to the soundtrack so many times but it did not compare to the real performance. It really was as good as everyone says! I LOVED it.
The other big part of Wednesday is that I ACCEPTED A JOB OFFER! I am going to be working with a small company in Austin, TX as a Technical Support Engineer. All the people I talked to were great, and I’m really excited about it!
The end of the week went by more slowly than usual, due to not having any field trips for Girls Who Code. That was really nice though, and the girls liked having enough time to complete their projects.
I had a really fun Thursday by going to Dumbo in Brooklyn again after work to meet up with a friend. First I checked out Brooklyn Roasting Company and read for a while with an espresso. Then I met my friend at Brooklyn Bridge Park and we went roller skating. I hadn’t done that in so long and it was a blast! Maybe I should get roller skates…
On Friday I woke up with a sore throat. One of my students had been sick yesterday and I had even took her to Rite Aid to get DayQuil. Unfortunately, I think she gave it to me. The day went smoothly though and they finally got a tour of the all MetLife floors in our building. They loved seeing all the different furniture and fun social spaces available there. I stayed in that night to recover.
I can really feel my time in NYC coming to an end. I’ve done most of the things I wanted to do and I have a plan for what I’m going to do when I leave. My dad and I are planning a visit for the end of the month for him to come help me move and also do some fun New York things together. I am really excited for that! I think the next 2 weeks are going to go by much slower than the rest of the summer. The 2 weeks of group projects will be less structured which means more down time. I still have some exciting events coming up so I’m going to make the most of it. I feel really lucky, my experience here has been way better than I thought it would be.