I'm no stranger to the big apple (18 trips and counting) the city never sleeps, the weather is usually terrible and the people are never happy--the energy however, is magnetic.
I recently got the opportunity to visit New York with NYC GO and see the city like never before. Up until now, my trips to New York have always been work related. Waking up to a jam packed schedule, taxis from meeting to meeting, dinner, sleep, repeat. This was the first time I was able to see the city for what it really is--a beautiful and chaotic cluster of boroughs, each with their own unique personality and aesthetic. I also came to find that New Yorkers are a lot more kind than their reputation suggests.
Rather than a traditional stay in Manhattan, I got to call Brooklyn home. It was my first time ever venturing that far east and it's safe to say it was love at first sight. A majority of my time was spent in Williamsburg, which reminded me a lot of Silver Lake here in Los Angeles. The community is mostly made up of young creatives that appreciate a health conscious lifestyle almost as much as Angelenos do! The phenomenon known as the "Brooklyn Bubble" is REAL. I didn't board the L train for Manhattan unless absolutely necessary, Brooklyn really has everything you need.
In addition to exploring all Williamsburg has to offer, I also got the opportunity to visit Coney Island, Governors Island and the Metropolitan Museum of Art before it opened to the public!
As a native (and proud) Angeleno, New York definetley earned a place in my heart after this trip.