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Darby's First Weekend In New York City

Okay, last weekend was my first weekend in NYC. I have a fashion internship here this summer. Augusta already works remotely for Bustle, a NY publication, as a fashion writer. Both the L & L girls have ties to New York.

New York is pretty magical! I love everything about it so far. I was interested to see how it would compare to Hong Kong since I just returned from there. New York is quick moving and crowded, but it doesn’t compare to how fast or how crowded Hong Kong is. New York is just the perfect speed. There is so much to see and do in this city. It was hard for me to pick what to do first. So I’ll be keeping a little NYC weekend dairy to show what I do in this amazing city, ill keep it updated as much as I can! Augusta will be coming to visit me soon, so both the Labels and Lacquer girls will be able to take over NYC. I have the weekends to take inventory on what we should do when she gets here.

Here we go!


I had Friday off from my internship since Monday was a holiday, July 4th. So I wanted to explore Queens a little. My first stop? A coffee shop, of course. I chose a café called Gossip Coffee, naturally. How adorable does that sound? Plus New York is home to Gossip Girl so I wanted to pay homage to one of my fav tv shows by going to a coffee shop with “Gossip” in the title. At Gossip Coffee, I got an iced latte and a strawberry shortcake doughnut. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t get a doughnut my first weekend in New York, ya know? After the coffee pit stop I walked around Astoria/Queens and looked at all the scenery.

Then later that night I went out and hit Times Square. Ahh lights and billboards everywhere. It is true what Jay Z and Alicia Keys, “the lights will make you feel brand new.” People are dressed in costumes, the lights on Broadway are all lit and people everywhere. It is just the right energy! While I took all of what Times Square had to offer in, I made a few shopping stops. I went into one of the biggest Forever 21 (second biggest to the one Augusta and I went into at Wan Chai in Hong Kong) I had even been to, H&M, and Sephora.


I woke up pretty early for another jam packed NYC day. I stopped to get a bagel at Brooklyn Bagel Co. I got a toasted coconut bagel FILLED with cream cheese. Inside this bagel shop there was a window set up like at a gelato shop. You know where all the flavors are showcased with all the toppings, only it was just different cream cheeses. *insert heart eye emoji here*. I took my bagel to Astoria park to eat my bagel on the water with views of the Queensboro bridge. After sitting on a beach listening to “Empire State of Mind” a few times in the park, I headed into Manhattan to go to the MoMa.

I have been wanting to go to the MoMa, ever since I started taking art history classes at SCAD. Oh my gosh, if you haven’t been… GO. It was truly breathtaking and overwhelming. I had to brace myself before I went into each gallery. It housed so many greats. I absolutely loved it. I would like to go back everyday. Pablo Piccaso, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Jean Monet, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Degas, the list goes on and on. It was truly a dream come true! After the MoMa I just explored the area around the MoMa walking around, stopping to look up at all the skyscrapers. City bliss!

Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn Monroe

Pablo Picasso, Girl Before a Mirro

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

Jackson Pollock, Number 31

Vincent Van Gough, Starry Night

Henri Matisse, Dance

Andy Warhol, Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup

On the ground floor of the MoMa looking onto the courtyard


I met a friend to go to Central Park with. Yes Central Park. Ahhhh! I loved being there trying to spot the rock Charlotte and Harry took their wedding photos for the New York Times in Sex and the City. It was perfection. It’s such a big park and there is so much to see. I definitely need to keep going back to explore more.

After Central Park, it was time for crepes! I chose a savory crepe with gruyère and cheese. The name of the crepe place was called Crepes & Delices. It’s address is 124 West 72nd Street, New York City. I highly recommend going they have sweet crepes and savory options. It’s like having a little piece of Paris in New York. We wanted to go get cookie dough, sold like ice-cream but it’s just cookie dough. Yes, I know genius. Sadly, Cookie DO NYC was closed on Sundays. Stay tuned though, I returned!

Sneak peak to next week.

After the cookie dough run was a bust we decided to go to the Basket Robbins right next door. The flavor I chose was Oreo Birthday Cake, it was the flavor of the month!


I hadn’t been to Brooklyn yet, so I wanted to head out there. I took the subway and headed to Prospect Park. This park was so peaceful and pretty. I want to go back and walk around even more. The park had trails that were literally in the woods. It was nice being in New York, but not feeling like it for a second.

Prospect Park in Brooklyn

I’d say it was a pretty perfect weekend and a great jumpstart to seeing all of what New York has to offer! Until next time!!!

--Labels and Lacquer girls

Images: L & L Orginals; Wix (1)

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