By Bohemia Agent Mary Ann Lucas
Having met the love of my life while working overseas, I have spent the past year in a long distance relationship. This holiday season we have the opportunity to spend a whole month together- 2 weeks in India for Christmas and two weeks in NYC to ring in the New Year. I am like a giddy schoolgirl awaiting his arrival! Every day I think of a new adventure I want to share with him when he gets here and so many of them are located in my own backyard in Upper Manhattan. I’d love to share some of my ideas for the next time you, and someone you love, decide to take some time off in this bustling city and enjoy all it has to offer.
Exploring the Parks: What’s more romantic than strolling the park in the middle of winter with a blanket of snow on the ground and some hot chocolate waiting for you when you get home? Upper Manhattan is filled with some of the city’s greatest parks and I plan to take full advantage while he is here. Growing up in a tropical climate, I might have to teach my boyfriend a thing or two about how to build a snowman and the concept of sledding.
The Cloisters: I haven’t made it to The Cloisters yet, but I have heard nothing but great things about it. Located in the middle of Fort Tyron Park, The Cloisters is a reassembled medieval structure made from parts of five European abbeys. It now houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Middle Ages Collection. This will have us reminiscing about some of our first dates in Europe.
Harlem Public: This has quickly become one of my favorite spots in Upper Manhattan. It’s a cozy pub located at 149th and Broadway offering a huge selection of craft beers on tap and yummy signature (and seasonal) cocktails. I can’t wait to expose him to some serious American grub like their Loaded Grilled Cheese topped with bacon, guacamole, and Doritos! Yes, please!
Minton’s Jazz Club: A friend of mine from Bohemia recommended Minton’s for one of my date nights in New York. Minton’s was the place where bebop was born and has showcased a number of influential jazz artists including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday, just to name a few. Nowadays Minton’s features The Minton’s Players providing live jazz music with every seating.
The Grange Unlimited Liquid Brunch: The Grange, located on Amsterdam and 141st, offers an unlimited liquid brunch on the weekends. The special includes an entrée and unlimited Bloody Marys or Mimosas for 90 minutes for $25 or $28 (depending on entrée choice). Brunch is probably one of my favorite things about NYC and I definitely wouldn’t deprive him of this great American pastime!
There is so much to do in this amazing city we live in, and so much of it can be found in Upper Manhattan! #iloveuptown #moveuptown #exploreuptown