• Ashley Ramey

NYC Living: July

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Between the busy work days and the action-packed weekends, this summer seems to be flying by.

If you have ever been to Manhattan during the summer months, then you know it can be hot and sweaty. With that, there's not many (convenient) places to easily escape and hop in a pool, so most weekends are spent outside of the island. While we've been bouncing back and forth between Upstate NY and Manhattan this summer, below is a roundup of things we've done this past month in and around the surrounding areas of NYC.

The Hamptons

The weekend was spent drinking spicy margaritas, rosé and reading on the beach.

There was also an annual flea market going on that weekend, so I was in heaven. There were so many beautiful pieces (both big and small) that were treasures. I bought the gold mirror above that's 150 years old and can't wait to hang it.

NYC Eats

Don Angie (located in the West Village): I went here for the first time with a couple of my cousins and the food was truly an Italian experience. For starters, we had the Stuffed Garlic Flatbread and the Chrysanthemum Salad (and not to sound dramatic, but it was one of the best salads I've ever had). For the main course, I had Stracchino Gnocchi (which was light and tasty) and the meat-lovers shared the Lasagna, which they raved about.

Brass Monkey (located in the Meatpacking District): This has been a long-time favorite of mine. There's multiple floors and a rooftop for you to choose from. The small rooftop (comparable to others) is an intimate vibe and you get great views of the water.

Hutch + Waldo (located on the Upper East Side): This has become a local favorite. Though a little pricy (in my opinion), they have a great variety of coffee and their breakfast is really fresh. You can take it to go or sit outside in one of the Parisian-style tables.


Little Island (located in the Meatpacking District): This new attraction recently opened on the West Side, so my husband and I made our way over to check it out. *Important to know: You can only get in/visit by securing an appointment online beforehand. We didn't know this ahead of time and the day was already booked up, so we unfortunately didn't go in. Between 6AM and 12PM, you do not need a reservation. After 12PM, you have to pick a time block (and can do it for free here).

Guggenheim Museum (located on the Upper East Side): I finally went to the Guggenheim for the first time this past weekend. It was a cool experience getting to walk around and seeing the building itself, but they don't have nearly as many exhibits throughout as they normally do. *Important to know: This is another place you have to go online and pick a time to go ahead of getting there. Masks inside are also required.

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