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Damn, do I love New York City.

Central Park from Above

Brooklyn Summer

It’s a bit of a sore spot for me to think about how little time I spent there — the city I called home for four years — while I was stateside this summer. A mere twelve days. One night before hopping a flight to Nashville, three nights after landing from Aruba, and one glorious week breaking up a long stretch Upstate in Albany. But twelve nights in the five boroughs is not enough. Not even close.

Generally I do try to split my time in New York State pretty evenly between NYC and Albany, but between family obligations (a joy!), taking care of my pup Tucker (a joy!), and some irritating health issues (a pain!) I found myself spending the vast majority of my days in the Empire State up in the capital.

New York City Summer

So that’s the sad part. The happy one is that I made the absolute most of every minute of those twelve days I did have. Lunches and brunches and dinners and drinks with friends from all walks of life — high school, college, work, travel — comprised of most of it. I even got to meet my girl Justine’s brand new baby while the family was still holed up in a hospital room with views of the Hudson River. Everything was perfect.

These are the people who make the city for me, and one thing that made my small amount of time there this summer bearable is the fact that I actually got to see a lot of them elsewhere this year — like my college crew, who gathered on the shores of El Salvador for ten days of bliss in February, or a smaller contingent of the same group who I met up with again and again in Guatemala in March.

New York City Summer

New York City Summer

New York City Summer

My time in New York City is mostly comprised of small pleasures, like meeting a friend for smoothies on the sidewalk, taking the subway to my old favorite salad place, or sitting on a familiar rooftop and watching the sunset. My trips here tend to be more about nostalgia now, and less about discovering new adventures.

That did change on on Sunday afternoon, when I joined the Future Clear crew for a trip to Fort Tilden Beach. Future Clear is the group of my friends that organized the amazing Equilibrio festival this year. While this one was closer to home, it was full of fun surprises and well attended by Brooklyn’s year-round Burning Man community.

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Fort Tilden Beach

Fort Tilden Beach

I would say the number one selling point getting me on that bright purple bus (as if I needed one!) was a free Buti Yoga class on the beach. Fort Tilden isn’t trendy like Rockaway nor campy like Coney… it’s mostly enjoyed by nature lovers, fisherman and some families. So suffice it to say we did draw some smiles and stares with our spirited routine.

It was an amazing class, and I can’t wait to try this tribal dance-infused version of yoga again!

Fort Tilden Beach Yoga

Fort Tilden Beach Yoga

Fort Tilden Beach Yoga

But when we weren’t performing sun salutations, there was plenty else to occupy our time. Like other kinds of sun worship…

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Playing on a trampoline (at least until the police shut that down)…

Fort Tilden Beach

Digging holes in the sand…

Fort Tilden Beach

Telling hilarious jokes…

Future Clear Restoration Event 2015

And learning how to fire twirl…

Fort Tilden Beach

It was a day of music, yoga, dancing, great food, better company, and lots of smiles. It was also a reminder that there are a million sides of this big ‘ol apple that I’ve yet to explore.

Fort Tilden Beach

Fort Tilden Beach

Fort Tilden Beach

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As I start to refocus my life and my travels into a less-is-more approach, I know that New York is one of the places I want to prioritise in future Stateside Summers. Recently I let myself articulate a dream I’ve had for a while now but was unsure I’d ever be able to achieve — renting an apartment in New York again. I’m starting small — next summer, I hope to dip my toe back in the water by setting aside just one month to sublet a place somewhere in Brooklyn. As much as I love staying with my various friends when I’m in the city, it would be nice to have them over to my place again, too. And as I’ve recently learned, throwing down a chunk of change on rent is one of the only ways to get myself to sit still. Obviously, New York rent is nothing to sneeze at and so I’m going to have to work hard to make this goal come to fruition this summer.

Twelve days chopped up into three short trips left me craving more. I’m looking forward to seeing what thirty straight might do.

Fort Tilden Beach

New York City sunset

New York, I’m coming back for you.

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  • Anca | Globaloud
    November 11 2015

    Oh New York…
    New York months go so fast, not to talk about minutes…
    I spent one whole summer in New York and I can’t wait to do it again. It indeed is a pretty “expensive sport” (I remember paying 900$ for a room in Woodside, Queens – with that money you could rent the best apartment in the very center in the city where I live) but it’s so worth it. After months spent in the Big Apple, I felt like a brand new person, and I think I need that feeling again.
    Your yoga class at Fort Tilden looks like an amazing day trip, too bad I never heard of that place while I was there.
    Hope you’ll have a chance to have your own place in NY next summer, but I also hope I’ll have it too at least once. 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Yup, the rent on my old apartment in Brooklyn was around $900 — and that didn’t include utilities! I am crossing my fingers this plan comes to fruition — you’re right, New York is insanely inspiring.

  • Amanda
    November 11 2015

    Love this! Also Fort Tilden is my favorite beach here, definitely a good enough replacement for CA beaches during the summer.

    I just moved into a new apartment in BK (complete with backyard yay) so would love to see you next year for some bbqs 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Nice! I’d love to come 🙂 Sorry we didn’t get the chance to catch up this past summer! We’ll try again 🙂

  • LC
    November 11 2015

    New York isn’t somewhere I would associate with seaside escapades – it’s nice to see a different side of the Big Apple. Good luck with your financial endeavours. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, to use a completely clichéd saying.
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Thanks LC! There’s definitely a will… and I’m making a way 🙂

  • ‘Love this! I always thought of New York as being quite business-like and in-your-face. Boy! Have you changed that opinion!
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      That’s what I love about New York. It’s eight million different cities to eight million different people!

  • Kristin | Eat.Fly.Love.
    November 11 2015

    New York moments go ridiculously fast. It’s been two years since I moved from New York City to Hawaii and I still miss it ridiculously. All my friends think I’m crazy, but New York is my paradise. And it’s great to see a whole other side of it!
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Those are two of my favorite places, so I’d probably be torn between them too! Thank goodness for those non-stop JFK-HNL flights though!

  • S
    November 11 2015

    I’m sure you’ve realized that Adventurous Kate is planning to rent an apartment in Brooklyn, but likes to spend her summers in the Balkans… that could be convenient 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Actually, I hadn’t! I do know she’s planning to move to NYC. I’ll have to tell her to keep in touch about her summer plans 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  • Eva Casey
    November 11 2015

    Yay NYC! Your adventures at Fort Tilden look so fun!! Next summer you should check out the Jacob Riis Beach Bazaar if you haven’t already!

    When you spend such a concentrated time in the city (probably any place, really) it makes you use every minute wisely. I found that when I lived in NYC for the past two years straight I came to take it for granted. But I think a month is definitely a great amount of time to both settle in and explore new things!
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Here’s hoping it will be! And no, I’ve never heard of the Jacob Riis Beach Bazaar before… but consider it officially on my list!

  • Sher
    November 11 2015

    hey! just stumbled on your blog. A fellow NYC based travel blogger but i’ve never been to fort tilden! your photos make it look like a blast, i’ll have to check it out.

    Sher

    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Sounds like something to look forward to when the weather turns nice again! Hope you’ll love it a much a I do.

  • Joy @MyTravelingJoys
    November 12 2015

    I love every visit I make to NYC, which I only called home for 3 years. I’ve decided that NY is like an old lover, one that you just can’t forget nor do you want to! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Well put. I’ll never be done with New York!

  • Janice Stringer
    November 12 2015

    Great photos!
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Thanks Janice! It’s a pretty photogenic city…

  • eden
    November 12 2015

    It’s been almost a year since I’ve been to NYC — definitely overdue for a trip! Love the idea of doing yoga on the beach and learning how to fire twirl! Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      New York has some amazing yoga classes and studios, but I think this one would be hard to top 🙂 Definitely time for a return trip!

  • Paul
    November 12 2015

    Loved this post, Meihoukai! I am a big fan of NY – I get to upstate New York all the time, but it’s been too long since I’ve been to NYC. The photos in this post were fantastic, very nicely done!
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Thanks Paul! I feel that’s the opposite of most people who go to the city often but never make it upstate 🙂 Glad you get to see all sides of our beautiful state!

  • Jenia
    November 12 2015

    Fort Tilden looks rediculously fun, and your community of friends does too! Brooklyn summers are the best kind of summers..be careful though, NYC does have that curious / inexplicable power to suck people in 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Believe me, I’ve felt it myself! 🙂 However, I think these itchy feet of mine will keep me from growing roots too deep (not to mention the limitations of my bank account!)

  • Dominique
    November 13 2015

    Is it just me, or are you usually super lucky when it comes to weather? When I go to cities on the Northern Hemisphere (even in Summer) it usually rains 🙂 Your pics of New York are beautiful!
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      Ugh, believe me, I had TONS of bad weather luck for the second half of my Central America trip. Broke my heart!

  • Daniel @ Path Finder City
    November 13 2015

    Damn, your photos are amazing, Meihoukai! Gotta make an effort to visit NYC some day… which is currently half globe away from where I am now.

    -Daniel
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      It is one of the world’s greatest cities! Definitely add it to the bucket list 🙂

  • Katie
    November 13 2015

    I always said that I loved visiting New York but could never live there. Lately, a move there in the next couple of years is looking more and more likely — and to my own surprise, I’m completely psyched about the idea! The more I visit and fall in love with cities around the world, the more I crave to get to know New York back home. Can’t wait to see everything you get into there with a full month to explore!
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      That’s exciting, Katie! I’m biased, but it’s hard for me to think of a better base for a few years 🙂

  • I cannot agree more! New York is one of our favorite places too and this was the first year in 5 that we didn’t make it out for a summer visit. Tribal dance yoga sounds like a stupid amount of fun! I imagine it’s a very giggly practice.
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      It is — and a sweaty one! I love how energizing and empowering it is. Will definitely be taking more classes!

  • Rashaad
    November 14 2015

    Is Fort Tilden Beach accessible by public transportation?
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    • Meihoukai
      November 15 2015

      You know, I’m not sure about that Rashaad. I know some of my friends hopped on the subway with their bikes and then rode from the nearest station.

  • Zascha
    November 15 2015

    It’s lovely to another side of New York.
    I got to spend a little more than two weeks in the city this summer and it was a blast. I truly enjoyed every minute of it.
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    • Meihoukai
      November 21 2015

      I LOVE summer in the city. Might just be my favorite season — okay, I love them all, except winter 🙂

  • Lauren
    November 15 2015

    Pretty impressive yogini pics! Didn’t know you had those moves 🙂 Thinking about NYC for NYE, thoughts?
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    • Meihoukai
      November 21 2015

      Honestly, I’m not really one for big city NYEs anymore. I can’t stand the cold, the long lines, the traffic, the bouncers, the overpriced everything, etc. I love going out in the city but the last few years my friends have rented houses upstate or done house parties in the city and I’d be right there with them if I were stateside. Sorry that isn’t the advice you were looking for, I know 🙂 I’m sure you’ll have a great time trying it once!

  • Frances
    November 15 2015

    Lovely photos and sentiment. New York has been on my bucket list for years. I’ll make it there one day!
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    • Meihoukai
      November 21 2015

      It will always be there waiting when you do 🙂

  • Edward Smith
    November 16 2015

    New York a wonderful city of the World. I have visited once and i loved the city.

    • Meihoukai
      November 22 2015

      I agree. It’s one of the few places I’ve been that when you are there, you truly feel like you’re at the center of the universe. It’s magical.

  • Izy Berry
    November 17 2015

    This place is amazing NY is a mix of every culture you can found everything
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    • Meihoukai
      November 22 2015

      I love that about New York — it’s one big melting pot!

  • Leigh
    November 19 2015

    I don’t think I’ve spent 12 days in my entire life in NY 🙂 Random business trips for a day or two here and there. I’ve always preferred the “smaller” towns like Boston and Chicago, but someday New York and I will “click.”
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    • Meihoukai
      November 22 2015

      I guess when it comes to cities I like to go big or go home! I’ve never clicked with Boston and have always been ambivalent towards Chicago, but New York is my serious spirit city. Give it some time… there’s an NYC for everyone 🙂

  • Marie
    November 24 2015

    I love everything about New York. I read many blogs about New York and there’s something about your blog that catches my attention. Great post 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      November 25 2015

      Thanks Marie! Having lived there for four years it has a really special place in my heart.

  • Jade
    December 6 2015

    I just rediscivered this post through your Great Escape roundup and have now firmly put ‘Buti Yoga’ on my must-try list.
    I literally don’t think there can be a better form of exercise than a tribal dance-infused version of yoga…
    You inspired my first SUP session so hopefully I get round to this too- thanks Meihoukai!

    • Meihoukai
      December 9 2015

      Love hearing that Jade! I’m definitely going to get some Buti yoga going again next summer when I’m stateside too…