Lindsay Nicholas here, it’s been a while since I last got the chance to sit down to write a personal update on what’s been going on in my world, and let me tell you, it’s a lot.
One thing you may already know about me is that I haven’t always lived in Melbourne, Australia. I was actually born in Boston, but at heart, I’m a New Yorker. With the last few years of messy uncertainty, I hadn’t been able to return, but now that life is returning to normalcy, I was finally able to make the long trek around the world. Being able to reconnect in person with my family and friends is a marvel, making New York the perfect place to take a break and I feel right back at home. What an experience to see the city from a different perspective after so much time away because it reminded me who I am. I’m a New Yorker (I’ve heard you’re “allowed” to call yourself a New Yorker if you’ve lived in NYC for more than a decade, and I have far exceeded that) and I’ve got lots to say about it. Here are a few of my favorite things that I've been getting up to in the Big Apple.
I found myself settling back into the routines of my old life, nothing better than getting to do all the things I loved that were once my usual. One thing in particular I’ve found myself doing is my old running route – through Central Park, up Cat Hill, then around the Reservoir.
It takes me past my old favorite spot in the park from when I lived in the city full time, The Ballfields Cafe. It’s the perfect place to enjoy this month’s issue of Vogue with a view, plus it’s dog friendly (my Bassett Hound, Flash was a regular)!
The best way to top off a sunny morning in Central Park is a trip to my all-time favorite lunch spot in all of NYC, BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman. I tell everyone to go here. The view is spectacular, it’s a great place for fashion inspiration and the Gotham Salad is a must go (and don’t forget the Thousand Island Dressing).
Lots of years in NYC and lucky to have lived in some amazing neighbourhoods. Oddly, all in midtown Manhattan (outside of a couple years in DUMBO, Brooklyn). I asked a couple friends years ago if I was more ‘uptown’ or ‘downtown’ and they said ‘you’re solidly midtown.’ As those of us who live here know, it’s the best. Easy access to Central Park, Bergdorf Goodman, and Madison Ave for great shopping, and depending on where you live, great river views (we live on the East River) and probably a walk to work regardless of where you work. Yes, I’m solidly midtown and proud of it.
But it also never hurts to get out of the city, if you can. I would also recommend a weekend trip up to the North Fork of Long Island. I spent many peaceful mornings deer-spotting, feeling grateful for the welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Then I visited friends in the Hamptons was all about enjoying great views, and beautiful scenery(NORTH FORK) and (HAMPTONS) snuggles from furry friends.
In this wonderful trip back, I was also able to reconnect with more family and friends in Saratoga, Woodstock and Watertown New York (right on Lake Ontario). It was magical and really rejuvenated me. There is no underestimating the affect that the special people in my life have on me. I am blessed.