New York Weekend Trip: June 2017

 Kim Bondy, Soledad O'Brien, me

Kim Bondy, Soledad O'Brien, me

POWHERFUL GALA 2017

 Got to meet journalist Tamron Hall!

Got to meet journalist Tamron Hall!

I tell this story all the time, but I was able to graduate from college thanks to a scholarship from Soledad O'Brien's Powerful Foundation (formerly the Starfish Foundation).  The foundation sends young girls through college but also provides them with mentoring, career development, laptops, and anything else they need to be successful in completing their education.  Every year the foundation holds a gala in New York.  This was our seventh year. It is always great to be back with my mentors, Kim Bondy & Soledad O'Brien, to celebrate the success of the organization and the foundation's latest graduates.

 TV personality & fashion expert Bevy Smith was honored at the gala

TV personality & fashion expert Bevy Smith was honored at the gala

 My mentor, Kim Bondy

My mentor, Kim Bondy

THE MOST EPIC MILKSHAKE EVER!

 Cotton Candy Milkshake from Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Cotton Candy Milkshake from Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

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I go to New York often, but I always make sure I search on the internet for new restaurants to try.  This time around I came across pictures of the milkshake at a burger joint called Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, and I had to try it.  They have several locations.  We went to the Soho location on Broome st on a Saturday night.  We were told there was a wait, and then we were asked to step behind a rope to wait in line- like the kind of rope you stand behind to get in the club.  I thought it was a joke....NOPE.  There were only two people in line, but we were told to stand behind them and the rope for a 30 minute wait.

 

 Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer in Soho

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer in Soho

We only waited for about 10 minutes. I got the Californian- turkey burger with avocado and pepper jack cheese, fries, and the Cotton Candy shake (asked for vanilla instead of strawberry).  I should say the shake was $15. Ridiculous but it looked so amazing that I came in full YOLO mode. It was good, but regular milkshake good- not $15 good, but it looked so pretty that I don't regret it and the food was really good.

 

 

 

 

 

LITTLE ITALY

 Meatballs & spaghetti from Benito One in Little Italy

Meatballs & spaghetti from Benito One in Little Italy

Even though I have been to New York a million times and even lived there for a little over a year, I never ate in Little Italy. I guess it was just never on the top of my list, but my brother and his girlfriend wanted to go. We ate outside in the perfect weather at a spot called Benito One. I had the meatballs & spaghetti, fried mozzarella, and stuffed mushrooms.  It was all pretty good. I enjoyed the atmosphere more than the food.

 Little Italy (New York)

Little Italy (New York)

 Benito One restaurant in Little Italy

Benito One restaurant in Little Italy

CHINATOWN

 Sesame balls from a Chinatown restaurant

Sesame balls from a Chinatown restaurant

I haven't been to Chinatown in years, but my brother's girlfriend wanted to nab some souvenirs and eat down there.  Canal street is always full of energy so we walked around and eventually stopped in a place with roasted ducks hanging in the window to get a bite to eat. The duck and rice plate was great. I love sesame balls, so I ordered one.I did not expect them to be the size of fists.

 A yummy Chinatown restaurant

A yummy Chinatown restaurant

 A seafood market in Chinatown

A seafood market in Chinatown

FEARLESS GIRL

 Fearless Girl statue (By: Kristen Visbal)

Fearless Girl statue (By: Kristen Visbal)

I already have a picture with the well-known Wall Street charging bull, but I had to get a picture with the new Fearless Girl statue! She was put up in March just before International Women's Day by State Street Global Advisors, an asset management company.  The statue is part of the company's campaign to get more companies to put more women on their boards.

SOME FUN PICS:

 Times Square 

Times Square 

 View of the Empire State building 

View of the Empire State building 

 Washington Square Arch

Washington Square Arch

 9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

 Posing in Soho

Posing in Soho

 Street art in the Chelsea neighborhood

Street art in the Chelsea neighborhood

 Battery Park

Battery Park

 Subway Selfie

Subway Selfie

 Hanging out in Chinatown

Hanging out in Chinatown

 Walking around the city

Walking around the city