Hi! I’m Rebecca.

Hi!  I’m Rebecca, and Happy City Living is my blog!  Read what it’s all about here.  A decade ago, I moved to New York to attend NYU, and since then I’ve lived all over the city – including the Village, Chinatown, Union Square, Sunset Park, Harlem, Battery Park City, and Clinton Hill.  Stay tuned for the low-down on each of those neighborhoods and others.  Learning about as many areas of the city as possible has been my hobby since I arrived.  I love to go for a walk on a sunny afternoon and know that I can find a great spot to eat or a quirky place of interest, no matter what neighborhood I’m in.

Me, in an I-love-New-York-street-fairs-and-bubble-blowing stupor, just before graduating college.

These days, I live in Brooklyn with my three cats, Vader,  Johnny, and Hippo.  If I didn’t live in the city, you would definitely find me at the beach.  I LOVE swimming and sunshine!  I also drink tea by the gallon and eat pasta by the boatload, so you’ll find lots of food and drink references in my posts.  In my opinion, New York is the food capital of the world, and I plan to take full advantage of that (what can I say, it’s tough to maintain your girlish figure with so many great restaurants around).

My educational background is in music production, and I’m into all genres.  Let me know what’s on your iPod – I’d love to give it a listen!  These days, I work in advertising, and soak up as much of the city as I can.

Here is my NYC favorites list:

  • Place to walk:  the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Pizza:  Roberta’s
  • Falafel:  Mamoun’s (open ’til the wee hours of the morning, this stuff was made to be a midnight snack)
  • Hot Dogs:  Gray’s Papaya (Recession Special!)
  • Bakery:  Patisserie Claude (the closest thing you’ll get to a real Paris croissant) and Dough (be prepared to shun Dunkin’ Donuts forever)
  • Bars:  RodeoThe Fulton Grand, and Rudy’s (FREE hotdogs at Rudy’s.  I wouldn’t joke about such a thing.)
  • Coffee Shops:  JoeCaffe Reggio, and Outpost
  • Fancy Restuarants:  Babbo and Balthazar (I just drooled)
  • Neighborhood “Locals” Restaurants:  Kiosk, Miss Maude’s Spoonbread Too, Sidecar, and Speedy Romeo (sing it with me now, “You want to go where everybody knows your name!”)
  • Hole-in-the-wall Restaurant: La Nueva Conquista and Under D Tree
  • Lounge:  Coffee Shop (downstairs)
  • Shopping:  SoHo
  • Hobby:  finding great places to eat and drink, on a budget
  • Neighborhood:  TriBeCa (I always keep one eye open for Jay-Z in TriBeCa, but one day I actually did run into John Mayer!  Affirmation that TriBeCa is where it’s at.)
  • Park:  Washington Square Park

Walking around the city with friends, in the warm weather, is my FAVORITE favorite.

These are just a few of my top picks.  The great thing about NYC is that you could literally have “favorites” in EVERY neighborhood!  And the more areas you become familiar with, the more cool places you’ll discover.  I’ll make sure to mention of some great spots in each neighborhood I discuss, and I’d love for you to share your city faves with me!

Johnny and Vader’s favorite NYC place is Ikea in Red Hook.  They love using my woven baskets as fancy scratching posts.

Note:  I have not been compensated in any way for the above listings.  These are simply places I enjoy, that I wanted to share.

Images:  All images Rebecca for Happy City Living

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