February in New York: A Few Favorites

If there was one word for this February, it was this: hibernation. It has been freezing here on the east coast, and my month has reflected that by being more low-key than usual. There were a lot of lazy Sundays this month, cozied up inside my apartment and marathon watching House of Cards – but here’s what I did when I did venture out.

One of the clear highlights of my February was seeing Matisse: The Cut-Outs at MoMA. The exhibit has been around since last fall but, predictably, I waited until the last weekend to see it. I arrived at MoMA bright and early on the final Saturday and, though it was still crowded, enjoyed the experience. The pieces are bold, bright, and colorful, which is exactly my favorite style. Cut-out shapes seem like a simple, even childish idea, but there was something magical and genius about them, too.

Matisse

The other highlight of the month was seeing Constellations on Broadway, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. As soon as I heard about this play, I knew I had to go – and even though the tickets were hard to come by (not to mention expensive), my sister and I were lucky enough to score a pair. As for the play itself, I loved it. Gyllenhaal and Wilson are both excellent, and the story is alternately funny and poignant. Highly recommend.

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I found myself in the Flatiron District a few times this month, and I realized that I actually had not been back to that area since moving to New York in October. I lived in Flatiron in summer 2013 and I love the neighborhood, so that seemed like a huge oversight. The Flatiron Building itself never gets old, and the neighborhood is home to lots of my favorite shops, particularly Fishs Eddy.

Flatiron

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At the beginning of the month, I walked most of the Central Park loop with a friend. Shortly thereafter, the cold became too bitter for any more outdoor jaunts, but I’m excited for more Central Park exploration come springtime.

Though we never got much snow accumulation (unlike poor Boston), it did snow a few times this month. It’s kind of a pain, but I also happen to think the Upper West Side looks beautiful covered in freshly-fallen snow:

While the title of this post specifically mentions “New York,” February also included two short trips to other East Coast cities. I spent a much-too-short day in Boston for work, and while I didn’t see much beyond my hotel room, the trip taught me one thing: getting to Boston is super easy on Amtrak, and I need to make a return trip soon.

Also an easy Amtrak ride? Philadelphia, where I spent part of President’s Day weekend. Though it was bitterly cold during my visit, I really enjoyed Philly – much more to come on that soon.

February was also a good month for brunching. My favorite spot this month was Maysville, located in the Flatiron District. Serving up southern comfort food and lots of whiskey, Maysville was delicious – in particular, I cannot recommend their citrus glazed doughnut enough.

I also enjoyed brunch at Café Luxembourg, where I couldn’t help but order my French favorite, Croque Madame.

And, just as with January, I’ll end the month on a sweet note: there’s now a branch of Dough in Manhattan, near the Flatiron. Try the chocolate salted caramel – you will not be disappointed.

Dough

With that, I bid February a semi-fond farewell. I’d like to think March will be warmer, but given the snowstorm yesterday, “hibernate” just may be my buzzword next month, too.

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