36 hours

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This is the part where I should have some introspective metaphor for wearing a dress over jeans. But alas, I just wanted to look cool and be warm on my way to brunch.

New York in the winter is tough. With grey snow lining the streets and the bitter wind lapping at your nose, it’s hard to make it a point to take advantage of your home city. But against my better judgement, I've been pushing though the winds and stomping through the grey sludge, even on the weekends. I just don’t want to miss a moment in this place.

I've made my ideal weekend itinerary, a la 36 Hours from the New York Times, just in case you're every in my neighborhood.

Friday

4PM Get drinks at Soda Bar (my favorite happy hour dive bar) on the back patio. I promise it’ll be warm enough with the heaters.

6PM Dinner at White Tiger, an immaculately designed (see Instagrammable) Korean restaurant. Order the Korean Fried Chicken.

8PM See a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. They have independent films showing year round and frequently host comedy shows, concerts and plays. 

11PM Cocktails at Crown Inn. Have the bartender customize your drink and sit in the back.

Saturday

9AM Yoga at Brooklyn Yoga Collective for an unpretentious workout. It’s super cheap (pay what you can) and you truly get a feel for the neighborhood community.

10AM Breakfast at Olde Brooklyn Bagel Shoppe. Iced coffee and a bacon, egg and cheese bagel for less than $6. Simply the best.

11AM Explore the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The tropical plants indoor exhibit is the perfect winter respite.

3PM Walk down Atlantic Avenue. This street cuts through boutique clothing stores, adorable toy shops and awesome antiques. Make sure you stop by Nunu Chocolate for some local dessert faire.

7PM  Uber over to Gladyss for Caribbean cocktails and authentic jerk cuisine. This is by far one of my favorite restaurants/date spots I’ve been to in New York and it's very affordable.

9PM Before calling it a night, drop into The Weigh Station, a Doctor Who-themed jazz bar for cocktails and live music. Someone is always dancing.

Sunday

10AM Breakfast at Tom’s Diner (a la Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner). They literally have everything you could ever want for breakfast, but I’m a fan of the link sausage and pancakes.

11AM Spend the rest of your afternoon at the Brooklyn Flea Market. You are sure to come back with the best “authentic” NYC souvenirs. Explore the handmade shoes and clothes, antiques, paper goods and trinkets. Top off your trip with lunch from one of the many food carts.