September 14, 2014
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New York City

New York City

Don’t tell RJ, but I’ve been thinking a lot recently about another visit to New York City. It’s been almost a year since we went there last (I’ll embed some videos below), and I miss it so much. To be honest, I think I’m made more for New York City than Los Angeles – NYC seems more work oriented while people in LA are just hanging out. Maybe it’s a good thing I’m here so I can learn to chill out – and you guys see how well that’s going in the videos hahahahahanot.

I’ve been there only three times: once with Gabe (boyfriend before RJ) to see RENT before it closed. I was OBSESSED with the musical in high school and Gabe took me as a present which was super sweet and such an awesome experience.

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Once by myself for the 789 YouTube Gathering. This was right after Gabe and I broke up and we had planned on going together but our break up forced him to back out so I went by myself. I still had an awesome time meeting up with people I had never met in person and just drinking my life away for a week during the night and shopping during the day. Ah, to not have responsibilities.

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with gays i met through YouTube back at 789 in NYC. :)

with gays i met through YouTube back at 789 in NYC. :)

And once with RJ. We stayed for a week last year and met up with some of you guys! Check out the video here:

I’ve been barhopping with friends, explored Central Park a handful of times, seen a show on Broadway, hit up the Met twice and MOMA once, and went to Brooklyn, but I want to do so much more. I want to open the floor up to people who have been there or possibly live there to offer up suggestions. What do you think we should do the next time we go?

About Will

Will is a recent graduate from Florida State University and transplant to Los Angeles who makes the occasional video on YouTube documenting his life with his fiancé and German Shepherd.
  • Serafini

    PLEASE come to New York City. New York and Christmas time is definitely something to look at, like the Rockefeller Tree, the Radio City Christmas Show, and just magnificent decorations to enjoy. Plus, I would be able to meet you guys! :D

  • Sadie Hillier

    MUST get frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity, but more importantly, must go get drunk on candy-themed drinks at Sugar Factory.

  • Rosalyn

    So it’s like 3:10 EST and I’m trying everything to avoid finishing this 10 page paper that’s due tomorrow for my 8:40 class…but I’m currently going to school in Manhattan. My school is upper west side so I usually try to go downtown on the weekends for a change of pace (it’s so slow up here compared to downtown) I’m kind of into weird artsy stuff, but one of my favorite things to do is wander around East Village and visit the record stores, comic book stores, and go to spoken word poetry events…they’re way cooler than they sound and a lot of them are free or really cheap! Also, if you haven’t been to the Strand Bookstore you should definitely check it out! Again, it’s a pretty popular place but I love it! A fun touristy experience I had was riding the Staten Island ferry at night. It’s free and the view is unforgettable!

  • Joshua David Kull

    Hey Will!
    So i recently moved to NYC, and am currently living in Greenwich Village. Some things that I would say are Washington Square Park, just a calm place to chill for a while. The High line, something cool and historical to check out. The Museum of Sex, i’ve heard, is interesting but i have yet to actually go there myself. Chinatown and KTown are both really fun and you can get some really good food there. Saint Marks street has some cool shops and stores that are fun to look in. Gay bars and clubs….there are millions and always super fun:) Strand Book Store has a vast variety of books and even some awesome guests that pop in and have interviews once in a while. Union Square has a market every Saturday and Sunday morning i believe (could also be the week day mornings but i can’t remember) and they have local farmers and craftsman come to sell stuff. The Rubin museum has a lot of eastern art and statues. The Museum of Moving Image i heard is really cool (haven’t actually been there myself). Then there is also the Museum of Natural history (omg so many museums gosh) Also Empire State building, Brooklyn Bridge (awesome views of the entire city from here) and Top of the Rock. As far as nightlife….literally everywhere all the time 24/7. (shouldn’t be a problem) Beacons Closet and Metropolis are awesome thrift stores. Pomander Walk (between Broadway and west end i believe) is a replica of houses in London (kind of cool and interesting). The World Trade Memorial site is a piece of our history that is important to pay tribute to. Lastly the west side highway is one of my favorite places to walk and just relax, especially at night cause you can see all the buildings light up. Honestly my suggestion is walk around and let the city take you. You can find little hidden things just by letting the city guide you. (sorry extremely cliche i know). Also i’ve only lived here for 4 months so this is my only limited knowledge on the city. I hoped this helped! And if you do a meet up, i will definitely be there!

  • Guest

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    Yeah, I totally think you belong in NY! I’m from Queens but spend most to all of my social time in the city/BK. First off, there’s a Chinese restaurant on the Upper West Side called “The Cottage” and you get a free carafe of wine (and at least 1 refill) with your meal. The food is edible, haha, but it has a charming ambiance and great for saving $! Ideal as a pre-game spot. But I’d encourage you guys to stick to downtown Manhattan (Lower East Side, East Village & SoHo) for the most part. At least at night. And Greenpoint/Williamsburg in Brooklyn, too. Flushing, Queens if you’re up for a culture shock. Astoria and Long Island City (where I grew up) are great parts of Queens, too. But only if you’re staying for more than a few days. Otherwise, just stick to downtown. Have Stevie take you around! I know he’s not originally from NY but I feel like he’d be a good guide for the hip & queer happenings. Try a ritzy Midtown rooftop bar (for the view, maybe at happy hour), and a shitty dive bar (or 2). Google queer nightlife events/dance parties in the city when you get close to your expected arrival (no-brainer, I know). Also, I co-sign everything Joshua and Rosalyn said. You have super reliable subscribers!

  • Trent

    Yeah, I totally think you belong in NY! I’m from Queens but spend most to all of my social time in the city/BK. First off, there’s a Chinese restaurant on the Upper West Side called “The Cottage” and you get a free carafe of wine (and at least 1 refill) with your meal. The food is edible, haha, but it has a charming ambiance and great for saving $! Ideal as a pre-game spot. But I’d encourage you guys to explore downtown Manhattan (Lower East Side, East Village & SoHo) for the most part. At least at night. And Greenpoint/Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Flushing, Jackson Heights, Astoria and Long Island City (where I grew up) are great parts of Queens, too. But only if you’re staying for more than a few days. Otherwise, just stick to downtown. Have Stevie take you around! I know he’s not originally from NY but I feel like he’d be a good guide for the hip & queer happenings. Try a ritzy Midtown rooftop bar (for the view, maybe at happy hour), and a shitty dive bar (or 2). Google queer nightlife events/dance parties in the city when you get close to your expected arrival (no-brainer, I know). Also, I co-sign everything Joshua and Rosalyn said. You have super reliable subscribers!

  • Trent

    p.s. Excuse my Guest snafus. Copying, pasting & editing with Disqus on an iPad has been a challenging experience. I promise I’ll have it together the next time I comment! But all the same, I hope you do end up visiting again soon.

  • RJS

    Oh the possibilities are endless that’s what is so special about NYC. First come to mind for you two specifically is you need to see Matilda on Broadway for you Will and Pippin for RJ. I know you love the movie and the show while leans a little closer to the book I’m told I think you would really enjoy and the amazing talent in Pippin plus the circus elements are not to be missed and I think RJ could really appreciate. As someone who grew up and still is a theatre nerd I am baffled on how anyone could come to NYC and NOT see a show everytime.

    Then I would say if you come when the weather is warm walk the Highline and Brooklyn Bridge. For the history buff in you, you have to do Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. Again if you come in the warm weather Governor’s Island is also very cool. If you want to see another awesome art museum the Frick is my favorite. Little less known but its in an old mansion and really makes you feel like you are in old New York when Rockefeller and Carniege ruled. Foodie things, greek food in Astoria, Lantern by NYU for romantic italian, Ben’s Kosher Deli for Jew food, and Sylvia’s in Harlem for Soul Food, oh and pizza anywhere.

    OK I will stop there but I could go on forever! If you want someone to plan you a trip you just let me know!

  • Stephanie

    I agree entirely with Joshua and think you should definitely check out Chinatown and KTown while you’re over here. I would also recommend checking out Hells Kitchen (goes from around 34th st-59th st) but more in detail around the 50th-52nd area, only as my jobs are around that area and I have prior knowledge of what that area has to offer over the other areas hat I haven’t had the pleasure of exploring in detail. That being said, ninth avenue is notorious for its array of different ethnic restaurants, all residing on this strip. So if you’re ever questioning what to eat and are in the area, check out 9th ave and I promise you won’t walk away hungry. Hells Kitchen also has a huuuuge gay community, so theres also an array of awesome gay bars around that are up to your discretion. Also, check out Rockefeller Center! They lit up the tree yesterday and its absolutely beeaaaautiful this time of the year, you can also go ice skating there which is one of my favorite things to do down there as well. Even though I could go on forever, I’ll finally recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve walked it a few times at various times of the year, and my absolute favorite time was during the winter. The views were unbelievable of the nyc skyline and the cold air was an added plus, since in the summer the incline of the bridge and the heat added on ((to me)) was a recipe for disaster. Regardless, there is tons of things out there for you and RJ to partake in, I hope this has helped :)

  • Glenn Graham

    Will; Would you & RJ like to have Dinner with the Director Casper Andreas in New York ? Let me know & I can arrange it :)

  • Maia Liebeskind

    I live in NY and go to high school here and stuff and you should definitely come!! If you do you should try to go see Wicked. I saw it last week with my friend because she gets free tickets from this theater workshop she does and it was so amazing! Actually I think most live theater is pretty awesome. Also once a month they screen movies in central park and its really fun too. I saw The Shining (my favorite movie) there and it was a really cool way to see it. Hope you guys come here!

  • Bailee

    is that dan(mallow610) in the second to last picture?

    • Lilian Liu

      Yes it is him. At first i was like WOWWWW too.. but that’s him hahaha. what a small Youtube world.

  • Kate Brereton

    The highline is really awesome, as are the more obvious choices, like Empire State Building and Top of the rock! Oh and if you see another show, Book of Mormon was probably the funniest piece of work I’ve ever seen!

  • Mikayla Addis

    I absolutely LOVE New York! I live in Rochester but although I’m fairly close to NYC I don’t get to go as often as I’d like. But, I am going there next week and I am beyond excited! I can’t believe I get to see NYC during Christmas time.
    I think you guys should go there again and have a meet up for your fans. I’d love to meet you two, you both have inspired me so much. Plus, it’s freaking NYC! Such a wonderful place.

  • Daniel

    You have to go upstate to see Bear Mountain, New Paltz and Niagara Falls among other highlights. It’s really the most peaceful and tranquil area in the US.

  • ☯Ashanti(troyler)☯

    roam soho, so many great jobs and vibes down there

  • ld611

    Definetly come back to NYC! I met you the last time you were in NYC for the Chipotle Kiki and you seemed to really love the atmosphere based on your time during the Kiki and from your daily blogs last time. I’m further out in Long Island but I always love going to the Big Apple once or twice a year with friends for an adventure!

  • MarioftheMist

    Oh yes! That’d be awesome. I’m a new-ish subscriber and I’d love to meet you guys. I don’t know many places to go to, just the regular tourist spots like Union Square, Chelsea Piers waterside park,(My favorite place to go, you can look at Jersey across the Hudson river) and a few others people have probably already mentioned. :-)

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