Being a native New Yorker currently hailing from Miami, I was less then thrilled to be visiting the city in February, especially with the news of a pending snowstorm. Checking in to the cozy The Standard Suitein the heart of the trendy Meatpacking District, I was immediately reminded of the comfort of being “home” layered with a vibrant energy only New York City can exhume. With no opportunity to sleep, I was instantaneously joining friends for classic martini at Abe and Arthur’s followed by an intimate dinner amongst a crowd of downtown’s finest at The Soho House.
The following day, I played host to a birthday celebration surrounded by friends and colleagues at The Blind Barber, a unique LES venue that is a classic barbershop during the day that magically transforms into a hidden 1920’s speakeasy at night. With a combination of perfectly mixed cocktails and music by celebrity DJ Max Glazer, the evening extended way into the morning hours. And then the snow came… slated as the Blizzard of 2013, a normal city would have shut down in preparation, but NYC resiliently remained open. Despite my over dramatic stance on the weather, I was gently coaxed out into the cold for a romantic candle lit dinner at Zampa’s the concluded with one of the most memorable walks home in the glistening white snow.
February also is host to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which was in full effect despite the weather. My company, The Red Carpet Events was contracted to produce a fashion show for a series of emerging designers, which was the original reason for the visit to NYC. Thankfully, the show went off without a hitch with a room filled with celebrities and fashionistas excited from anticipation for the upcoming season’s designs.Exhausted from a hectic week, I choose to spend my last Manhattan night at a Tribeca favorite, Marc Forgione’s. Greeted by the Iron Chef winner himself, we were given a corner table and surprised with a specialty meal personally prepared by the legendary chef, donning yet another memorable evening.Encompassing such an amazing series of experiences, I had mixed emotions returning to Miami, but I am confident that when I revisit Manhattan, I can fondly call MySuites, my home.
– Christy Bareijsza is the founder and CEO of The Red Carpet Events(NYC), currently ranked one of the Top 25 Event Planning Firms by NJBiz.