Airbnb Adventures: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Friday, May 30, 2014


So, this is the building that we stayed in during the NYC leg of our east coast trip. Another Airbnb gem. It's funny, when you see a place on Airbnb, you don't see the neighborhood, the outside of the building, or even the inside of the building. You just kind of assume that since the pictures of nice, everything else will be, too, right?! Well... walking up we were extremely underwhelmed. The closer you got the worse it looked, haha. Once you got inside the building it was one fire code violation after another (we know this because Fire Marshal Mark Carman was with us...). The walls of the building were covered in graffiti and the place looked like its most recent cleaning was about 5 years ago. Panic set in for a minute. We made our way up to our studio loft and it was just as the pictures provided (whew!). We chatted with someone in the elevator and they told us to head up to the rooftop. Once we got up there saw the most incredible views of Manhattan! Okay, so this place isn't as bad as it looks.

Later in the week we chatted with a tenant that said Bill Murray sublets an apartment in the building and has been known to randomly waltz into parties in the building. We also found out that there used to be an illegal matzo ball factory in the basement of the building and the fire department shut the building down for 3 months to destroy the factory and bring the building back up to code. So it turns out that our funky little building has become a bit of a landmark for controversy and celebrities. Who knew?!


Who also knew that at the end of our stay we'd kinda miss our divey little digs?! It really grew on us.

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

New York, NY

Thursday, May 29, 2014

We walked around NYC like it was our job. Serious. Never in my life have I walked so much. It felt good. Especially with all the bad for you good food we were eating. I like to think that all the walking we did cancelled out all the food we ate. That's a thing, right?! 

I've been to NYC a few times in the past, but this was Luke's first time to the big city, so I happily re-saw everything I'd already seen :) When we weren't walking from site to site we were making friends at every bar we stopped at and restaurant we ate at. We had Mark Carman with us (my dad) and he likes to make new friends everywhere he goes, so it made for a lot of good & interesting conversations all over the city, all week long. We did our best to find the tastiest food and the best east coast beers in the city... See the end of this post for links to everywhere we ate and everywhere we visited. Like I did with my Boston post from yesterday, I also Instagramed my way around NYC with my own little hashtag #hollslovesnyc :)

^^The view from our Airbnb loft. More on this in tomorrow's post... ^^
^^Take a picture of your name so you don't have to buy the license plate...^^
^ Lemon ricotta pancakes @ Cafeteria, a little slice of heaven ^
^ $1 oysters @ The Lobster Joint, highly recommend ^
^ Happy Hour Sliders (Lobster & Crab Cake) @ The Lobster Joint ^
^The Bowery Wall Mural. I'd been dying to see this wall for months & months. I was beyond disappointed to see it covered in graffiti ^
^ Cabs for daysssss ^
^ A walk along The High Line. Definitely recommend doing this! ^

Bella Napoli (a delicious slice of NYC pizza)
Dunkin Donuts (DUH!)
Cafeteria (amazing brunch. we had lemon-ricotta pancakes, cheddar & tomato omelette, and eggs benedict with grit cakes, mmm)
S'Mac (way too much mac, way to much. good, but way toooo much)
Mulhollands Bar (a divey little bar that we frequented in Brooklyn. met a lot of people from Portland here.)
Lobster Joint ($1 oysters during happy hour. highly recommend stopping in here for a snack and a beer)
Luke's Lobster (overpriced but we had to try the Maine trio, plus it's called Luke's Lobster!)
Shake Shack (might have eaten here twice, might think it's better than In n Out...)
Chelsea Market (fantastic place for lunch)
Carnegie Deli (kind of got tricked into this one by Yelp. way too overpriced & touristy - we just wanted a simple deli sandwich)
The Italian Food Center (we stopped in here for a few beers & chatted with the bartender for a while... we didn't eat here, although the food looked amazing)
Street hot dogs (bleh, but we had to)

The High Line (a highlight of the trip for me - must do this if you're visiting the city)
Chelsea Market (fun place to wander around and grab lunch)
Central Park (a great place to take a break from the hustle of the city)
New York City Fire Museum (my dad was a firefighter for 33 years, so this was a "must see" for us)
Staten island Ferry (a FREE view of Lady Liberty)
Houston Bowery Wall (I HAD to see the Maya wall, but some jerk tagged it. It's gone now, a new design is up - so check back for more cool art installations)

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

Boston, MA

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Boston. Where do I even begin? I love you so much; my very favorite east coast city. Whenever I'm here, I never want to leave. You hold a lot of my family history and I always feel slightly at home wandering your streets. I've never lived anywhere even close to you, but you just feel all sorts of right. All the seafood, the blueberry beer, the dunkin donuts, (seriously... I should dedicate a blog post to their iced coffee with cookie dough flavoring #mighthavehadthree). This city is seriously my style. If you follow along on Instagram, I made a special hashtag for this trip #hollslovesboston. It's true, I love this city. See below for links to all the places that we ate and the fun things we did in the city!

^^ The company I work for is constructing this building... The new Converse HQ ^^
^^ Dream house found ^^
^^ The T, we mastered it ^^
^^ Al took us to the good beer... ^^
^^ Holy cannoli (we had some)  ^^

The Salty Pig (delicious wood fired pizza)
Legal Seafood - Harborside (we had a family dinner here one night with my dad's cousins, we had the best blueberry beer and chowder)
Boston Beer Works (we went here before a Red Sox game. good lunch and beers)
Union Oyster House (stopped here for a beer and chowder break)
Giacomo's (had the best Italian dinner here - seriously, so good - also in the cutest neighborhood, the North End)
Mike's Pastry (stopped for a late night treat - bought a box of cannolis)
Meadhall (a selection of delicious beers in Cambridge)
John Harvard's Brewery (stoped in for a beer, eh)

Fenway Park (bucket list, must see in your lifetime)
Freedom Trail (a fantastic way to see the historical landmarks of the city)

- Photos © Holly Copeland -