Wednesday, August 27, 2008

last weekend...

It was a mixed bag of emotions here in the Big Apple this past weekend: adventures and fun with the beau, busyness and exhaustion from all the running around, and a difficult goodbye with a dear friend who is no longer "officially" a New Yorker.

We started out the weekend with a birthday/farewell party for Anna at the 79th Street Boat Basin (a very cool place to host a party, FYI). The Boat Basin is on the Upper West Side, right on the water, with beautiful views and beautiful boats (the beau and I like to play a fun game called, "Which Boat Should We Buy?"). It was a great time of honoring the birthday girl on her last weekend in New York and spending time with good friends.

Saturday we woke up (late) to the most lovely, mild weather you can imagine, which is SO not the norm for August in New York. The beau and I enjoyed a leisurely UES brunch before hitting the pavement for a long and full day of fun in the sun. South Street Seaport was first on our list, which is a bit touristy but fun to check out. We headed to the half-price ticket booth and bought theater tickets for a Sunday show, then wandered about the seaport, taking pictures and enjoying the views.

South Street Seaport

Next we headed to the Brooklyn Bridge, which I have never walked across in the summertime on the Most Perfect Day Ever (meaning I have never had to share the Bridge with quite so many people before). It was almost too crowded to enjoy (and there is always that ONE PERSON who decides it's a good idea to stop right in the middle of the walkway to take a picture, causing a HUGE traffic jam behind them. COME ON, people!). But the bridge is such a stunning piece of architecture and the views are so spectacular, it is totally worth it -- even with the crowds.

brooklyn bridge

We spent the afternoon in DUMBO walking around Brooklyn Bridge Park and grabbing a late lunch, then headed up to Brooklyn Heights where we wandered down tree-lined streets and daydreamed about living in one of those beautiful, old brownstones. The evening was capped off with a stroll along the Promenade and a breathtaking sunset over Manhattan.

Sunday we were up at the crack of dawn, but for a good (and sad) was time to help our friend move out of her Harlem apartment. Anna is off to share her beautiful heart and friendship with the good people of SC -- lucky ducks. I'm excited for her and this new journey, but will miss her (and all of our New York adventures) terribly.

{anna & i: on an adventure in 2006}

After the moving and sad good-byes, the beau and I headed home to get ourselves cleaned up and ready for the Broadway show we had purchased tickets for the day before. We caught a matinee of Legally Blonde (which was highly entertaining!) before taking the beau to Penn station where his D.C. bound train awaited him -- always my LEAST favorite part of the weekend. :(

Like I said, a mixed left me tired and happy and full to the brim of love for all the wonderful people in my life and this great city that I call Home. For more weekend photos, feel free to peruse my flickr page.


lars shalom said...

howabout films of my book???

Anna said...

Now I'm getting teary, so maybe we're tied. Somehow it's hard to read about you doing NYC things and know that I can't do them too - even though, at least this time, I was also doing NYC things at the same time as you! :)

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