City of Parks

My Mom’s two requests when coming to see me in New York were, “get a bagel at H&H” and “take a walk through Central Park“. Mom has been here a few times, and these two simple activities were something she just had to do again. And, who can blame her? You can’t get a better bagel than the bagels at H&H, and Central Park is one of my favorite places in possibly the whole world. The sunniest day she was here we had a carb-filled butter breakfast at H&H, and spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon exploring parts of Central Park neither of us had been to. That’s what I love about this park, you never know where you’ll end up.

central park meandmom momarch

 

After eating lunch at Bergorf’s, shopping and exploring Chelsea Market, we headed back to Central Park, but this time to the North end. We got off the train in Harlem and walked south toward the Central Park Conservatory Garden and the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. So many fragrant plants were in bloom and the water was just beautiful.

conserv resrvoir

 

Central Park wasn’t the only park we visited during her stay. One night, while heading towards Eataly, we accidentally found ourselves in Madison Square Park. Perfect timing too because the park had an interesting art exhibit up from now through September 8th.

redyellowblueIt’s called Red, Yellow and Blue and it was created by Orly Genger. He used 1.4 million feet of repurposed nautical rope and 3,500 gallons of paint!

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It’s supposed to look like waves…combining the coastline with the city atmosphere.

redrope waterwall

 

We spent a long time examining the artwork before remembering we were starving for some authentic Italian food, and made our way out of the park.

I had a great time with my Mom, the best time. I’m grateful I get to show her around such a fun and beautiful city.

Cheers!

Staycation

I hate that word, but it really is the best way to describe this weekend. It’s Memorial weekend and most of the people in the city have left to spend the long weekend at the beach somewhere fabulous, but we decided to stay home. The wedding is so super close, I only have Sunday and Monday off of work, and we figured we could stay home knock out most of our to-do list, and still have time to enjoy this beautiful spring weather.

Yesterday was awesome, so awesome that I was gone from the time I left for work at 9am until 2am this morning.

A friend from work wanted to hangout after we got off, so we took a nice long walk through Central Park. It was 80 something degrees (the highest it’s been all year), and just perfect in the shade. We sat and talked for a while and decided we might as well spend rest of the day together!

After the park, we went to Madison Square Eats (a little food festival) with Zoey and Peter, and a college friend of Peter’s. We tasted so much delicious food from different restaurants all over the city.

An Indian style veggie burger with garlic fries
A macaroon with potato chips, pretzels, chocolate, and other little goodies in the mix.
lemon mint granida

We relaxed in Madison Square Park for hours until the rain forced us out.

Eventually, we escaped the downpour and we spent the rest of the night making fish tacos in an UNBELIEVABLE apartment with the MOST BEAUTIFUL view of Central Park, dancing, relaxing, playing cards, taking cat naps, and pretending that we are on vacation… After all, we were somewhere fabulous.

 

My work-friend stayed the night. We had a mini-slumber party. I even got up early and made breakfast. Then, we all snuggled on the couch and watched KickAss, all before noon.

It was such a good day. Great friends, great food, and great weather (even the rain) is all we needed for our little staycation, and the best news is, we still have tomorrow off!

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend!

Cheers!