It’s taken me about 25 years to learn how to bend the rules and have a little fun. I do like to have fun but typically it’s Type A and by the book. I never ditched class (ok a couple of times senior year), never skipped a day when I didn’t have to, and followed all of my coach’s directions (except this one time we walked home from hill repeats and were then scolded…no hard feelings). Anyways, now that I’m 25 and two weeks old, I’ve realized that life doesn’t have a rule book (though some people still tell me I’m a goody two-shoes). As I’ve said (or written) before, life is what you make of it. So, I decided that I was going to take a day off for my birthday and take a day off to explore the city with some friends. The former was actually at the encouragement of my own boss, so that’s that.
But last Wednesday happened to be my good friend Jess’s 5th year anniversary in the city. A few of us coordinated time off and a schedule to explore this island we now call home.
The obvious plan was to start at November Project and of course we made it a double (5:30 + 6:30). I opted in for the running of 5:30, part of 6:30 and then took to strength and stretching. With Saturday’s impending half, I didn’t want to wear myself out.
From there, we made our way downtown, picked up some java from a quaint little coffee shop by NYU, and onward to the Greenwich Avenue Equinox. Oh my goodness so much fun since we actually took our time getting ready, enjoyed a bit of sauna time and didn’t have to battle our way for a shower. Let it be known that normally around 7:45/8am it’s mad chaos and takes forever to actually get showered.
Then it was breakfast (more like brunch) time. We arranged our schedule to be by an avocado toast locale and Bluestone Lane just so happened to be right down the block. Most of us went with the avocado toast + yogurt mix board – a perfectly portioned plate for sure. Un-pictured was the banana bread split and devoured by the table.
^^ Brunch at Bluestone Lane (mmmmm delish)
I definitely forgot to put sunscreen on and with about an hour in the sun at breakfast and additional walking during the day…it was not a pretty tan line.
Once finished with breakfast, we walked out of the West Village and down towards the tip of the island towards Battery Park. Jessica (the girl of honor) had picked up “I LOVE NY” shirts for us to wear on our touristy adventure. I swear, the amount of funny looks, pictures, comments, and even some cat calls, were hilarious. We even got a few people saying “wow you really do must love New York”. That or “where are you visiting from?”. Our reply “the East Village”
^^ Pretty good story behind this picture. Obviously we would want something that matches our shirts but more about who took the photo. We saw this man standing on the street writing in a notebook. We asked him to take our picture and he did, but then asked us for help with his class assignment (to help him learn English). The topic was art and he had to analyze what differentiated street art from graffiti. We all gave him our opinions – emphasizing street art such as the one above helps improve the ambiance of the area rather than degrading it. It was just one of those moments where you think “wow I live in such a unique city that I am surrounded by so many different people and places”.
^^ what a bunch. also noticing the tomato red burn on my arm…
We did attempt to wait in line for burgers and milkshakes from Burger & Barrel but ever since it became the Instagram hot spot, it’s been a zoo. We arrived around 2:30, thinking we would be able to just jet in. Well, given that the line was wrapped around the street corner and we weren’t expected to even be seated together for the next hour or so, we ditched that plan and headed east to another bar for cocktails and burgers. All of us were still full from breakfast and wanted to leave room for dinner (Pauly Gees pizza to come), so divide and conquer we did. Two burgers split amongst the two of us and a few drinks to go around.
Ending the day with a delicious round of pies and complimentary limoncello shots by Pauly himself. Do note that this is a dine in only establishment – no pies to go, even though a picnic in the park would have been divine 🙂
One helluva way to celebrate an anniversary and here’s to many more adventures!
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” – Marthe Troly-Curtin