My friend Jamie came from Rochester to NYC this weekend to visit. She left the agenda completely in my hands and had one simple question, "Do we have lots of fun activities planned?" So many fun activities.
Our first activity was the train. Though not usually considered a "thing to do in NYC," it is both necessary and entertaining. The trusty 5 train took us to the Upper East Side, where we explored the Met and ogled the bamboo structure on the roof. It was a pretty crazy exhibit. The whole concept was that the thing was organic and growing (the artists worked on it every day- including the 95 degree borderline miserable day we were there).
After hot dogs on the steps of the Met, we bopped through the shady Ramble, my favorite spot in Central Park. I love that as much time as I have spent in the park, I always find new spots. This time it was a deliciously cold, trickling stream. Right in the middle of our concrete jungle. Who knew?
Thursday night we walked over to the Canal Room to see a great show by Sophistafunk and meet up with friends from 'Cuse.
Funky tunes. Great crowd. Lots of love. Dancing. Smiles. Then pizza, obviously. I learned two new things this evening:
- Blue cheese dressing with pizza is both disgusting and amazing.
- Rock paper scissors with the person behind the register. Winner names the price. I love this.
Friday was a lazy day, and perfectly so. After a killer lunch at Morandi on Waverly and 7th Ave, (Pulled pork with rosemary pesto? Yes please.) we meandered in and out of streets in the West Village, SoHo and back to the Lower East Side.
Friday night was one for the books, but maybe not the blog. Brooklyn Brewery --> bowling --> rooftops --> a surprise dance party. Good times had by all.
The highlight of the weekend though, was Warm Up at P.S. 1, Moma's annex. Jamie put it best when she asked, "How am I going to explain this?"
Public school turned museum, DJ dance party, funky outfits, art you can play with, delicious microbrews, kiddie pool for adults, and the creme de la creme of people watching. I suppose that is a start, but the experience doesn't translate to words. Try the video at the bottom.
All in all, the best NYC weekend I've had in ages. It was riddled with live music, bizarre art and out of control good food, sprinkled with unexpected, hilarious moments. While there is always so much to see and do here, there's nothing I love more than assembling an exciting weekend showcase of the city I love. Thanks NYC and thanks Jamie :)