The work week is often so busy that I don’t plan any evening activities after I get off work. Living Monday-Friday inside of an office, I often forget that I’m living in the big apple, the “”place where dreams come true”” yadda yadda. It’s the weekends when I have time to explore and unwind after a long day that I realize how lucky I am to be living in this intense, wonderful NYC. These two past weekend I have done some really fun things. Below is a brief overview:
Friday, September 30th
Black Eyed Peas concert in Central Park. My friend Luke got free tickets to the concert. It was originally scheduled during the summer, but it was rescheduled due to a thunderstorm. I’m not a huge Black Eyed Peas fan, but it was a lot funner than I had expected. I had heard that Fergie doesn’t vocally perform well live, but I was pleasantly surprised by her voice as well.
Saturday, October 1st
I started the day sleeping in and being lazy in bed until afternoonBikram yoga class. Then I had a delicious vegetarian dinner at Curly’s. The nachos were particularly amazing. It’s definitely one of my new fav vegetarian spots. After dinner my boyfriend and I saw Moneyball. I went mainly because it was a movie my boyfriend really wanted to see, but I ended up enjoying it too.
Sunday, October 2nd
My boyfriend and I had a double date brunch in Brooklyn at Five Leaves. I ordered the Moroccan Scramble which I highly recommend although I was sickly full after eating it all. While we were in Brooklyn, I stopped in my favorite jewelry boutique, Norbu, which sells gorgeous druzzy pieces. Last but not least, my boyfriend and I went to the Tigers v. Yankees playoff game at the Yankees stadium. Even though we were two of few Tigers fans in a stadium full of Yankees, I still had a lot of fun supporting my home team. Yes, we did have our whole section shouting asshole at us, but it was worth it because we won 🙂 (See picture below as a prime example of how popular Kevin and I were in our section.)
Friday, October 7th
After another long week at work, I was looking forward to Friday evening to unwind. I met my boyfriend after work in the Meatpacking District at a place called Sea for a thai dinner. I will definitely be going back for their vegetarian basil duck. So good!
Saturday, October 8th
After breakfast at a trendy brunch spot in my neighborhood, Eatery, my boyfriend and I went to Queens to see the Detroit Disassembled exhibit by Andrew Moore at the Queens Museum. It was a trek, but it was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun. Being from Michigan, the exhibit felt close to home. I enjoyed the narrative Moore’s photographs told, and I like the idea of nature taking over the city as a part of the process of regrowth. Read more about about Detroit Disassembled here or watch a slideshow with narrative by Moore here.
Not only was it my first time at the Queens Museum but it was also my first time at Flushing Meadows Park to see the unisphere*. We got mister softee ice cream and ate it by the fountain while watching all the families enjoying the day.
In the evening, I met up with a college buddy to watched the Michigan vs. Northwestern football game at one of the Michigan bars in the city, Professor Thoms. At halftime we walked across the street for dinner at an Italian restaurant called John’s and to my surprise they had a whole vegan menu. It was a fun evening, and it didn’t hurt that we won too 🙂
Sunday, October 9th
After early morning Bikram yoga I had brunch at Dim Sum which is a banquet hall-like place that serves a la cart Chinese. It was definitely an interesting experience. I can’t say I’d go again, as the vegetarian options were very limited, but I enjoyed the preview into Chinese culture. After brunch we walked around and browsed through stores before seeing a French film at the Paris Theater–The Women on the 6th Floor. One of my new favorite things to do is to see French films at the Paris Theater, andbecause most people don’t enjoy films with subtitles the theater is never too crowded. The Women on the 6th Floor was really good and I feel lucky to live in a city that has a number of movie theaters that don’t just play mainstream films. Since it was such a nice evening, we were able to walk home. Then we made delicious vegetarian steak fajitas for dinner.
The past two weekends were the perfect combination of adventure
and relaxation. I love living in a city where there is so much going on at any given time. I can honestly say that I’m never bored. We’ll see what these next two weekends in October have in store for me :).
*TheUnisphere, built as the theme symbol for the 1964/1965 World’s Fair, is the main sculptural feature of the [Flushing Meadows] park. (Wikipedia)