Talking with Ervin the other day, we wondered at the multitude of things we've done here this year (mini-adventures). I thought it'd be fun to compile a list of them (in no particular order).
- 1. Took ferry to Statue of Liberty
- 2. Went to Flushing Corona Park (home of the the Unisphere globe, filming of Men In
Black, the 1964-65 Worlds Fair, Queens Zoo, US Open, and Citi Field.)
- 3. Went to Zucotti Park during OWS
- 4. Visited WTC Memorial
- 5. Visited Rockefeller Center and Giant Christmas Tree and Ice Rink
- 6. Visited Times Square
- 7. Walked the Brooklyn Bridge
- 8. Went to 86th floor Empire State Building
- 9. Went to Central Park (about 10 times)
- 10. Visited every zoo in NYC: Queens, Prospect Park, Bronx and Central Park.
- 11. Visited New York Aquarium
- 12. Visited Coney Island and Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
- 13. Ate at Ben's Best Kosher Deli (featured on Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives)
- 14. Visited Brooklyn and Queens Botanical Garden
- 15. Visited Flushing's Chinatown, tried Bubble Tea and soup dumplings for first time
- 16. Saw Live with Kelly and David Letterman Show
- 17. Visited FAO Schwartz and played on the giant piano
- 18. Rode numerous subway lines
- 19. Rode the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road)
- 20. Took at trip to Massachusettes to visit old friends
- 21. Took trip to Philly to see Liberty Bell
- 22. Took trip to Jersey to Atlantic City
- 23. Took trip to Mexico for first vacation with Cole
- 24. Enjoyed NYC Beaches
- 25. Drank in the East Village at a Hookah Bar
- 26. Walked the High Line and visited Chelsea Market
- 27. Saw Clybourne Park on Broadway
- 28. Went to American Museum of Natural History
- 29. Went to NY Auto Show
- 30. Had a baby born here!
I've come to love NY, but I can also instantly turn to hating it in the same day - (mostly due to being stuck in traffic coming home from said adventures and insane drivers). I'll miss the skyline and the bridges, and that majesty of it all as you approach them. I won't miss the expressionless faces that don't smile back at you on the street, although I did find when you talked to these people they were often friendly. They just didn't get out of the city before them became hard to it. I'm glad I am. I still smile at people.
If I were rich and could spend half my year here in a posh pad in Manhattan, I surely would. I'll miss this place and the people I've met here. I'll miss it's convenience, it's forced healthy lifestyle (due to walking everywhere). I won't miss the pollution, the smell of piss and garbage, the pigeon poop, the dirt that coats my floors when the windows are open. I look forward to watching my sons run around in our large yard back home (as opposed to seeing Cole get excited about the small patch of grass in front of our apartment here). I can't wait to be back in a house, to see my friends and family (introducing Quinn to them) and to drive again without being so scared. And not having to parallel park!!
Here are some pics before I go. Quinn is 6 weeks old.
|Me and Ervin|