This past week has absolutely flown by. I can’t believe it’s already been 8 days since I headed up to Queens to pick up Remy and Kristin for our first hangout in 10 months! Was so ready for some quality girl time and catching up with them in person instead of daily emails, IMs or texts.
Met them after they got off their (delayed) plane and headed back to Brooklyn where we promptly order pizza, walked down the street to pick up wine & met Casey before getting ice cream. Clearly we know how to start girls weekend off right. Friday night included much catch up time before finally falling asleep a little after 1:45am. Yikes!
Woke up early on Saturday to get a head start on the weekend with brunch at a diner down the street. Introduced them to the concept of mimosas and brunch, a NYC staple. At this point Kristin’s boyfriend had driven down from RI and joined us as well.
Started off with a visit to 30 rock before walking north to the MoMa. One of the guys who worked at Leo last summer with Remy & I had moved to NYC a while back and now works for the MoMa so he had generously left 4 free tickets at the information desk for us! Super good plan for a rainy Saturday. It was packed!
Spent a good 2+ hours wandering around, talking and looking at art. Reminded us of our art history days at RIT. One of the exhibits was a huge screen with a video of an elephant. We discovered that if you walked on the other side of the screen it made cool shadows. So we caused a little trouble there.
Eventually left the MoMa after we had all decided we had enough of modern art. Jon headed into Manhattan to meet up with us just in time for the MoMa design store & a coffee shop down the street where we all got the most amazing hot chocolate and relaxed for a bit. Casey, Rob & Kristin all split off from us at this point so Jon, Remy and I wandered up to the Apple Store at the bottom of Central Park. Walked through Central Park despite the ominous clouds above in search of the Waffle Truck in Columbus Circle (didn’t end up finding it). It started absolutely pouring so we hopped on the subway and headed down to Chelsea Market. Had fun wandering around looking at all of the shops there – art fair, olive oil/balsamic vinegar tasting, ate crepes, and took funny pictures.
Headed upstairs to walk on part of the High Line (it was less rainy by then). Made it about 5 blocks on the High Line before it started raining again and we headed to a hotel to check out the (new!) Intelligentsia Coffee shop that went in. That coffee shop was the one that was at the end of the block Kristin & I lived on in Chicago last summer (and where she lives now) so I’m super pumped they opened a NYC location. We, of course, had to check it out on opening weekend.
Hung around there for a bit before heading down to SoHo to meet up with Kristin & Rob and then walked down to Chinatown for some dumplings (I’m working on a list of 21 places to go in Chinatown as recommended by a coworker).
Ate pretty quickly and then headed north to the East Village for an RIT reunion at a bar there. There were about 15 of us who all graduated from photo or design within the last two years so it was super fun to catch up with everyone!
Sunday morning Remy and I woke up early to head out on a walk through Prospect Park. Showed her all of the fun secret parts of the park before exploring some Brooklyn streets filled with brownstones and finally ended up at a coffee shop (theme of the weekend).
Quickly headed home to shower and get ready before all of us headed to DUMBO for Smorgasbord and hanging out in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Finished a quick brunch there before walking across the Brooklyn Bridge all the way down to the tip of Manhattan to catch the ferry across to Governor’s Island. The island opened for the first time this season the day before we went. It was super windy over there but provided amazing views of Manhattan & was welcome after a hot walk across the bridge.
Sunday night we all split up for a bit as Remy had friends to meet up with, Kristin & Rob went to Chelsea Market and I took a (much needed) nap 🙂 Kristin, Rob, Jon and I went out for frozen yogurt nearby after dinner and then acted like little kids playing in the park across the street. Swings are still my favorite! Stayed up for a little bit talking to Remy and then promptly passed out.
Monday morning we had a slower start and all met up at a local bagel place (same park from last night). Super gorgeous weather that made up for a rainy Friday and Saturday. Rob left to go home to RI so us girls spent the rest of the day wandering and talking. Walked all the way down 5th avenue, through Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. Stopped in lots of shops along the way. Eventually ended up at Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens to sit down for a bit & meet up with an old coworker that Remy knew at Leo. Had quite a good time watching a neighborhood gang of 8 year olds playing with water guns around the park. Everyone was a wee bit soaked! Took the train back home and stopped for a late lunch/early dinner at Zito’s Sandwiches before Remy and Kristin had to hop on the plane.
It was a whirlwind weekend but so much fun! It was fun to get to show them around Brooklyn and definitely made me feel like I actually live here! Can’t wait to make this reunion a yearly thing 🙂