NYC - Part I & II

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Erin and I - Yankees vs Angels
Part I
NYC is always one of my favorite places to visit, especially when I get to see a
Yankees game. This trip to the world’s capital was more fun than I could have ever anticipated though. There was so much going on it’s impossible to remember it all. I went to NYC for an easy going visit with my sister and just bum around town to see it from a local’s perspective. While I was able to do that a good bit, I found myself in more of a spring break type scene that will take a few days to recover from. The great thing about meeting new people in New York is you get to meet people with backgrounds from all over. Whether it's Joseph and Omar visiting from San Antonio, Monica who is unfortunately a Buckeye, the Yoga-Master Meredith from NC, and Debbie from MA, the Big Apple is not only where all cultures thrive but new ones can be discovered.
Erin and I
All the great people I met not only made the trip a lot of fun but also were trying to recruit me to move to the Big Apple as well, making it difficult not to consider.

Thursday – After visiting Erin at her office located in the Fox News building, we had a nice lunch in the park. Our big event of the day was the David Letterman show. We turned out to be very lucky, as the last people to check in for our tickets (which are first come first serve) we received an audience upgrade. We went from the back row of the balcony to down and front and on TV for a few seconds. It was just a shame that Al Gore nearly bored us to sleep.

Friday – With Erin at work and a beautiful day at my fingertips, I went for a walk…throughout all of Central Park, the East Village, and Greenwich Village.
Lady Liberty
Friday’s event was a Korean dinner for Debbie’s birthday in K-town. This was easily my most interesting dinning experience since Sweden a few years ago, complete with my first taste of cow’s tongue. Luckily for me, I was seated across from Jen who was able to explain everything to me. The meal was very good and the conversation over dinner and dessert laid the foundation for a great social weekend. After dinner Erin, Andrew and I went bar hopping internationally. We started at Esperanto for a taste of Brazil with a Capairinia, if you like margaritas or mojitos, you have to try this kiwi drink. We then went to the Australian themed Sunburnt Cow for a brew in the back terrace that was very cave like and maybe my favorite place of the evening. Our next stop was a German bar for a beer so huge that it took both hands to hold and made my arms tired.
myself, Meredith, Joesph, and Andrew
We ended our night at a dance club complete with the velvet rope line outside but a new twist. The line coordinator instructed the bouncers not only who got in, but if they were worthy of a stamp for the downstairs dance floor, and even kicked two guys out of line and into a cab home for the evening. Luckily for us, we did not get sent home and even were “cool” enough for a stamp to go downstairs. The night came to a close at Criff Dogs, home of the most elaborate hot dogs ever. Waffle House after a night of drinking has nothing on a bacon wrapped hot dog covered in chilli. Beware of the tater tots though, they are very capable of burning your tongue.

Saturday - Any trip to Yankee stadium to see the Bronx Bombers play is a great time but unfortunately for us our pinstriped hero’s were unable to pull off a victory.
Ryan, Brent and I - Yankees vs Royals, 2005
With low spirits in need of a boost, a boat cruise around Manhattan did that and then some. Meeting back up with everybody for this dinner cruise with free wine was the unexpected highlight of the trip. We all had a great time dancing, joking around, and taking pictures of the amazing city views. Regardless if you’re native New Yorker or there for your first time, a boat cruise around Manhattan is a must. And if you have a fun group of people like we did, having an absolute blast is guaranteed.

Sunday – In need of a low-key day to recover, my sister and I spent the afternoon in the park playing tennis after church and had dinner at the Boat Basin Café. The food is pretty normal for a boat dock type bar but the atmosphere certainly isn’t.
Ground Zero, 2005
Featuring a patio overlooking the boats and arching stone with an opened face to the patio, the Boat Basin is the best outdoors dinning atmosphere in the city I’ve seen. And again the night got off to a rocking good time when the rest of the group met up. After an incoming storm ended our Boat Basin experience we were off to the Westside Brewing Company for continued conversation and great beers. We could not end there since the theme for the weekend was "the night doesn't end until morning", so we slowed things down at Meredith's for a fire escape gathering and music debate.

Part II
After just spending a long action packed weekend visiting my sister in the Apple, I get sent back up there for a week of work. Luckily the work part of my trip kept me from getting caught up in the wild night life of the city.
myself, Brent and Ryan - Wall Street, 2005
David and I spent our evenings looking for good random restaurants in the different parts of town, not too difficult. Of course on David's last night in town my sister and her friends took us out for the night life scene. After bouncing around a few places for dinner and drinks we settled on Son Cubano. This long narrow restaurant turned bar & dance club made you feel as though you stepped out of NYC and right into Havana. At first it was a little loud and packed for my taste but after just a few mojito's I was up salsa dancing with Erin, David, and Meredith for what seemed like a couple minutes but was actually the rest of the night. Though this trip was mainly filled with work, Erin and I were able to make it to the north side of Manhattan and check out the Cloisters museum and park.
Times Square, 2005
While this area is much smaller than Central Park it is a hidden gem of the city and much more quiet. As always, I had a blast visiting my sister and the Big Apple while managing to make a few more new discoveries about the city. If you're looking for a high energy night on the town filled with music and dancing, Son Cubano is a great spot though the drinks can be a little expensive. However, jump at the chance to try the Black Cherry Mojito. It could possibly become my favorite summer drink.
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Erin and I - Yankees vs Angels
Erin and I - Yankees vs Angels
Erin and I
Erin and I
Lady Liberty
Lady Liberty
myself, Meredith, Joesph, and Andr…
myself, Meredith, Joesph, and And…
Ryan, Brent and I - Yankees vs Roy…
Ryan, Brent and I - Yankees vs Ro…
Ground Zero, 2005
Ground Zero, 2005
myself, Brent and Ryan - Wall Stre…
myself, Brent and Ryan - Wall Str…
Times Square, 2005
Times Square, 2005
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myself, Erin, and Mom - Christmas…
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