I'm headed to NYC at the moment for the long weekend -- anything I should absolutely do while I'm there?
Rush Groundhog Day. Wake up at 8am and head over to the theater and wait for the box office to open at 10am with friends in line. Pay $35 bucks for cheap seats and watch my favorite Broadway Musical of the year. It’s SO good and so worth it. Also, seeing Times Square at the hour is surreal.
Before going to the Groundhog Day rush, go to Murray’s. Get a traditional everything bagel with lox. Best bagel in the city.
Go to Central Park, but from uptown. No tourists go all the way to the uptown part of Central Park. It’s the most gorgeous part, secret gardens and decorated gates. You can’t beat it. Get lost. Talk about life with someone you love, if they’re not with you, give them a call. Pet every dog you see.
Bryant Park as well, from there go into the library. Inhale deeply. Ink, and dusk, and old New York. Grab a coffee and danish in the Bryant Park New York Public Library coffee shop on the ground floor. Write in your journal. Inhale again.
The best view in the city is not the Empire State Buiding, it’s the Skylark on 39th between 7th and 8th. You’ll pay $15 for the best drink of your life (passion fruit whiskey is my poison of choice) but that’s less expensive than the Empire State Building, with a way better view. 28th floor. Act like you belong. No one does. So you might as well join in the con.
The Met. It’s free. Egypt wing. And the American art wing. Stand next to Washington crossing the Delaware. Tell him your friend Cara sent you and that she says “hey.”
Marie’s Crisis at 1am on a Saturday night. Order a gin and tonic. Sing Rent at the top of your lungs with a stranger who will tell you how much this show meant to him. Who will dedicate his song to the friends he lost to AIDS. Order another gin and tonic.
Stop and listen. Feel small. Embrace the chaos. Take three pictures every time you want to take one. Fall in love with my home.