Tuesday, May 29, 2012

And the Heat Rolls In...

New York, 2012

Well, we packed a lot into the first weekend of summer (I count Memorial Day, equinox or not.)

A few highlights?

- Friday night we checked out the new roof top bar at the Wythe Hotel, The Ides. It was insanely muggy, but on a cooler night it would be the perfect spot for imbibing with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. We could see our new home from the bar as well, which is always fun. Drinks were followed by risotto at home with some friends.

- Saturday was a full day of back to back parties. A birthday brunch in Chelsea and a housewarming in Ditmas Park that stretched 'til late. Will got some practice with baby-soothing care of our friends' 5 month old. Doesn't she look insanely comfortable?

I was also really impressed to see another friend out and about at the party with her 2 week old daughter. So tiny! But she was more than fine sleeping away in a guest room, and I got to feed her. A lot of people give you the impression that you will be on total lockdown with a newborn, and I was happy to see that this doesn't always have to be the case. Her mama (who ahem, gave birth totally naturally) was looking relaxed and supping wine (and they were some of the last to leave.)

- On Sunday, we took a day trip up to Beacon, New York, a small town on the Hudson River. Had lunch at Homespun Foods, ice cream at the Beacon Creamery, and visited the Dia:Beacon. The Richard Serra and Sol Lewitt rooms were incredible, and the space itself is well worth the visit.

- The temperature struck 92 degrees on Monday and we were contemplating a visit to the Red Hook Pool or Fort Tilden Beach. When a friend invited us out on a boat trip, we happily switched gears (the cooler  and towels were already packed!) We started at the World's Fair Marina in Queens, which takes you right by JFK, where you can see the planes take off from about 50 feet away. We cruised up to Douglaston, where the guys and kids had a wonderful time tubing and horsing about in the water. I took it easy, but it was lovely to get out on the water and see New York from a different angle.

We survived intense socializing, searing heat, and toddlers on boats. Let the June and July madness begin!

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