It looks like Randy and I are heading down to NJ/NYC this upcoming holiday weekend. My cold is gradually getting better and the weather is supposed to be nearly flawless. Barring any drama, we should head down tomorrow night and come back on Monday (taking the scenic route through northwest Connecticut, a long rivers and by two covered bridges). Should be fun.
It’s been over two years since I’ve been to New York City. I can’t believe it because there was a time when I was going down there multiple times per year. It’s funny, my first ever trip to Manhattan was with my friend, Candy. It was the summer after our sophomore year of college and we both worked at Chef Sigmund’s Chowder House back on Cape Cod. The owner’s son used to get the New York Times and would always leave it in the kitchen after his shift. One day we were reading it and talked about how neither of us had ever been. Since we both had the next day off, we decided to get up at 5AM and drive to NYC for the day.
We arrived mid-day and left in the early evening. We spent most of our time downtown (going to the World Trade Center and South Street Seaport). We even ran into the Robet DeNiro* and Michelle Pfeiffer filming “Frankie and Johnny.”
Over the next decade or so I went numerous times (too many to count) but spent most of my time midtown or in the Village. My ex seemed to enjoy the midtown/Times Square neighborhoods of the city the best (the areas tourists visit). When we broke up, I ended up going even more frequently with my friend, Chris, and as a former resident, we ended up spending most of our time in areas like SoHo and the East Village (while staying at his brother’s place in Greenwich Village). It was a whole other side of the city and I got to see it through a local’s eyes. I loved it even more.
I’m not sure where this trip will take us. I’m just hoping it will add to all of the great memories I have of the city.
*It’s not very clear, but the photo above is from my first trip and you can see Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer walking toward the camera.
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