This past Saturday I realized that I will have lived in NYC/NJ for 7 years this coming November 1st. Oh how the time has flown by. It really rings true just how long I have been here when I meet ladies through my women’s group that have just recently moved here for one reason or another. They ooze excitement for exploring this concrete jungle from top to bottom, starting with Meat Packing, which exemplifies all that was seen on Sex and the City, to the grittier parts of Brooklyn, because it’s “cool” and up-and-coming. I love their sheer enthusiasm for experiencing something new, and it reminds me time and time again why I truly do love this city.
Many of us live somewhere for many years, and get so caught up with work, family, and life in general, that we get really good at procrastinating our adventures in our own cities for “another time,” or for when friends or family visit. If this were the case for me, I would never do anything in my city. Running Scene Stealers NYC forces me to do the things on my NYC/NJ Bucket list, and play tourist in my own city some times. It is for this reason that I planned this past weekend’s event.
The day started off at noon at City Hall Park. Located downtown, on the east side of town, it is a beautiful park that houses majestic government buildings dating back to 1812, and a gorgeous fountain that was marked as our meeting spot. It was an absolutely perfect day, with the sun shining, and a light breeze that kept the 80 degree weather from feeling too muggy. Once we gathered the group (we had a great turnout of about 30-35 girls), we started on our journey over the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is simply iconic, yet it is one of those landmarks that gets easily pushed off to be crossed on another day. I actually met a girl that had grown up in Manhattan, and had never walked over the bridge. Insane.. We walked at a leisurely stroll, with stops to take some pictures, and made our way over the East River into Brooklyn Heights. On the way down to Brooklyn Bridge Park, we passed Grimaldi’s, which is known as one of the best pizza places in NYC. I have eaten there in the past, and I must say, it is incredible, and should be tried at least once. We then hit Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is an 85 acre park they have been revitalizing over the past few years. We pass the pop-up pool, hidden wine bar, playgrounds, and more, all with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop. We continue on down a path surrounded by greenery and trees, which opens up to Pier 1 and 2, where the kayaking is (free every Saturday, 10-3pm, during the summer). We jump in line, and have the choice of either riding solo or in a two person kayak. I opted for solo, since I have done it before, and I figured I would be able to get on at the same time as the other members of the group. We did wait for around an hour, so my best recommendation for those that would like to kayak at this location is to go early. If you have never kayaked before, it is worth the wait. It is fun to be on the water, with the waves rocking the kayaking, and the breeze cooling you off with light spritzes of
water. They allow you 20 minutes on the water, and I would say that is plenty of time to paddle about, and get a good feel for the sport. Once we got back on land, we definitely were ready for a nice treat, so we headed to the very popular Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Housed in a converted 1922 fireboat house, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory serves the most delicious ice cream made from the freshest ingredients, and you can definitely tell the difference. There tends to be a line here on warm days, but it moves at a steady pace, and you won’t regret it. Pure heaven in a cone!
As the size of our group began to dwindle, we made our way to the hidden oasis of a bar in the park for a couple cocktails. As new friendships bloomed, and plans for the night unfolded, we made our way to the ferry, and jumped aboard a boat that dropped us off in Midtown. With the plan for new friends to enjoy a bottle of wine and some authentic Indian food on the rooftop of one of the lovely lady’s buildings, we were set to enjoy a fabulous night in one of the greatest cities in the world.