For my birthday this year, my insanulous friends surprised me by turning my weekend in Houston to a weekend in New York City. They planned absolutely everything and told me nothing until we were at the airport. The reaction video is pretty nsfw, so it’s not included here. But here are some galleries to document our trip.
For my birthday, my insanulous friends surprised me with a trip to New York City. It was a fantastical weekend. Here we are (Me, Esther, & Ju) at the airport, waiting for our flight.
It was cold at midnight in NYC, but Ju and I needed our Halal. Here is Esther, waiting in an enclosure, while Ju and I get our Halal.
This is my first ever meal from a Halal stand. It was chicken over rice, and it was AMAZING.
On Saturday we looked at art, had hot dogs, saw a play, sought Tina Fey, ate fine cuisine, and went underground. One of the most thrilling among my surprises was the unexpected (and, to my mind, impossible) inclusion of Jocelyn in our festivities. But it’s impossible for me to say what the best part was. From my egg on a roll to our hike between museum and theater, from an incredible view to an incredible cocktail, I could only say that my favorite moment was constantly the moment I was in. My favorite place was exactly where I was.
Joce & Ingrid at a coffeeshop by the hotel. I was so thrilled (and shocked) that she was there.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Is it a birthday tradition if we’ve done it twice?
Me & Miss Joan: This painting (by Jules Bastien-Lepage) is one of my favorite paintings.
This is possibly the least cool angle we could have gotten in the Middle Eastern artifacts wing…
Jocelyn & I are doing our best impressions of Gertrude Stein…(my favorite Picasso, btw)
And Ju, Esther, & I are Matisse’s dancing women (we couldn’t get completely into character, for obvious reasons).
This is a new find from this trip. It was in the American Wing (not a place I frequent), and it is called “Fleur de Lis”, by painter Robert Reid.
Here’s Esther & me with the new painting.
On the Met steps: Ju throws the football…
…and Jocie catches!
Esther throws the football…
…and Ju catches! And, yes, we did carry this football around all weekend.
Here we are eating hot dogs on the Met steps. Please let this become a birthday tradition. 🙂
Here are some beautiful tulips at 59th and 2nd Avenue.
Here’s a direct angle of the tulips.
I really liked these tulips, so I got a close-up.
And here we all are in front of the tulips. This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip.
Here’s a Self-Portrait with Tulips, angle 1.
Self-Portrait with Tulips, angle 2
We stopped for a Cappuccino on the way to the 59th St. Theater. Apparently that saying loosely translates as “Sweet the coffee, bitter the women.” Whatevs it’s cool. 😛
Here’s the 59th St. Theater, where we saw a play called It’s All in the Timing.
My favorite of the six one-act plays was called “Phillip Glass Walks Into a Bakery”. It was pure genius.
We thought the Math Museum would give us some insight into the fascinating subject of math history…
…but it was mostly toys. Which didn’t thrill us. Because we’re too nerdy for the Math Museum.
Here is a picture of the skyline from the 42nd floor of 30 Rock (the Deloitte offices)…
Tina Fey may have been looking at this same view…
But she probably wasn’t looking down because it’s not really that pretty.
“Girl Marks a Quarter of a Century by Reflecting on Her Significance Against the New York Skyline”. Blërg.
The skyline’s still behind us. If you can’t see it, you’re probably blind.
A nice, dramatic shot of the Empire State Building.
A nice, normal shot of the Empire State Building.
We went to a really nice restaurant called A Fiori.
Here is the cheese plate, which I had for dessert, with a sublime Madeira.
Apparently they still bring you a birthday treat at über-shwank restaurants.
Of course it’s fancier than a birthday treat from The Olive Garden.
Andy Warhol once trod here. It is the entrance to an ultra-swank, ultra-exclusive bar called The Bohemian. It’s really nice–we swear.
Here’s Judy & me in The Bohemian…
…and here’s the garden next to our table.
From left to right: Judy, Ingrid, Esther, Jocelyn. There are not words to describe how amazing these drinks were.
The Bohemian also brought me a treat. That chocolate smear once said, “Happy Birthday”. 🙂
On Sunday, the plan was to take me to Brooklyn to see the cherry blossoms at the Botanic Garden. Unfortunately, this plan was thwarted by long lines, slow dining, and late arrival. But I still got to see plenty of beautiful blossoms, and I could never say that I regret our delicious breakfast (chicken & waffles–yum!). 🙂
This is Judy’s attempt for an artsy subway shot–perhaps you can (barely) make out our reflections in the window.
Here’s a self-portrait of us on the subway.
This is the Brooklyn Museum (not sure of what). We sat on the steps to eat chicken & waffles from Shane’s cafe.
Here are some beautiful cherry blossoms in front of the museum.
Here’s my artsy shot of the blossoms with a statue.
Wide angle of the blossom+statue combo.
A closer view of the blossoms
One from below (Deb–pleasepleaseplease paint this)
Esther & I needed to soak up some sun to digest our breakfast…
…but we couldn’t avoid the food coma. 😛