I love this city.
When I was a junior in high school, two of my best friends and I went to NYC for spring break. We did musical theater together, and 2/3 of us hadn't seen a Broadway show, which was a sin. We spent four days doing/seeing/eating everything we could, and I've been itching to go back ever since.
Alas, my dad's old roommate lives just north of New York City -- and his sweet family invited us to stay with them! The Brocketts roadtripped up the East Coast, stopping in Charleston and Washington D.C. without managing to slit each other's throats. Just arriving in NYC was a success in our book.
One of my dad's best friends used to work for Steelcase, and his incredibly generous and kind ex-assistant let us hang out on their showroom terrace overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. Such a cool spot and such a cool company. We people watched and rested our feet, I took some photos, Will messed around with the GoPro and modeled for me. I love making him pose. He's such a goob. A cool goob.
Spotted: K, K, and (thank god) R on the Met steps. Because this photo would look entirely different if the KKK were on the Met steps. And you'd be hearing from CNN and not me. xoxo, Gossip Girl
Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology temporary exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Getting to spend time w/ sweet family in NYC by sheer coincidence -- priceless!! ♥
Above and below: Atop the Freedom Tower. Absolutely worth the $31 ticket to go to the top. The presentation is truly incredible -- once you take the elevators up, there's a little something at the top I don't want to ruin for anyone ;))) but it blew us all away!
So -- a story about Fun Home. We bought tickets at TKTS in Times Square (the only way the Brocketts are affording musicals TBH) and as we're heading in, Uncle Jon texts me to say he knows someone in the cast that may give us a backstage tour or something of the sort -- to check my phone as we're leaving. I get a text after we watch the (beautiful, funny, raw, real -- just read this NYT article) show and we're told to wait by the bar after the show. We meet Tony-award nominated Emily Skeggs, who is an absolute doll. What I love about Broadway artists is how genuine they often are, at least from my experience, in comparison to film actors. They have a different kind of craft -- one that involves passion over and over and over every night. I have endless respect for them.
The High Line.
A stormy day on the Brooklyn Bridge.
nm, just soaking wet
The stars sparkle from the ground up in NYC ♥
Times Square. A hell hole of its own sort.
We reunited with my parent's sweet friends one night for dinner and had the best time. My favorite part about New York City, aside from the pace and the architecture and even the subway, is that it feels so familiar because of the people we spent time with while we were visiting. And the place is empowering. Big lights, bigger dreams - everyone walks so fast, you'll be pummeled if you can't catch up. I suppose it's metaphor for life.
Til next time, pretty city.