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Put On Your Sunday Clothes

June 14, 2010 By: Andrew Category: Outings

This is a picture of my personal Tony Award. Isn't it fancy? Please ask me for permission before you use its likeness.I’ve decided that I don’t post nearly enough blogs under the heading “Outings.” Which might lead you to believe that there is really nothing fun or glamorous to do in New York City. If you do believe this, you are indeed wrong.

This weekend boasted outing upon outing, adventure upon adventure, one insanely awesome foray into the depths of Manhattan after another. If I seem to be oozing hyperbole, you are indeed right.

But it was nonetheless a very fun weekend because my high school pals Arden Elise and Christine came to visit me in the Big Apple! I would say that they got to live life on the town a little more than me (FAO Schwartz anyone? I hear it gets pretty crunk there…) but their visit was capped by a group outing to the Tony Awards.

For those of you that do not know, the Tony Awards are the Super Bowl of Broadway theatre, the World Cup of showtunes as host Sean Hayes (or rather the Tony Awards staff writers) put it. Which doesn’t mean that it gets a lot of viewers. It means that people in the industry get really worked up over it and spend a lot of time predicting who will win and what that will mean for various careers.

I was mostly worried about what to wear. Because I got the tickets for free via work, I did not want to disappoint anyone with my less-than-black-tie attire. So I bought a tuxedo-ish jacket and vest just for the occasion. Which I plan to return tomorrow. Do not judge me.

Really, the whole night was an absolute blast. Getting to go to the celebration of a year’s worth of work in this industry before I’ve even celebrated the one-year anniversary of my employment (that would be tomorrow, actually) was a privilege and an honor. Plus, this show won Best Musical. Which made me truly ecstatic.

The best part of the event was getting to experience it with two such close friends. I always knew when I graduated high school that I would never find friends quite like the ones I made there. And while I am very lucky to have a stable of rockin’ compadres in tow currently, I still fall right back in to place with my fellow Cougars.

Please consider this is a blanket invitation for any of my high school friends to come visit me immediately.

This is pretty much what I do with all of my friends that come and visit me in NYC.

The Rhythm of Life

October 25, 2009 By: Andrew Category: Outings

I was complaining about how late I had been leaving the office this week on the phone to my mom when she said something that really struck me: “Sounds like your honeymoon period with New York is over.”

As per usual, she was correct.

It just never occurred to me that parts of living up here would be un-fun. I mean, it’s New York. Glamorous. Sophisticated. Always something to do. Too bad “glamorous” can mean chaining yourself to the laundromat every other Saturday morning because that is the only feasible window you will ever have two uninterrupted hours to cleanse your lights and darks. To that end, “sophisticated” can mean ignoring the belligerent rants of the homeless man on the subway. And “always something to do” translates directly to “never leaving your office… ever.”

In light of this realization, I made a concerted effort this weekend to remind myself why I picked this city and why it is still the bomb diggity.

It was way more crowded than this.On Friday evening, I hung out in a trashy Penn Station pub with some of my favorite Belmont faces waiting for some out-of-town friends to arrive. (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, playing host in this city keeps you on your toes by making you an eternal advocate of all its eclectic glory.) After their bus arrived, we moseyed on down to the only place to be found on the Lower East Side before making a few really bad, diabetic coma-spawning decisions around 2am.

Saturday meant sleeping in until it was time to try my hand at lottery tickets with a favorite former intern. Didn’t win. But that’s okay when you live here and can try any day you want! The rain didn’t keep me and the out-of-towners from patronizing the greatest art museum this side of the Atlantic (which is made all the more sweet when you can get your little entry button for a mere one dollar bill). After that, it was another lottery ticket attempt with another Belmont favorite which also came up short but happened to be across the street from an equally solid Broadway offering which I didn’t mind seeing for the fourth time (even if it was standing room only). Dinner with the visitors and scoffing at $15 cover charges in favor of downtown chicness capped the evening.

And now it’s Sunday. The sun is out, my tummy is full with brunch and I’m looking at another day of absolutely nothing to do but enjoy this town.

The honeymoon may be over, but this relationship is just getting started.

Money, Money, Money

September 06, 2009 By: Andrew Category: Outings

Welcome back, Pumpkin Spice Latte! I missed you...I had one of those where-else-but-New-York experiences on Friday morning. So my pal Anna and I have decided to have a weekly Starbucks date before work to catch up on each other’s lives. The fact that the Starbucks in question is exactly two blocks from both of our offices is just one of the details that makes this arrangement perfect.

I was running a little late this past Friday, and I strolled in to find her waiting at the end of a fairly long line. We started to exchange pleasantries when, out of the corner of our eye, we saw money… lots of money… flying all around us and fluttering to the floor. I looked closer to see that someone had spilled what had to be about $1,000 in $20 bills around this tiny Starbucks on Seventh Avenue. Initially, I assumed it was a tourist who had just come from the ATM and had tripped, losing all their cash in the process. But no. It was a crazy woman. Who had done this on purpose. She was dancing in the corner with her iPod and kept saying, “I just wanted to do something crazy.” She was giving the money away.

By the time I realized what was going on, most of the people around us had already scooped all of the bills. I made out with $60 and Anna made away with $180, but I’m pretty sure there were people that got a few hundred bucks  out of the situation. I’m still kicking myself for not being a greedy monster and hording as much as I could handle.

All of this, mind you, on top of the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Friday Morning Score.

I Got Life

July 08, 2009 By: Andrew Category: Outings

You know a three-day weekend is busy if it takes you two full days to find time to recap it! America’s birthday was not the only event there was to celebrate over the past couple of days. For starters, my roomie and her main squeeze got engaged! He took her hiking and proposed to her near the top of the climb, only to have both of their immediate families waiting at the very top with champagne. Major cool points indeed. It was a good excuse to bring a lot of lovely people to town that need to be in this city much more often.

I'm going to steal James and Marissa's dog... not kidding...I spent the actual holiday in the thriving metropolis of Manalapan, New Jersey, which takes the cake as the most unexpected oasis away from the hustle of city life. The company was stellar and the weather was perfect. Not to mention I got to hang with the canine friend pictured at right, always a plus in my book. This doesn’t even begin cover the birthday celebrations and ballin’ friend reunions that filled the rest of the weekend. By the time I reached Sunday, I was pretty pooped but glad to be so.

New York is one of those places where you have to make a conscious decision to devote significant portions of time to relationship-building because there are so many other things competing for your attention up here. It’s great to have the world at your fingertips, but if you had no one to share it with the whole shebang would seem kind of useless. Suffice it to say, I am more than a little blessed in the friend department.

Add to that the fact that I am still (pinch me) gainfully employed and you’ve got yourself one really lucky kid!

The Music of the Night

November 29, 2007 By: Andrew Category: Outings

The View from the Brooklyn Promenade

If by chance I end up living in this city permanently, I do solemnly swear to never take the view for granted. Please hold me to it.