Yes, I did survive - I'm still here. Oh, sweet, mysterious, angry New York, I never thought I would fall in love, but I did.
Don't get me wrong, I still don't think I could actually live there. But I am quite taken with the city, and I hope it may become the established location for bff trips. Unfortunately, my bffs and I live in 3 different states - New York, Tennessee and South Carolina, so it is absolutely necessary to travel in order to stay close, and if I need to make a trip to the City That Never Sleeps every so often, I am a-ok with that.
To the right is a blurry picture of the 3 of us, casually posing in front of Carrie Bradshaw's stoop as seen on Sex and the City. What you don't see is the mean sign hanging across the steps with a picture of a stick-figure man sitting on the stoop and a big red line drawn through him, or the queue of girls across the street wearing fur coats and high heels and waiting to have their picture taken in front of the stoop. Those poor homeowners... wellll what are ya gonna do. I imagine there are certainly worse things that could be happening on your front steps in this city.
Now, I definitely brought my Canon with me on this trip, kept it in my purse the whole time, and not once pulled it out to take photos. Below are some pictures I did take thanks to my trusty, convenient iPhone 4S
Oh, and bagels... I get it now. Holy bagels, Batman.
1 • A panorama of Manhattan as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park • 2 • The Flatiron Building as seen from Madison Square Park • 3 • Brooklyn Bridge • 4 • The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building as seen from Madison Square Park •5 • The Macy's 'Believe' sign • 6 • A billboard for Girls in Time Square • 7 • Grand Central Station • 8 • New Year's kisses & midnight-confetti-bombed-hair at the Gemini & Scorpio Bootlegger's Ball • 9 • Bffs at a pizza place called Barboncino's in Crown Heights*
*Sarah is really good at making scary faces, and this one is the result of her spilling the restaurant's special olive oil mixture (olive oil + red pepper flakes and some other stuff) - that she raved about before getting there - on her blouse.
Getting back to the Bootlegger's Ball (thrown by Gemini & Scorpio, a couple of pretty cool ladies who know how to put on a pretty cool bash), I would gladly move to NYC for the sole purpose of being able to attend all their parties - it was a truly magical way to end the trip and 2013. Worth. Every. Penny. And pretty affordable for a NYE party in the city, while we're on the subject. The theme was "a New Year's Eve speakeasy ball in a 19th century church with soaring ceilings and stained glass windows." The dress code was "depression glamour, evening ball on the Titanic, hobo formal, desperation derring-do" - effort required or no entry. Guests were invited to dance the first half of the night away to the sounds of a live big band swing: the 13-piece Hot Shim Sham Orchestra. The whole night was filled with swing dancing, magic tricks, sideshow stunts, burlesque dancers, aerial flyers, lots of confetti and the most interesting people.
I will leave you with a few gems I've compiled that I found thanks to the update emails from G&S, and each photo has a click-through link to it's source. Enjoy, and experience jealousy/make plans to attend one of their gigs at some point in your life.