Monday, October 22, 2007

The Weekend...

Sorry we haven’t posted while in NY much. We haven’t had any internet service and we just aren’t willing to pay for it. So I will do my best to recap all the events of the last few days. Here we go…

Friday
We did a lot less walking today. This was good b/c it let our little blistered feet get some much needed rest. We started the day slow again waiting for Jess to get off of work around 11am. Then we boarded the bus to the subway station, then the subway toward Coney Island. It was a long ways but we traveled through Brooklyn which was really cool. Upon arrival to Coney Island, which is like a boardwalk amusement park, we were greeted by massive rain and wind. We popped our umbrellas open and ran across the street to the original Nathan’s hot dog stand-where the hot dog eating contests are held. We grabbed some lunch and later learned that Coney Island is closing and they are tearing down this stand so we were pretty stoked to have had the experience when we had the chance. Then we boarded the subway again toward the Staten Island Ferry (at the opposite end of the line). We boarded the free ferry and rode passed the Statue of Liberty that although small, was really cool to see! On the way back from Staten Island we caught the most beautiful view of the city under a blanket of fog. Then back on the subway and over to the World Trade Center memorial. We toured the grounds, read the plaques and plans for the future of the site then crossed the street to the church that remained fully in tact after the attacks. There were some really neat stories around the property including some memorial pieces inside. Then we walked over to Starbucks for some people watching and a conversation with my mom via the cell phone. Then we wandered. Through China town, into Soho, everywhere it seemed. Then we caught some dinner in Little Italy. Back on the subway again toward Times Square for some dessert at Roxy’s. We each ordered a different type of cheese cake and they were delicious. We caught up with Nathan’s family on the earth cam before heading back to Queens for some late shut eye. Another great day.

Saturday
We started late, again but that seems to work well because we stay out so late. We tried to get over to FAO Swartz to see the professional piano dancers perform but instead we saw Peter (from Peter, Paul and Mary) playing Puff the Magic Dragon and Jet Plane. That was cool. We caught some lunch at local international market with a deli, hot bar and salad and fruit bar. This was good for us b/c we both were hungry for very different types of food. Then we headed over to the Empire State Building and tried to find Wifi in many places but to no avail. We hung out in Madison Square Park for a while before riding the subway to Grand Central Station. Beautiful architecture. I stood in line for 20 minutes to go to the bathroom but the surroundings were nice while I waited at least. Then we met our friend Patrick Murphy and his wife Teresa for dinner at a place called Yaffa’s on St Mark’s street. This was a cool very punk part of town. I had a delicious hummus and veggie wrap but the company was what blessed us the most. We had so much fun getting to know Patrick and his wife Teresa better. We met Patrick last year at a conference so this was a really cool way to dive even further into our friendship with them. We popped over to some long named Italian dessert place for some cheesecake and coffee and more conversation. Then we followed the Murphy’s back to their apartment on the upper west side- almost to Harlem. We hung out, swapped pregnancy stories and Mac computer secrets until I noticed how late it was. We said our goodbye’s and got on the subway back to Queens by 12am. Let’s just say we crashed…again.

Sunday
We started the day late, as always, but managed to get to TKTS in time to snag some matinee tickets for A Chorus Line. We grabbed some grub nearby at the Olive Garden then headed over to the theater for our show. It was great! What a thrill to see a Broadway show on Broadway! Then we subway’ed our way into Chelsea for some Mexican food at the Blue Moon café before heading to an evening church service at Oasis Church where Patrick serves as the worship leader. It was an awesome time of communion, a message that really related to everyone, and of worship through music. Then we stopped quickly at the donut shop for some sweets before riding the subway and bus back to our little home away from home in Queens for an early (for us lately) night. We were in bed by 11pm! Another great day! One more to go….

pictures will be added later...

3 comments:

Patrick said...

Oh Bethany...
it's Origins Church. But Oasis sounds cool too.
It was truly a pleasure being around you guys and I am glad that we were able to spend some quality time with the Gaddis's

Iz said...

Wow! My old stompin' grounds... You're making me homesick! I took the train into Grand Central every day and walked to the Empire State where my school was in the 'lower lobby'. It's the first basement! ;) Upper West Side is my FAVORITE neighborhood, and where I stay now when I'm in town, and St. Mark's area is my fav shopping neighborhood...NO ONE else will have anything you buy there! (funky!)

Glad you guys are loving my kinda town! Thanks for the memories!

Bethany Gaddis said...

Sorry PAT! I was typing that late at night to be posted whenever we got wifi so there was little editing or consciousness. Forgive the prego one please!

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