Today was my first time exploring NYC solo. What I have to say to that: YOLO! I began with a bagel (duh) and a latte (double duh) and set out to discover! I bought a Times and walked up the steps to Bryant Park for a cultured, relaxing morning. No sooner had I found a shady table, but a distant boom echoed throughout the park. I stood up straight and looked around. It sounded like an explosion, or something very heavy dropped in a construction site. I seriously hoped it was the latter. No one sitting around me seemed to care, so I opened my paper. Another boom. I mouthed “wtf.” Again, no one reacted. Was I the only one hearing this? Before I could ask someone, I heard Jurassic Park music coming from the trees around me, increasing in volume. I looked up, half-expecting a pterodactyl to come hurtling out of the leaves.
Then, a man’s voice began to speak. I was at a performance, and a weird one at that. Whoever gave this guy a mic needs to reconsider their career choice. I was relieved that they city was not under attack, but was deprived of the peaceful morning I had hoped for. This guy was “50 shades” of messed up. For at least three minutes he chanted: “cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs.”
I got through the paper’s news blurbs before I couldn’t take anymore and got up to leave, huffing as I went. As I was passing the New York Public Library, I saw a sign for an exhibit that I had just read about in the paper. I decided to go in, and I am so glad I did! The exhibit is called Lunch Hour NYC, and details a history of lunch dining, beginning with the NYC power lunch to the introduction to cafeteria dining. It was so interesting! They had wonderful images and facts – did you know that when peanut butter first came out, a peanut butter and chili sauce was the popular way to eat it?
My favorite quote from the exhibit was about pickles: “The fact that so many people are given to eating them is no reason why they should form an article of the diet. This fondness for such indigestible green trash only argues there is something wrong somewhere” -Herald of Health 1864. Why all the hate? =) If you are in NYC, definitely stop by this exhibit, it’s not that big, but it’s full of surprising fun facts. Also, I think we should bring back the power lunch! Wednesdays maybe – to break up the week?
I shopped around for the rest of the afternoon, before heading over to Sarah and Pete’s. They have a great building and cute apartment down in the Financial District. After drinks on their roof we went out to Mad Dog & Beans for some Mexican. GREAT guacamole – some of the best I’ve ever had – very citrusy!
What a great day exploring and then catching up with friends!