With my best friend in New York, we try to get together a couple times a year. I booked a trip for Columbus Day weekend. On Saturday, Jessica, Emma (who’s 2.5) and I ate vegan donuts and went to ‘mommy & me’ yoga. Afterwards, we strolled the farmers market and went to dinner at Win Son.
On Sunday morning, we had brunch at Sunday in Brooklyn (see IG for the giant malted pancakes we shared). I had a yummy breakfast sandwich on brioche with eggs, avocado, cheddar cheese, breakfast potatoes, and gochujang aioli. I also had an amazingly fresh grapefruit mimosa and an iced latte.
Jessica and Brian pushed Emma in a stroller for a post-brunch walk in Domino Park. It was a little overcast but that didn’t stop us from exploring the dog park, the fountains, and the playground. The park is built on the river, right in front of the old Domino Sugar factory.
After some naps and puzzles, we headed out to a little fall festival. Then is was time to go to Ops for some amazingly delicious pizza. We had an incredible salad, a margarita pizza, a Juno pizza with broccoli rabe, potatoes, provola, and ricotta salata, and a bottle of natural red wine.
After dinner, Jessica and I walked over for a drink at Featherweight, a little speakeasy in Brooklyn. I had the Trembler (Tromba Reposado Tequila, Lustau Vermut Blanco, lemon and blackberries), super yummy!
On Monday, we worked from Jessica and Brian’s apartment and then we took the ferry out to Governor’s Island where I lived from kindergarten through second grade. We got off and walked to the Collective Governors Island for our glamping adventure. I was last on the island in 2011 and it has changed a lot since then. There are still some remnants of my childhood on the island, so we rented bikes to have a better look.
The weather wasn’t perfect but it was warm enough to enjoy some biking and hiking. We even got this photo of ourselves with the Statue of Liberty and the Staten Island Ferry in the background.
There are many buildings still standing on the island that seem destined to survive. The movie theater was where I saw my first big screen movie – either Bambi or Benji. Thinking about growing up here brings to mind all the firsts in my life I had on the island. I learned to ride a bike, started elementary school (P.S. 26), used a computer for the first time in the school lab, joined my first group (Girl Scouts), was in my first play (the nativity play at St. Cornelis), made my first best friend (Erica Selavka), got our first pet (Duncan), lost my first tooth and sort of had my first kiss when Eric B. chased me around the playground and knocked it out trying to kiss me.
Every night after dinner they start a fire and have s’mores. It was fun to sit around the fire in the glow of Manhattan talking to strangers about what a “perfect” marshmallow is. We headed to bed early, as you do when camping, and had a solid night’s sleep.
Here’s our tent, number 23. After we woke up, we had breakfast in the dining tent which included real NYC bagels, so I was happy. I would highly recommend coming out for a night sometime soon – not sure how much longer it will be around.