Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Apologies for the silence last week, but this fair city has captured so much of my attention that I have not left much space to write about it. In the last week I have made some of my favourite memories of the trip thus far as I (re)visited some faithful friends and discovered a few new ones (mostly food related..)
As you may recall, I had an incredible time in my first week at the Rooftop Cinema Club in Brooklyn. It was so good that when I heard they were showing Breakfast at Tiffany’s I couldn’t resist a return visit. Confident that, by now, I would have acclimatised to the incredible view and could be trusted not to take 700 photographs of the sun setting over the Manhattan skyline, off we headed to Bushwick. Apparently, I was wrong. The view was as incredible as the first time and my phone is a testament to my ongoing lack of control when it comes to ‘sunsetting over Manhattan’ shots. As the sun set, the film started, and we got the privilege of sitting in the shadow of the Manhattan skyline, watching one of its most iconic movies.
Thursday saw us celebrate the joys of the High Line in the Meatpacking district as we joined what seemed like half of Manhattan to participate in Up Late. The event brought musicians and visual artists together to illuminate the High Line, creating an otherworldly experience. The highlight was Jordan Eagles‘ Blood Illuminations, which projected light through blood captured in plexiglass resin onto the walls of the High Line tunnels. Oddly, this created a somewhat beautiful and ethereal atmosphere, interrupted only by spectators’ shadows that created monsters at play. Earlier in the evening we got to watch the sun set whilst eating at Blossom, a new discovery in Chelsea, which whilst good, wasn’t the best in show (no competition for Candle 79). In contrast, was the gelato store over the road (Gelato Giusto), which sold the most incredible hazelnut sorbet (who knew?!) and that definitely warrants a return trip.
We ended the week with a return to another old favourite – the incredible BRIC Celebrates Brooklyn. This time, we celebrated Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human for an amazing jazz filled evening, replete with dancing and maybe a glass of fizz or two. Jon Batiste is an incredible musician who, together with his band, took songs as varied as Für Elise and My Favourite Things (to everything in between) and gave them a New Orleans twist. As we danced Friday night away, together with a fire fly or two, we welcomed in a weekend that had its own treats in store. But, we’ll save those stories for another day.