Monday Night Out (July 15th)
I had this event on my calendar well before we arrived in New York. Mostly because of the movie “August Rush” and the beautiful scene at the end… I won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t seen the movie, but also because this event happens once a year and if over 14 million people attend you know its going to be good! I read some reviews and did my research before going and am very thankful that I did as the Great Lawn of Central Park gets packed hours before the concert begins. We arrived two hours+ before it started due to the 90 degree weather with humidity there is no way we would have been able to sit any longer than an hour or so in the sun. (as my initial plan was to spend all day in Central Park)
As you can see in the first picture behind me… the baseball diamond we were next to was basically empty…
After a couple people sat on the dirt… it ended up like the below picture with people sitting in any tiny space they could find as the night went on…
Even though I did not like all the people cramping our space… I LOVED the atmosphere of being able to sit in the park… the gorgeous view of the city behind us and the orchestra in front of us…playing majestic tunes.
These were the two pieces we got to listen to! Dvořák : Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5. You can listen to them here. We left before the end and fireworks display to avoid the masses leaving the park at the same time.
Saturdays Somewhere (July 13th)
This past weekend we went on a ‘day’ trip to Montauk, NY the drive out of NYC wasn’t too bad as we left before 7 am to beat the traffic! Long Island is a destination for a lot of new yorkers on the weekend as many have houses or some sort of event to attend to in The Hamptons. The drive through beautiful winerys and fresh hydrangeas were everywhere! We had a lovely brunch at a local cafe in their ‘backyard’ when we arrived into the town of Montauk, as the rain began to pour we quickly left.
This is our routine shot now of when the three of us go anywhere together! (my scarf was shielding the rain)
Our destination was the end of the island, in which there is a gorgeous lighthouse…it was very foggy that rainy that day so we got the best pictures we could!
As you can see we all had a wonderful time! Lots of fun and laughter!
Love my little sister and the time we get to spend together this summer! She is laid back and easy going but always knows how to laugh and have fun!
After our little hike around the Montauk State Park we got back in the car and headed into the little town to find some actual sand where we could hang out for the afternoon. It was a bit chilly but enjoyable to not be in the 90+ degree whether that New York has been having.
The Boardwalk & Hot Dogs
This morning we ventured down to Coney Island to walk along the famous boardwalk and experience a different part of New York. We arrived just as the park was opening which was perfect as it was overcast and not too many people were there.
We wandered around for awhile (the boardwalk is three miles long) people watching, browsing through Luna Park which seemed tempting but as soon as it started to rain we decided to just sit and wait for it to pass… which it never did. So we ate at the well-known Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters enjoying their hot dog, burger, french fries and old-fashioned lemonade after a 30 minute wait-which it may not be organic but you know with a long wait that the food is a little fresher than most places! Cordie thoroughly enjoyed his lunch.
There was a whole wall of dates and details of when Coney Island began and what has happened over the years-as Cordie would say it was very ‘INTERESTING’.