[ The Sloppy Tuna in Montauk]
Spring is on its way soon and like usual, I am overly excited. I just can’t shut myself up. I must mention it to at least one of my friends daily, oh em gee spring is coming, it’s going to be sooo fun and we can wear bright nail polish and sandals and have drinks on a rooftop because in NYC when it’s warm out, thats what you do, you try to get as close to the sun as possible by standing on a roof with a cocktail in hand. I’m like the Buddy the Elf of spring & summer.
[ Sheep Meadow in Central Park - the place where you go to pretend it's the beach. Bikinis, picnics and all ].
[ Pool fun in The Hamptons ]
[ Washington Square Park in full bloom ]
I think I just get really nostalgic about spring and summer in NYC because some of the best moments of my life have happened then. I look back to my first summer here – I was fresh out of college and living in my dream city, it was a total adventure. There were so many people to meet and places to go. It was the time of my life. The thing is though, is that I still feel that way! I cannot wait for pure happiness in the form of…
Iced coffee. Okay, sometimes I’m a rebel and drink iced in the winter, but still! Now I don’t have to get annoying comments about it :).
Central Park – everything about it. Running, riding bikes, laying out like I’m at the beach, picnic parties on Sheep Meadow
Daylight Saving’s Time. I don’t care if I miss an hour of sleep, the sun is out longer. Do you hear me?! The SUN will be shining longer. It’s a big deal. Sunday, March 9 by the way.
Rooftop bars & parties. Like I mentioned before, New Yorker’s are desperate to be outdoors the moment the temps get to at least 55 degrees and sunny. What do we do when that day comes? We flock to the largest open space we can find at happy hour that is outdoors – on a rooftop of course. Fun music & good drinks with friends…it’s the best!
Brunch, outdoors of course. Nothing beats getting brunch with a big group of friends, and it’s even better when the sun is shining.
The beach. Weekend trips to The Hamptons are always a blast, everyone’s in a good mood and happy to be outside. I love Montauk, Sag Harbor and Georgica Beach.
[ The always fun Frying Pan, right off the Westside Highway. Who knew there was a huge floating bar & restaurant in Manhattan?! ]
In all (somewhat) seriousness though, to me, it symbolizes a new beginning. After spending three weeks in the hospital in February & early March 2011 for my cancer diagnosis, I felt so liberated when they finally let me out. Imagine staying indoors for three weeks straight – it ain’t fun. Then, I remembered it was still freezing out, so yet again I was cooped up for the following couple of weeks after. Once spring slowly started to creep up, my mom and I would take walks all over the city and I noticed my mood began to brighten. We’d see the trees blooming, Central Park coming alive with greenery, the restaurants opening their windows and moving their tables to the sidewalks and each day would become longer and brighter.
Basically, I love having something to look forward to and nothing beats the warmer months in NYC. What is your favorite part about spring?