It had been a very long night, and we all woke up at different times on Saturday. So we all started our days separately. TJ awoke first, and went to explore while we slept. Soon I was awake and decided to go get some caffeine, water, and explore some more. It felt good to see the city in the daytime again. It had such a different, better, atmosphere. I started to forget about my 4AM impressions of New York, and now was enamored again with the amazing energy and atmosphere of the city in teh day.
Eventually I met TJ and Central park. We got smoothis and ice cream and relaxed. It felt so good to find a peaceful center in this chaotic place, an oasis of trees in the midst of this concrete jungle. Omnia found us shortly after, and we all enjoyed some peace in beautiful Central Park.
The next stop for Omnia and me was Studio 54. One of our main purposes for this trip was to see a play called “An Act of God”. TJ didn’t have a ticket so we agreed to meet him afterwards. I was curious about this play. I heard it pretty much only had 3 people, and I couldn’t imagine how a play could keep me entertained with just three people. Amazingly, it did! Omnia and I were both laughing very hard as the guy from that show poked fun at religions and humanity in general. By the time the show was over my jaw hurt from laughing too much.
We met TJ afterwards, and decided to go to Brooklyn. Last night our plans to go to Brooklyn had proved to be… unsuccessful. None of us are the type to easily give up, and tonight we would accomplish what we set out to do the night before. TJ wanted to go back to the hotel, and agreed to meet us wherever we ended up. Omnia and I took an Uber ride to Brooklyn, and found a bar called Mothers.
I loved Brooklyn! The atmosphere was great and not nearly the tourist trap that Manhattan is. We ate some food and enjoyed the less artificial tourist environment, and then went to another bar. The next bar we went to was called Daddy’s, I guess they are both owned by the same people. TJ met up with us there, and we had another great night with fun times and fun conversations! We visited a few more, really enjoying the atmosphere of Brooklyn. Omnia and I almost got run over by a car. Yup. Not even joking. It ended up being another very late night, and we took the 4AM subway back to Manhattan. It was a less harrowing experience than the night before, and TJ spent the whole time talking about how much he loved the subway. I don’t get it.
Sunday morning came way too quick, but I also felt satisfied that we had made the most of every moment in this city. TJ had an early bus to catch, so after a late breakfast we hugged him goodbye. It had been so long since we had seen him, and this truly was a pretty fantastic reunion. Omnia and I then explored the city a bit more before beginning our journey to the airport.
Exhausted as I was, I was not even close to ready for the adventures to stop. I spent the whole journey towards the airport reflecting on all the awesome details of our weekend. I spent the whole time in the airport, thinking about the millions of interconnected stories that make up New York City. And as the plane took off westbound from Laguardia Airport, I reexamined my overall judgment of the city. Worth living in? Yes. Definitely. What an adventure!!! What a story! Now my story was one of the millions of threads that wound themselves together to create the ever living and growing New York City. Now I was part of the city as well! And I would definitely be back. My story is just beginning.