It was J’s birthday weekend, which coincides with the annual US Open that he makes a point to go to every year, so that was how we found ourselves back in NYC for the Labor Day weekend.
Manhattan may be the number 1 city in the US, but this weekend at least, I didn’t immerse myself in the urban sprawl, but instead reveled in the pockets of green in and around the city. After all, in spite of the bleak Hurricane Earl predictions, this turned out to be a lovely summer weekend, possibly the last before the cold front sets in for a while.
I’d always watched in wonderment at the trapeze acts at the circus, and literally dreamt of soaring through the air in my dreams. So it was with great excitement and anticipation that the group of 6 of us boarded the ferry ride to the green oasis of Governor’s Island on Saturday, for some flying trapeze action. 🙂
…but not quite!
Crazy F.U.N.! I’m already looking up classes in Chicago that I could sign up for. In Kayla’s words, trapeze should TOTALLY be the new yoga! Though my heart was pounding wildly in my chest that very first time I curled my toes on the edge of the platform and gingerly grabbed hold onto the trapeze bar, all feelings of nervousness disappeared as soon as I took that tiny hop off the platform. I was trying too intently to listen to the commands the instructor barked out below to feel the fear. “Legs behind you. Legs up! Hands off! Reach out and up! Hands up. Legs off! Three fast kicks! Hap!”
After the short 2 hour session – which we wished could have gone on for longer so we could practice more catches, and learn more tricks, we met up with Angela and went for a short bike ride around the island.
In the evening, we settled down to a sushi dinner at Cafe Yasuda. Though the decor was very minimalistic, and the lighting a tad too bright, we couldn’t fault the fresh platters of sushi that was brought out. The king salmon that melted in our mouths was the clear favorite of the night, followed closely by the anago and oysters. What a deal!
To work off the decadent dinner the night before (even though we woke up feeling sore all over from the trapeze), we rented bikes to tour the West Side Highway. The bike path hugged the Hudson River – which isn’t as scenic as Lake Michigan, nor as fresh smelling. 🙂
By the time we had returned the bikes, we were already late to Donny’s for the inaugural NYC DGS – essentially an excuse to check out Donny’s rooftop deck and drink. Heh.
DGS NYC on Donny’s sweet 400 sq foot rooftop terrace – nothing short of amazing in real estate hell that is NYC!
Monday saw us at the US Open. Since I’ve never really played tennis, it was only at the game that I actually learnt for the first time how it is scored. Heh. But I had an enjoyable time, both behind the lens trying to take action shots of the players, and learning to appreciate the finer points of play.