My Manhattan Mini-Adventures for the month of April are below, curating what I’m loving about NYC and life, currently.
One: Augusten received the sweetest delivery in the mail…a signed copy of Augusten Burrough’s newest memoir, Lust and Wonder. Mr. Burroughs has long been my favorite NYC author, and I credit his hysterical and honest tales for helping me to stick through my early (and sometimes tough) years in NYC. When I met him at a book signing a few years back, I told him it was, and I quote, “the most exciting moment of my life!” He looked at me and replied, “girl, if this is the most exciting moment of your life, you need to get out more.” So, I did. And I met my hubby. And we had a baby and named him Augusten. True story;-)
Two: Our #UYCBookclub met at a cute pizzeria in the West Village (with a $5 happy hour!) and read The Hand That Feeds You…kinda a Gone Girl set in NYC. If you’re a fan of those psychological thrillers with a fun twist at the end, I’d definitely recommend it–makes for a great commuting read!
Three: I wrote about our weekend in the Catskills earlier this month, and honestly, we’re still raving about what a great time we had. I mean, how cute is this clawfoot tub in the room?!
Four: I love a good book store. The Center For Fiction is known for their fantastic selection of author events and Writer’s Rooms where writers can rent space for a monthly fee (think gym membership for authors!), but until recently I had no idea they actually have a fabulous selection of books for sale, too. They sell new fiction from up-and-coming authors (as well as ones you’ve surely heard of), and have an amazing selection of used books, where you can find both new releases and old classics for less than you would be able to get on Amazon.
Five: My friend Peter hosted the most lovely spring themed brunch in his NYC apartment–don’t you love how the tulips match the veggie platter?;-)
Six: Date “night” this month was catching an afternoon showing of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” (so, so, so funny!), followed by a glass of champagne with strawberries at our local watering hole. Home by 6 to put the little man to bed;-)
Seven: Gotta love street art, right? This pretty wax sculpture was one of the best I saw this month, which you can find in the alley between 5th and 6th Avenue connecting 57th and 56th Street, also home to Nobu.
Eight: I just can’t sing the praises of our fabulous NYPL enough. Obviously, their book selection is the bee’s knees, but recently Augusten and I have been enjoying Baby Lap Time at our local branch. The children’s librarian hosts a free get together for babies and their caretakers weekly, in which she reads stories, does songs, sign language, poems, and movement activities with the little ones. Another example of some of the fabulously free offerings NYC has to offer!
Nine: Tonight the Bosnian Film Festival that I work with is hosting a fundraiser at Stone Creek Lounge. It’s a $10 suggested donation, with plenty of drinks and good music–all going to help support the 13th Annual Film Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend. I’d love to see you there! Cheers:-)
p.s. in case you missed them, my past little manhattan adventures can be found here!
What’s been your favorite mini-adventure this month? Share below!