Christina, Pam, and I had a "Spring's Here, Let's Come Out of Hibernation an Hang Out!" reunion recently at Beecher's. It was lovely! The seating area is downstairs and dimly lit, so it definitely has a basement feel, but the bathroom was nice! It's unisex, so don't be surprised if, as your washing your hands, the guy you worked with 6 years ago comes in, but you don't say anything because it's the bathroom and he probably really needs to pee and you're like "eh, he probably doesn't remember me anyway" even though you're facebook friends, and you wouldn't facebook friends if you weren't real friends, RIGHT?
While enjoying our cheesy dinners, we started talking about our plans for the upcoming warm weather. Pam whipped out the To Do list on her phone (she's so organized :)) and I just blurted out the random things I'm interested in. That's not going to work, is it? Alright, here's my list which, now that it's out there for the world, will hopefully hold me to itself. It's long, so here's part one: the "New Cities to Explore" list.
1. Bond with Jersey City - my new home. Eeps! That sounds so weird to say! I'm still not used to this place, but that's exactly why I need to explore.
- There's Barcade - a bar with $0.25 aracade games
- Mana Contemporary - NOT White Mana, the nearby White Castle-like burger place, but actually a very cool 125k sqr ft arts and performance space.
- I'm actually interested in looking around what I call India Town. So many restaurants and shops, all run and owned by real life Indians. My mouth is watering just thinking about it*
- And I'll definitely be hitting up a few of the many festivals they have all summer.
I'm excited! JC has a bad rap, but it definitely has a lot going on and it's very up-and-coming. Maybe I'll have some mad cap adventure and in the end realize this is where I truly belong. Oh god, I hope Jersey City, New Jersey is not where I truly belong. How 'bout I just realize "this place ain't so bad"? Yeah, that's good enough.
2. Explore Brooklyn. Land of artists, vegans, and Polish people! I could so easily see myself fitting in there. But just because I became a corporate cog doesn't mean I can play pretend on weekends, right? I'm hoping Brooklyn Ambassador Pam and I will soak up as much as we can in the next few months and do things like
- go to Smorgasburg (get it?) - a food flea market. Just go to the site and see how delicious everything looks!! If you find the one person taking pictures through a real camera and not Instagram, that'll be me, so come over and say hello!
- go to the Goonies screening at the Brooklyn Museum. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I've never been to this museum, and ya'll know how I like flaunt my cultured...ness, so why not!
3. The Hamptons. I'm not going lie, I really just want to go because I watch and love Revenge and am hoping to get caught up in some billionaire's scheme to ruin the local royalty. Who knows, maybe I too can score a job as a party planner/personal assistant/stylist/photo shoot director/media representative/web designer.
Next list: the "Hit the Haps in Central Park"....
*Because of the restaurants, not the Indian people.
Photos from Pinterest (but the added apostrophe is all me) and Smorgasburg (credit:Kate Glicksberg)