Happy Tuesday! I wish I could say it feels like it's almost summer here, but it's only in the 50s outside. Eventually the warm weather will come to New York...I hope.
My weekend was spent doing a whole bunch of new stuff, so I figured I would write a recap post! First, I have to go back to Thursday. I've been entering Broadway lotteries each day (I'll do a post on lotteries soon!), but other than winning for Aladdin, I haven't gotten a lucky email yet. Thursday I got a notification from TodayTix that I won front row seats to see 1984!
I've never sat front row for anything before, so this was pretty sweet. I got there before the doors opened (being late to anything is a huge pet peeve of mine) and spent some time admiring the Hudson Theatre.
1984 is based off the George Orwell novel of the same name. It's absolutely not a feel good story, but the play was a perfect adaptation for the stage. It was actually my first Broadway play (I'm more a fan of musicals) and it blew me away! If you get a chance to see it (it's only open for a few months), then definitely go!
I love spending time in Manhattan, but it does require me going back to Queens first to walk and feed Cookie after work. I was looking forward to spending Friday night being lazy and doing boring things like shop for groceries, but the lottery gods had other plans.
I saw Cats during its original Broadway run (who didn't?) when I was a kid. Whenever I get the chance (which isn't often), I tell people that it's an absolutely insane musical. It's literally the story of cats that sing and dance. And you know what? It's awesome! I won 2 tickets, but I couldn't find anyone to go with me, so I just made it a date night for myself.
The show was awesome. However, like I told my friend Cody, the soundtrack is a little...embarrassing to sing and dance to. Not that I let that stop me of course.
The weather on Saturday was supposed to be really nice, so I was debating taking the Metro North up to Westchester County for a hike. First, I went for a 5 mile run with a local Meetup group. We kept a pretty nice pace while we ran through Forest Hills Gardens. I have a race just about every weekend in June, and I'm training for the Marine Corps Marathon in October, so I'll need all the help I can get. It's hard to stay motivated when the weather is crappy and I'm so tired all of the time, but I'm trying really hard to make it all work.
I was still debating going for a hike, but my mind got made up for me really quickly when I checked my email. I couldn't believe it (three lotteries in a row?!) and I sort of debated just going to buy a real lottery ticket before my luck ran out.
The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie of all time. I've been dying to see it on Broadway since I was a kid, but never had the chance because it was always sold out or cost way too much money.
They were doing construction on the subway, so I spent a good 25 minutes in panic that I was going to miss the show. But finally we got moving, and I made it to the Minskoff with about 10 minutes to spare. The ushers all congratulated me on winning the lottery - I felt like I achieved celebrity status!
The show was so great! I was in the very last row, but I was still able to see and hear everything going on. The Lion King has so many beautiful costumes that you forget you're watching a stage show.
My subway was near Rockefeller Center, so after the show I went over to see the Seated Ballerina, a public art installation by Jeff Koons. I had no idea why she was there, so I looked up a little more on the inflatable sculpture. You can learn more here!
Check out these guys - they're wire sculptures! My dad used to make these, so I got a big kick out of seeing them being sold in the city.
I was starving after the show, so when I got back to Queens I went to my favorite local pizzeria for two slices.
I didn't do much else on Saturday because I wanted to be up for the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade on Sunday. Apparently this is a big local tradition, so I grabbed a seat on the curb and watched.
The parade featured a bunch of classic cars!
The local historical society (check out that awesome outfit!)
Have you ever gotten to march in a parade?
To be honest, I had every intention to go into the city for Fleet Week after the parade. But when I got home I was so tired that I fell asleep for a few hours. When I woke up, it was already too late for any of the ship tours. Instead I decided to celebrate National Burger Day with a visit to Dirty Pierre's, a local bar up in Station Square. I got their burger with garlic cheese and 890 fries. So worth it!
I knew I should have gone for a run, but instead I just walked around Station Square to take pictures.
I love all the architecture around this area! When I used to take the LIRR into the city for work I would be so mesmerized by Station Square. It looks so unlike the other train stations!
Memorial Day was super dreary and cold. I didn't do much moving around at all for most of the day. After grabbing pizza with my friends Bryan and Melissa, I dragged myself out the door for a 3 mile run. I'm really hopeful that the temperatures will get warmer soon, because it's super depressing to have to wear a sweatshirt when it's almost June.