Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Wintertime in New York

Brr. Winter in New York. Around the middle of February, we got our first dose of this (as well as a friendly visitor):


A foot of snow here in Brooklyn. Way more than I've ever had to deal with in a city.

On Presidents' Day I went down to visit Philadelphia, where my drawmate from senior year Mark is at Penn Med School. Jared also came up from a D.C., and we had a great time in the City of Brotherly Love. Alas, no photos, although here's one from their reciprocal visit to Brooklyn:


We're at the oldest distillery in Kings County- any guesses? While only a meager three years old, the Kings County Distillery makes a pretty tasty bourbon.

In an attempt to expand my outdoor repertoire, I spent a Saturday in early March taking an ice-climbing course in New Paltz, about a 90-minute bus ride out of the city. Even though I'm scared of heights, ice climbing turns out to be awesome! When you're worried about falling just bury that axe 6 inches deep in ice- you're not going anywhere mister.


Not sure I'm quite ready to commit my life to ice-climbing quite yet though...something about all that ice gets to me.

Continuing the city rotation, Jenny and I spent a weekend in March visiting Jared in D.C.- a fun city! And some very good pizza:


We also got to spend an awesome week in quirky Portland, Maine visiting Jenny's aunt and uncle. Lighthouses, Hopper landscapes, maple syrup, cross-country skiing, and most importantly, great company.


In April, we even squeezed in a Brooklyn Nets game- the second to last home game against Charlotte:


As our official welcome-to-Spring event, Jenny and I rode the NYC 5-Borough ride: 45 miles, starting in Manhattan, touching the Bronx, working its way through Queens and Brooklyn, and ending with a windy ride across the Verrazano-Narrows bridge to Staten Island. 

We started in the canyons of lower Manhattan with 50,000 other riders:


After riding north through Central Park and across the Bronx River, we rode back into Manhattan, and then crossed the Queensboro Bridge. From there, we worked our way south through Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Dumbo, with some awesome views, especially this one from Brooklyn Bridge Park (near our apartment!):


From there we hopped onto the BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway), where we made better progress than cars do most of the time.


And finally, we crossed the mighty Verrazano-Narrows to Staten Island:


Here's my champion biking buddy:


What a great way to start spring!