So ubiquitous is the phrase “the perfect weekend” that the words have, to this point, possessed very little personal resonance. With my favorite NYC magazine Timeout New York sharing a round-up post bearing the same name each and every Friday morning, I’ve found that that one weekend – where everything just goes right and you truly feel like you’ve experienced everything that you want out of life – fleetingly elusive…until this weekend.
I’m not sure I can resolutely nail down one exacting reason why this weekend in New York City was so riveting, but rather identify an amalgamation of contributing happiness factors: the persistently sunny weather, the refreshing St. Patrick’s Day buzz in the Upper East Side, the glitz and glamour of The Mark Hotel, and the effervescence of a live Broadway show all conspired to whisk me away into another stratosphere of contentment that I quite frankly did not want to let go of come this Monday morning. Nevertheless, allow me to recap what I contend was “the perfect weekend” in New York.
Upon leaving work on Friday evening, I was able to enjoy a pre-planned one-night “staycation” with my girlfriend at the super luxury Upper East Side hotel I professionally represent – The Mark. As the Digital Marketing Specialist for the property, I was allowed this one-night complimentary stay as a way to get to intimately know the product and, in turn, was tasked with evaluating several of the hotel’s offerings – from cocktails at The Mark Bar to breakfast in-room dining service – as a fun learning exercise. After enjoying the tasty signature Mark Manhattan cocktail at the ever-so-classy watering hole, my girlfriend and I enjoyed some well-prepared thin crust Farinella pizza and an in-room viewing of the classic Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Saturday, March 17
Upon enjoying a morning workout in the spacious hotel Punch Fitness Center and a satiating in-room dining breakfast cooked-to-order, it was time to check-out and head up to my apartment seven minutes away to re-group for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration ahead. Once the green attire was adorned, Sammi and I headed over to nearby Fifth Avenue to enjoy the 251st St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City amongst a crowd of festively Irish-appreciative spectators. Soon after, we continued our migration downtown – strolling across sunny Central Park before heading south on Broadway straight for the Theatre District.
Sammi had decided at the day’s onset to secure us Broadway tickets for the evening, so we together went “theatre hopping” until we acquired student rush tickets that were to our liking. After forty-five minutes of Broadway bouncing, we settled on Memphis and migrated to a nearby bar for a Happy Hour celebration. Once some delicious anti-St. Patrick’s Day, Cuban Caipirinha cocktails were polished off, we headed for a pre-theatre feast at one of Sammi’s favorite spots, the Times Square-popular Brooklyn Diner. While normally the thought of frequenting any Times Square dining establishment makes me cringe (think nightmarish Red Lobster, Bubba Gump’s or Ruby Tuesday’s as options) the meal – while still overpriced – was very pleasant.
To cap off the evening, we headed to the Shubert Theatre for an electrifying performance of Memphis, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical. The show – which starred the vivacious Montego Glover as well as equally enthralling show newcomber (and personal acquaintance of Sammi by the way) Adam Pascal – was a raucously spirited affair full of show-stopping gospel, rock and soul numbers. An entire separate blog post could (and should) be devoted to how much I adored this show…a must see for certain.
Sunday, March 18
To close out the weekend, Sunday brought some much needed R&R from the relentless activity of the previous day. Of course, my interpretation of “rest and relaxation” might not be aligned with the commonly held definition, as the day began – after a hearty brunch with my girlfriend at her neighborhood hangout, Corner Cafe & Bakery – with a thirteen-mile jog in the spirit of the NYC Half Marathon that was run earlier in the day. The route – which took me from 79th Street and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East, around Central Park Loop and then directly downtown along the West Side Waterfront, eventuating by the South Street Seaport – was an arduous one, but was an imperative first hurdle to clear in my quest for marathon-readiness come November’s NYC 2012 Marathon Weekend.
After exhausting myself with the trot around Manhattan, I had a very productive meeting at Gregory’s Coffee – a great Gramercy coffee shop adored by Mashalble employees and techies alike – with the lovely ladies of Collective Media LLC, the social PR start-up that I Social Media Strategize for in my spare time. Following the caffeine boost, it was off to Happy Hour for some free brewskies at SideBAR and Village Pourhouse – courtesy of my Hotelie bar manager buddy Scott McKinney (cheers mate!) following by an impromptu farewell bite to eat with San Francisco-bound best friend Katrina Lee.
So there you have it folks – what a weekend it was! Here’s to hoping history repeats itself very soon…have a great week everyone!