Brooklyn Birthday

An NYC Brooklyn Birthday

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

To celebrate turning the ripe old age of 22, my girlfriend Jen planned a surprise action packed NYC Brooklyn birthday celebration for the both of us this past Saturday. The day itself was fantastic, and was made all the better since I had plenty of opportunities to act as a camera whore with my new Canon. Jen was happy to oblige my taking pictures of everything – partially from guilt, I’m sure, of asking me to ‘endure’ as her occasional photographer for her blog.

Nom Wah Tea ParlorThe day started off with a visit to one of our favorite Dim Sum places in Chinatown, Nom Wah Tea Parlor – the first Dim Sum restaurant in NYC, since 1920. Usually we make the mistake of over-ordering by several magnitudes, so we ate light this time: only beef rice rolls, turnip cake, and shrimp dumplings. It was still too much for us…

View of manhattan

The next stop was a hike across the Brooklyn Bridge. I haven’t walked the bridge since I was much younger, so I barely remembered how amazing the views of Manhattan were. Once in Brooklyn, Jen led the way to a small bay where there was free kayaking in the East River – what?! Dual kayaking has long been on our joint bucket list which we’ve been attempting to work our way through before I head to Turkey in September. I even managed to slightly tan while on the river, although it didn’t last much longer than two days…

Brooklyn Kayaking

After kayaking, the two of us walked over to the Housing Works thrift store in Brooklyn Heights, all the while admiring the neighborhood. Housing Works is especially cool since it is staffed by HIV positive people and is dedicated to raising awareness about, and fighting, AIDs. It also had some great items, all for super cheap.

Dinner came next at Tutt Cafe, a very chill Middle Eastern cafe. The food was good, but somehow neither of us was particularly hungry. The pita was fresh baked, though, and was definitely some of the most delicious bread I’ve ever eaten.

Terminator Two Judgement Play

After dinner, we then headed to downtown Manhattan for the grand finale. Jen had played the final portion of the night extremely close to her chest, so I was beyond surprised – maybe more like dumbfounded – when I realized our last stop was an off-off-Broadway Play; Terminator Two: Judgement Play. The show was hysterical, and the role of the terminator was cast with a volunteer from the crowd. Although my Arnold impersonation is no good, I wish I had had the courage to at least try out… Oh well. You can’t have it all, I suppose.

4 thoughts on “An NYC Brooklyn Birthday”

  1. Happy Birthday, man!!! Man, if your old…then I’m ancient. LOL That’s okay..as long as we don’t act old, then we’ll be fine.

    I’m so jealous that you were in NYC kayaking! That’s so awesome. I’ve never been to NYC (which I think we twitter-ed about this). Dim Sum, kayaking, and a off-broadway play. Awesome. You are so lucky to have a great girlfriend. I mean, she has the BEST name in the world. So, I instantly like her. LOL

    1. Thanks, Jen! Very true, though, you’re only ever as old as you feel. Hopefully blogging will keep us young, haha.
      But yeah, I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful girlfriend – her name is pretty good too, haha. I would definitely recommend you try out NYC though, especially if you did enjoy Chicago. It’s just bigger and better, basically…although I might be a little biased saying that. You can definitely find something new to do here every day – like the kayaking! I had no idea that was a thing until Jen brought me to it.

      1. Cool. It’s on my “travel list”. I read on Nomadic Matt that he did a city tour of NYC in a hearse! He thought it was cheesy, but ended up really liking it. To me, that doesn’t sound cheesy, but adventurous. I might do that. My friend in Chicago said there is a party bus that you pay like $25 and they will drive you to NYC. I’ll in Chi town this November.

        Anyway, I’m rambling. LOL I’m glad you had a wonderful birthday!

        1. Wait, really? A $25 party bus from Chicago to NYC? That sounds almost too good to be true. If that’s real, definitely do that! A hearse tour of NYC also sounds pretty cute. I’d have never thought of riding in one outside of Central Park – very cool…

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