Fourth of July Weekend

It’s been a very long, very hot Fourth of July weekend.

My weekend started on Thursday with happy hour with my girlfriends at The Dove Parlour, this subterranean Victorian-esque lounge around the corner from our old apartment. The specialty martinis are $6 from 6-8 pm, and they come in fun flavors like French Lavender (“lavender-infused gin, orange liqueur, and a touch of grapefruit”).

Anna Karenina goes to the bar
reading Anna Karenina while I wait for my friends

We stayed out way too late on Friday night, starting at a friend of a friend’s apartment and ending in a low-key bar in the East Village, with a stop at a more lively bar in between. (It was at this middle stop that I convinced the DJ to play Get Low.)

Because we had such a late night on Friday, our Saturday was pretty relaxed. We had a leisurely brunch outdoors (but thankfully in the shade) at Rice that included some amazing breakfast potatoes, and then we watched the Spain-Paraguay World Cup game. We spent our early evening taking a walk in Manhattan and then hanging out with a friend in Herald Square. We eventually left Herald Square on the hunt for authentic tacos, which led us to La Rosita, this tiny Mexican restaurant in the back of a bodega on west 47th. (Our tacos were worth the walk.)

Sunday was the Fourth of July itself and approximately one million degrees. We tried a new banh mi place called Banh Mi Saigon (not to be confused with Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli), and then strolled around SoHo. This place really clears out on holiday weekends – it was almost eerie how empty SoHo was. (We even managed to shop in Uniqlo on a weekend without losing our minds to the crowds!) That evening, we had a couple of friends over to watch the fireworks, which, even though they were on the Hudson again this year, we could happily see quite well from our apartment in Brooklyn.

The oppressive heat continued on Monday, so we spent the afternoon in the air conditioning at PS 1. PS 1 is one of those places that we kept meaning to visit, but had never made it out there. I’m glad we finally did; it was pretty neat. It’s an exhibition space affiliated with MoMA, so it has some interesting contemporary art. A piece that I thought was particularly neat was a stack of Architectural Digests cut that it resembled a topographical relief. It’s hard to describe, but amazing.

toes in hammocks
our toes while we relaxed in some large-scale art at PS 1

I hope everyone else had an enjoyable holiday weekend as well! (And hopefully a less steamy one.)

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