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Birthday/Bachelorette Weekend in NYC

May 24, 2011
Last weekend I was in NYC for a joint Birthday/pretend Bachelorette frolic with my friend Mandy– who’s getting married the week after us!  We had such a blast.  Here are the highlights:

We started the weekend’s festivities with a trip to the magical Spa Castle in Queens.  Have you been?  It’s insane.  It’s as if you tossed a mall and a spa together, with a dash of Disney World.  It was really fun and I recommend it to everybody.  You can kind of make it as relaxing and spa like as you want, or just stick to the more water park-ish parts filled with kids.  I think we even spotted a few birthday parties going on.  Our only regret was that we couldn’t stay longer than a few hours.  We had to leave to catch an early (sold out!) screening of Bridesmaids. Which of course was awesome.  (Random note, G also saw Bridesmaids last weekend, but with a bunch of dudes at Mandy’s better half’s bachelor party.)
Judd Apatow + Kristen Wiig + Maya Rudolph + Paul Feig= my idea of heaven.  (Ok sure, I could have done without all the gross-out humor, but still, I was laughing during it.)  And how great is Melissa McCarthy?  She’s so under-appreciated. I tried not to watch too many trailers ahead of time, but I just found this one and happily it actually uses a bunch of clips (or at least lines) that didn’t make the final cut. So have at it:
Our day ended at Radegast Hall in Williamsburg with dear, dear friends who I haven’t seen in ages.  It was so good to see everyone. (Williamsburg is cra-aazy by the way.  2001 does not compare to 2011.  I know, Ms Obvious, here. But, still.)
warby parker glasses
On Sunday I managed to get over to Warby Parker’s showroom and finally got to use my gift certificate from Christmas.  I chose the above pair–which technically are listed as ‘sold out’ online, but apparently if you visit the showroom they have a few left in stock.  Just a little tip if you’re in the area. 

Before skipping town, Jane got us provisions at our friend’s wonderful Vic’s Bagel Bar in Murray Hill. Yummers.  I had forgotten that New Yorkers are the ones who really know that you need to slather on the cream cheese. Other cities, who toss you a little cream cheese container, are just mistaken.  You really need a pound of cream cheese to properly enjoy a bagel.  Preferably with custom “mix-ins” a la Vic’s.  (FYI my brother took their product photos.)
We managed to pack a lot of other things in– awesome dinners, shopping, some lazing around and much needed catching up.  What a great weekend.

Lucky girl.


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