After watching the Macy's Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning, I explored some of the city on my own. Here's what I saw:
|Does anything scream NYC more than a good ol' corner food cart?|
I got to sit through part of a mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is currently under renovation.
And I walked past the gorgeous NYC Public Library and Bryant Park.
I kept walking up 5th Avenue past some holiday windows,
the Empire State Building and Marble Collegiate Church,
and a few other New York City sights.
|Clockwise from top left: Sample sales make me think of NYC, the Flat Iron building, and.. yep, you read that right.|
I was invited to have Thanksgiving dinner (or "Friendsgiving") with my friend Rachel at her boyfriend Danny's place on the Lower East Side. Rachel and I first met as Hinckley interns in Washington, DC, and she's basically the next Julia Childs.
|Rachel cooked nearly ALL of this!|
|Turkey before, Turkey after -- featuring Danny's first turkey carving ever.|
|Freedom tower on the left, NYC skyline on the right.|
After dinner, we gorged on Rachel's amazing pie (holy crap, that thing was good!).
And THEN, I went back to Lee's place in Brooklyn, where there was further gorging on pies and cheesecake. The highlights were A- Lee's suuuuuper yummy chocolate-chip cookie dough pie (so. good.) and Sara's cheesecake (yum!). And of course, as is customary when you gather more than 5 Mormons in one room, there was definitely some game playing. :) Sadly, I have no photos of any of it! But I really enjoyed getting to know Lee and Sara's Brooklyn YSA friends better (and even a few folks from the Harlem YSA ward and *gasp* some married Mormons!). Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, and it was fun to see a more intimate glimpse of Lee's beloved Brooklyn life.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! May the holiday spirit stay with us even after the holidays are over. :)