If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere…

March 14, 2011

Another highlight from home and one that was put on the top of Kurt’s “fun things done while being there for Kelly on the east coast” list was a day we spent riding around NYC with my cousin Mike.  The weekend began with an awesome dinner with Mike’s wife Christina, their most precious of a child, Franky Beans, Toni and Parker.  It wasn’t soon after we got a great night sleep and were spoiled again by a morning breakfast, leaving time for Kurt to fall absolutely headlong into a Lego project.  In the meantime, I got schooled in some photography knowledge thanks to Mike, an extremely skilled photographer.  Check out his work at Beneventophoto.com.

Around 11 or so Mike, Kurt and I set out to ride around the city.  Our route took us from Park Slope, Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, through Redhook, along the water out to the George Washington Bridge for a quick visit to the Little Red Lighthouse.  Then we climbed up to the bridge and crossed it half way to get a view, before heading into  Harlem and Central Park.  We proceeded further into Midtown Manhattan, with all the jazz and blinking lights and show stopping traffic and commotion, then around St. Mark’s area and Thompson Square Park, before our final zip back over the Manhattan Bridge, round Prospect Park and a return to the house.  What a fantastic day of riding.  The smile on my face caught the wind and had me dragging at some points.  It was that big!  We stopped to marvel at the folks on fancy road bikes racing around the park, we stopped for amazing pizza, we stopped to carry our bikes up and down some stairs, seeking out a better commute route for Mike.

I’m not really a city person.  Especially New York.  I like it, and I appreciate it for all it has to offer with it’s history and  diversity, but given the option, I have for the most part kept my distance.  The day of riding a bike around rather than driving or navigating public transportation gave me a whole new appreciation for the city.  Or maybe it was just the nice time spent with Mike and the family.  Probably that.  Either way, I’m proud to say we zipped through one of the busiest cities in the world and came away with an awesome day had.

 

The view from Park Slope, Brooklyn...

I spent the morning learning about photography and the actual working of a camera and its lenses, something I had no previous knowledge of. My cousin Mike is a fantastic photographer (not to mention adventurer, husband, brother, father, etc.)...

Kurt and Mike as we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge...

Midtown Manhattan. Believe it or not, a very fun place to ride through, keeping you on your toes at all times...

The architect and photographer at work...

The sub arctic science station comes to life, complete with a spiral staircase and connecting walkway (Photo: Mike Benevento)...

...and the excitement Beans woke up to when he got to see it in its finished glory (Photo: Mike Benevento)...

 

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