When we returned home last week, we were asked to head back to the city this weekend and chaperone the Marketing and Management Clubs for the weekend. So, Thursday into Friday at midnight we met at the university, loaded the bus, and pulled out at 1:00 Friday morning. We got to our hotel around 7:40 and had to leave for our first meeting at 9:00. There was one single bathroom to accommodate 30 students and 3 advisors needing to change, brush teeth and get ready for a busy day. It was chaos. We ended up sending the guys into the fitness center to change and the girls three at a time to the bathroom, while asking them to do their makeup in the hall. Miraculously, we left around 9:05 with our bags checked in and everyone mostly ready.
Our first meeting of the day was with WaveMaker where a younger alumni works and it was fun to see their workspace, learn about their work culture, and hear more about opportunities for students in their space. From there we headed to Publicis Sapient where they provided us lunch and a similar experience for the students with another young alumni leading the session. I was really impressed by both companies and even more impressed by the two young alumni and how eager they were to share and guide their fellow Bonnies. What a great culture Bonaventure has created in alumni taking care of the next generation.
After the two agency visits we headed to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange where we were the guests of two more alumni, though they were both a bit further out from their time on campus. It was so cool to be on the floor for the closing bell. It was a quiet end of day today, so no crazy trading excitement unfortunately. Charlotte Flair and Titus O’Neil from the WWE rang the closing bell in promotion of WrestleMania this weekend. They were both very kind and took pictures with everyone there for the closing bell.
When we left the New York Stock Exchange we headed back to the hotel to check in and rest for a bit after our crazy night and day.
William and I were both craving dim sum, so we headed to Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown – a short 10 minute walk from our hotel in the cold rain that had been present all day. Dinner was delicious as expected from the first time we ate there back during our engagement trip in February 2015. We ordered steamed pork buns, steamed shrimp dumplings, steamed pork spare ribs, chicken feet, steamed soup dumplings, and my favorite steamed red bean buns for dessert. We also ordered a pot of oolong tea to share to warm up from the chilly rain and William enjoyed a couple Tiger beers. It was a fun city date night that ended with watching one of our favorite movies, The Intern, in bed at the hotel.
Saturday morning we were up early to grab bagels from Leo’s in the financial district before walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. What a fun morning enjoying bagels from William’s favorite bagel shop in the city and experiencing the views and exercise of walking the Brooklyn Bridge. It was a bit windy, chilly and foggy, but the views we’re still great and the company couldn’t be better! When we reached Brooklyn we headed into Dumbo and saw an editorial bridal shoot taking place in front of that great view of the Manhattan bridge. We decided to warm up with some coffee from Brooklyn Roasting where I enjoyed a tasty cappuccino and William had a yummy cafe au lait. Once we’d warmed up a bit, we headed for a walk in Brooklyn Bridge park winding along the water front in Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights. The sun came out and the weather was perfect for a walk along the water front.
From Brooklyn Heights we caught the subway out to Citi Field in Queens. I was able to check off two new boroughs on this trip! What a great day for baseball. The weather ended up beautiful and the temperature was near perfect when you stood in the sun. The Mets played the Nationals and won, which made the game even better. Citi Field is a great ball park and they have a fantastic family atmosphere; I think William and I decided to be Mets fans just from this one experience. It was such a special game too since of the six Mets runs scored, five were home runs – it was nuts. Plus, the Nats hit two home runs, bringing the home run total to 7. What a high home run game in a park where home runs just don’t happen often. We we’re spoiled with a great game, great weather, tasty drinks, and a great crowd.
After the game we caught an Express train into Grand Central and wandered around Midtown for a bit before getting to our dinner restaurant early and enjoying an appetizer and basketball at the bar before Laura and Dan made it in from Astoria. It was fun to catch up with them over dinner, hear about wedding planning, talk about genealogy, and just spend time with my best friend and her fiance. After dinner we went for a stroll to walk off some of the dinner calories, intending to grab dessert somewhere, but Serendipity now has a minimum per person charge to include everyone at the table and we weren’t hungry enough to meet it, then Dylan’s Candy Bar’s upstairs was closed for a private event. So we called it a night and said goodbye before William and I headed down to Seaport and Laura and Dan headed back to Astoria.
Sunday morning we strolled through Seaport and down to Battery Park enjoying the complete peace, quiet and solitude of the morning. New York City amuses William and I in that mornings we hardly ever see anyone, so it feels like we have the city to ourselves; it’s such a different vibe to the city at night, or even by 9:00 in the morning! We ended up grabbing bagels from Leo’s again and taking them to sit down at Pier 17 in Seaport and just enjoy the gentle quiet before heading back to the hotel to board the bus home.
It was such a fun weekend full of seeing new parts of the city, learning about amazing career opportunities in the area for students, experiencing fun events, and spending time with friends. The more I visit New York the more I enjoy it, and these last two spring weekends in the city sure have been beautiful!
How was your weekend?