We started the day with a breakfast voted, “Best Breakfast in The City.” No idea who the voting population was, but the breakfast was perfection.
Then we visited the north end of Central Park, checking out Harlem Meer & sampling a few knishes. We spent most of our time in the Conservatory Garden, which was really nice even though it’s early spring so a lot of stuff is still dormant, even though I don’t usually go for formal ornamentals, and even though the day was a little bit blisteringly hot.
Then Levi talked us into visiting the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, which he says he saw in a movie but can’t remember which. So if you know which movie this cathedral was in, please tell me. This cathedral is apparently the largest in the world, and the statue of liberty could fit comfortably inside the dome (sans pedestal). Madeleine L’Engle is buried here, apparently, although we didn’t see her grave. They started building it in 1888 and it still isn’t finished, which is pretty epic. We all really loved being in this cathedral. Our visit was awe-inspiring — the cathedral is gorgeous & gigantic and heavy on the beautiful parts of religion (art, history, gigantic stained glass windows, enormous stone walls, and bone-rattling organ music) without the less-beautiful parts (judgmental behavior, hypocrisy, emotional manipulation & shame, etc). We spent hours here, exploring the chapels and listening to the organ and staring at the marble columns.
Here’s Levi posing with his, his metrocard outside the Brooklyn Museum subway station. His hair doesn’t always stand up – it was a little windy.
We visited the Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement started with a moltov cocktail. I’m sure this is on every kid’s spring break “to see” list.
Washington Square Park: Best place to people and dog watch + Fascinating history. There are 10,000 to 22,000 bodies buried beneath, victims of Yellow Fever. Also, they used to have public executions there. The giant elm tree they hanged people in is still there. See? Fascinating. Now people wear their babies and walk their designer dogs there.
And we finished the day with one of the most exciting vegan meals we’ve ever shared: Red Bamboo. We had so much faux southern fried chicken, BBQ ribs, various wings and cutlets and chops and crab. It was just obscene and delicious. And we ended the dinner with a ginormous slice of Peanut Butter Heaven direct from Vegan Treats. It was the most perfectly sweet way to end the day.