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After last week’s New York-y post, I got inspired to do another! You’re getting a Part 2 because I encountered something else I’d never seen before that I had to share, and because after writing about loving New York in the snow, I got plenty of it! (Of course, it’s almost gone now, but it was beautiful on Saturday…)

But before getting to those things, I have to digress a little. It’s Valentine’s Day on Thursday, and while I didn’t want to do a lovey-dovey post, I have to mention my own little love story. After all, one of the reasons I heart New York is that I met my husband here!

Four years ago today, we went on our first date. That date almost didn’t happen. We were set up by two acquaintances, and Justin wasn’t sure he even wanted to contact me. Neither of us really thought a setup would work, but I was willing to give it a go, so I e-mailed him first. We made dinner plans for Bacchus, in Brooklyn. Then, on our big date day, I woke up feeling so sick. I ended up meeting him dosed up with cold medicine, and with a definite “cold voice.” Not quite the first impression I was going for! (He made up for it by getting a bad case of poison ivy shortly thereafter, causing us to postpone our second date for almost three weeks. I thought he was blowing me off—who gets poison ivy in New York? Luckily, it was a good second date, complete with a perfect kiss at the bus stop in the snow…which is a story for another post.)

So, happy dating anniversary, Justin! I’m so glad my low energy, foggy head, and snotty cold voice didn’t scare you off, and that you gave me another chance. (And that I gave you another chance after the poison ivy excuse…) It’s been an amazing four years with you!

*Ahem*

Now on to the non-mushy portion of the post!

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In the late fall, I joined a Wednesday evening “Write Night” that meets at the midtown Panera. The restaurant is right around the corner from the beautiful New York Public Library, and depending on which subway I take there and back, I either walk past the front facade of the library, or past the lovely Bryant Park. In general, midtown isn’t my favorite part of the city, but you can’t argue with this:

The New York Public Library on 5th Avenue

The New York Public Library on 5th Avenue (did you know the two lions are named Patience and Fortitude?)

Last week, I happened to walk to Panera via 41st Street, and I saw something I hadn’t noticed before. Because 41st Street comes right up to the front of the library, this block is known as Library Way. And, if you look down between Madison Avenue and Fifth, you’ll see reading-themed plaques embedded in the sidewalk. I think my walk took three times as long as usual, because I had to stop to read them all! Here are a few of my favorites:

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If you’re a book lover, and you find yourself in this part of Manhattan, walk down Library Way! You won’t regret it.

As for snowstorm Nemo (how’s that for a segue?), it wasn’t nearly as bad in our area as predicted, but we still got some lovely snow. On Saturday, Justin and I bundled up and headed to Prospect Park to see what was going on. I think every child in our neighborhood was out sledding! Next year, we’ll be prepared with sleds of our own.

IMG_0990We headed from there into the Ravine, a wooded part of the park I love because its hilly trails can make you forget you’re in a major metropolitan park. Though we could still hear the laughter and squeals of the sledders and snowball fighters, there were a few times we were the only people on our trail! And the snow was gorgeous.

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IMG_0996Now that it’s a little warmer and what little snow is left on the ground has turned black and slushy, I’m pretty much ready for spring to come. Still, it was so great to get a proper snowstorm this year! It makes those sub-freezing, sleety, windy, gray NYC winter days a little more worth it.

And on that note, this long post comes to an end. 🙂

~Kathryn

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