Summer in the City is something special. The weather is great, everyone is out and about, and there’s definitely no shortage of things to do. So when you set out on a random Saturday evening with no plans in tow, you can expect not to be disappointed, even with the simplest of plans… and that’s exactly how my weekend evening turned out.
After a long week in the “City that never sleeps”, sometimes its nice to not have to think, or have any set plans. So, this past Saturday, instead of spending countless minutes (maybe hours) figuring out where to go, what to wear, how to get there, and maybe the possibility of even being able to get in (yes, very common by New York standards), I joined some friends for a simple sunset rooftop sesh in Chelsea.
As we sat on this delightful deck watching the sun set into the horizon, we joked and drank and allowed ourselves to sit back, relax and be ok with “doing nothing” for once. In this magical, but crazy, town, its easy to get lost in it all. But when you allow yourself to simply enjoy the world around you, and the people in it, it starts to feel new again, and that’s exactly what Saturday felt like.
The night was perfect as the summer breeze swept through. The sky was so clear that despite the city lights, I could still see stars. As I gazed up into the sky, I noticed a helicopter. And then two. It didn’t seem odd to me, until I realized they were hovering in one spot for a long period of time.
At first I was annoyed, but then I became curious. I inched closer to see if I could identify what kind of choppers they were and suddenly, I realized what the commotion was all about. I turned to my left and was greeted by a stunning sight – there she was, the Empire State Building, in all her glory, glowing in the night with images of animals displayed on her facade.
It turns out to be, the Discovery Chanel and the Empire State Building joined forces in a campaign called “Racing Extinction” in honor of the many endangered animals of the world. In a stunning display of lights and images, they featured these special species on the side of this legendary landmark.
As I watched in awe, I couldn’t help but get goose bumps and realize how lucky I am to call this city home. Its moments like these (of which there are plenty) that validate my reason for moving to this magical metropolis, Manhattan!