The past few years have found me in denial as summer turns into fall. I really hate to admit this because I actually love fall, which I think is the most romantic time of year in New York City. The good news this year is that, while I'm certainly in no hurry for summer to wind down, I'm content with lots of summer fun to date. We traveled less than prior years and definitely took advantage of our time in the city. Writing down (and posting!) my summer 2015 bucket list helped me identify the things I most wanted to do, and then to make them happen.
I (finally!) made it to Shakespeare in the Park when I saw Cymbeline last month with my boyfriend. I've been dying to go for nearly eight years, and I'm a literature nerd with a soft spot for Shakespeare. Even with such dramatic build up, the actual show and experience exceeded my expectations. It was a wonderful, memorable evening and I'm already hoping to return next year!
I dove wholeheartedly into baking with stone fruits, as you might have seen here and here. It was delicious and satisfying, and I might not be done yet. There's at least one more recipe that I'm keen to try while stone fruit goodness is still in season. I'm spending the coming weekend learning how to stand up paddle board, and we have a seafood boil on the calendar for Labor Day weekend. I also have designs on a few more classic NYC summer moments, like a picnic in the park. I'm not giving up on summer yet!
I love the juxtaposition of these hydrangeas flourishing in an urban garden next to abandoned railroad tracks. It really captures something about summer in the city.