Farewell parties and a fun day in Long Island
My friend has a very active life as I expected she would living in New York. I’ve gotten the chance to attend some interesting events with her. One of these events was in Brooklyn at a restaurant/venue called Filament at the Landing. We were celebrating the goodbye party of Emily’s boss.
The venue was stunning: three walls with huge windows letting the sun in! You could see the Statue of Liberty from one of the windows. It was tiny, but it was there. The décor of the venue was very urban and modern, very Brooklyn. The building itself was an old factory that had been renovated for modern use. The building hosts restaurants and an innovation center aimed to help employ people from the area. It fit the party perfectly since that’s what the organization my friend works at aims to do as well. The party was very relaxed: food, drinks and speeches. It was fun getting to see my friend’s work circles!
My friend had taken Friday off work since Monday was Memorial Day, which is a national holiday here. This way we got a nice long weekend. We left for Long Island Friday morning. The star of the farewell party, Evelyn, had invited us to visit her. We also wanted to see the beach while in Long Island.
A tip if you’re ever taking the train between New York and Long Island: try to travel during off peak time. Your journey will be cheaper and more comfortable since there are less people on the train. Peak time is usually on weekdays from 6-10 and 16-20 when most of the commuters are traveling. Other times are off peak.
When we got to Evelyn’s house, we spread out a huge blanket in the backyard and chilled there talking. We had a salad lunch outside and then headed to Lido Beach. The day was blazing hot, but there was a strong cold wind on the beach, so we ended up just walking around in the water instead of swimming. We had so much fun, though. The sun was shining, and huge waves were hitting the shore. Salty water made our skin sticky and the wind messed up our hair – perfect beach vibes!
After spending some time at the beach, we decided to go find some ice cream. We ended up at the cutest marina area in Freeport. This area was hit really hard when hurricane Sandy rolled through, so it has basically been built up from scratch during the past years. Evelyn told us many stories of the devastation Sandy brought to the area. Her family has lived there for a long time, so many people she knows were affected. Some of the damage is still being repaired, many years later.
There was a street called the Nautical Mile in the marina. It was a street filled with restaurants and bars right on the water. We were there on a Friday afternoon, so the places were starting to get packed. The area has a lot going on at night when the sun sets, the twinkle lights light up and drinks flow. We ate ice cream and walked around, listening to live music, which was available in almost all the restaurants. There was such a nice beachy seaside vibe to the area. You should definitely grab a drink or ice cream here is you ever hang out in Long Island!
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