This year marks the first in many that we won’t be spending the end of July in New York City.
Usually, we save up all year long to take a few days alone, Kevin and I, exploring the city. This year, however, all savings went toward a downpayment on our new home. Totally worth it, yes, but we’re still in #miss mode.
We decided to take this week, when we’d originally planned to make the trip, and document the years we’ve enjoyed.
Six years ago next week, we sold whatever we could — jewelry, a guitar, a knife collection, etc. — and scraped together the money to spend a few days in Manhattan … and get married!
We left Danville on Monday, July 25, 2005.
Although I’d been twice (once with students to Columbia’s journalism camp and once to sing with a band at the Hard Rock Cafe), it was Kevin’s first time in New York. You should’ve seen his widened eyes and dropped jaw! Or his panicked look when we rushed onto the first subway car at the last minute. So precious! :)
That first train ride took us from near the Howard Johnson’s on 8th Avenue, where we stayed that trip (it’s another hotel chain now) downtown to City Hall, where we waited in line sweating like crazy in the heat to get our marriage license.
After we explained their marriage code to them (long story! :P), we finally left with that license, but it was so late by then that we had to wait until Wednesday to get married…
At 10:20 a.m., on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, we were married in the Manhattan City Clerk’s office. Our witness was a lady who lived in Harlem and got married just before us.
When we left City Hall, we walked right into a “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” set.
We headed up to Times Square, had lunch at TGI Fridays, and experienced “Phantom of the Opera” for the first time!!
After crashing for hours at the hotel, we rushed down to the Empire State Building, getting in line just before 11. We knew they took the last elevators up at 11:15, and we wanted to be up there on the night we were married, so we’d bought our tickets in advance.
So when the guy in charge of the line, already on a major power trip, told us they were closing early, I got pretty upset to say the least. I got on the phone, called directory assistance (no smart phones at the time), and called the manager of the Empire State Building to complain. :P
Within five minutes, that manager had come down personally to escort us to the elevator!
We spent the final 15 minutes of the day we got married on top of the world. :)
And then we ran uptown to Central Park and found the last carriage ride of the night.
It was definitely a day we will never forget. :)