Ed and I went to New York City for the weekend recently to visit our friends Jon and Sam. Although it was a little shorter than we had planned, it was a pleasant weekend. We got there Saturday evening, went out for sushi, stopped at St. Mark’s Bookshop, and finished at Saint’s Alp Teahouse for some weird tea concoctions.

Back at Jon’s place, we introduced him to Settlers of Catan, a board game in which you use trade to build settlements and cities. I think he’s a convert now, mwahaha.

Sunday we had brunch/lunch at a nice little place down the street from Jon’s. I had yummy bagel and lox with cream cheese. We strolled around Soho for a bit in the afternoon. We stopped at this cool store called Evolution, which has a bizarre collection of natural history items. We also visited Dean & Deluca a gourmet grocery/food/kitchenware shop and the Apple store to cool off from the suffocating heat.

I had a good time, and it was nice to see Jon and Sam again. I’d like to visit them some time when it’s not so freaking hot.

I’d also wanted to visit The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, but that will have to wait until next time. Madeleine L’Engle wrote a book that was set there, A Severed Wasp, and she’s also the head librarian at the Cathedral, although I don’t think she spends much time there now, since her health is not as good. I found a couple of interesting interviews with her while I was looking for information. Jon also suggested visiting the Cloisters at the same time, so we have plenty of things to do next time we visit.

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