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To Do: NYC #3

7 Nov

#3. Watch (or better yet, participate in) the ING NYC Marathon.

47,000 people running 26.2 miles. Some setting marathon records.  Some handicapped.  Some dressed up as the Blue Brothers.  Some running for a son with cancer.  Some accompanying their aging father.  All pushing themselves farther than they have probably ever had to push themselves in their lives.  I cannot watch a marathon without crying.  Today I only walked a block to watch the focus, the smiles, the cheers, and the tears of the New York City Marathon.

The leaders (around mile 7).  The last guy in this pic ended up winning and setting a new NYC marathon record.

The long stretch of runners coming from the Verrazano Bridge into Brooklyn.

More Brooklyn.  And more good vibes.  A future marathoner.

The band that put so many of the smiles on the faces.

Call it impulsive, call it compulsive, call it insane.

9 Oct

Top Fives from the Weekend:

5) Meatballs and a nice glass (or two) of Barbera at the Meatball Shop in the Lower East Side, especially after stalking seats at the bar for an hour.

4) Hearing Ollabelle at the fabulous Bowery Ballroom.  They have a new cd out that comes with great renditions of Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes and Swanee River.

3) Seeing 30 minutes worth of skateboarders headed down Broadway, blocking traffic through a seemingly endless chain of longboards.

2) Running the Staten Island Half Marathon (and riding the ferry and breathing that hard and earning a delicious beer and sammy at Bierkraft).

1) Having a bff in town for it all.