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ON MY SATURDAY in New York, I had the pleasure … no, make that the JUBILATION of spending the day with my sensational second cousin once removed (middle daughter of Cousin the Elder — click here), her phenomenal husband, and their two extraordinary daughters (the elder of the two is in her sophomore year in the city). We met for brunch in Chelsea at a very popular place called Cafeteria and from there we walked and talked throughout the neighborhood. Along the way, we stopped at an exceptional costume and magic shop called Abracadabra (they call it kid-friendly but I’d think twice), sniffed candles and soaps, browsed hip thrift at Buffalo Exchange, had a snack at Donut Plant, and shopped at gourmet Whole Foods Market (to make sure the college student eats). My heart broke a bit when it was time to part company. We’re three generations of soulmates. How lucky can you get!
EN MI SÁBADO en Nueva York, tuve el placer … no, fue la JUBILACIÓN de pasar el día con mi sensacional prima segundo una vez retirado (hija mediana de Prima Mayor — haz clic aquí), su marido maravilloso, y sus dos hijas extraordinarias (la mayor de las dos está en su segundo año en universidad en la ciudad). Nos reunimos para una comida en Chelsea en un lugar muy popular llamado Cafeteria y desde allí caminamos y hablamos por todo el barrio. En el camino, nos detuvimos en una tienda de disfraces y magia excepcional llamada Abracadabra (lo llaman amigable para los niños, pero creo que lo pensé dos veces), olfateamos velas y jabones, buscamos en la tienda de segundo mano Buffalo Exchange, comimos una merienda en Donut Plant, y compró en el mercado gourmet Whole Foods Market (para asegurarse de que la estudiante universitaria coma). Mi corazón se rompió un poco cuando llegó el momento de separarse de la compañía. Somos tres generaciones de almas gemelas. ¡Qué suerte puedes tener!
18 thoughts on “It Was a Chelsea Afternoon / Fue Una Tarde en Chelsea”
Yes, you are a very lucky man indeed!
I’m not a believer that blood is thicker than water; family can often do more damage than good. But, this is family I’ll keep in my heart forever.
OMB, maddie would LOVE those wigs! what a fun day! and delicious donuts on top!
I’m not even a donut fan, but that was delicious. I didn’t buy any wigs but did buy myself novel temporary tattoos (because they were flat and would fit into my suitcase).
So good for you to have such great family to visit when in NYC!
My day with them really turned things around for me. Amazing the friendship we’ve been able to build even with only being able to see each other once a year. They’re four of Jerry’s favorite people, too.
Looks like great fun. I am trying to imagine what “man smells” could be?
Hmmm… man smells… hmmm… hmmm… Oh, hi!
I hope you took that pink wig home for San Geraldo.
When I see wigs, I don’t think of San Geraldo who has a full head of hair. It’s all about me.
That was quite the walkabout.
And those aren’t the Boy Smells I lean toward,
The name Boy Smells caught my attention, but I didn’t get it. Then again, I wouldn’t want a candle that smelled like a locker room or a gym bag (but maybe you would).
I can remeber when Cafeteria was a huge hangout on Saturday nights after Splash and XES lounge and the like would close, and the nightlife continued there till breakfast. I made a spectacle or two with Bunny in there. Looks much different now.
What a great place. How I wish I could have participated or witnessed you and Bunny! It was so nice to wander Chelsea and the Village before everyone got there. And, yes, those wigs! That shop was huge and had all kinds of prosthetics, too… Gory and glamourous.
Okay, somebody has to go there, and of course it would be me. You’re holding your picture taking apparatus too high! It’s okay though. I love your face. These vicarious trips are a lot of fun!
Ah, Delightful Deedles:
I knew I could count on you. Don’t tell anyone but… I did NOT hold the “picture taking apparatus too high.” I cropped the photo after I was done… and I deleted the original!
Aftershave for stoners?
How would that work? Light the candle and drip the wax on your face?