Welcome, my friends, to my tropical vacay in NYC!
Huh? Tropical vacay? In NYC??? Um, isn’t New York at about 40° latitude, and don’t the tropics start at about 23 1/2°?
Well, yeah. But if you’ve ever spent a midsummer week in the Big Apple, you’ll know that the heat and humidity make it feel that way.
And since I actually like the heat (thanks to my Italian gene pool, I imagine), this was a welcome bonus to my recent beachy visit with my wonderful daughter Siri.
Except for a couple of forays northward into Westchester County, Siri and I spent all our time in two other boroughs of NYC.
Besides Brooklyn, where she both lives and operates her thriving boutique, Treehouse, and where we spent a couple of nights, we stayed mostly in Queens. (Cue Eddie Murphy in Coming to America.) 😉
What’s that about? Well, Siri has been running a cool beachfront pop-up store this summer (in addition to Treehouse), right on the boardwalk at Jacob Riis State Park.
Far side of Long Island. Right on the Atlantic. Surfers. Dolphins. Even the occasional whale (as well as great white sharks, we heard)!
It’s been a great way for Siri to expand both her product line and her customer base.
Perhaps even better, it’s giving her a way to vacay near home – just a ferry or bus ride from her Brooklyn digs.
As far as eats were concerned, a highlight of our beach days was the Colombian food at Palenque.
They not only have a mini-kitchen on the boardwalk near Siri’s pop-up shop, but they’re also about to open a brick-and-mortar location near Siri’s Treehouse store in Brooklyn.
I was able to share Siri’s amazingly fun beach scene with her for most of my stay in New York – and I wish I could have stayed even longer. I’ll be back soon to share more of my “tropical vacay in NYC” with you!
Until next time, my friends, Happy Tasting –
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