While the rest of the world was being told to steer clear of New York City and the east coast during Hurricane Irene, Alessandro and I were doing just the opposite. It was time for our Baseball Stadium Road Trip (BSRT) and nothing would stop us from our plan: 1,400 miles, 9 days, 4 stadiums, 2 lovebirds, 1 birthday.
We arrived in New York just as everyone was emerging from their hurricane safe havens. Trees were blown over onto the freeway and the sky was still looking mad, but we saw a rainbow and a break in the sky and knew the bad weather was behind us.
We stayed in Brooklyn at a boutique hotel called Hotel Le Bleu in the Park Slope area. It was love at first site with this hotel. We drove right up to a door-side parking space, which was free by the way, and were greeted by the genuinely friendly staff. Then we got into our super cool room.
I went straight to our balcony and saw such a beautiful site. The calm after the storm. And you know how I like me a sunset.
After the sun went down, we headed to dinner at a cute and trendy spot called Stone Park Cafe. Alessandro had baby octopus and squid ink tagliatelle, which he said was the best pasta he's ever had.
Then we headed back to our hotel to get a good night's sleep in preparation for the days ahead--Chinatown, Little Italy, Battery Park, Grand Central, Times Square, Dangerfield's, Central Park and finally...Citi Field.
P.S. They don't call it Hotel Le Bleu for nothing.