A few weeks ago, my brother (Bro, like we like to call each other) sent me a message to let me know he was going to be in New York City for a couple of days, and that he will like very much to get together with me. He was going to be working, but he said it was excuse enough to get together and have a couple of beers.
I didn't think much of that, as at that time, I was worried about my surgery...
He messaged me last weekend to let me know that he was going to be in NYC from Friday until Sunday, and that he had reserved the morning and early afternoon of Sunday to meet with me.
We agreed that we were going to meet at the B&H store as soon as he was done filming; around 10:30 AM.
I had just came out of surgery, so I couldn't drive. The decision was then to take the train. Thankfully it was a beautiful day. A little chilly, but clear and crisp.
I took the 8:44 AM out of Stratford that was going to put me at Grand Central Station at 10:20 AM. Plenty of time for me to walk from there to B&H.
The trip was really nice. The new trains were running and they are really comfortable. I tried to listen to some podcasts on the way but could not get a connection on my iPhone. Spotify on the other hand was working fine.
I also took the opportunity to read some articles from Adore Noir. A very inspirational eMagazine that I found recently and that is very addictive!! If you like Black and White photography and art, it's worth a look.
I arrived to Grand Central in time and started my walk towards the store.
You know how it is... There is no way that you can go to NYC and not consider taking some street photos.
It was fantastic. Every corner of the city brings some gorgeous scene into place and the whole vibe is fast paced.
I wanted to stop every three minutes to take a picture, but I knew my brother was waiting for me, so I picked up the pace.
I made to the store around 11:00 AM and my brother was waiting for me inside. It was so great so see him again, and we started chatting knowing that we didn't have too much time to catch up.
He was there to purchase a Drone for his business and what better place than Disneyland for photographers.
We went upstairs to the drone department and were lucky enough to find a Dominican working there. He gave us all the specs and my brother became the proud owner of a DJI Phantom 4 Pro.
He bought the backpack for it and an extra battery. To make it easier for us, we decided to pack everything up in the backpack and leave the packing material at B&H.
After we left, he asked me where we were going to eat. I told him that I was a firm believer in the suggestions from my iPhone, and that I was sure the I could find any type of food he wanted (is NYC after all).
He is an Oyster lover, so I typed oyster on the maps app and we were directed to CajunSea on 32 W 33rd Street. It was a 10 minute walk from where we were so away we went.
We sat at the bar and ordered a couple of beers. Stella Artois for him (His favorite) and Goose IPA for me.
We talked about his children, about filmmaking, about plans and about life itself.
While talking we decided to order some raw oysters as appetizers. There were several selections on the menu, and we didn't know much about differences between them. In the end, we decided to order two dozen, one dozen East Coast Oysters ($2.45/ea) and one dozen West Coast Oyster ($3.49/ea).
I had to say, the West Coast oysters were way better that their counterparts. More flavorful and with that delicious fresh sea flavor you want in Raw Oysters.
While we were eating, we kept teasing our sisters and my brother's wife that seem to have an aversion for raw food.
Fur lunch, we ordered two Cajun Boils, one Lobster ($29.99/lb) and one Shrimp ($16.99/lb), spicy level heat. Regrettably they were out of crawfish.
The food was succulent. The sauce and the spices were fantastic and there was enough food on those buckets to satisfy any able body!
We were full by the time we left the place. The restaurant has four stars on the Maps app, on the iPhone and they are well deserved. Definitely a recommend.
We took a walk around the area, looking for toy stores to buy something for my brother's girls, but we could not find anything worthwhile. With heavy steps, we walked back to his hotel to say goodbye.
I promised I was going to visit sometime in June and we gave each other a big hug.
I walked back to the train station, this time at a much slower pace, taking in the sites that wonderful NYC architecture has to offer, and snapping some pictures. Hope you like them...
The trip back seemed slower as I recalled the feeling I had through the day and with the anticipation of getting home and telling my wife all about it.
A wonderful Day Trip with the bonus of seeing my brother and sharing some beers and great food with him.