After a quick shower and change back at the apartment, The Boyfriend and I met up with some friends at the Staten Island Ferry. I'd never been on the ferry before, and it is a perfectly enjoyable experience - you have great views of Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Governor's Island, and of course, Manhattan Island, all in a quick 25 minute ride. And, they sell alcohol on the boat! Hello, is that not the most perfect mode of transportation ever? Once we got there, we headed over to Richmond County Bank Ballpark to watch the Staten Island Yankees baseball game. The stadium was awesome, extremely ritzy for a Single-A minor league team. You could see the Manhattan skyline in the outfield. After the game there were free fireworks.

Staten Island Ferry, website
Ferry Ride : Free!!!

Staten Island Yankees, website
Baseball: Staten Island Yankees vs. Hudson Valley Renegades

Today The Boyfriend and I got off to an early start. We headed out to Coney Island, and as soon as we got there we made a beeline for the hot dogs and cheap beer. About ten seconds after we swallowed our last bites, I made TB go on the rides with me. After I freaked him out with my complete disregard for my own safety, we played the games on the midway. We carried a million stuffed animals home with us, we were quite the sight on the subway.

Nathan's Famous, Surf Ave & Stillwell Ave, Coney Island, 516-338-8500, website
Lunch : Chili Dog, cheap beer

Astroland, 1000 Surf Ave. (West 10th St), Coney Island, 718-372-0275, website
Rides : The Cyclone (twice!), the Pirate Ship


Tonight I met up with a bunch of my friends to celebrate my birthday at the Boat Basin Cafe. I'd always heard this place was awesome, and I wasn't disappointed. It had a great crowd and the drinks were reasonably priced. If you don't know about the place, though, you'd have no idea it was there - it's under the West Side Highway, totally hidden away from the traffic around it. I'll definitely be going back!

Boat Basin Cafe, 79th Street & The Hudson River, 212-496-5542, website
Dinner & Drinks : Hamburger, $16 beer pitchers!


Today is my birthday!!! My boyfriend is in town for the occasion. After waking up, he gave me my presents (which were all fabulous, by the way), then it was off for a tour of New York - but not just any tour, the Sex and the City Tour! It was fun, although the roads were a mess for the Gay Pride parade. Go Gays, wheee! After that, we came home to change and then The Boyfriend surprised me with dinner at Tavern on the Green. All in all, a wonderful birthday!!!

CELEB SIGHTING!!! Seal and Heidi Klum taking Heidi's new baby out for a walk in the West Village. Ten minutes later, we saw Carson Kressley in a convertible on his way back from the Gay Pride Parade.

Sex & the City Tour, Pulitzer Fountain (5th Ave by 58th St), 212-209-3370, website
Tour : Some of the spots the ladies from the show went to!

Tavern on the Green, Central Park at West 67th St, 212-873-3200, website
Dinner : Lobster Bisque, Filet Mignon

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