06.07.1710 Free NYC Dates

As a follow-up to my post on how to date your spouse, I’m sharing ten of my favorite free dates in NYC. Resources are always limited, so I love seeking out things that Rob and I love to do together and that are free! Whether you live in New York or find yourself visiting, be sure to check out these completely free activities:

  1. Hike in the North Woods in Central Park
  2. Head to the roof deck at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the latest installation and stunning views
  3. Board the Staten Island Ferry for up-close Statue of Liberty viewings
  4. Bike ride along the Hudson River (we own bikes, but you can easily rent from many locations in the city)
  5. See Shakespeare in the Park for an outdoor theater experience in Central Park
  6. Attend a world-class musical recital at Juilliard
  7. Utilize free-admission hours at NYC’s best museums (my favorites: Cooper Hewitt, The Whitney, NY Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York)
  8. Catch a free movie in a park during the summer
  9. Walk along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for stunning views of downtown Manhattan
  10. Browse the staff picks at an independent bookstore (my favorites: The Strand, Rizzoli, Albertine)

06.05.17On Dating My Husband

Carnegie Hall performance

We scored student discount tickets to a Pops concert at Carnegie Hall.

After our first two years of marriage, which coincided with Rob’s two years of all-consuming business school, we settled into a new routine in our new city. Life had been a bit of a whirlwind, and so we decided to prioritize weekly dates to ensure we had regular, quality, dedicated time with each other and to ensure we experienced our city (and life in general) to the fullest.

After jointly coming up with an ongoing bucket list for things we wanted to see and do in New York, we decided that each week one of us would plan a surprise date for the other. It could be something as simple as renting a movie and popping popcorn at home, to hitting up free-admission hours at a museum, to trying a restaurant that’s been on our list for ages, to a performance at Lincoln Center. The best part of this system is that planning dates for my husband is just as fun as receiving a date that he has planned for me. It’s a great way for us to focus on the other person, check things off our bucket list, and have something special to look forward to every week.

Jazz club cocktails

Many jazz clubs don’t charge a cover until later in the night. Go early and get a cocktail instead of paying a cover.

If you’re hesitant, I will add that Rob was, too, in the beginning. He was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to keep coming up with date ideas week after week. I admit that it’s helpful that we live in a city with more than a few things to see and do. But I assured him that the point of the dates is more about spending time together than “topping” each week’s dates. Because it’s true — it never matters what we’re doing. Devoted time together is what keeps us deeply connected. Now, two years since we started this tradition, both Rob and I believe this has been one of the best things we’ve ever done for our relationship.

(Note: I understand that everyone has vastly different schedules, obligations, resources, and commitments. As a couple without children and with weekends free, this system works really well for us. Overall, I think it’s important to prioritize quality time together when it comes to any relationship.)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Trees

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has free admission on Saturdays before noon.

06.02.17Friday Finds

It was a short work-week, but I’m already excited for another weekend! We have lots of fun planned with each other and with friends — and some beautiful spring weather in the forecast. I snapped the photo above while taking a little walk/break at work this week. Working in TriBeCa makes for quite the commute, but it’s such an interesting neighborhood. There are so many buildings, walls, shops, and gardens to stop and admire!

Every time friends have a baby (like last week!), we start a MealBaby train to care for them as they adjust to life with a newborn.

We watched this movie this week and really enjoyed it.

This week’s nail polish: Clambake

We celebrated FIVE years since our engagement yesterday!

I made these blondies for a picnic last weekend and they were divine.

A fool-proof — but beautiful — greenery arrangement.

I’m loving this song right now.

A good reminder.