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Jan162012

How To...Sing Auld Lang Syne On A Bridge

I realize we are already 16 days deep into the new year {and probably a few resolutions short}, but I wanted to share a little New York City secret. The best spot to spend New Year's Eve in the city is not Times Square {gasp!}.

Psst...it's the Brooklyn Bridge. Here's how I know...

This past New Year's Eve we had planned to play a few board games, eat a ten-layer lasagna that made our bellies feel round and happy and sip on champagne until the clock struck midnight. While cozied up on our couch we were reminiscing about old memories of the holiday and realized, strangely enough, that we didn't really have any. We've always been turned off by the overpriced drinks, large cover charges, and now with a three-year-old roomie living with us, it's all the more harder and expensive {hello babysitter, cha ching!}.

The night was very much like most nights in our home. Greg gave CJ a bath. And I snuck in a few chapters from one of the most exquisite books, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. In an instant, everything will change, it read.

Later we were getting ready to hustle into our pajamas, pour another glass of bubbly and click to some random New Year's Eve special. But our eyelids weren't heavy. We felt different. Fizzy and punchy. 

So we threw on our sparkly party hats and decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. To cross our favorite bridge as we crossed into the new year. It felt right.

And it was.

As we strolled across we could see the Empire State Building illuminating red and green. And the new Freedom Tower looked effervescent and twinkly. We passed a group of French girls that were handing out miniature-sized bottles of champagne. A guy on a bike passed out kazoos. An elderly couple with glowing green 2012 necklaces held hands and pointed to the boats passing below, a sea of sparkly dresses in the East River.

The last glimpse of the city circa 2011. I'll forever have it.

And then at midnight, magic. Fireworks popped from midtown Manhattan and from boats in New York Harbor. The crowd cheered, clanked bottles of champagne and a hushed whisper of Auld Lang Syne became a loud chant of singing voices. On the Brooklyn Bridge. At midnight. It was dazzling. 

A wave of 2012 washing over the city from my favorite perch.

In an instant, everything will change.

Bonus: I even got to smooch an extra handsome fellow at midnight.

At 12:16 a.m. we headed back home, knowing we had started out the year on the right foot. Literally. 

And next New Year's Eve? Well, we have a party to go to.

On a bridge.

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Reader Comments (3)

Love your impromptu new years celebration! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2012

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Stanley

Happy New Year! Those photos are so fun to watch. You brought a smile to my face with this article. :)

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammy @ DUI Driving

What a beautiful way to see in the New Year, and what a precious memory to make!! Thank you for sharing, a real make me smile story for the start of the day :)

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