Well, our longest day is officially done. And let me tell you…it. was. long.
I woke up for a little jog this morning and I felt great! I was so lucky that Christina Moore, Miss Verazano, and her parents were willing to come pick me up and give me a ride to Staten Island. We arrived early and were able to settle in to our rooms before heading to the lobby to meet all of the other girls.
We all hopped on the bus and it took us right across the street to Common’s Cafe. At Common’s we were welcomed with a life size hamburger character and had the ability to take some pictures in front of the restaurant. Common’s is amazing because 100% of their proceeds go charities. How awesome is that?
After the cafe, we headed in to Manhattan to City Hall where we had pictures in Bloomberg’s office, stopped by the Bull and then took a quick tour of the 9/11 Memorial. I was so touched by the fountains, but more so the “Survivor Tree.” It was really amazing to be able to just walk in when normally the wait for a ticket is months long. The power of the crown!!
Once we left the memorial, we headed down to the Staten Island Ferry and had a nice little ride across to the Island. We were greeted by TV cameras that walked wth us from the ferry to Borough Hall where we were greeted by Borough President, Mr. Molinaro. It was nice to just have a few minutes to sit and chat with each other while picking on some fruit and resting our feet! Mr. Molinaro is so much fun and an incredible supporter of the Miss NY Organization. In fact, he’s such an incredible supporter, he paid for our dinner at the new Staten Island Restaurant, Blue! We had scallops, filet, salmon, chicken, grilled veggies and so much more. It was delicious!!
Our final stop today was the Mr. New York Pageant. It was a blast! Mr. New York City, Dan Hendrock, did an AWESOME job representing me and the five boroughs! His talent was beautiful and he looked so dapper in his evening wear. I seriously couldn’t be more proud. The new Mr. New York is broadway performer and tap dancer, Luke Hawkins!!!
And. That’s all, folks. It was a fantastic day, but I am officially beyond exhausted!
Scroll down for pics from today AND sorry for any typos. I’ll proof read tomorrow…… maybe.
Love you all!