My ideal day would start with lovely, luxurious sleep. I’m not great at sleeping in, so I’d probably be up early, but I’d like to feel well rested. I’m also not great at working out, so getting some exercise first thing in the morning always makes me feel really good about myself (probably because it happens so infrequently), so I’d start with a vinyasa class at Area Yoga in my neighborhood.
I’d pick up a coffee from Court Street Grocers and some fresh fruit from the family-owned organic grocer on my way home, have breakfast and read The New Yorker, New York, or The New York Times Magazine on my balcony. Then I’d shower and take my dogs (two Frenchies!) on a leisurely walk around Carroll Gardens. (Which brings me to my ideal temperature: warm and sunny, with a cool breeze, such that I’m not sweating and my dogs can truck along for more than a block without staging a sit-down.) I’d probably end up back at CSG for a sandwich (the Italian! or the Jawn!), get it to go, drop of the dogs, and take my bike, my mags, and a book for a ride to the Red Hook waterfront for an afternoon read—maybe even a nap.
I'd bike home to change/walk the dogs, before meeting my friends at Frankies for dinner at the bar. (Maybe I'd run into Jayna!) I’d eat the Cavatelli with Hot Sausage, Browned Butter, and Sage, drink endless glasses of rose, and leave whenever the restaurant actually closes (translation: late), go home, sleep, rinse, repeat. - Verena von Pfetten, executive digital editor