kate & patrick
Location: (40.575077, -73.977584)
Place: Cyclone (Coney Island)
Kate: The night I first told you I loved you we saw a baseball game and rode the Cyclone in the front seat of the first car. You held my hand because I was terrified and I felt like everything with you was an adventure.
Location: (40.681015, -73.955934)
Place: Franklin Avenue C Train Stop
Patrick: The night you met me for an old friend's birthday, which turned into dinner, which turned into walking you to the subway, which turned into me kissing your lips goodnight for the first time in almost a decade. I don't think either of us knew what was happening until it was over. Just one quick spark.
Location: (40.714285, -73.961479)
Place: Maison Premiere
Kate: It was summer and I was feeling pretty low but we met for a movie that turned into oysters and drinks for hours. We laughed (did you know Ben Franklin invented the bicycle?), even though it feels like I hadn't in months, and I told you all of my crazy thoughts. You listened patiently and told me you weren't going anywhere and I should take as much time as I needed. That was the first moment in a very long time that I felt truly and unconditionally heard, understood, and cared for. The selflessness of your words and your genuine want for me to be happy no matter how long it took made me feel looked-after and loved in a way I had never felt before.
Location: (40.722331, -73.957765)
Patrick: We went for Dunks & Murphy's set. We danced as close as two humans can. Sweat. Lights. Vibes. And then I said that we looked like we were from S.I. because of how much we were making out on the dance floor. And it's the only time I ever wanted to be from S.I. and probably ever will.
Location: (40.706086, -73.996864)
Place: Brooklyn Bridge
Kate: We were supposed to meet my family but they had already left. You walked with me there and back anyway and then we walked for miles through Brooklyn and I realized I wanted to take walks with you forever. It's my favorite thing.
Location: (40.715174, -74.001784)
Place: City Clerk's Office
Patrick: Princess Kiss on the steps of the Clerk's Office. We became domestic partners and then I dipped and kissed you and we were so smiley.
Location: (40.675803, -73.963333)
Place: The intersection of Grand, Washington and Park Place
Kate: We had just seen the first round of apartments that we may have wanted to buy and everything felt new and possible and exciting. I made up a song about living together while crossing the street at that intersection and when I looked back you had tears in your eyes and you hugged me and kissed me and told me you loved me. And I think we both felt what it was like to be excited about your whole life for the first time.
Location: (40.668776, -73.970659)
Place: Prospect Park
Patrick: On the hillside under the tree in the Long Meadow in Prospect Park. We played hooky and had a 20 hour date like we used to do. We has some torrontes and played scrabble and you were wearing my clothes.
Location: 40.575061, -73.984318
Place: MCU Park/Cyclones
Kate: You took me to eat hotdogs more than watch baseball. It was a hot August night and we sat under the lights and drank beers and ate Nathan's and felt like teenagers.
Location: 40.682776, -73.975003
Place: Barclays Center
Patrick: Under the main entrance of Barclays Center when I surprised you with concert tickets. I love your smile when you get surprised. It also happened at the next place...
Location: 40.797197, -73.958966
Place: Great Hill Central Park
Kate: I had planned a picnic to celebrate the end of summer and get my friends together for one last hoorah. We had food and wine and games and it was the first time you had really spent a long time with my friends and they loved you. It felt so wonderful to include you in my life and to have the people who are so special to me love you.
Location: (40.728693, -73.978937)
Place: B Side
Patrick: Outside of B Side that great dive bar where we met playing pool on Avenue B between 12th and 13th streets. Specifically at the spot where I first kissed you the night I met you and then ten years later on the exact spot, I asked you if you wanted to hang out forever. And you said yes.
kate & patrick