isela & matt
Location: (40.714953, -73.951501)
Place: Union Pool
Isela: In the first week that we were dating we met some of my close friends at Union pool for a show. We had so much fun and I got the "seal of approval" from my friends--they could see the sparks flying and the look of happiness in my eyes. We took pics in the photo booth, one of which was a kissy pic. I love those pics! When I look at them I still feel the butterflies I felt in the first weeks of our relationship.
Location: (40.726757, -73.983933)
Place: Matt's first apartment
Matt: When I first moved to NYC in 1993 I was alone, scared, and thought I would be back home within 6 months. I spent a lot of time in that apartment and the park wondering what would become of me and unknowing what the future would hold. After my many years of living here I finally found the woman of my dreams and would like to revisit my old stomping grounds. I began my new life in that neighborhood, and am beginning my next journey with Isela.
Location: 40.726503, -73.981698
Place: Tompkins Square Park
Location: 40.660554, -73.986711
Place: "The Hive"
Isela: The Hive is our first apartment together and will always be special to me. This is the first time I have lived with a BF because it is the first time I've felt that someone is "the one"! We have made this apartment a home and I love being there with Matt and the boys (our pups).
Location: 40.574846, -73.984465
Place: MCU Park/Coney Island Boardwalk
Matt: Isela ran her first 5k at the Cyclones take your base race, which runs along the Coney Island boardwalk, around the bases and finishes across home plate in MCU Park. After the race is a big party and comes with tickets to that nights Cyclones game. We weren't able to make the game that night due to rain, so would like to go back.
Location: (40.660228, -73.968612)
Place: Prospect Park
Isela: This is our favorite spot in Prospect Park. Since we moved close to the park we spend so much time there, alone and together with the dogs. The park is so special to us, we love it! My favorite thing to do is lie on this knoll with Matt and the dogs relaxing on the sarape.
Location: (40.652758, -74.002866)
Place: Melody Lanes
Matt: When we first started dating, Isela was doing volunteer work for a program helping immigrated high school students. I just wanted to spend all my time with her so I invited myself to a bowling event with her group and later joined the volunteer program.
Location: (40.722178, -74.003496)
Place: Toad Hall
Isela: This is the official "scene of the crime" - our first date. It was a casual, spontaneous meeting planned the day-of. I was a bit nervous but felt instantly comfortable as we chatted over drinks. We did not have our first kiss that night but I knew that it was the start of something special.
Location: (40.725810, -73.983950)
Place: The Pyramid Club
Matt: It's one of the only place I'll dance with my baby.
Location: (40.639548, -74.038594)
Place: Bay Ridge Pier
Isela: Bay Ridge is very special to Matt as he spent a big chunk of his time in NYC living there. He loves taking me to his favorite spots in the neighborhood and this is definitely one of them. It is beautiful at sunset and I love it too!
Location: 40.732048, -73.985480
Place: Professor Thom's
Matt: It's a Patriots bar! My favorite football team I follow enthusiastically. Every year for my birthday I go back home to Massachusetts and go to the Patriots training camp. I've always gone alone, but one year Isela came with me as we made our way to Cape Cod. This bar is my safe haven when I go to support my home team in the heart of NY Jets territory, the Patriots division rival.
Location: 40.782348, -73.972508
Place: Macy's Parade Thanksgiving Eve Balloon Walk
Isela: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday with Matt. We met a week before the holiday and spent it together. We went to see the balloons the night before and he helped me cook thanksgiving dinner and host the day of!
Location: 40.781035, -73.964042
Place: Mile 24 of NYC Marathon
Matt: I knew on my second date that Isela was the one. When we first started dating I was qualifying for the marathon. I told myself that if we were still together come race day, then I would propose to her at the finish line. Every race, training run, and every mile she was my motivation. Due to circumstance I wasn't able to propose at the actual finish, but saw my opportunity towards the end at mile 24 which is where I proposed to her to ask to be with me forever.
isela & matt