How Sweet It Was: Our Party at the Sugar Factory for International Greeter Day.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th Annual International Greeter Day, a day acclaimed by Greeter programs around the world. The party was held at the Sugar Factory at 825 Washington St., next to the High Line and the Whitney Museum.
The date was not an accident. September 10th was Lynn Brooks’ birthday, founder of Big Apple Greeter and the Greeter movement. We couldn’t help but feel Lynn was partying right along with us, even though she left this earth in 2013.
We started the celebration with walks on the High Line and in the Meatpacking District. Greeters Bob Gelber, Cindy Riley and Alan Traeger traced the fascinating transition of the Meatpacking District from an industrial area into the popular neighborhood of galleries, shops and restaurants that it is today.
The High Line was an elevated railway that ran through many of the industrial buildings. Today it is one of the most popular and unusual parks in the United States.
The party continued as about 40 Greeters gathered at the Sugar Factory, who honored us – and New York City – with a special drink called the Big Apple Martini, a green apple martini with a rock candy rim and a signature lollipop in the center!
We snacked on chips and guacamole, cheese quesadillas with all the toppings, mini-hamburgers with buns in the Sugar Factory colors, and ice cream sundaes for dessert! The sweetest part of all? That Big Apple Greeter is thriving, and has inspired an international movement that seems unstoppable.