It is not often that I get to New York City on a job. But USA TODAY New York City staffer Robert Deutsch was out and about on vacation last weekend and I got the chance to head to the city from Washington, D.C. for the first time since moving back to the east coast.
Sunday was the first day for legal same-sex marriages in New York, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples are now able to wed. My assignment was to follow Drew Glick and Alan Miles on their wedding day. They had received a lottery spot for a wedding at the New York City Clerk’s Office on the first day of legal same-sex marriages in New York.ambien for sale
Alan Miles and Drew Glick, both 45 years old, have been a couple for 16 years, live together in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC with their boxer named Chip. Alan works for Nielsen Media Research and Drew is a real estate broker in New York City. Alan proposed to Drew when Massachusetts passed same-sex marriage in 2004. Drew said yes but not until they could be married in New York, his home state.buy ambien without prescription
I touched base with Alan and Drew a few days before their wedding and we talked about documenting their day from the time they got up to the time they were wed. They were more than gracious and told me I could show up at their place at 5:30AM on Sunday morning.
I jumped on the 10:15PM train from Union Station in Washington, D.C. to New York City Penn Station arriving in New York City around 4AM. Getting off the train was a bit of a shock. The first thing that hit me besides the oppressive heat wave blasting the east coast was the sight and sound of hundreds of previous late night club kids all passed out on the floor of the Long Island Rail Road waiting area early on Sunday morning. All were waiting for the first trains out of New York City.
Lucky enough, Drew and Alan were only a short walk from Penn Station. It was super hot still in the early morning hours but the walk delivered me to their apartment just as the sun was coming up. I got to start the day documenting the two as they started on their way to the City Clerk’s office with a few close friends for their special and historic day.
With nearly 700 lottery winners planning on weddings at the city clerk’s office, there was no way of knowing just how quick or long of a wait it was going to be on Sunday. As it turned out, Drew and Alan were in a very organized line in front of the City Clerk’s Office by 7AM and allowed into the building at 8:30AM. Waited for their number to be called just like waiting at the DMV for your drivers license and finally married before 10:30AM.
It was really remarkable getting to tag along with Drew and Alan and their friends while getting to document the day. Drew and Alan and their friends were great and the atmosphere downtown around the City Clerk’s office was pretty moving.
I had an early afternoon deadline to make so I hustled back to Penn Station. Lucky for me, I was able to get on the noon train back to D.C.
After settling down into my seat and plugging in, I edited and transmitted on the way back to Washington on board Amtrak 157. Even with a corrupted disk needing to have images rescued, I was finished editing and shipping somewhere between Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Pulling into Union Station, I realized I had just finished a twenty hour D.C and back marathon.