What I Am In To Lately
There's no place like New York! We spent a glorious three days there this month with my brother and sis-in-law, David and Carrie. I could give you every detail but you'd be so overwhelmed you may never want to read Java again! So, I'll just give you a taste of what we did.
Saturday morning began in Greenwich Village where we encountered a grand piano in the middle of a park! Chopin was being played brilliantly on it by a tattoo-laden NYU student wearing ratty jeans and sitting on a paint can! It was artsy and exquisite! We then ate our way through the Union Center Market where we bought green tea, baguettes and Bing cherries! We continued to meander down Fifth Avenue and popped into St. Patrick's Cathedral. By late afternoon, we enjoyed High Tea at The Plaza Hotel. Following tea and the most delicate macaroons, Phil and I toured Central Park in a pedicab. The driver finished our tour by stopping at an ATM (because we ran out of cash!) and then dropped us off at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway where we saw Wicked.
At this point, I would normally be donning my pj's, but not in New York! I don't think they sleep there! Rather than snoozing, at 10:30 we went to dinner at Becco on Restaurant Row! Are you tired yet?!
Sunday began with sobering and inspiring visits to Ground Zero, St. Paul's Chapel and Trinity Church. We then caught a ferry at Battery Park that transported us to Liberty Island where we climbed over 300 steps up into Lady Liberty's crown!
After catching our breath (literally), we enjoyed the Statue of Liberty Museum and lunch on the island. We even got to witness a marriage proposal-and she said yes! We then ferried to Ellis Island where we toured the facility that was privileged to welcome over ten million immigrants who are now our fellow Americans. Sip your coffee, we're not done yet!
Dinner on Sunday evening was enjoyed at an intimate little table nestled near a beautiful arrangement of 200 of the most fragrant lilies at Mr. Chow's. We then walked to the Empire State Building where we rode the elevator up 1250 feet to the top! Manhattan lights, a cool breeze and my boyfriend...a perfect place for a kiss to finish the day. Phil and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary all this year and this New York trip is just another installment of the celebration! Spectacular food, wonderful company, another perfect day. In the words of Glinda from Wicked, "I couldn't be happier!"
We finished our weekend Monday with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I was especially looking forward to this trek after reading and loving The Great Bridge by David McCullough. Our stroll was picturesque and breezy, and when we crossed the bridge, we headed straight to Grimaldi's Pizza. We ate our lunch sitting on a bench overlooking the East River. We then boarded a water taxi and headed back to the W Hotel to grab our luggage and drive to the airport. Whew! Wasn't that fun?!
In Taste This, I usually give you several things to try, but in this one, I just gave you a big gulp of the Big Apple! If you never have, I hope you get to visit it someday. Helen Keller once said about New York, "Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens, I ask to be taken to New York City. Always, I return home weary, but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real and I, myself, am not a dream." I know how she feels. New York City is very special.
So, give these things a taste test:
2. Mr. Chow
3. Grimaldi's Pizza
4. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
5. A kiss atop the Empire State Building
6. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
8. High Tea at The Plaza