October Break in New York was excellent-I hadn’t been before, but everyone I spoke to said it was the best place ever ..and they were right. We (the family and best mate David, a regular visitor to NYC) didn’t stop all week, and were able to take in a lot of sights. Just to keep myself right, before I forget, here’s a highlight of the main things we did
Sunday-Arrived Newark, NJ and checked into our apartment, complete with bucket of chilled wine awaiting us. Went to evensong at St Thomas, Fifth Avenue and listened to organ recital by Eric Pulz. Swapped God for Mamon by visiting Trump Tower and browsed the five storey Nike Store. Can’t get over the height of the buildings. First visit to the neon in Times Square. (like, wow, man!) Boys loved M&M world
Monday-cruise on the Hudson and East River; afternoon in Central Park, took the boys boating, saw the Dakota Building, Ate at City Grill in Columba, west of Central Park.
Tuesday Wall Street, Ground Zero (still horrific to imagine the sheer terror of that day), walked over Brooklyn Brdge; went to Southport; time to take in some good clothes shop[ing at Century 21 and Abercrombie and Fitch; Linda and David went to Cleveland Orchestra concert in Carnegie Hall; coffee and ice cream in the celebrated Brooklyn Diner. Watched fil.ming of Gucci ad outside Trump Tower..
Wednesday-Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim; took in Schwarz toyshop. Went to Blue Smoke Diner for meal.
Thursday- American Museum of Natural History (spent most of the day there); David and I went to concert in Carnegie Hall to hear Cleveland perform Mahler’s Resurrection symphony-great atmosphere and excellent performance, but someone’s mobile went off during the quietest moment. (lots of shooshing from the circle!) Linda and David did the Empire State at night-no queues!
Friday-various shops-boys enjoyed 2nd visit to Abercrombie & Fitch, also went to Saks and Bloomingdales. Linda picked up some famous little brown bags. Took in Museum Of Modern Art. Went to see “Lion King “at night. Pizza tonight.
Saturday -very warm day; walked around Greenwich Village, enjoyed some street theatre, impromptu jazz, farmers market in Union Square and then up to FlatIron Building
Dinner in Brooklyn Diner, near Carnegie Hall. Late night window shopping in and around Times Square.
Sunday-Grand Central Station, Chrysler Building and then New Jersey transit back to Newark International.
Weather was great apart from an afternoon of really heavy rain on Friday. Not a great fan of undergrounds, I tended to take the buses, which were cheap and pretty quick; most;y however we walked, and just took in the atmos! Everyday we breakfasted at a local diner and I became hooked on French toast and syrup.
Overall a great experience (makes up for a wet week in Wiltshire last year.)