The CE loves to visit NYC in the winter. He grew up in Minnesota, so a little snow and ice in the city is Winter Lite to him. I hail from harsher climes, as well, but that doesn’t mean I want to have to choose between the options of dressing like a terrorist all swathed in hoods and scarves or having my face fall off from frostbite.
But visit, we did, and like the snowflakes that fell during our trip, no two visits to NYC are the same. This one started out in a fog – quite literally, a cloud of white dust that blanketed our entire apartment. Not exactly our idea of a winter wonderland.
Turns out the construction team working on a renovation next door cut through the wall of our place and blew drywall dust everywhere. And, by everywhere, I mean that they had to send all my clothes out for drycleaning, bring a cleaning team up to scour our apartment and send in carpet and upholstery cleaners. It was a mess, but our building staff (shout out to Medina and Joe the Building Engineer!) is the best and they took care of everything.
Once that little episode was out of the way, we were ready to have fun and we were so lucky to be there on January 27 to celebrate Taylor’s 26th birthday! Due to timing and distance, we hadn’t been with Taylor on his birthday since that wild belly-dancing party back in 2007, so this was a special evening for us. And to top it off, our dear friend Teri joined us for dinner, bad knee and all.
We were so busy with family and friends this trip that we only went to two events, but they were good ones. I snagged third-row seats to The Heiress to be close to
the acting Dan Stevens and it was worth the premium price for the premium view. At intermission I happened to turn around to see Bradley Cooper sitting behind us so it was a trifecta for me – “Matthew” from Downton Abbey in front of me, “Will” from Alias behind me and my handsome husband next to me. Oh, and Jessica Chastain was good, too…
We also saw the Vegas-ized “Rigoletto” at Lincoln Center. Originally set in 16th century Mantua, someone decided to fast-forward Verdi’s opera based upon a play by Victor Hugo to the 1960’s Vegas Strip. The set was amazing! They even brought a 1960’s Cadillac on stage – a seriously awkward death scene for Gilda but a great prop!
We love walking around the city and seeing the sights:
As is now our tradition, we also spent a day up in Bronxville visiting Angie and her boys. It was so fun to pick them up after school – they have both GROWN! What are you feeding them, Ang?
They also came into the city one day for a swim with Grandpa at our apartment building. Boundless energy and by that I am referring to the CE, who stayed in the pool with them for more than two hours!
We stopped by a few museums:
It’s so great to have both of our boys in the city. We dropped by Taylor’s apartment to say hi one night and discovered that he is still in the Christmas spirit:
We ventured downtown one evening for dinner at Balthazar with Daniel and his friends:
It was another great visit to NYC, even in the brrrrrr weather. Can’t wait to return in March!