NYC June Diary: Week One, Rain and Shine

We squeaked into the city on Thursday night just ahead of the remnants of not-so-hurricanish Andrea. For as many times as we’ve visited NYC in the last few years, we still crane our necks during the taxi ride from the airport for that first glimpse of the Chrysler Building. Tourists forever!

I took this photo a few years ago from a window at The Palace Hotel. Great vantage point.

I took this photo a few years ago from a window at The Palace Hotel. Great vantage point.

Friday was one of many “rain days” this trip. I guess “real” New Yorkers can walk around with puddle water in their shoes til the cows come home, but we are not so hardy. We watched the tree branches flail in the storm outside the window as we ate dinner at Nougatine that night and checked the weather forecast: rain, rain and more rain!

The view from here: lots of rain days in NYC

The view from here: lots of rain days in NYC

Things cleared up enough the next day for Angie, Thomas and I to have have lunch and walk down Broadway to see Matilda. Awesome play and not just for kids! Ang and I agreed that we would both happily see it again.

Bertie Carvel is unforgettable as Miss Trunchbull (image from broadway.com)

Bertie Carvel is unforgettable as Miss Trunchbull (image from broadway.com)

Cuties

Cuties

Grandpa took James for a carriage ride in the Park while we went to the play.

Grandpa took James for a carriage ride in the Park while we went to the play.

On Sunday we were so happy to visit with young friends Lauren and Ethan. They joined us and Christine and Taylor for the UWS Redeemer service and then we all had dinner together at Isabella’s.

Ethan and Lauren

Ethan and Lauren

Taylor and Christine

Taylor and Christine

It didn’t dare rain on 6/11 because that was Daniel’s birthday! How can he possibly be 23?

Wow, time flies: Daniel at almost 2

Wow, time flies: Daniel at almost 2

Happy 23rd, Sweet Bookie!

Happy 23rd, Sweet Bookie!

We had a family dinner at Scarpetta to celebrate – it’s such a lucky time for us to have both boys in the city!

He didn't seem to love the giant Tootsie Roll Pop

He didn’t seem to love the giant Tootsie Roll Pop

But the cat towel was a hit.

But the cat towel was a hit.

Taylor models the hat he brought Daniel from Peru

Taylor models the hat he brought Daniel from Peru

So great to be all together on Daniel's birthday!

So great to be all together on Daniel’s birthday!

We closed out our first week in the city with a night at the ballet. Taylor was busy with a class, so Christine’s +1 that evening was her friend, Chase. Neither had been to the ballet before so we really enjoyed taking them to see ABT’s Romeo and Juliet.

Chase and Christine

Chase and Christine

It doesn't end well for Romeo and Juliet but we all had a wonderful evening at the ballet. (image from exploredance.com)

It doesn’t end well for Romeo and Juliet but we all had a wonderful evening at the ballet. (image from exploredance.com)

More bad weather was headed our way, so we sent Christine off with an umbrella that night and hunkered down to wait for the storm clouds to pass. Rain or shine, we were happy to be in the city!

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4 Responses to NYC June Diary: Week One, Rain and Shine

  1. Katherine says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t write “spoiler alert” before telling us how Romeo & Juliet ends! J/k – such a wonderful ballet.
    Happy birthday to Daniel (who manages to look quite different since 21 years ago and yet Marilyn looks the same…)

  2. dizzyguy says:

    Another wonderful trip to the city, with lots of action each day. Daniel’s birthday was an important part of the trip, as seen by the photos. The performances (ballet, Mathilda, etc.) were all of NYC quality, as well they should be. I was grateful to have some pancakes with Taylor, get up to Bronxville, eat thin crust pizza at Fiorello’s 3x, have lunches and dinners with wife and friends, etc. We feel very blessed to be able to have these experiences!

  3. Angela Gutsche DiGaetano says:

    MATILDA REPEAT!!!!!!!!!

  4. tdevir says:

    Ahhhhhh so many great pics on this post- don’t know where to start! Daniel at two is unbearable cute. Taylor in his Peruvian hat is amazing. Daniel’s birthday expressions… What a fun time in NYC. Wish I could have joined! Someday!
    Xo

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