September NYC: Friends and Family

Some visits are all about the culture; some (well, pretty much all) are about the food. This trip focused on the people we love in and around NYC.

We’ve been lucky to have both of our boys in the city. We started our visit out by taking them to dinner at our neighborhood favorite, Cafe Fiorello.

They're happy because there is pasta on the way.

They’re happy because there is pasta on the way.

We’ve loved having Taylor live close by, and Daniel was so close for awhile that he was in the next room! He and his roommate, Peter, camped out at our place while they looked for a new apartment. We got to help them move in while we were there.

Storage unit? Daniel' stuff piled in our bath tub.

Storage unit? Daniel’ stuff piled in our bath tub.

The lease! Everyone is happy that Daniel found a new place!

The lease! Everyone is happy that Daniel found a new place!

Moving Day: We guard the stuff...

Moving Day: We guard the stuff…

...while the boys do the heavy work

…while the boys do the heavy work

Look who came to help! We miss having the Alefs in CA but it was so fun to see them in the city.

Look who came to help! We miss having the Alefs in CA but it was so fun to see them in the city.

Daniel's new buidling! Upside: cool place on the LES. Downside: lots of flights of steps!

Daniel’s new buidling! Upside: cool place on the LES. Downside: lots of flights of steps!

After the move, we celebrated with lunch at nearby Katz’s Deli of When Harry Met Sally fame.

Taylor, Daniel and Peter at Katz's Deli

Taylor, Daniel and Peter at Katz’s Deli

Come for the pickles...

Come for the pickles…

Stay for the potato latkes, matzoh ball soup, chocolate egg cream...

Stay for the potato latkes, matzoh ball soup, chocolate egg cream…

And, of course, the pastrami sandwich.

And, of course, the pastrami sandwich.

The next week we met up for lunch with rare book entrepreneurs Josh and Sunday and introduced them to our new friend, Ashley. It was a great meeting of like-minded literary minds!

Josh, Sunday, Ashley and me

Josh, Sunday, Ashley and me

After lunch, I dragged the CE over to 10th Avenue and 24th Street to see the whimsical “sheep meadow” installation at a former Getty gas station. Don’t believe anyone who says it’s mutton to talk about – it was absolutely worth the trip!

Shear art: the #gettystation exhibit will baaa on site until October 20.

Shear art: the #gettystation exhibit will baaa on site until October 20.

In other “wildlife” sightings:

Yes, I will ask strangers if I can take photos of their dogs. No shame here.

Yes, I will ask strangers if I can take photos of their dogs. No shame here.

I loved seeing this sparrow convention in Central Park

I loved seeing this sparrow convention in Central Park

Angie dropped by to say hi to us on her way to Betsy Johnson’s Fashion Week show,

For any of you who missed this on Instagram

For any of you who missed this on Instagram

And then we went up to visit her in Bronxville for a day:

The CE took us out to lunch.

The CE took us out to lunch.

Playground time with James after school

Playground time with James after school

Thomas is quite the athlete!

Thomas is quite the athlete!

A few days later, we took Thomas and Bobby to a Yankees game:

Thomas was ready with all his gear.

Thomas was ready with all his gear.

Never mind the 7-0 loss, what a great place to be on a September evening!

Never mind the 7-0 loss, what a great place to be on a September evening!

Thomas and Bobby

Thomas and Bobby

Back in the city, we visited the 9/11 Memorial. The museum is not yet open, but you can tour the park and the reflecting pools.

Never forget.

Never forget.

Then we crossed an item off our bucket list and finally took a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on our way

View from the Brooklyn Bridge

View from the Brooklyn Bridge

to meet our dear friend Teri and her beau Billy for dinner:

Billy was such a good sport,meeting the "surrogate parents".

Billy was such a good sport,meeting the “surrogate parents”.

I only made it to one museum this trip. Went to see the T.J. Wilcox “Up in the Air” exhibit at the Whitney. You basically stand under a giant lampshade onto which a city view from the artist’s studio is projected and watch pop-up vignettes of NYC’s history. We saw presentations on the Hindenberg and Gloria Vanderbilt.

T.J. Wilcox's "Up in the Air" at the Whitney (image from whitney.org)

T.J. Wilcox’s “Up in the Air” at the Whitney (image from whitney.org)

The CE loathes the Whitney: “That’s not art!” he growled after we visited the 2012 Biennial. But he was thrilled with the current exhibit of Edward Hopper drawings.

Edward Hopper's Soir Bleu at The Whitney (image from whitney.org)

Edward Hopper’s Soir Bleu at The Whitney (image from whitney.org)

We saw two plays while we were in the city. I give Pippin a B- and Kinky Boots gets a B+. Billy Porter gets an A+++++. Incredible talent!

Lots of fun

Lots of fun

No one ever deserved a Tony more. (image from vanityfair.com)

No one ever deserved a Tony more. (image from vanityfair.com)

We wrapped up our September visit with our own award-winning performance: taking Daniel and Peter shopping for a new couch for their apartment:

"It costs HOW much???"

“It costs HOW much???”

Grateful couch potatoes

Grateful couch potatoes

One last dinner with our boys and it was time to head back to So Cal.

We can't leave town until we know they're well-fed.

We can’t leave town until we know they’re well-fed.

Great trip – can’t wait to come back!

He's thinking what all NYC'rs are thinking: winter is just around the corner.

He’s thinking what all NYC’rs are thinking: winter is just around the corner.

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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3 Responses to September NYC: Friends and Family

  1. dizzyguy says:

    We had such a great time in the world’s best city. Every experience was memorable and we really enjoyed all of our family time. Especially gratifying to see so many young people successfully making their way in Gotham because, as the saying goes, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Love it all!

  2. Batts says:

    great post… always fun to read, thanks again for Yankee tickets…

  3. Mrs. G says:

    Heartwarming to read about all the fun family times. Huge blessing to be able to be with family!

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