Great trip to NYC, as always!
We were greeted by balmy 60-degree weather and plenty of leaves still on the trees in Central Park at the beginning of our visit. By trip’s end, those leaves had withered and blew in wind-whipped eddies high in the air while we clutched at our coats and hung on to our hats. Old Man Winter is on the way.
Weather or not, the time just melts away when we’re in the city. We enjoyed visiting with family and with friends and saw a few sights. Here are some of the highlights:
Out and About in the City
I finally discovered Bryant Park (40th to 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue) and its charming Winter Village. A warren of various merchants and food purveyors surrounds the park’s ice-skating rink and the New York Public Library is right next door. We enjoyed lunch at the Bryant Park Grill.
We loved the children’s book exhibit at the New York Public Library. “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” runs through March, 2014 and is just as much fun for adults as for kids.
We found another treasure trove of shopping treasures at Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial Holiday Fair. Lovely things to be discovered there whether you’re coming or going…
We spent a lovely afternoon at the Met with Angie where we saw an exhibit featuring Venetian glass and enjoyed visiting the American Wing.
I stopped by the Morgan Library one afternoon to peek at the Edgar Allan Poe exhibit there.
If you visit, don’t miss the small but instructive “Bookermania” exhibit, celebrating forty-five years of the Man Booker Prize.
I read Amor Towles fine New York-centric Rules of Civility while we were in the city. The author mentions St. Patrick Cathedral’s resident Pieta, which, for all the times I’d visited the Cathedral, I had never noticed. Lots of scaffolding in St. Pat’s right now, but still worth stopping by to see this beautiful sculpture:
Fifth Avenue had begun to dress up for Christmas while we were there. I loved the whimsical second-story panther at Cartier:
Fun with Friends
I cherish meeting up with friends in the city. This trip, I enjoyed celebrating Teri’s belated birthday, meeting Lori for lunch, visiting with Sunday, Josh and Marlowe of B&B Rare Books and having a meet-up with our far-flung friends Chet and Sherrill Kammerer.
And, of course, family!
So great to see all our dear ones in the city:
It made national news when the meteorologists wrung their hands and claimed that wind and weather would imperil the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Instead, the day dawned sunny and bright (although COLD!) and as nice a day as we’ve ever had for the event. One of our favorite parades ever!
On our last day in the city, we took the family and our friend, Chadd, to see The New York City Ballet’s magical performance of The Nutcracker. What a great note on which to end our visit!
Every trip to NYC is the best one ever. Can’t wait to return in 2014.
P.S. See how the dogs suffered while we were away?