NYC November: No Rain On My Parade

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.

Beautiful reds and golds in Central Park'

Beautiful reds and golds in Central Park’

But the trees were bare by the end of our trip.

But the trees were bare by the end of our trip.

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.

Sit down, Rock Center: the rink at Bryant Park is pretty nice! (image from sea streak.com)

Sit down, Rock Center: the rink at Bryant Park is pretty nice! (image from sea streak.com)

The Winter Village booths at night. (image from traveling mom.com)

The Winter Village booths at night. (image from traveling mom.com)

The Bryant Park Grill

The Bryant Park Grill

Duck Confit at Bryant Park Grill

Duck Confit at 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.

Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall: part of the display at the NY Public Library

Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall: part of the display at the NY Public Library

Kids of all ages can enjoy this exhibit.

Kids of all ages can enjoy this exhibit.

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…

Holiday Fair at Grand Central (image from thestylishcity.com)

Holiday Fair at Grand Central (image from thestylishcity.com)

Chicken ornaments at Grand Central!

Chicken ornaments at Grand Central!

We spent a lovely afternoon at the Met with Angie where we saw an exhibit featuring Venetian glass and enjoyed visiting the American Wing.

The Met's glass exhibit focuses on modern pieces (image from met museum.org)

The Met’s glass exhibit focuses on modern pieces (image from met museum.org)

The CE and Angie in front of Daniel Chester French's "The Angel of Death and the Sculptor"

The CE and Angie in front of Daniel Chester French’s “The Angel of Death and the Sculptor”

I stopped by the Morgan Library one afternoon to peek at the Edgar Allan Poe exhibit there.

Worth a visit: "Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul" at the Morgan Library (image from wsj.online.com

Worth a visit: “Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul” at the Morgan Library (image from wsj.online.com

If you visit, don’t miss the small but instructive “Bookermania” exhibit, celebrating forty-five years of the Man Booker Prize.

I added several titles to my "to read" list.

I added several titles to my “to read” list.

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:

Sculpted in 1906 by William Ordway Partridge, the Pieta is three times larger than Michelangelo's.

Sculpted in 1906 by William Ordway Partridge, the Pieta is three times larger than Michelangelo’s.

Fifth Avenue had begun to dress up for Christmas while we were there. I loved the whimsical second-story panther at Cartier:

You'll miss it unless you look around the corner from the 5th Avenue storefront.

You’ll miss it unless you look around the corner from the 5th Avenue storefront.

Fun display on 6th Avenue

Fun display on 6th Avenue

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.

Ladies' lunch with Teri at Gramercy Tavern.

Ladies’ lunch with Teri at Gramercy Tavern.

Lori at Lincoln Center. Three months in the city and she's a true New Yorker!

Lori at Lincoln Center. Three months in the city and she’s a true New Yorker!

Marlowe, you cutie!

Marlowe, you cutie!

So great to see Chet and Sherrill, who were in town visiting with granddaughters Mason and Charlize.

So great to see Chet and Sherrill, who were in town visiting with granddaughters Mason and Charlize.

And, of course, family!

So great to see all our dear ones in the city:

Thomas and James came over to swim with Grandpa

Thomas and James came over to swim with Grandpa

Dinner with Daniel

Dinner with Daniel

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!

Pre-parade group

Pre-parade group

Snoopy starts off the parade

Snoopy starts off the parade

James and Thomas had the best seat in the house

James and Thomas had the best seat in the house

They kept Buzz and the other balloons flying low this year due to wind concerns.

They kept Buzz and the other balloons flying low this year due to wind concerns.

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!

pre-performance

pre-performance

The most fun you can have with Tchaikovsky.

The most fun you can have with Tchaikovsky.

Yes, Hell has frozen over. They're smiling!

Yes, Hell has frozen over. They’re smiling!

Every trip to NYC is the best one ever. Can’t wait to return in 2014.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

P.S. See how the dogs suffered while we were away?

Soho, Chloe and Oliver relax on the beach. Thanks, Tammy and Tom!

Soho, Chloe and Oliver relax on the beach. Thanks, Tammy and Tom!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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One Response to NYC November: No Rain On My Parade

  1. dizzyguy says:

    Old Man Winter is on the way, with my photo directly below? Time for the Crazy Chicken Lady to begin the second semester of her sensitivity class. That aside, we had just a great time in the city. Although we nearly froze our hips off a couple of times, we recovered sufficiently to do all of the things shown in the pictures, and more. We really do heart NYC!

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