Missing Manhattan

Surely a month in NYC would cure me, I thought. Ease the constant tug I feel toward the place, where right now I would be looking down on Central Park watching people taking their dogs for an early morning walk in the park.

In February, the trees were bare but by the next visit in May, the Park had leafed out nicely.

In February, the trees were bare but by the next visit in May, the Park had leafed out nicely.

Not that I mind being here in California, of course. The house finches began their chorus at 5 a.m. this morning, the fog forgot to roll in last night, and thanks to a miraculous recent rain, everything here looks like a park. Not complaining. I just need to figure out a way to be in two places at once.

California also has its charms - our whole neighborhood is like a park.

California also has its charms – our whole neighborhood is like a park.

This trip, all was forgiven from the February visit. The puffer coat was banished to a back closet along with the tangle of winter scarves and gloves. One night, we emerged from Lincoln Center after the ballet and the air was so seductively balmy that we couldn’t resist stopping for a late open-air dinner at P.J. Clarke’s where we chatted until after well after midnight. I thought I caught a glance of approval from Dante, whose statue gazed down at us from his tiny patch of park across the street.

Dante Park, with its statue of the great poet and philosopher, is one of my favorite landmarks in NYC.

Dante Park, with its statue of the great poet and philosopher, is one of my favorite landmarks in NYC.

I experienced the city solo for a week while the CE was off braving the river rapids in Montana. Spring was tenderly unfolding everywhere – such a great time to be in Manhattan!

Hydrangeas in a planter outside The Plaza on Central Park South.

Hydrangeas in a planter outside The Plaza on Central Park South.

I love this view of the lake in Central Park from CPS.

I love this view of the lake in Central Park from CPS.

Flowers everywhere to celebrate spring.

Flowers everywhere to celebrate spring.

There were so many memorable moments with family and friends. Taylor was off roaming Europe but I spent a lovely Mothers Day with Daniel, Angie and her boys and friend, Nicole.

On our way to see Matilda on Broadway for Mothers Day.

On our way to see Matilda on Broadway for Mothers Day.

James is such a great present-giver!

James is such a great present-giver!

James and Daniel. So nice to spend Mothers Day with my

James and Daniel. So nice to spend Mothers Day with my “baby”.

And oh, these gorgeous flowers from Tina!

And oh, these gorgeous flowers from Tina!

This was the trip when I finally got to meet Chris’ mom – and his dogs!

Chris, Marie and Daniel

Chris, Marie and Daniel

Daniel and Chris with Logan and Calvin

Daniel and Chris with Logan and Calvin

My dear friend, Rosanne, stopped for a whirlwind visit on her way to Boston:

Rosanne, my heroine:

Rosanne, my heroine: “Open heart surgery was really no big deal compared to cancer.”

After the CE showed up, our friend, Teri, invited us for a “take the old people to work” day:

We had an amazing time with Teri at Google NYC!

We had an amazing time with Teri at Google NYC!

And the CE spent a happy afternoon in Bronxville:

Selfie with Grandpa and James

Selfie with Grandpa and James

Thomas is known for making the winning hit of the game.

Thomas is known for making the winning hit of the game.

We celebrated my birthday in the city this year with dinner at Balthazar. Daniel was away riding elephants in Thailand, but Chris was kind enough to stand in for him and Taylor had returned bearing gifts from his travels to Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

The CE, Taylor and Chris after a birthday dinner at Balthazar.

The CE, Taylor and Chris after a birthday dinner at Balthazar.

Even with our side trip to Gettysburg, we managed to enjoy an abundance of entertainment during our time in the city. Friends Lori, Lauren and Dan joined me for the spectacular An American in Paris, and the CE and I saw The King and I and Skylight – Bill Nighy is my new crush! May and June are ballet season in NYC and I was lucky to see the NYCB’s celebration of Jerome Robbins with Georgina Pazcoguin stealing the show as Anita in a soaring West Side Story tribute.

New York City Ballet's West Side Story Suite (timesunion image)

New York City Ballet’s West Side Story Suite (timesunion image)

We also saw the ABT’s productions of Giselle and Sleeping Beauty, which featured a Puss in Boots dancer who looked suspiciously like someone we know. Guess that meant it was time to head home to California…

Puss in Boots was one of more than 100 characters in ABT's lavish production of Sleeping Beauty.

Puss in Boots was one of more than 100 characters in ABT’s lavish production of Sleeping Beauty. (image from ink361.com)

“Who needs NYC when you have me right here at home?” said Dodger.

So home we came, and SoCal is a great place to be, but some days I just wake up in a New York state of mind. On our last evening in the city, we had dinner at Robert above the Museum of Art and Design overlooking Columbus Circle. Great view, great city. I guess a month there wasn’t quite enough; I still get a little homesick for Manhattan…

Looking good, Columbus Circle.

Looking good, Columbus Circle.

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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3 Responses to Missing Manhattan

  1. dizzyguy says:

    Something curious about being guided through a tour of NYC by a CCL, but it works! Her photos and words paint a lovely picture of this fine city. Always a privilege to be there, but as she says, we also enjoy life as a West Coaster. We are very blessed.

  2. Katherine says:

    NYC really does look glorious from your photos (and thru your eyes and wording.)

    I see Dodger did his best to greet you with a “downed” bird. (Glad to see he limited it to a bird bookmark. Still, the gesture is clearly there.)

    Good thing you took Dan to see An American in Paris instead of to see Chris’ dogs. It would have been the last time Chris saw those dogs…

    Welcome home. (I say that b/c it’s near me. So it’s clearly the better home…)

  3. citymama says:

    we miss you. come back. xo

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