25 Seconds in New York City.

It always comes down to the moments in New York: anything can happen and something usually does. There are the usual pleasures – family and friends, and the quotidian annoyances – tourists lagging on the sidewalk; holding your breath in the subway elevator because who even knows what happened in there to cause that smell.

And then there is the weird and the wonderful. A hearty embrace from a complete stranger, just because. A cluster of onlookers on Central Park South, all eyes upward – what could be happening? Something up above. It’s…it’s…oh my gosh, it’s a pair of raccoons mating in a tree in Central Park. You don’t see that every day. Or maybe you do. It’s the city. Be prepared for anything. A wayward pigeon might need to be rescued from a storefront display window. Yup. That happened, too.

It’s the moments you remember. Here are twenty-five of them that I loved:

Watching spring unfold in Central Park was a highlight of this trip. The grass is always greener on the other side, of course. Willowdell Arch.

willowdell arch central park march 2016

We visited Daniel and his kitties at his new apartment. Daniel and Sandro here. “He’s mine,” says Sandro, “you can’t have him!”

daniel sandro march 2016

The CE and Daniel outside Diner in Williamsburg, dreaming about those coffee-cream-filled doughnuts. Mmmmm.

steven daniel breakfast in brooklyn march 2016

After brunch, we took a walk on the High Line. Some guy brought his tortoise out for a sun bath. Of course.

tortoise high line march 2016

Easter Sunday at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian.  A gorgeous welcoming church. According to Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston,”Jesus is on the loose!”

fifth ave pres easter 2016

It was a little cold that day for Daniel to smile. “Just.Take.The.Picture.Please.

easter sunday march 2016

All smiles now, though. The Plaza. Brunch at the Palm Court.

daniel palm court easter 2016


James Easter 2016

The weather was all over the place. Some days were wintry, but these flags brightened the front of Saks Fifth Avenue.

flags saks fifth avenue march 2016

Some days the sun came out. Makes you feel ten feet tall.
shadow central park april 2016

But no mistake about it. Spring is here! The mallards in Central Park can’t be wrong.

mallards central park april 2016

planter nyc march 2016

We always walk across the Park to have lunch at Beyoglu. Oh, that bread. And the cacík. The best.

beyoglu lunch

We also enjoyed a swanky lunch at The Modern with Angie.

modern lunch angie april 2016

Taylor looks handsome and happy. He got new shoes (oh, not that he needed them…) and a steak dinner at Landmarc.

inp taylor landmarc april 2016

We finally got to Peter Luger with Daniel and Christina. Wow! Steak. And schlag. Lots and lots of schlag.

peter luger steak sauce april 2016

steak for three peter luger april 2016

steven daniel peter luger dessert

Sometimes the evening light is so beautiful in the city you just have to stop and appreciate it. Ninth and 47th.

evening light nyc april 2016

Thanks to our friend, Ashley, we got to go backstage after the play. Sadly, the pies, we discovered, are not real. But I can report that Jesse Mueller is even prettier in person!

waitress playbill

This dessert is totally real. And so are the calories:-( Vanilla Meringue at Cafe Fiorello.

inp vanilla meringue fiorello april 2016

As long as we’re on the subject, full disclosure. A Pavlova at Balthazar.  In my defense, I did walk eight miles that day…

pavlova balthazar april 2016

Many thanks for Sunday and Josh for the invite to the reception at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. A special evening with such special people!

book fair banner april 2016

sunday josh book fair april 2016

It’s always so hard to say goodbye to the city. One last walk to say farewell to the fountain at Lincoln Center.

Until next time, NYC. xoxo

lincoln center fountain april 2016

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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5 Responses to 25 Seconds in New York City.

  1. Katherine says:

    Fantastic post – I lived vicariously for a while there! OK, I’m starting to see how you can leave Santa Barbara to go to NYC so often.

  2. Polloamigo says:

    Incredible! Thanks!

  3. dizzyguy says:

    Such a nice, concise summary of a wonderful visit to the city. Every trip has its own flavor and this one was especially rich in experiences; most of them not requiring a ticket or a reservation. Looking forward to the next one!

  4. citymama says:

    every time you come and go, the time goes faster and faster. was so lovely to spend Easter all together. XO

  5. Julia says:

    Gorgeous people, photos, and weather! Love to see your NYC adventures. Can you bring me back a slice of the Vanilla Meringue cake?

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