Brad was asked to return to New York for a 6 week assignment. So here we are once again, the lucky bums that we are, enjoying what the city has to offer. This also means for the time being, the blog has returned. Thanks for following!
We arrived a little over a week ago and hit the ground running. The first couple of days were spent settling into our apartment and venturing out to discover our new surrounds. For this visit we’re located on 2nd Avenue in the Murray Hill neighborhood. Brad has a short walk to Grand Central Terminal to catch the train in the morning. We’ve traded a view of the Empire State Building for that of the UN, the rectangular building in the distance. Not as picturesque, but inspiring just the same. This photo was taken from our terrace. Yes, I said, “Terrace.” There’s nothing as mundane as a deck in NY.
This neighborhood seems to be more of a “living” neighborhood than our last and perhaps because of that it has been more welcoming. At a nearby diner, where we stopped for breakfast, we were given a “Welcome to the neighborhood!” cookie by the owner. He knew many of his customers by name. And the doormen for our building are amazingly chatty and helpful. We didn’t even get “stink-eye” for forgetting our key. There is a grocery store right across the street. You won’t see me schlepping bags in the summer heat. I’m beginning to shop like a New Yorker. No list, just strolling the aisles to be reminded of what I need. It’s a short walk to the library and I’ve already borrowed a stack of books. There are plenty of parks and quiet spots in the neighborhood to settle into for a shady, summer read.
As much as we’ve enjoyed getting to know our new location, we’re also enjoying revisiting familiar places. One such place is Carl Schurz Park on the East River.
Lush plantings abound in another of our favorite places we revisited, Central Park.
You can also find Cleopatra’s Needle,
paths for strolling,
Papaya Dogs for eating,
and loggers competing. What?
Can you believe it? We travel all the way from the Pacific Northwest, land of the loggers, to New York City only to find a Timbersports Competition taking place in Central Park. How crazy is that?
The last of our favorites to see on our first walkabout was Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. It has been undergoing extensive renovations and on subsequent visits it has always been shrouded in scaffolding. With work completed in the front, the cathedral’s reveal is breathtaking.
We’re also lucky to be able to revisit favorite dancers of ours, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. You might not remember, but we had tickets to see a performance on Christmas Eve of our last extended stay. We were so excited to learn that they would be performing at Lincoln Center during this trip.
I thought you might remember him. It’s hard to forget these beautiful, athletic dancers.
Look at that happy man! There’s no doubt he enjoyed the music and the meal as well.
We have such great memories of all the Broadway performances we saw our first visit. And if the first show of this stay is any indicator, I’m sure this time will be no different. Brad was able to pick up last minute tickets to Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark.” It originally starred Larry himself, but now the star of the show is none other than Jason Alexander, George Costanza himself. And yes, it felt like one long Seinfeld episode, but who doesn’t like Seinfeld? It was hilarious! I think I’m still laughing!
When I asked Brad what he wanted to do this time in New York he replied without hesitation, “To see Shakespeare in the park!” The parks in this city are filled with all sorts of wonderful shows and music this time of year, but the one perhaps most iconic, is just as Brad said, “Shakespeare in the Park.” For more than five decades The Public Theatre has been producing these plays. It’s estimated that more than 5 million people have attended performances at the Delacorte Theatre. And what’s even more remarkable, the performances are free, although it requires a commitment to stand in line for most of a day with no guarantee of a ticket. We opted for a “Cheaters’ Way In” and found tickets in advance. So with those tickets in hand, we headed to Central Park to enjoy “The Tempest” under the stars.
Speaking of “stars,” the stars in the production that you might recognize were:
and Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family.
In my opinion, Jesse stole the show. His role, that of Trinculo, the jester, allowed him to be even zanier than his lovable role on “Family.”
As I said at the start of this post, we hit the ground running and are enjoying every minute of it. I have a feeling, though, that the fun has just begun. Before I close, I want to leave you with this. Sunday of this past weekend was Gay Pride Day here in New York. Included were speeches, parades and dancing in the streets. With the Supreme Court ruling of just a few days past, it was truly a victory celebration. Brad and I had fully intended to watch the Parade from a good vantage point. We left early in the morning for one of our long Sunday walks. It turned out our walk was longer than we remembered, making us think we had missed the Parade entirely. Just the opposite occurred. Seemingly, where ever we walked in the midtown area, there it was, winding through the streets. The participants were so happy. Even police officers were dancing in celebration. It was one of the most amazing events we’ve witnessed here….a joyous occasion…..a long time coming.