Saturday, June 13, 2009


Glenna, Kathy and Twila arrived yesterday.
Times Square this morning and then we killed
about 2 hours waiting for our matinee.

Lunch at Ellen's and it was so crowded we had to sit in the basement.

I think we chose the day when every school in New Jersey had a field

trip to Times Square.

"Wicked" was as good as we remembered it to be.

"Top of the Rock" finished off the afternoon. It was great as usual.

Friday, June 12, 2009


DH headed home this morning and 3 friends won't arrive until tomorrow around 6
so I headed out to check out a few places.
I wanted to find Teardrop Park and it's a good thing I was
so persistent because it wasn't easy to find. But
it is so worth it.
The Ice Wall

Children's Play Area

The Marsh Bog with a trail through it.

Stairs leading to Reading Area

Another one of my favorite place is just around the corner.
Irish Famine Memorial is beautiful. The old remains
of an Irish stone cottage actually belong to the ancestors of
the architect. There are large stones from every
county in Ireland.

Heading due East across lower Manhattan looking for the
African Burial Ground from days when the
Dutch were settling the area. At that time the burial
grounds were quite a distance above the occupied town.
If your building a private building you don't have to shut down
for an architectural dig if you find bones but if your a government
building, you do. There are many government building around
this area and that is why we even have this site. It's beautiful.

There are seven mounds that hold the remains of everyone found.
Approximately 500 bodies.

Had some fruit and a muffin in a cute park on Centre Street and
then headed up Centre to Canal St. Hate Canal Street so
I zig-zagged through the Lower East Side just looking
at the great buildings like this old Bowery Bank Building
which I hadn't seen before.
Ended up of course at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, my
favorite museum in New York. O.K., I really like the Frick also. It's
so hard to have a favorite in N.Y.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Church this morning at 10:00 and then home to change
clothes and to the subway. Off at 81st and head for the
street fair. I had a mushroom crepe and DH had
a -- something? Hot today and we don't do well
in the heat. They keep promising us it will cool off
and rain but we finally gave up and went home and
had a nap.

Later, early evening we walked over to the entrance to the High Line. I
was so hoping it would open while we were here. It looks like it is
ready even though the entrance is boarded up. I think that's
to protect them from people like me. I've been a member of
the Highline since it was first announced 5 years ago. The fact
that is is ready to open is amazing considering what they must
have gone through. But it was worth it, now everyone wants
to be a part of it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


"Swim the Hudson" started at 10: a.m. from the
Christopher St. Pier.
Lots of people, most in wetsuits. From the
looks on their faces and the sounds they made it
was very cold.

Oh My, what have I done?

Great old entrance to PATH from Christopher St. There is
a armed policeman present at all times.
The entrance is beautiful.

Did I mention, its Fleet Week
Casual shirts the Marines were wearing. I wanted to say something
about 9 pound babies without epidurals but he was really a big guy so
I just kept quiet.
Beautiful small neighborhood garden in Chelsea/Hell's Kitchen.

Construction on Times Square getting ready to close the street to traffic.
Had lunch at Olive Garden and then to Jersey Boy's matinee.

Central Park after the matinee. 16,345 Steps today
Armed Forces Band in Central Park

Monday, June 8, 2009


Jewel of Midtown---Bryant Park
for lunch and piano by Terry Waldo

International Center of Photography for the Richard Avedon
exhibit. Then on the subway to 53rd and the American
Folk Art Museum to see Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope Quilt Exhibit.
It was incredible. On the other hand really could have done without
the Henry Darger exhibit. This man was seriously disturbed.

Did the token visit to "When Harry Met Sally" Washington Park.
I thought they were doing a restoration on the Park but it was rundown
and overused. Maybe it was the crowds and the heat-- we didn't stay long.

Vicki-- I would love to tell you we went looking for this place
after you told us about it but that would be a fib.
We were walking home from Washington Square on Waverly St
and just lucked onto it.
Bought dinner and the falafel was good and fun to try.
Tiny store but seemed to be very popular.