Sunday, November 26, 2023

New York City 2023 Geotracks

Here's a map of where we went in New York City.

I used my iPhone 13 Mini and myTracks app.

Zoom in and you can really see some details.


Sunday, November 19, 2023

New York City 2023 - Day 4

In mid-October 2023, we took a family trip to New York City.

It rained all day Saturday. We split up. The 7-year old went to American Girl to get her doll's ears pierced and meet a friend for lunch. The 14-year old went to Tiffany's for lunch.

Afterwards, the 7-year old went to the Metropolitan Museum and looked at the mummies. The 14-year old went to Billionaires Row and tried to talk her way into the lobby.

The rain made for some interesting views of the Manhattan skyscrapers.

Sunday was the trip home.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

New York City 2023 - Day 3

In mid-October 2023, we took a family trip to New York City.

We started Friday looking after some real estate business. When the grown-ups went to look at fixtures, we took the 7-year old to Twenty-Four Sycamores Park. This is a nice park in a quiet part of town. It has 2 sections, one for toddlers and one for bigger kids. Oh, and there are nice public restrooms there for the grandparents!

Nearby is the terminal for the Roosevelt Island Tramway. This is a 3 1/2 minute ride across the East River to Roosevelt Island. Vehicular traffic uses the Roosevelt Island Bridge to access the island from Queens, though the island is not designed for vehicular traffic and has several areas designed as car-free zones. Quite a difference from the Upper East Side. There are spectacular views of the east side of Manhattan as far down as the United Nations building.

We caught a taxi across town to rendezvous with the rest of our crowd at John's of Time Square, a quiet (at lunch) pizzeria. It's usually packed but at lunch we almost had the place to ourselves.

After a short walk back to the hotel (through Times Square and Disney characters) we caught up on our napping.

Dinner that night was at the Broadway Lounge at the Marriott Marquis. While we ate inside, they had a balcony that overlooked Times Square.

Sunday, November 05, 2023

New York City 2023 - Day 2

In mid-October 2023, we took a family trip to New York City.

The second day was packed. We started with a taxi ride to Little Island. Little Island is in the Meatpacking District. That was a first for me!

The name "Little Island" doesn't do it justice. It is built on the remnants of Pier 54. While it actually is little, It is packed with activities for children of all ages.

Another taxi ride took us to the Financial District and our next destination, One World Observatory. At 1776 ft., it is the highest point in New York City. Needless to say, the views were breathtaking. There were even docents to tell you what you were seeing. It overlooks the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. We had lunch in ONE Dine restaurant on the 101st floor.

A third taxi ride took us to The Battery and the fabulous SeaGlass Carousel. It's set back off the street and its hustle and bustle. It's clearly a hidden gem.

Across the sidewalk is a great park.

Another long taxi ride took us back to the Palace for a rest before we saw "MJ the Musical" at Neil Simon Theatre.

Everything was packed after the play so we walked back through Times Square and made it to the restaurant at the Palace just before the kitchen closed!


Sunday, October 29, 2023

New York City 2023 - Day 1

In mid-October 2023, we took a family trip to New York City.

After our 6:00 AM non-stop flight to LaGuardia, we took a taxi through Queens into Manhattan.

As usual, we stayed at Lotte New York Palace. We were on the 32nd floor with an incredible view of St. Patrick's Cathedral. The staff there is extraordinary. When the bellman delivered our bags, he brought a teddy bear to our 7-year old granddaughter.

We were starved so we went next door to Monterey on 50th Street. When we visited in 2020, this was a good Italian place but the new Monterey was perfect with pasta for the granddaughters.

Then we walked across Madison Avenue to St. Patrick's. It's always incredible and a great place for photos.

The Central Park Zoo was next on our list. On the way, we got a glimpse of the Steinway Tower between the buildings. Before we got to the Zoo, we came upon ROCKS. The girls had to climb all of them. There were awesome views from the tops.

We headed on to the Zoo only to find that they wouldn't admit us. There were plenty of people in it but there was a private event scheduled for later that afternoon.

While everyone else found a bench and a concession stand, I struck out on a quest to find a Randel's Bolt. Knowing where to look took me hours of Internet searching but I found it. It's "off the beaten path" if that's even possible in Manhattan. There was a student sitting within 10 feet of it but he didn't know what it was. Now, I've read that there's another one in a different park. Maybe next time...

On the way back, we found the doorman at F.A.O. Schwartz.

As the sun set, the spires of St. Patrick's were lit up.

We had dinner at Serendipity3, one of our favorite places and walked back through Times Square.