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.


Sunday, October 22, 2023

New York City 2023

Pre-pandemic, we used to visit NYC every year or so. My daughter's in-laws' family is from there and there are still strong ties.

We last went early January 2020 and we all know what happened after that.

We finally got back for Fall Break 2023. My daughter did an incredible job of squeezing in something for everybody!

Wednesday, after a 6:00 AM flight, we walked across the street to St. Patrick's Cathedral then down to Central Park to climb some big rocks. The Zoo was closed but I found Randel's Bolt.

We hit Serendipity for dinner and visited Times Square.

Thursday was packed. We started at Little Island near Battery Park.

Then nearby to One World Experience's observation deck. It was as inspiring as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum was moving.

After a lunch 1700 feet in the air, we took the girls to Battery Park and found the Sea Glass Carousel.

There was a playground nearby so the girls worked off their lunch.

After a taxi ride back to Mid-Town, we hit "MJ" at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Times Square was hopping as we passed through.

We made it back to the hotel just before they closed the kitchen.

Friday was dedicated to some real estate business. When the grown-ups went to look at fixtures, we took the 7-year old to Twenty-Four Sycamores Park.

Then rode the tram to Roosevelt Island.

A taxi ride took us to John's of Time Square, a quiet (at lunch) pizzeria.

Dinner was at the Broadway Lounge at the Marriott Marquis.

On Saturday we split up. The 7-year old went to American Girl and the 14-year old went to Tiffany's.

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.

Sunday was the trip home.

What a trip!

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