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New York, New York It’s a Hellova Town
Just back from the Big Apple. Got to savor the New York experience.
Last week Jeanette and I took a four-day jaunt in the city. One of her life long friends was having a significant birthday and his family was throwing a surprise party and we wanted to be part of it. That was Saturday, the day we flew up. The next day we went up state a bit and spent the afternoon with family. Both days were beautiful, really the best weather I remember in New York.
This was taken near the steps of the New York City Library, which was close to our hotel. You can tell by the people’s dress the day was warm and nice.
The next two days, Monday and Tuesday were ours to spend in the city how ever we would like. Monday it rained. Not so good.
We decided to go to the Jewish Museum which is presently exhibiting the art of Édouard Vuillard. It is a magnificent exhibition, quite large and well worth seeing. I was surprised to see two of the works were on loan from our West Palm Beach museum, the Norton Museum of Art.
Vuillard used family and friends as subjects for his paintings, not all, but many. Interiors are common in his work. Here is another example.Close by was the Guggenheim Museumand we decided to go there next. Unfortunately when we reached the museum we saw a long line of people standing in the rain waiting to get into the exhibitions. Crowds are not my thing, especially in museums. We decided to go on.
The high point of the day was dinner at I Trulli. This is a friendly high quality Italian restaurant in the Flatiron neighborhood. We have eaten there before. If you are looking for a nice restaurant in the city I recommend it.
The next day we decided to go downtown to the World Trade Center Memorial. I’m not certain I would recommend that at this time. To get in the Memorial you need a pass. It is not difficult to get, but, if we had not happened upon a little notice informing us that a pass was required, we would have shown up only to be turned away. I imagine that happens to a lot of people. Getting there was unpleasant because of the crowds, traffic, and noise. Once there, we were directed down a route of streets that snaked around the construction site and finally brought us to the “entrance”. And there we were subjected to the same security screening one goes through at the airport: empty pockets, take off belts, go through screener, etc. So be forewarned, it is an ordeal. I think once the towers are complete and the cyclone fences and barriers are removed and it becomes part of the city again it will be a remarkable place to visit.
In the afternoon we went to Eataly for a late lunch at Manzo, one of the restaurants. Eataly is an incredible market that takes up the entire ground floor of a large building. There is every kind of cheese, sausage, pasta, bread, sweets, wine you can imagine. It is worth seeing just for the experience.
That evening we went to see Porgy and Bess, a revival of the 1935 Gershwin classic. That was a treat. It was held in the Richard Rogers Theater right in the midst of the Theater District.
When we left the theater I was blown away by the crowd.
I had not been to Times Square since it was converted to a pedestrian area. The crowd was unbelievable, moving masses of people, bumping, shoving, excited people. Guess I’m showing my age. When I was 25 I would have enjoyed the scene. At this age, I wanted outta there and to some quiet place for a snack and a glass or two of wine.
Overall the crowds are what had the greatest impact on me. I’ve been to New York many times and , yes, there were always lots of people on the streets moving up and down. It just seems today that there are a lot more.
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