A New York City Weekend.....
26.09.2015 - 26.09.2015 24 °C
Welcome to the weekend in New York City. The sun is shining, there is a little chill in the air, families are dropping children off, in baseball and soccer uniforms, on the corner with a parent, runners and walkers are out, many walking the dog or their children in a pram.
New York is a city for dogs! There are dogs everywhere, dog pampering shops, dog bowls of water at cafe’s and another trend we have seen is dog shoes……yes dog shoes! We asked a man about this mystery of dog shoes, as in the winter perhaps we could understand the dogs needing to protect their feet, but in this beautiful weather?
Mystery solved - he told us that NYC is a dirty city. His wife said if he wants a dog, and they take their shoes off in the house to keep the floor clean, then the dog does too, plus his dog is white - keeps the dog clean….. lastly in the summer, the tarmac is very very hot to the point of melting…… so doggy shoes it is!
We had an easy morning and walked along Riverside park, which is on the west side, we started at the 91st street garden where Tom Hanks and Brinkley the dog meets Meg Ryan at the end of 'You’ve got Mail” and walked down to 72nd street which was my last home in NYC when we were here last. We had a second breakfast today in this area, at Pier 72 Diner - it was a fabulous breakfast of eggs with corned beef hash - real comfort food, considering it was our second breakie of the day - we devoured it!
Mum and Joan decided to use the day to visit the 9/11 memorial, while I wandered the shops on the Upper West Side and caught up on a nap!
They did a great job finding their way downtown and back, despite the interruptions to the subway network…….
In relation to the memorial, they described it as very moving, it is hard to imagine the area, impact and size, but when you are standing there, the sheer magnitude of the buildings, location and families impacted, hits you. It is an emotional experience, people all around the world recall where they were on that day, watching in horror and empathy. We will truly never forget those impacted.
Below is a picture of the survival tree, the stump was the only tree rescued from the rubble and has been nurtured and replanted - a symbol of hope and survival.
Tonight we have tickets to ‘Jersey boys’ on Broadway! we caught the subway down and explored the crazy busy/hectic but atmospheric time square - there are people everywhere - suffocatingly so, you have to walk slow amongst the crowds and crowds of people…… but at the same time, the atmosphere is euphoric - after all it is NYC!
Below is an only in NY moment........ If you could have seen the face of this character........picture the face of a 90+year old wrinkled face, very fill of character!
We had a giant Pizza for dinner and then enjoyed the show - it was great, the singing was amazing and the performance really told me a lot about the history of the 'Jersey Boys’, explaining the story of them being from Brooklyn - we were able to piece the picture together more clearly, being over here. The show did not have the same impact as 'The King and I’ had on us, that was truly fabulous, however we enjoyed it greatly.