NEW YORK CITY 2011

Maitaitom’s Subway Safari:  NYC 2011

P1000384Electric & Eclectic New York 

Our six day trip to New York had been scheduled for 2010, but canceled due to my near-death experience.  We made up for lost time in October 2011, and in six nights  we saw the city from every angle.  Join us on our New York City Subway Safari.   I hope you’re in good shape, because there’s lots of walking!


Chapter One – Hello New York

Chapter One – Hello New York Prologue: Finally! The New York City trip we were supposed to enjoy last Fall (before that pesky “near death” thing interfered with our plans) was going to actually take place. Nine months of grueling physical therapy behind me, I felt cautiously optimistic that I would not succumb to the 1,000 Stairs-A-Day regimen we had been accustomed in our previous travels. After last year’s pulmonary problems (didn’t look too good here), I had been given a clear bill of health. Tracy and I would fly from Los Angeles while our traveling partners in crime, Kim and Mary, would fly in from San Diego. In the early evening, the four of us would rendezvous at our … Read more…

Chapter Two – Goodbye Feet In The Big Apple

Chapter Two – Goodbye Feet In The Big Apple Day Two – Parks And Recreation, Perth Control, The Village Stompers, In The Garden Of Eden, The First Skyscraper, A Trip To Eataly, Good Morgan, Great Expectations, Where’s Cary Grant, Book ‘Em, Glad We Didn’t Stay Here, Deafening Dinner and Charlie Makes His Move Unlike most of our previous trips, we had made a vow that we would sleep in a little later on this vacation. Thanks to the peaceful room, I didn’t meander down to the breakfast room until about 8:15, and by the time I arrived our early birds, Kim and Mary, were already engaged in a conversation with two couples from Australia. As I perused Kim’s spreadsheet for … Read more…

Chapter Three – Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

Chapter Three – Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death Day Three – Assault On Battery, Statue Of Limitations, Crowning Achievement, The Agony Of Da Feet, They’re Coming To America, Hamilton’s Buried Here, Changing The Course Of History, Up Against The Wall Street, Living The High Line and Going Green I awoke early with sore feet, sore legs and a slight hangover, not exactly the perfect trifecta for climbing the Statue of Liberty. Tracy was just wondering why I had scheduled a wake-up call so early on vacation. If I have a personality disorder…let me start over.  One of my biggest personality disorders is something I call, “I hate to be late syndrome.”  My therapist might say I cope with … Read more…

Chapter Four – Bridge To Somewhere

Chapter Four – Bridge To Somewhere Day Four – Bridge Work, No Time For Pizza, But We Don’t Want The Irish, Pastabilities, Old St. Pat’s, What The Hell Did He Say, Anniversary Party, Looking For Art In All The Wrong Places, Mary To The Rescue, C’est Trés Bon, Subway Pole Dancing and Ménage à Trois There would be no early wake up call this morning after yesterday’s marathon day. We were all down in the Chelsea Pines breakfast room between 8:30 and 9 where a United Nations meeting had broken out.  There were our new friends from Australia, newlyweds from London, a couple from Western Canada and a French guy from Normandy who repeatedly kept correcting me on my French … Read more…

Chapter Five – Parks and Some Recreation

Chapter Five – Parks and Some Recreation Day Five – A-Rod Sucks, A Walk In The Park, Friends (Not), Strawberry Fields Forever, Membership Has Its Privileges, Walking in The Footsteps of John Paul II, Bottom Of The Rock, Taking The Plunge While Kim & Mary Take A Hike And Hip To Be North Square When we awoke a little after 6 a.m., we looked at the end of the bed and Charlie was in the exact same position as he had been about seven hours earlier. “He’s either dead or the soundest sleeping cat in the world,” I mused. On cue, Charlie opened his eyes, stretched and walked to the door. “I need my cat box,” I thought I heard … Read more…

Chapter Six – Trying To See It All

Chapter Six – Trying To See It All Day Six – In The Dough, Harlem Shuffle, Home On The Grange, Divine Cathedral, Celebrating Summer’s End, A Frickin’ Great Museum, Eataly Part Deux, Giving Tom The Bird, Just Wynn Baby, Fore, Smoke Gets In My Eyes and In The Chips Damn, I felt good this morning (must have been that $18 Manhattan).  We awoke knowing this was our last day to see what New York City could throw at us.  I looked down at my feet and said, “Get moving losers! This is it!” Charlie greeted me outside our door, and I met Kim downstairs in the lobby.  We had made a date to go back to Amy’s Bread in The … Read more…