New York City 2015

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Uptown.  Downtown.  All Around Town.

MaiTaiTom’s NYC 2015

 

It had been four years since Tracy and I had traveled to the Big Apple, so when we got the itch (and good airfare) it was time to revisit one of the greatest cities on Earth.   There’s nothing quite like New York City in autumn.  Come join us for four great days!

Chapter One: NYC…Here We Come!

Chapter One: NYC…Here We Come! Ever since we returned from our 2011 trip to New York City, Tracy and I had been yearning to return to one of our favorite places in the world. When we received an alert that Virgin America had an affordable airfare, we jumped on it. Our same hotel from 2011 (Chelsea Pines Inn) had availability for our dates the week before Thanksgiving, so it was off for another adventure in the Big Apple. After taking out a mortgage on our house and selling our pets (ok, we wouldn’t really do that) in order to pay for NYC dinners (and $21 martinis), Tracy and I were ready to roll.  New York City…here we come! DAY ONE: … Read more…

Chapter Two: History Comes Alive In NYC

Chapter Two: History Comes Alive In NYC Day Two – Breakfast Buffet, Take The ‘A’ Train, A Gorgeous Walk, Cloistered, Hunting For Unicorns, Autumn Leaves Will Fall, Turning Over A New Leaf, Finding A Little Known Saint, A Museum In Need Of Restoration, Aaron Burr Slept Here, One Way Or Another, Dem Bones, “No Dum-Dum Here,” Best Museum Gift Shop, Stayin’ Alive At Dinner & Learning A Valuable Subway Lesson There is nothing like autumn in New York City.  It was a sunny, crisp morning (photo below is from our hotel’s back patio), and after downing some sweet rolls and coffee at the Chelsea Pines Inn (while watching the raid at St. Denis in Paris on TV), we were off … Read more…

Chapter Three: 9/11 Museum, Woolworth Tour & MaiTaiTom’s Misguided Subway Odyssey

Chapter Three: 9/11 Museum, Woolworth Tour & MaiTaiTom’s Misguided Subway Odyssey Day Three – 9/11 Revisited, Sobering Reminders, Washington Prayed Here, Five & Dime, Tallest Building In NYC (once upon a time), Bob The Tour Master, What’s That Aroma, Cash Only, I Think You Go Uptown, Manhattan Borough’s First Landmark, Lafayette We Are Here, The 10-Minute Subway Ride That Took 90 Minutes, The Out-Of-Towners, Soaked (and Nearly Divorced), Help I Need Somebody, Napoleon Complex and I Hope I’m That Energetic At 79 Up again early for sweets and coffee at our hotel, and then jumped on the L train for the less than 10-minute trip to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.                                We had reserved a 9 a.m. entrance (the earliest) … Read more…

Chapter Four: A Gorgeous Walk In Central Park & The Woman In Gold

Chapter Four:  A Gorgeous Walk In Central Park & The Woman In Gold Day Four – Where’s Cary Grant, Autumn In Central Park, Got Milk, What’s Neue, Copped Klimt, The Picture In The Bathroom, Get Me Off This Taxi, Trumped, Window Shopping, You Mean This Is St. Patrick’s, We Don’t Make It To Toledo, The Dessert Drink To End All Dessert Drinks, Christmas Shopping In The Park, Getting High, How Do These Kids Afford This Place and You Can Drop Me Off Here All I can say about this day is, “Wow, what a morning!” Somehow, I was able to navigate to the correct subway platform and within a short period of time we were exiting at 59th Street and … Read more…

Chapter Five: Miracle On 34th Street…Our Final Day In NYC

Chapter Five: Miracle On 34th Street…Our Final Day In NYC Day Five – A More Perfect Union, Yep It’s Still Flat, The Best Coffee I’ve Ever Tasted, Our Eataly Fix, No Parrots Please, Police Presence, Miracle On 34th Street, You Can Never Have Enough Squirrels, Death Escalators, Taco Time, I Think You Have The Wrong Fare and Adios NYC When we awoke Saturday morning and looked out at what would be another gorgeous NYC day, Tracy commented, “I wish we had booked an extra day.”  Instead we were booked on a mid-afternoon flight, so we only had until about 1:30 to check a few more items of interest off our list. We walked down 14th Street… …to Union Square where … Read more…