June 12, 2017

New York City 2017, Part Two

On Wednesday afternoon, I had my first Book Expo event, so I made the most of the morning.  First I wandered around the Upper East Side.  When I came out of the subway I spotted this wonderful building.

The reason I came uptown was to seek out this "vest-pocket" park that I read about in the NYTimes.

Everyone knows about Central Park, but NYC is full of small pocket parks.  This is the most sophisticated one I've come across.  The sound of the waterfall was so wonderful, I didn't want to leave.

I don't know the address of this building on East 52nd, but I'd sure like an apartment there.

Greenacre Park, seek it out next time you're in NYC.

I still had some time and I hadn't visited Alexander Hamilton's grave.  I usually visit his grave on every trip to NYC.  So back on the subway to downtown, to Trinity Church.

His wife's grave is next to his.  I don't know the meaning of the coins left on her marker, but I guess it's a sign of respect.  I know that leaving coins on veteran's headstones is a military tradition.

After visiting Hamilton I wondered around the Little Italy and SoHo neighborhoods and stumbled upon another wonderful small park the Elizabeth Street Garden.  What a wonderful jumble of "stuff"!

The sign says "Please do not lean back".

For the next two and a half days, I was busy at the Javitz Convention Center for Book Expo.  On Saturday, my last day in town, I had a relaxing morning and in the afternoon I went to another B'way show, Cats!

The musical was wonderful and fast paced.  The darnest thing happened at intermission, the audience wandered onto the stage!  This is the first time I've ever see that happen.

New York is a wonderful town, there is so much to see, it's remarkable.
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New York City 2017, Part One

I'll remember 2017 as the year of the TWOs.  I'm visiting places twice this year, unheard of for me.  I visited NYC in March specifically to see Eric Clapton.  I'm so glad I did because his LA shows later in the month were rescheduled for health reasons.

In late May I was back in NYC for Book Expo America.  This is how my week went.

Sunday I had a ticket to Hamilton.  It had been surprisingly easy to get one ticket for a sold-out show.  It was a good seat, too, in the center of the fifth row.  When I got there, there was a man in my seat!  He asked if I was alone and when I said yes, he said, "have I got a deal for you!"  It really was a good deal.  My seat was next to his two teenagers and his seat was at the end of the same row.  Of course, I traded with him.  My new seat was even better because of the way the seating was configured, there was no one in front of me.

The play was outstanding.  I was thankful that I'd brushed up on my U.S. History, never my strong suit, before attending.  They keep the story very factual, not fictionalized at all.  I loved it.  I have the CD set and I'll enjoy it for years.

Monday was Memorial Day and I'd planned on doing the Memorial Day Walk Tour in Central Park.  I did this walk 6 years ago, and I loved it.  The walk kicked my butt, too.  I wanted to do it again to see if I'd have less trouble. It rained all morning, so I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art instead.  I'd read that there was a Shaker Exhibit, so I headed right to the American Wing to see it.  It was small but outstanding.

On Tuesday, I went on my 2nd ever helicopter ride.  It wasn't raining but it was cold and overcast and the ride was with the doors off!  The ride was only 15 minutes, not nearly long enough, but if I go again, I'll try to pick a warmer day.

This is a long post so I'm going to finish with Part Two.

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May 27, 2017

Clapton in NYC

Eric Clapton's' tour was going to be in NYC as well as LA, but I was going to be out of town, on a cruise on his LA dates.  Do I need to tell you that I love Clapton, and because of his health problems I was determined to see him this year?  It was a good thing I went to NY to see him, his LA dates were postponed for 6 months due to his health.  It was a great experience.  I had a great seat and my next-door seat-mates were two gals from Texas.

It was actually easier to go to the concert alone in New York, than here in SoCal.  Here I would have had to drive to Inglewood, a 1.5 to2 hour drive, coming out of the Forum alone at 11 pm, and walking to my car might not have been very safe; then the drive home, another long drive.  In NY, I walked 3 blocks to Madison Square Garden and walked home with the rest of the crowd.  I always stay at the Tryp Hotel, it's the best.

I did ask my youngest daughter if she wanted to go with me, but she declined.  It's tough being a single Mom.
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