My dear, dear friend, Janey, basically gave me her apartment for this time. What a gem she is. Met her on the subway on the way back from a Mets game over 3 years ago. We struck up a convo about ballet because we are both reformed-still-wish-we-were-dancing-for-a-ballet-company-but-decided-we-didn’t-want-to-be-anorexic ballerinas 🙂 she’s such a joy to be around. I always enjoy a stimulating and intelligent discussion of some kind when in her company. And she loves wine as much as I do! Bonus friend points.
Her apartment basically looks like Anthropologie’s design team vomited style in here. So cute. The fun part is she lives in Queens…a borough I have spent pretty much zero time in and I’m so glad I have this time. Her particular neighborhood has a very strong Indian culture to it…a lot of families. a lot. So rather quiet at night, minus the occasional siren and honking horn in the street. it is a nice change when we get off the train from manhattan and walk back ‘home’ after a long day out and about.
Last Wednesday, my next door neighbor from Yuma flew up with her 11 year old daughter. Neither of them had ever been to the city before so I got to play tour guide! So fun! We did all kinds of touristy things, things I haven’t done in over 10 years and was super fun to do again. On my first visit to this great place, I was 17 years old and we visited the Empire State building, Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, FAO Schwartz, Times Square, Rockefeller center, Radio City, Central Park, the Met, Broadway, shopping on 5th, South Seaport, and we sang, yes SANG, in St. Patrick’s cathedral and Riverside church! Amazing. but I really have not done anything “touristy” since then. I have revisited the theatre, museums, the Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and such on many subsequent trips to the first but to do all of that again was really a joy. In a way, I was able to relive some of those old memories from high school which was fun but also kind of made me feel old 🙂
We got a small snowstorm on Saturday while walking through the Park to the Met that my 11 year old friend was absolutely head over heels excited about since she has not seen much snow, if any, growing up in southern Arizona. We took a boat tour in the Hudson so they could see the skyline, Liberty Island and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan. We saw Lion King on Broadway – VERY imaginative set and costume design! We loved it. We enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner at a wonderful Brasserie Francaise that was to die for. We walked to Grand Central Station so they could see the architectural beauty that is in that historic building. We went to the top of Rockefeller – “Top of the Rock” – so they could see New York city from a bird’s eye view. We walked Lexington, Madison, Park, 5th, 6th and 7th Avenues. We went to the village and dined on fancy peanut butter sandwiches in Washington Square park with my other dear, dear friend, Hillary. We walked the length of Times Square so they could take in all the lights and people found there. They made a list of all the things they wanted to see and I think we checked them all off! Success!
There are still so many things I want to do and visit. I have had the opportunity to see some of my other wonderful friends that live here. My sweet friend, Joshua, invited baby girl and I up for breakfast last Saturday morning. He is quite the chef too! I don’t even know how many mimosas we drank…plenty 🙂 then, he gave me a walking tour of his neighborhood in Harlem – a place I have spent zero time in. There is so much history up there and quiet neighborhoods with old, beautiful homes. I could move there tomorrow.
My Yuma neighbor and her daughter just left a bit ago for an early flight back to Arizona. I took this golden opportunity while baby girl is still sleeping to get some writing accomplished. It’s much easier when she is not storming about the apartment like a tiny godzilla 🙂 I am going to lay back down a bit more all the while thinking about when I can come back to one of my most favorite places in all the world again. What a great first Christmas with my little angel – one that I cannot wait to show her photos from and tell her all about when she’s a bit older.
I will leave you with a few photos…since I was supposed to start adding photos to this blog months ago….
Hope you had a lovely and warm Christmas surrounded by those you love. Happy New Year!