Monday, September 4, 2017

Central Park - Springtime

These photos are taken from a previous trip to NYC during April..... everything was bursting with color.... this visit was part of the reason we returned for a month...... A bicycle tour is a great way to see more of this incredibly LARGE park.....



Bike Tour


Obelisk




Big Onion - Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge

These photos came from an earlier trip to NYC..... we have used the Big Onion walking tour company for MANY outings and this was a great one.....

Tour Guide

Always Busy on the Bridge

Guides are usually students of history either at NYU, Columbia or other NYC colleges.... very informative tours..... they have spoiled us for some of the other tours we've taken.....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Quick Return - April in NYC - Good Morning America

If you are a fan of the show the staff makes it very easy to visit and see each of the various hosts.... you can count on an outside visit and frequently they pause to take photos with folks who are standing in the right spots..... they are very friendly.....
Weather - Ginger Zee 

Lara Spencer 


George Stephanopoulos

Amy Roebach

Robin Roberts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quick Return - April in NYC - Public Library/Bryant Park


Not far from the hotel and on the way to the theater..... very convenient.... the iconic lions outside the New York City Public Library.....
Amazing Building
There are tour guides or you can take an audio tour of the building... well worth the time.... the Rose Reading room is by far the most spectacular room to visit so I hope the renovations will be finished soon.....


Rose Reading Room - Closed for Renovations

Directly behind the library is Bryant Park.... highlights include the Carousel, lovely plantings for whatever the season and plenty of seating....




Quick Return - April in NYC - Kinky Boots


Bargain seats in the mezzanine.... (around $55 from Broadway Box.com) and it was WONDERFUL.... uplifting story.. great staging.... talented performers..... we thoroughly enjoyed the performance......


When we arrived there was a LARGE school group of high school students seated near us.... we were worried.... a little about the content and a lot about the behavior...... the content had a terrific message...."Be accepting of everyone" and the slightly off color jokes were at a minimum.... plus their behavior was impeccable.... they applauded appropriately and seemed to enjoy it as much as we did....

Quick Return - April in NYC - The Morgan Library


Despite being a quick visit to NYC my longtime friend, Celeste suggested that we meet at the Morgan Library just a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal on Madison Avenue..... it was wonderful...... there's an audio tour of the original library that provides background information.... only wish we had longer ... both to visit and to tour....







Quick Return - April in NYC - Citifield - The Mets


On my "list" of things to do in life was to see my former student, Michael Cuddyer, play professional baseball..... he had been drafted by Minnesota right out of high school and then played for the Colorado Rockies next.... my efforts to see him in Spring Training in Florida had never quite worked out..... so this year, when he was traded to the Mets I knew it could happen..... While in NJ for the night prior to my trip in to NYC we watched the game and were upset to watch Michael be hit by a pitch and leave the game... then another player from Chesapeake,  David Wright, tore his Achilles tendon and was out of the game!


We were early to the ballpark (subway from midtown) and toured the "Hall of Fame"... quite well done with lots of memorabilia and historical information......
As we rode up the escalator to enter the field both my sister and I were pleased to see Michael's baseball card photo in "Today's Lineup" right on the wall in front of us....



As we entered the field area right on the jumbotron was a story about Michael, his association with David, and  his talent for card tricks ...... great way to pass the time while waiting for the game to begin....As a freshman in high school he garnered some extra credit in algebra class for explaining the mathematics behind a card "trick" I had done in class.....
Pre Game Hug.... Wonderful! 

Time to Stretch 

Signing Autographs Before the Game 

David Wright 

View from Our Seats
By comparison to the Yankees Game that my husband and I attended I would say the tickets are more reasonably priced and the food is more varied....
The Mets won.... and they are still on the longest winning streak since 2011.... hope it continues!