10.06.2009

I took a Bite of the Big Apple

The Very Heart of It
New York, New York
I want to wake up in a City
That doesn't sleep




Our home away from home for a few days....in the heart of Tribeca, in one of the oldest hotels in Manhattan. It was more like a bed and breakfast with the old non-working fireplace in our room, ceiling fans and renovated, small, but wonderful marble bathroom. Rooms were small but inexpensive (supposedly) for New York prices. gulp! Abraham Lincoln slept here (long time ago) :) and it was in a great area for celebrity sightings. But I am so dense I probably would not have noticed if one walked right by me.


We had a delightful, people watching brunch in the cafe next to the main door of the hotel. The cafe was so cute and was the original ladies waiting room of the old hotel (circa 1845).


I had a lot of fun just taking zillions of photos of the various street scenes in the city. I thought this was kind of cool.....with the couple chatting away while leaning against a wall of many ads.


Tribeca is an exciting part of Manhattan. From our front door you could easily walk to Wall Street, The South Street Seaport, Soho, Chinatown, Little Italy and Greenwich Village. We walked and walked and walked some more, which was a good thing because we ate, and ate and ate some more. :) Who says you can't get fresh veggies in the middle of the big city?


I loved seeing all the doggies being walked. They were everywhere and I noticed mostly pedigrees. I do wonder though if the sweet dogs get to feel anything other than pavement under their paws?


What trip to the big apple would not be complete without a ride to the top of the Empire State building?? This was my first trip up. Long lines await you but you just have to do it. They say the view from the top of the Rock is great too....maybe better. Another thing I highly recommend is taking a tour on the open air bus. I know it's cheesey but you learn a lot. I had a great tour guide who had lived in Brooklyn all his life. He told us lots of interesting little tid bits that you would never read on a tour sheet. After our pigeon's eye very windy view of the city we came down and had lunch at the ground floor restaurant, the Heartland Brewery. I had a wonderful mixed baby greens salad with smoked chicken, candied pecans, bleu cheese, and cranberries with a 1/2 pint of a very interesting beer called Smiling Pumpkin. I am not a beer drinker but that was right tasty. :) Just outside the restaurant on the street corner I noticed a commotion going on. A commercial was being made right in the middle of traffic when the stop light would go red. Football players and the referees. Click on the photo so you can see them. Probably some famous football player making a million bucks for a few minutes work. :) Looking straight up at some of the sky scrapers would almost make me dizzy. What a whoose!




It's fun to see all the famous places to shop like Dior. But my favorites are the little boutiques like you would see on a stroll through the village. Nope, I didn't go to Tiffany's (like you my sweet friend Claudie) but I did get this gorgeous ring.....my one and only indulgence, at one of those little boutiques.




Our first dining experience was for some of New York's finest....pizza. What a treat that was! Here we are at the fantastic pizza bar called Adrienne's. It's on a cobblestone street called Stone St. (surprise) in the financial district. The day had turned cloudy and cool and this place was so warm and inviting and, not to mention, had wonderful pizza. That's me on the left and J. Louise on the right.



The metal cross at Ground Zero. It was found by a construction work and is made of two metal cross beams that fell intact from one of the twin towers. It is a place of pilgrimage for many tourist.



Directly across the street from Ground Zero is St. Paul's Chapel, that miraculously was left standing after the collapse of The Towers. It served as the headquarters for rescue and recovery workers. It's very beautiful and a must see if you visit New York. Awe inspiring and humbling and the soft blues and whites are very soothing.


I loved walking the streets of Greenwich Village. Even the architecture of the fire escapes is beautiful. Look at all that gorgeous stonework. And I just had to snap a photo of this darling little boutique, called the Bird Bath, simply because it reminded me of The Vintage Nest. Walking just ahead of me in this photo is my British friend, J. Louise, and my daughter-in-love Bri. She's a gorgeous young lady, .... from the front and back! :)





When traveling I am always in the mood for a good scavenger hunt, also known as looking for a flea market. :) And much to the chagrin of my sweet baby boy I found one. Woohoo!! I could not spend as much time at the Hell's Kitchen annex called The Antiques Garage as I would have liked because he was getting antsy, but his girlfriend pointed these gorgeous 1920's French ads out and I snatched them up. Soon to be listed in the shop as soon as I finish here.


One evening we stopped in at the best cheese shop...Murrays. Check out the prices of those artisanal cheeses! But oh so goooood. We bought some cheese, crusty breads, fruit, nuts and wine and had the most marvelous supper while enjoying the views from my son's apartment window in Battery Park. He's so lucky to have such a view! Just to the left of that view is the most famous of ladies....The Statue of Liberty. (sorry about the photo quality...it was cloudy) Imagine getting to view that everyday.






Eating again! Like I said....we ate....we walked...we ate...we walked. My sweet baby boy and me, outside The Pearl restaurant. I mean to tell you, they had the best fried oysters I had ever eaten. At home, no one goes out to eat on a Monday night. Here, you had to wait for a seat the place was so packed. The lobster roll was a favorite and tasted yummy.




I learned how to get a subway ticket AFTER losing a $10.00 bill....lol...and I also learned I do NOT like the subways. I leave you with the most gorgeous picture of all (besides the one of my son and I... :) Until next time.........


30 comments :

stefanie said...

wow, what a vacation, its amazing, so much to do, and it seems alittle scary, how many people there are

Carol said...

What a wonderful trip and fabulous pictures. I love your hummingbird!


Carol

claudie said...

Hi Lynn
Well it's not Tiffany's but I LOVE your new ring. That's right up Julie's aisle.
Thanks for dropping in. I see her writing, not sure why you couldn't see her entrees. She's very interesting to say the least. You have to have time to read what she says..very juliology for sure. I must tell her to post as she goes. She's a new kid on the block lol
Your son is GORGEOUS for sure. Does he live in the city?
You could have skipped the long line at the Empire State building by paying the 40.00... it was soooooo worth it. Yes the Top of the Rock was beautiful... especially at night... something you can do next time, in the summer.
You look great Lynn. Did you call me a blond??? First on that front.
Did I tell you I'm trying to get the "girls" together in March for my birthday? Yup. Looks like we might meet in Fla.
Want me to keep you posted? Would be so nice to see you.
I could hear you laughing at my "mafia" guy pic. I was going to sit on his lap, but Randy stopped me... I wonder why???? LOL
Have a great week Lynn.
Love Claudie
oxoxoxo

Maya said...

I want to go now!!! It's the best time of the year too..., a five hour car ride from where I live, hmmmm.

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Am I happy you got those pictures up !!

A bit of nostalgia for me ( I still have family in Brooklyn and Manhattan) you took some fabyoulous photos!
I just balked at paying 7.95 for a bit of Gueyere now I don't feel so badly LOL.

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Theresa said...

Well,
Country Lady goes Metropolitan. We have yet to see all the sides of your multi-faceted life. You continue to amaze and delight. You are a treasure. Through your eyes I get to see so many places, and experience so much. Thank you for attending to the details, and keep it coming.
Thank you and smoochies,
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Jennifer said...

Oh my, Lynn! What a fabulous trip you were able to enjoy!I loved all of the pictures and your travel dialogue. Now I just want to take off and visit the city! I am so glad that you were able to enjoy this wonderful adventure!

xo, Jennifer

Margaret Cloud said...

Lynn this is a great post, the pictures are fabulous, that picture looking down at all those buildings, WOW. Looks like you had a great time and seen what you wanted.

Susie Q at Rabbit Run said...

Oh what a trip Lynn!! I am soooo envious!! I think you know how much I LOVE NYC!!!
I am so happy you had such fun. Oh my. I am no *cougar* but your son is sooooo gorgeous! Wow. : )
Loved seeing all of these pictures and hearing your stories!
Love,
Sue

M.Kate said...

What a fun visit, definitely wishing that I could tag along and l would love to have all the oyster I can eat. hugs/M

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with your son. I have never been to NYC, except the airport...even though I lived in upstate NY for 10 years. Someday....
Hugs,
Penny

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Great pictures of New York...I felt like I was right there in the crowd. What a nice trip..visit with handsome son, the views, the crowds, and a FLEA MARKET to boot. Can't beat that! Thanks for visiting...I was late visiting for PinkSat, too. Was in San Antonio...didn't get any pictures tho. Next time..as San Antonio has some amazing places, too....Sue

Dana and Daisy said...

What a great trip! thanks for sharing with us Lynn! and like I;ve said before, you sure have handsome men in your life!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Now that's someplace I'd like to visit!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Lynn,
What a wonderful trip. Looks like you really got to see so much of the city. Your son looks like a wonderful and handsome young man. I used to love going to the Village. My friend had the cutest apartment there, with a tiny fireplace. So many interesting people to watch, and places to see. Glad you had a great trip.
Karen

Joan@anthinggoeshere said...

Looks like a fun trip. I have read about the Antiques Garage. Cool French adds.

Anne~fiona and twig said...

What a great trip, looks like you hit all the hot spots!
Anne

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hi Lynn, my son went to New York one year for Christmas and while he liked it, he was glad to be home. Too busy for him he said. Now I could get lost in that cheese shop. Thanks for stopping in, hope you have a great afternoon, T

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful post, Lynn!! I loved it all!

Lisa said...

Welcome home! Looks like you had a great time!

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.

Absolutely wonderful, wonderful! I just loved your photos and the descriptions. You are so alive and adventurous. Doing what your heart loves.

Lori said...

Oh I want to go!! I loved the tour!! But what really got me was the PIZZAS!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! Lori

The Flying Bee said...

Hi Lynn!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Your trip looks amazing! I am so proud of you for going! I think you could do it alone, too! My hubby wants to go to NYC so bad! I never had the urge, until now! You took some great pictures. Can't wait to check out your Etsy shop! Have a great weekend.

Blessings,
Adrienne

Debra from Bungalow said...

I really enjoyed this post because I too love visiting the city and have good memories of taking my mom there long ago. Now my G'son is in college in Brooklyn and I can't wait to visit again. I MUST find that flea market.


Come on over to the giveaway!

Tracey said...

How fun for you Lynn! What an amazing trip!!!

:) T

Sue said...

Hi Lynn- This certainly looks like you had a fun trip! I am in awe of the city and all it has to offer. Maybe one day, I'll make it there.
hugs, Sue

Piney Rose said...

Oh how exciting! I've never been to NY - would probably scare this TN farm girl to death! You look lovely, and your son is a cutie!

AuroraSuzette said...

Great post! What a nice trip you had!

Mary said...

Oh my oh my! What a wonderful time you must have had!!! Great pictures...And, the flea market!! HOLY MOLEE! Thanks for sharing...now I wanna go tooooo!

Cabin Creek Farm ♥ said...

What a wonderful tour you have given us of my home town. NYC is the most magnificent place in the world. We go back home many times through the year but during the holidays it is even more magical. So nice to see all your great photos.

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