I Love New York

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When I went to New York last week I got some lovely photos that I wanted to share. I love walking down the streets of New York City. It’s no wonder I walked so much when I lived there.

Walking along the upper East Side I always get such a kick out of watching the people walk their dogs. I always want to sit on the curb with my sketch pad and start drawing the very tall woman with the afghan or the short cute older woman walking her pekenese. I actually took a taxi from our hotel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but it was closed on Mondays.

So, I walked around my old neighborhood. I was so pleased to find that it was even better than I had left it all those years ago. So many little shops. Shanghai Tang is opening up a shop on Madison Avenue this Spring. That store is amazing, they had a store in Hong Kong. The gorgeous material, hand-made jackets, dresses and suits, and chockas like you have never seen before.

I guess one of my favorite areas is walking up and down the blocks on the East Side near the streets in the 60's. My husband and I went to a wonderful Italian restaurant there. They have the cutest places and serve delicious dishes.

Ice Skating

I just had to go to Rockefeller Center and watch the ice skaters for a while. My favorite date as a young woman. I love to watch all the people who dare to skate because it is Rockefeller Center, but they cling to the railing the whole time. Determined to say "I went ice skating at Rockefeller Center." Then there are those amazing skaters that hang out in the middle and secretly imagine that they are all alone on the rink like Dorothy Hamill. There was one of those ladies skating on the day I was there watching. She was so cute and brave...she was probably a bit older than me and skating her heart out. She moved so gracefully with the music, and you knew that once upon a time she was really great. As she relived her memories and felt like a girl again on the ice I couldn't take my eyes off of her, and I so admired her poise.

Skating at Rockefeller Center
I passed by the windows of The American Girl Doll store on Fifth Avenue and even the dolls were skating in the window.

When my husband asked me to go along to New York I knew I would be able to enjoy the hotel that he would be staying at for business.

I had no idea the treat that was in store for me. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria. OMG I stayed there thirty years ago for work and I thought I had died and went to heaven.

Tall tall ceilings, beautifully decorated rooms with wonderful comfy beds. Terry cloth robes in the closet and a great view of New York. One of my favorite movies starring Ginger Rogers was "Weekend at the Waldorf" and it was filmed right there. Believe me when I say I needed a rest, but this weekend felt more like a week away. When I took a bubble bath in one of those deep old tubs and put that robe on and could see Park Avenue from our hotel room window, I felt just like Ginger!

My only regret is that we didn't make it to The Top of The Rock, which was recently reopened. Next time, but in the meantime I found their wonderful Top of The Rock web site, which even lets you select which music you would like to hear, what color background you prefer and which kind of view you would prefer, day or evening of the beautiful Manhattan skyline..."Sigh."

My husband Ned, and I lived in New York when we were single, and worked there for many years. Being alone with my husband and away from teen female drama was good for the both of us. I thoroughly enjoyed the few days that we were there, and assured my husband that if he had to return on business, to count me in.

The song for this post is Lounging At The Waldorf.

As we rode home on the train, I caught a photo of the skyline in the background beyond the bridge. Can you feel the love?

I love New York
Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Karen, thanks for sharing your trip to New York. It is wonderful for me to visit New York through your eyes and heart as I am not likely to visit it for real.

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Karen, Thanks for visiting me, your tour of New York was wonderful, I throughly enjoyed visiting you!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I enjoyed that so much. My son lives in Hoboken and works in New York. I think it's time for a visit.

Sandra Evertson said...

Oh, this was wonderful! Thank you for the virtual vacation!
Sandra Evertson

Gabriela said...

Oh Karen,

What a tease...New York! All I have to say is that I will be making an effort to go back soon. I love it! It's a city with character, old buildings, the Empire Building, my favorite! I love strolling along Broadway Ave, getting inside the shops and also admiring the window displays {yes, I am one of those, very visual}. Definitely I will let you know when I plan to come so we can meet!

Warm regards,


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Karen, your trip sounded wonderful! I lived in upstate NY for 10 years and never did get to the city. Someday...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting me come along with you to NYC, Karen! We haven't been back since we moved from there 6 years ago so it was nice to have a visit. ~ Lynda xo

Mary said...

What a lovely tour! Though we live a short train ride away, we don't often get the time to visit the city. Beautiful pictures!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, oh my gosh, we have SO enjoyed our visit with you today, NY is looking great! We love NYC too, we stayed at the Essex Park opposite Central Park and thought we had gone to heaven too!! Love the Top Of The Rock, that's so cool! Love your music too :) Thank you Karen :) Jenn and Jacqui

Mo'a said...

Wonderful post and I love your photos.
I have always loved NYC lived there in the late sixties...that was another NYC all together but I loved it. My Son lived in New York for 10 years, so we went there many times and learned a lot of things about the city.
I live an hour and a half away from the City and love to go there for a day from time to time...I am with you it is a great city, that has everything.
Thank you for this post :)

Jen said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment. You trip to NY looks absolutely amazing. Your photos are just beautiful and really made me feel I was there. Have a fabulous weekend,