There were a couple things that I had been warned about New York City: it’s dirty and very crowded. The lovers of the city are vast and don’t seem to feel the need to convince others, but the detractors are pretty loud with their opinion. While Jordan and I did experience crowds, there were plenty of places we went that were peaceful and quiet…namely, the upper west/east side, Brooklyn, and Greenwich Village (which actually feels very similar to Paris, which I think is a good thing).
Friday morning we had to get ourselves from New Jersey to the Upper West Side before a 10:30 coffee shop rendezvous (while also dropping our luggage off at the hotel). Whenever Jordan and I are traveling we like to reach out to people that we know that live in the area to see if they are available for coffee or a quick bite to eat. We had coffee with a board member of a company Jordan does consulting and design for… it’s always nice to see a familiar face so far from home.
There was a sweet little bakery next door to Joe’s Coffee so we grabbed a snack for the road. It was a beautiful day and the stroll through Central Park was really peaceful. We were able to walk around the Jaclyn Kennedy Onassis Reservoir on the way to the Guggenheim Museum. That museum was a priority for Jordan on this trip. Prior to him receiving a copy of Photoshop at 16, he seriously considered becoming an architect. The Guggenheim was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and viewing art in a circular building is nice; the path leads in one direction and we saw the whole place in about two hours. I can get a little museum-ed out, but the Guggenheim’s size is perfect.
Next on the agenda was to visit Kathleen Kelly’s brownstone! We didn’t realize that we were closer in the early morning before walking east across the park, so we turned around and walked west back through the park 😉 After taking a picture or two (or twenty), we walked just around the corner to River Side park (the location of the climactic scene of You’ve Got Mail). We enjoyed a little down time before needing to get ready for The Cripple of Inishmaan!
I participated in a lot of community musical theatre and always dreamed of seeing a show in New York City. Jordan and I liked the idea of seeing a smaller show, so after he heard a Daniel Radcliff interview about a new play he was in, we both knew it was perfect for us! We grabbed a quick bite to eat at a Thai restaurant not far from the theatre, which was SO good! We had this coconut vanilla bean ice cream that was amazing!
^ A couple hours after we walked through Central Park, I noticed that Heidi Klum tweeted a picture of her having lunch in the park! We were so close!
^Kathleen Kelly’s brownstone!
^ Riverside Park has a beautiful view of the Hudson River.
^ Columbus Circle and The Plaza Hotel!
^ We may have been geeking out a little bit during this show!
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