I loved everyone’s ideas and advice for spending time in NYC. The plan is coming together! We’re going in mid-October: lots of time yet to finalize.
Flights are booked – it’s a little under 2.5 hours direct, exactly the same as here to Toronto, and only a one-hour time difference. Same cost to fly, too!
I reserved a room at a well-reviewed and reasonable hotel in Greenwich Village. Most of our music, book and shopping interests take us to that neighbourhood, so I went with full immersion. It’s easy to travel up to midtown when we like.
We arrive on a Saturday morning. If the weather cooperates, I’d like to walk the High Line and binge-snack at Chelsea Market! The High Line is a walking trail and park created from an unused elevated train track in the Meatpacking District (a gentrified area well known from Samantha’s digs on Sex and the City). The Market is an old brick Oreo factory stuffed with food vendors, Food Network connections, and a corner block of indie kiosks called Artists and Fleas. If the weather is miserable, we’ll stick close to the hotel and visit record shops and guitar shops. And I will pop over to Peanut Butter and Co.!
Some time during our trip we will go on a walking tour describing the 70s music scene of the Lower East Side, and if time allows, book a visit to the Tenement Museum.
On Sunday, shhh, don’t tell Rom he is going to church! I belong to a Unitarian church, and New York has a very famous one, All Souls, which I must visit. It’s way up on East 77th. I am craving a meal at only one well-known New York “proper” restaurant, Candle79, which will tie in nicely. 79th is as far uptown as we will be visiting this trip.
Monday through Wednesday, we have two ticketed shows: the revival of the musical Cabaret, which is playing at the former Studio 54 building, and a concert by Bombay Bicycle Club. They are an indie band along the lines of Editors, Doves and Elbow. I am psyched for both shows!
I hope to spend a full day at MOMA. I’ve heard that some don’t like the latest renovations, but fortunately I have no point of comparison. Two of the feature exhibits when I’m there are Toulouse-Lautrec and Matisse, but the list of famous artworks in their permanent collection is stunning! The Starry Night and The Persistence of Memory, for starters. And there is a sculpture garden!
With any luck I’ll be able to time my visit to Top of the Rock, the viewing deck at the Rockefeller Center, at sunset. Asian Pear did that to get views of day, sunset and night: brilliant!
Of course, I will be spending time at New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman main library. I regret that the main reading room is closed, but there are lots of exhibits. I hope to see the original plush toys of Winnie the Pooh and friends in their expat home! They must be used to unattended adults in their children’s area? I will also stroll down Library Way being inspired by literary words of wisdom.
I have three buildings on my to-view list: the Chrysler, the Seagram’s and Empire State. But will be quite happy to walk around outside them. I have seen other buildings like the Flatiron but I may pass it in my travels.
Between outings, my shopping hit list includes Bleecker and Christopher Streets (at least walk by Stonewall Inn), St. Mark’s Place (rock music-related), the vintage strip of East 9th Street, and Broadway in Soho for Bloomingdale’s and Ben Sherman. It’s funny the stores that people think are a big deal – I’ve never been to a Uniqlo or an Anthropologie, but New Yorkers were excited to get lululemon and LUSH, which are everyday to me! If you think I am going to ruin my non-consumer streak with all this shopping, yes, I am. I just hope to be judicious.
I am still open to suggestions – and I can always get a head start on planning a return visit!