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What I did on my summer Vacation – Part I ~ 2008-08-27
Went to NYC!
Remember way back when? I promised a recap?
Here it is!
I took the train from the ROC to NYC. I love the train and I am certainly glad that I took it for this trip. It was a bit long (~7 hours), and longer than driving but what I needed more than anything was an opportunity to just be. And this mode of transporation does it for me. Not surprisingly today’s current air travel scenarios make me crazy – and I love to travel! I can’t imagine what they do to the less inclined.
I knit the whole way down. I arrived in Penn Station mid=afternoon where Marne met me. We decided to walk down to her neighborhood (Chelsea). The smell! God, did I miss a city. The traffic! The noise! You mean everyone in the world isn’t white or black…there are in betweens? Wow. Do I miss living in a major metro area.
After dropping my stuff off her place we headed straight for Pinkberry. The best $8 ice cream I have ever had. For reals. From there we walked across the street to Better Burger for some Air Fries (a fancy NYC way of saying that they are baked, not fried). You should take note here that there is an obvious theme to this weekend…
We walked down to Chelsea Market – I had never been. So. Cool. Yummy foods, wines, ingrediants that you could never fine in even a NICE local grocery. The Food Network has a studio in this building. I love being with Marne. She has this incredible ability to talk up anyone and disarm them instantly. I always have the coolest conversations with strangers when I am with her. I tend to keep to myself in public. Marne, she’s friends with waiter before we have a chance to sit down.
We head home via the Meat Packing district. Walking past the fancy haute coutre stores on the way. I like this part of NYC the streets (if you keep your eyes away from the store fronts) have a distinct early century feel – picture brick roads etc.
We have dinner in Marne’s neighborhood. Indian Food. I haven’t found good Indian Food up here yet. Bombay Talkie. I eat the absolute yummiest Naan evah. Other favorite things about cities (especially NYC) – they never sleep. We hop across the street to the bakery for yummy cupcakes after dinner.
Saturday morning, Marne is gone (training in Coney Island) and I met Jackie at Pastis. Best Egg Florentine I have ever had. For reals. Fresh eggs, yum, yum, yum. If you have not had the glory of a fresh egg in your lifetime you should actively seek them out. Well worth the effort. The cost of the Forentine was enough to send Sophia to college, something ridiculous like $18, but it was totally worth it. One of my least favorite things about cities (especially NYC) you cannot eat out (at a real restaurant, with drinks) for less than $20/person. Try it, I dare you.
Jackie and I walk up town to the Name I Cannot Remember Farmers market (Jackie?). The wonderful thing about being with people you love is that they know you and Jackie knew I would love the market – and I did! I honestly think that it is easier to “eat local” in cities like NY than it is upstate where we’re surrounded by fields. I think we both found our way to favorite sweets and moved on to – BOOKS. In all of my NYC trips I hadn’t yet made it to The Strand. We had a great time and I came home with a few lovelies. Every pregnant girl needs to stop often and fill herself with snacks…we fed Jackie’s belly, she briefly met Marne and Jackie headed home for her late morning nap.
Marne quizzed me on what famous people we saw at Pastis…I hadn’t seen any, didn’t even look! I have notoriously bad luck with this. During my last trip to NYC Cara and Kay primed me with stories of famous people at this super secret coffee shop on the Upper East Side. (I was sworn to secrecy- never allow to reveal its name for fear the rest of NYC would find out about it. NYers are like this. Stingy with their finds.) So Cara takes me and all we see are people who are way more stylish than I and eight times richer (incredible coffee tho – outstanding). Same thing in Athens, GA. I lived there for two years before I ran into Michael Stipe – a regular part of the fabric of the community and a frequent visitor to the my favored establishments. Small town. Never. Saw. The. Man., until my last month in the city!
We walk and walk down to the Lower East Side. We get tired and stop to have a pedicure. We walk some more and get tired. We stop in Economy Candy and stock up on all things sugar. We sneak in a hotel across the street. Good lord – the place was so chi-chi there weren’t even lights in the bathroom – swear. It was hilarious peeing with this little light above the toilet. (This is another great hint about cities…need to pee? Find a hotel walk in like you own the place, hit the elevator and find a bathroom…no one will question you and if they do, act outraged!)
We walk some more, get tired and stop and have pickles and wine. A surprisingly great combination. We walk some more get tired and hop in a cab to go home. We order in watch stupid cute disney movies on pay-per-view and head to bed.
We had a VERY lazy morning Sunday. We both sit around and knit. I show Marne some cool patterns on line. We finally head out to the Upper West Side (via subway) to go to a Yarn Store – I think it was Knitty City…but I really don’t remember. Cute store. We eat lunch..go to a few flea markets…window shop…and then head to Central Park to admire the more motivated than we and look at the cute Russian pedi-taxi guys. We have a light early dinner at the Time Warner Center it was a bakery – can’t remember the name and then head to the theatre district for Spamalot. Now, I have a love hate relationship with musicals. One of my all time favorite movies (yes movie) is Fiddler on the Roof. I could watch this over and over and never tire. However, as a rule – musicals bore me. So I was bit worried about going to see a show. Shouldn’t have been. This is a great show. Great. we had a wonderful time. Walked the long walk home afterward.
I left the next day and I have to say that while I miss living in a city more than I’ll ever be able to justify and while I was very sad to leave…I was happy to leave the noise…. and happy to be back with my baby girl. I was sad to leave the walking, the great food at all hours, the accessibility and the freedom of not having a toddler. It was a great trip.
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What great timing for this post Bookish!! I’m heading to NYC this weekend to visit with my friends. The theme is always food, but I’ve eaten my way through most of the city. Our exciting plans include scrabble and pajamas.
next time, you should go to… um. School Crafts? On Broadway. they have everything Karabella you could ever want (their son is the owner of Karabella).
It sounds like you had a very restorative weekend getaway in the CITY. Hope you can do this every year! (see if Bolt Bus goes to ROC!! Cheap! Like… Fung Wah cheap. But with Wi-Fi and leather seats!)
Comment - August 27, 2008 : 11:25 pm
Food and knitting. Who needs anything else? Glad you had a great guide. I have guides waiting in Beantown.
Comment - August 28, 2008 : 2:03 am
Sounds like a great trip. One of my favorite things about living in NYC is all the food options and hearing about how I absolutely must check out some new cream puff place or whathaveyou.
My only suggestion for surviving without a decent Indian restaurant is to learn to cook it at home. The book I use is called New Indian Home Cooking. It’s also my survival tip for living someplace where eating out is so expensive.
Comment - August 28, 2008 : 8:21 am
Ahhh, the Union Sq Greenmarket – that’s where we were What a great day that was!!
By the way, when you were at Knitty City, you were around the corner from where I live. It’s a great LYS, isn’t it??
Comment - August 28, 2008 : 9:38 am
Sounds like a wonderful trip to NYC! So much fun and such great hosts!
Comment - August 28, 2008 : 11:59 am
you know, i live here now and I never have weekends like this one. I should take advantage more! Glad you had a fun time in the city!
Comment - August 28, 2008 : 12:20 pm
Mary Ellen says:
What a great trip. We’re definitely checking out Pinkberry and Strand next time. You’re welcome to hitch a ride with us when ever you want! Can’t wait to read Part 2!
Comment - August 28, 2008 : 5:57 pm
What an awesome trip! I was just lamenting with my husband’s uncle (from Brooklyn) how every time I get back to the city, all I want to do is eat pizza and bagels and Chinese food…
Comment - August 29, 2008 : 9:40 am
Between you and Vicki/knitorious, I am longing for a visit to NYC. #1 son went to college there (NYU) and now is at Mt. Sinai medical school, so I have an excuse. Just need to find the time (and cheap airfair).
Comment - August 31, 2008 : 1:30 pm
Thali of India on Winton (near Jefferson) is good.
Comment - September 5, 2008 : 4:45 pm
I love NYC and would move there in a flash if someone would fund the lifestyle I would enjoy! I’d love to gtake Til there one day but I think our NYC experience would be WAY different to the single woman out on the town experiences I had between 2000-2003.
Comment - September 13, 2008 : 7:00 pm