The line on the LAX airport kept us busy for a few hours, thank to the security measures due to 9/11, three months prior to our trip.
The travel to NYC was very long.
We waited for our luggage for an hour before we found out that they were in a different location.
After that, we took a bus to Penn Station. Nobody told us there were two of them, one in NYC and the other in
Took the Path train to Port Authority, by that time we were tired of the transport systems and decided to take a cab to
We stayed in Park Slope. My friend, Virginia, lined us up with her friend Skyler to let us stay in his apartment while he was visiting his parents out of state. We dropped off the suitcases in Skyler’s apartment, and walked down to Café Steinhof for a bite before bed. The Café was a few steps from the walk-up brownstone where we stayed on the fourth floor.
Getting up late.
We took the Subway into the city and ended up battling the Christmas crowd through
It was fun to see the big tree and
we walked up to Carnegie on 57th and purchased
tickets for Christmas Eve; all Mozart program by the New York String Orchestra.
At The box Office
Then we walked through the south side of
Mark had to climb the only big rock there.
We walked to
Continuing a couple blocks out west, to
From my 4th floor apt, I had a beautiful view of the Hudson River and the
View from my West End Avenue Apartment
Picture from 1995
Donald decided to build a few towers to block the view of all
While we were there, Mark and I got tickets for the New York City Ballet to see The Nutcracker on Christmas Day.
After that we took the train to City Hall and walked around there looking at the Court House, the
It was very depressing. The smoke is still coming out of the center and the place is barricaded with billions and billions of people walking around praying, bringing flowers, and crying.
The following pictures were taken by a firefighter friend.
I really miss the towers. I will always remember them this way.
We had dinner in an Indian restaurant close by and paid hundreds of dollars. The food was pretty good and we got to listen to Ginga’s and Isaac’s loooong speeches about the rise and fall of the
Ginga was very tired from walking miles after miles, so we got a cab. Mark and I got out in the
We took a cab back to Park Slope and ended the evening with a bite at Café Steinhof.
We got to like the place a lot. We made friends with Callie, the queen of
Getting up late. We are not trying to adopt the local time. I like our schedule, because keeping the late night hours in
We walked by the Great Lawn. Someone fixed it. Now nobody can step on it.
Mark by the Great Lawn
We visited my bench, the Delacort Theatre, and looked at the view from the lookout house. My bench is on the north side of the great lawn and overlooks the skyline of the city. I read the NY Times on that bench every Sunday afternoon and watched the families playing and having pick-nick on the lawn.
View from my bench on the north side of the lawn.
Picture taken in 1996
The Great Lawn before the fixing.
Picture from 1996
On the way to the Delacort Theatre, where we see
"Shakespeare in the Park" every summer.
Bea at the lookout tower
Mark at the lookout tower
We walked around The Lake.
Walked out to Central Park West.
and back through the park to the south side into Carnegie Hall. The concert was not only all Mozart they added the Beethoven’s Piano 5th at the last minute. What a nice surprise. It was a terrific performance.
After that we had a soda with Ginga and Isaac on
We woke up, not even looking at the time any more. Back to the city for a church hopping day to honor Christmas.
St. Patrick's Cathedral is the first stop.
Atlas was there shrugging
They had a mass as we arrived, so we stayed for a little while and lit some candles. It was very pretty in there.
Walked over to
Mark at the Waldorf Astoria
Mark at the Waldorf Astoria
Bea is there too
The Ballrooms floor with the nicest bathrooms
The Ballrooms floor with the nicest bathrooms
I wanted to go into St. Vincent Ferrell church on 66th and
Annie Chang, an old friend, wanted us to go to the movies, to see Amelie, with her today and have dinner after that. Movie? We could think a thousand better things to do instead of a movie. You don't go to NYC to see a movie! We took the bus further uptown and had a bite at Mocca, a Hungarian Restaurant. That place is not all that great. The butcher two blocks down from Mocca, where I always bought my Hungarian goodies, was closed. Out of business. Bummer!
Took the cross-town bus to 86th and stopped at Merchant’s for lemonade. Ismael Merchant, movie producer and director has 3 awesome restaurants on the
Next stop was
Had we read the Times we would have known the Cathedral was closed because the gift shop had an electrical fire a week before. They usually have a big symphony in the main Cathedral, but they had a concert tonight in the side chapel. A Medieval Christmas celebration. We talked Annie into coming to hear that and forget about Amelie. As we were waiting for the concert, we got a tour from a local bum, homeboy about the architecture of the Cathedral. He was very creative and made up all kinds of stories. We gave him a good tip for the show. We had Chinese soup in a place close to
We all loved the medieval music. After the concert, we jumped on the train and took another tour in downtown in search of the Red Stripe. No luck. Must be out of business. If you can’t count on the Jamaicans who can you count on? Rode a cab back to Park Slope. It was so late, even our hometown Café Steinhof was closed. After 2:00am.
Relaxing morning. Never have to rush in the City that never sleeps. We have the matinee at the City Ballet today.
Got across the
Old picture of the Bridge with the Twin Towers behind it
Start the day with shopping at Tower Records by
A Brooklyn day.
Looking out of the apartment on 7th Avenue in Park Slope
Rooftop view from the apartment building
We walked over to
Took the train out to
Mark is checking out the tractors at the construction site.
Who goes to the beach in the winter? Bea does. The best time to go.
Watching the sunset from the Coney Island boardwalk.
We had Nathan Dogs from the Nathan Dog place. That was good. Came back to the apt. grabbed the tickets and went to Broadway. It was a very funny show. The actors were wonderful, great singers, and the script was witty. We loved it. Came back home, but not before visiting Tom, Collie, and Larry our new friends at the hometown Cafe.
I slept in, Mark did laundry. I woke up looking for him and looked everywhere. He was standing across the street waving as I looked out the window. He forgot to take the key to the front door, so he was standing there until I woke up. Poor man! Out in the cold. How sad. He brought me juice and croissants from the French bakery across the street. He is the greatest. He started every morning in the French bakery to bring us fresh, warm, delicious cheese danishes and other awesome pasteries.We went into the city late again. Had very nice lunch on
Picture was taken for the grand opening of the store in 1994.
From the left: Itzhak Timianko (owner), Jeanette, John, myself, Reagan and Katie
My friends from the old days, Mark, Judy and Larry were there, but Ike, the owner, my favorite boss of all times was on vacation in
We got on the bus to get up to the MET. It was a mistake. The bus, not the Opera House. We hardly moved, so we got off on 31st and had delicious cheesecakes. We walked all the way to the MET, because it was the fastest way to get there. We sat through La Boheme. Mimi was singing way too much. The sets were outstanding, the opera was wonderful, the MET is always fun and we did not fall asleep even though the first act took forever.
We left very late for
It is a Victorian home built in 1825, about 5ooo sqft; it has 7 fireplaces, they closed off one.
Isaac, Bea and Virginia
They were working on it like crazy, restoring it to its original condition except the extra plumbing and bathrooms. The original hardwood floor is spectacular. One bedroom is complete, that’s where we slept.
The hallway and the stairs from the entrance, the dining room, the living room, and the kitchen are also complete. It is very charming, cozy, and comfortable. The fireplaces in every room are so neat. After they complete the renovation they are planning to landmark the building.
Isaac was cooking lamb shanks for dinner with mashed potato and asparagus. Ginga made a chocolate cake for dessert, and everything was very-very good. They were telling us stories about the bedroom, where we will sleep, being hunted. Ginga could not sleep there at all. We went to bed early for the first time. Well…at midnight. Ghosts or no ghosts, I did not sleep at all either. I was too ill to sleep. I waited for the ghosts to come so I can have somebody to talk to, but they did not come. I got sicker by the minute.
Got up late. What’s new? We all snacked for breakfast, and Ginga fixed clam chowder soup, chicken broth soup for me, and home made bread for lunch. We went for a walk by the
Isaac, Ginga and Mark bundled up at the river front
It was cold but very pretty down there. Walked around the neighborhood a little then took the Jeep out for a ride. I felt really sick. We drove to
Getting up, packing to travel back to the city. We left around noon. Ginga and Isaac were driving back with us. They took us to see the beautiful country Inn in
The Jeep did not start. Now what? They called a cab for us, so Mark and I left to the train station, and they called AAA to take the Jeep to a shop and to go back to the house to drive their other car into the city.
We had to wait for the train for almost an hour. It was too late to go back to
Changed our clothes in the bathroom and checked in the suit cases to the coatcheck. But that was not the worst part of the evening.
Before the concert, the manager of the house came out to tell us about Kurt Masur’s operation, and he will not be conducting tonight, nevertheless he is alive and well. He will be replaced by Sir Elliot Gardener to conduct the Beethoven’s 9th.
My favorite mayor, Rudy Giuliani, came to talk to us and told us that to conclude this “adventurous” year NYC had experienced we will hear appropriately the greatest symphony ever composed, performed by one of the greatest orchestra, in the greatest city in the world. Amen!!!
It is always nice to see Rudy, but I was sad because he was out of work that same night. They should have kept him in office forever.
After all the speeches we heard a short Bach Cantata. There was no time allowed to applaud, because after 2 seconds pause we dived into Ludwig, and rapidly got through it in less than 50 minutes. The NY Phil took this challenge rather well. Miraculously we heard every note Ludwig put on paper. The chorus engaged in a page turning competition. The solo singers had their work cut out for them. Schiller did not write “Ode to Joy” in Spanish, and it is hard to spit out 250 German words per minute.
I had to step out of the hall for a minute and missed the 3rd movement. Luckily, they have speakers in the bathrooms. Kurt Masur was sitting across from us in the NY Phil’s box and he was trying to figure out if he were attending a rock concert or a symphony. We were out of the hall by 9:15pm. Record time!
I am not complaining, but the Beethoven 9th is about 84 minutes long if conducted by people that like music.
Ginga and Isaac were waiting for us down in the lobby. They finished with their show early also. Everyone was in a rush tonight. They did not like Contact at all. The only reason they did not attend the New Years Eve Concert with us, because it was sold out. I ordered our tickets months ahead.
Lincoln Center on New Years Eve
When I lived in the city, I walked by this fountain every day after work on the way home. This picture was taken in 1998.
We jumped on the Subway and went to
Happy New Year!!!
On 6th Avenue in the 50's Not year 50's, but street 50's .
Ice skating at Rockefellers
Picture in two parts. Bottom and top.
The Rockefellers are so big, they don't even fit in our camera.
Visiting St Patrick's one more time,
then walked on 50th to the west side. We had dinner at Gallagher’s Steak House. It was lots of delicious steak for lots of money. Went back to
Called my friend, Mark Rosenstein, and made arrangement for the afternoon. We went to Barnes & Nobles, got city books and other books. From the Julliard Bookstore we got T-shirts and cups, from the Met Gift Shop we got a bag and cards of
We met Mark Rosenstein at 2:30 on the Time Square ticket line. He wanted to see the Producers, but I insisted on Les Miserables. He complained like he always does, but I know he loves Les Mis. It was very cold out there.
We grabbed a pizza and read the Times review of the New Years Eve Beethoven 9th. They said it was supposed to be fast. Beethoven would have wanted it that way too. Surely……the Times must know.
We went up to the
We had Italian dinner at Assagio’s on
Got up, packed up, cleaned up.
We left the apt. cleaner than it was before.
The driver came on time at 11:45am. Took the
The Verazzano Bridge
Lots of time left. Cab took us to the wrong terminal. A homeboy walked us to the right terminal for $20.
We ate a Nathan dog and our leftover steak with a city view.
It took forever to fly home.
LA is very clean. It was a long drive home and everything is so clean.
The Beat of New York
by Red Plastic Bag