While this has been one of the shortest Odysseys we’ve taken over the last five years, it’s definitely been one of the most exciting.
Advice to anyone doing a road trip that involves Manhattan: Stay in New Jersey, and take the bus to the city every day. Totally stress-free (depending upon your personality…I loved every minute and could move here tomorrow, while it took the Thriller a bit to grow accustomed to the constant press of humanity — I’m not sure he ever did, haha), and New York City has the most intricate and comprehensive public transit system in the world. There’s almost no place in the five boroughs that cannot be reached by the trains, ferries, cabs and buses. Imagine if I had no car payment, and no auto insurance payment…ah, dreaming…
Anyway. Yesterday began and ended with fun stuff that I simply can’t do when I have my choir with me, although I would love for them to experience it all. OK, our Tuesday:
Late morning, we had coffee with Luke, a former student of mine who schlepped it all the way in from Brooklyn to be with us. Wonderful way to start the day. This man is one talented fellow. Hear (and support him by buying) his music here: http://www.lukewesley.com/media
After saying goodbye to Luke, we walked down 42nd St. to Bryant Park. What a beautiful place in the heart of the city. When corporations build and obscure the sun, they are also expected to provide a place for the public to enjoy for free. Therefore, little (and big) parks like this exist all over the city. Bryant Park has lots to offer — even a carousel!
Places to have lunch, read, meet people, and generally relax.
After walking the park, we had lunch at the restaurant, next to the NY Public Library. We enjoyed our Caesar salads on the patio of the Bryant Park Grill in the perfect, 78-degree day.
After lunch, we walked through the NYPL, after which I had to pose by the iconic lions. Rawr.
While in Midtown, we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and went right to the European paintings section, my favorite. We then unleashed our inner middle schooler.
After the museum, we took a leisurely walk in Central Park. Such a beautiful, peaceful place in the middle of the craziness.
Literally steps away from the peace and quiet is the 72nd St. subway station, where we waited for the train back to Times Square to find some dinner before going to the theater. The main A train had some problems, so everyone (and I do mean everyone) piled on our C train. It was rush hour. My personal space was invaded, defiled, taken hostage, and killed. I couldn’t even snap a picture of the humanity. It was awesome.
Finally topside again, we grabbed some grub at the Port Authority, and took off down 42nd St. to the New Amsterdam for the final leg of our NYC stay. Far in the distance is the iconic Chrysler Building.
The view from our box at the New Amsterdam, one of the oldest Broadway theaters.
Another view from Box 10.
Our final photo in the city. An usher saw us struggling to take a selfie at intermission, and offered to take it for us. Aladdin was sensational, with really (and surprisingly, given the “poppy” nature of the music) fine singing.
So that’s a sampling of our time in NYC. What a thrill it was! Again, thank you for clicking through the photos and going on the journey with us. After checkout this morning, we hit Atlantic City for a night at Caesar’s Palace (yay for comp offers the Thriller gets in the mail).
See you tomorrow, fiends!