Thursday, June 12, 2008

New York, New York

I realize that everyone is not as enamored of New York as I am. I trace my adoration back to my teens when I read so many novels set in the New York of the 40's and 50's. I just fell in love with it through other people's eyes. It seemed exciting and romantic. My aunt and uncle lived about an hour north of the city near West Point, so at seventeen I got to experience NYC first-hand, right in the midst of my novel-reading frenzy. My cousin actually lived in Manhattan at the time in an apartment near Central Park with his French girfriend! And he was an artist! How much more romantic could it get for a 17 year-old!

The fascination continued through movies and television and numerous visits. And now I can visit my daughter there. (I hate that she lives so far away - but if it had to be anywhere . . . .)
Last summer I dragged my husband there (he was a good sport, but a beach is his idea of a vacation) because I think New York City is a place everyone should experience at least once in their life. My favorite thing on that trip was taking a ferry boat around Manhattan. It was a beautiful July day and I couldn't get enough of the sites of the Brooklyn Bridge. It's spectacular! I took more pictures of the bridge than anything else. I have a goal of walking across it on one of these trips.

So I'm off to a place I never tire of experiencing. We all have certain senses that dominate what stimulates us - I'm visual and auditory - that's why the excitement never ends for me in New York City. Spending time with my girl is always delicious.

I might be back to blog over the weekend, so check back - but if I don't I'll see you Monday!


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Have a wonderful time.

After reading your post, I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never been there or even wanted to go. Maybe someday I'll rethink that.

Mary said...

I love New York. It's been a while since I was there but I can still close my eyes and feel the city.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Have a GREAT time, my dear....New York. There us no other city like it. I grew up very close to Manhatten and spent a great deal of time there as a kid and as a young adult....Commuting on the LIRR and/or driving into the city. Going to the Theatre, Museums, Concerts at Carnefie Hall, Shopping, etc., etc....I went to Drama School right in the heart of Manhatten....50th and 5th--The International Building of Rockefeller Center....And so much more. It's been a good 7 years since I have been....(Not able to travel anymore), but the memories are etched in my heart and my mind....A Great Great City!

bobbie said...

There is truly no other place like NY. I do love it, in some corner of my mind. But having lived on LI for 21 years, "The City" became a place I did NOT want to go. Still...there is a fascination and romantic fantasies.
I'll continue to dream of it occasionally, while enjoying the slower pace of life right where I am.
Meantime, you enjoy your visit.

Foster Communications said...

NYC is on my short list of places I want to visit soon! Would you suggest it as a girls weekend with shopping or a romantic trip with my boyfriend?

bonnie said...

I love the neighborhoods in New York, especially Soho.

Cheryl said...

I love NYC! I've always wanted to do the Circle Line tour, and will one day. I've also heard that Wicked was fantastic. I'm so glad you had a great time!

Anonymous said...

WICKED! I really want to see this!