Sunday, May 22, 2011

New York City - Day 2 - Friday

Don't you hate it when people just show you lots of vacation pictures? So, if you don't want to see lots and lots of pictures of Central Park, skip today's blog. But, you'll also miss my final pictures of the Flatiron Building where Macmillan Publishing is located.

We stopped for croissants to eat for breakfast on our way to Central Park this morning, and then spent over two hours wandering through the park as A. enjoyed all the dogs in the park, and we both enjoyed the gorgeous scenery. We don't have this kind of green scenery in Arizona. I knew Central Park was beautiful, but couldn't imagine it. And, we didn't even have time to see the zoo today. This was our morning walk.

The Boathouse in Central Park
Cleopatra's Needle in Central Park
Alice in Wonderland in Central Park
Belvedere Castle in Central Park - A Nature & Weather Observatory

I left A. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I headed across town, walking on Fifth Avenue.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
I liked one of the buildings across from the Metropolitan Museum, right on Fifth Avenue.

Doors to the same building

Here's an interesting piece outside of one of the buildings on Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue has a number of consulates for the U.N., which means lots of buildings with cameras, and black cars sitting in front of the buildings.

It also has Trump Tower, and all of those famous stores, including F.A.O. Schwarz. I couldn't resist running in, but it had started to rain AGAIN, and the dressed up guards had gone inside, so no pictures of them.
After walking from 79th Street to 34th, I finally had to give up and get a cab or I wasn't going to make it to Macmillan Publishing on time. Talia Sherer, the Library Marketing Director, had invited me to stop in. She's one who invited me to be on the panel at BEA, the real reason I'm here, not just to enjoy playing tourist. Talia was so great, taking me around, and introducing me to Hector, Sarah, Brigid, Alli, and her boss, Peter. Naturally we talked books! Talia didn't tell me Macmillan is on the top floor of the historic Flatiron Building. Peter's office is so interesting. It's the top office at the peak of the building, so it comes to a peak, with windows on both sides.

Walked back to the hotel afterward, in the rain, so had a little downtime before meeting A. for dinner at Sardi's. My dinner was very good, since I had curried chicken. Service was terrific. But, as to the famous caricatures on the wall, forget it. They were nothing special.

We ended the evening at The Stephen Sondheim Theater, where we saw Anything Goes with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. She was a wonderful dancer and singer. And, Joel Grey! I got to see Joel Grey on Broadway in a musical by Cole Porter. The dancing numbers were just out of the world. Wonderful way to end the day.


Kay said...

Well, I love seeing your vacations shots. So many shots that are at locations familiar through movies or TV. Very, very nice. Glad you're having such a great time and I'm also glad you took some good walking shoes. You must have to have gone so long! LOL

Lesa said...

Thank you, Kay! I'm really glad I wore boots. I haven't been out yet today, but it's rained every day since we've been here. They're good walking boots, though. And, you're right. We've done lots of walking!

Janet Rudolph said...

I love your vacation shots. I can visit vicariously. Sounds like you're having fun!

Inside A Book said...

Your trip is looking fabulous!! Soak up every ounce of rainwater - you're going to need it back here in sunny AZ.

I have loved "going to BEA" with you! Thanks for sharing the details and the fun. Keep it up.

Be safe.

Lesa said...

Having a great time, Janet! I'm glad some of you are enjoying the trip with me.

Lesa said...

Oh, that's OK. I LIKE sunny Arizona and the heat. We had rain AGAIN today. The only thing good about it is my hair. It looks great!

Thanks for going to BEA with me. Tomorrow I really start the event.

Gran said...

Thanks for sharing your vacation photos. I have not seen Central Park for a long time!

Joelle Charbonneau said...

LOVE the photos. I, too, was surprised to learn that Macmillan was in the Flatiron and was excited when I got to go inside.

It looks like you had fabulous weather. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. I'm living vicariously through you!

Lesa said...

My pleasure, Gran. Central Park was gorgeous!

Lesa said...

Wasn't it fun, Joelle, to go in the Flatiron Bldg?

Well, the weather was good in Central Park, but that was about the only good weather we've had all week. It's been rainy and chilly. I had to go buy a sweatshirt today.

Ingrid King said...

Central Park is my favorite part of New York - wonderful photos!