Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New York City - Day 4 - Sunday

Our tourist time in New York City is running down. Book Expo America starts tomorrow with the Library Day of Dialog. So, we switched hotels today from the Hotel Mela near Times Square to the Hotel Roger Williams on Madison Avenue, a very nice business hotel. I've been really impressed with the service here. We dropped off our luggage, and decided to walk around a little while waiting for an early check-in.

We ended up at the Empire State Building, so we know how close it is if we have time to go up tomorrow night. It was enshrouded in clouds today. The weather probably won't be much better tomorrow, but we'll see.

The Empire State Building

Then, we walked over to Madison Square Garden, so I could see it, and then, of all shopping to do in NYC, I stopped in a K-Mart so I could buy a sweatshirt to wear tonight on the Grey Line Tour. The weather here has been lousy all week, damp and chilly if it isn't raining. (I'm not a shopper, and didn't come to NYC to shop.)

A block from the hotel is a string of one costume jewelry shop after another. A was in her glory, hitting all of them, while I went to the Korean Street Fair to benefit the Korean Catholic Church. I enjoyed two drumming performances and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration. Some of the costumed young people were getting ready for another performance. One of the drummers told me there was no problem with pictures, and she even got a group to perform.

Children from the Tae Kwon Do Team
Drummers Getting Ready
Koren Drummers

On the way back to the hotel, I found a beautiful church, St. Francis of Assisi.
Very comfortable room at the Roger Williams. And, then we walked to dinner at Docks, a seafood restaurant

On our way to Times Square, we came across the Helmsley Building. Very interesting since people could drive through it.

Then walked back to Times Square to catch a bus for the Grey Line tour. It's a tour I'd recommend. The bus goes around the city, and into Brooklyn. Very interesting. It was a two hour sunset tour, and, really, my last chance to see the area on this trip. I love New York, though, and I don't think it will take ten years to get back this time. So, here are the pictures from the tour, beginning with leaving Times Square.

The Flatiron Building - Home of Macmillan & Spiderman's Daily Bugle

Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline

Last tourist bit. Back to work on Monday. That's the Library Journal Day of Dialog at McGraw-Hill, and then dinner at the Yale Club. I'm sure I'll want to talk about that. But, the pictures won't be as attractive.

I hope you enjoyed my tourist visit to New York City.


Anonymous said...

This was lovely, Lesa. Enjoyed the pictures of the Korean fair an the beautiful children.

Hmmm...can't think of a Ghostbusters comment, so I'll ask - did you catch a glimpse of Olympus high above the Empire State Building (from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series for some who might not know)? No, well, no matter. You worked in the Spiderman bit. LOL

Lesa said...

That's interesting, Kay. The Empire State Building was clouded in the whole time we were there. They might be having problems in Olympus againg.

Beth Hoffman said...

Lesa, I've so enjoyed catching up on your blog this evening and seeing all the photos you took in NYC! My gosh, you were everywhere. I'm so sorry that we were there on different days, but I know I'll see you again soon!

Have a lovely week, my friend!

Lesa said...

I know we'll see each other again soon, Beth. I'm sorry I left before you arrived.

You're right. We crammed everything we could into that trip. Didn't go up in the Empire State Bldg or Top of the Rock since everything was so cloudy. And, I could have always gone to more plays, but ran out of time!

Hugs, Beth! Enjoyed your blog on Kaye Barley's Meanderings and Muses.

kathy d. said...

You wrote and photographed the most wonderful travelogue for New York City. I think you did more in a few days to see the sights and sites than I have in the decades I've lived here.

Great photographs and descriptions of events, bookstores restaurants, the public library: What more could
someone need?

Thanks a lot.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Kathy. What a nice compliment! But, I was there as a tourist, so I took the time to do all that. You have a life there, and other things you need to do.

I certainly don't play tourist here in Arizona.

I do wish that blogging had been around the year I lived in D.C., though. That year, I made a point of doing something every weekend. I kept a journal of all of it, but somewhere in all the moves in thirty-some years, I lost it. I still have the memories, but wish I had the journal.

Kris said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful visit! I wish I could go to BEA or at least get back to NYC soon.