New York Memories…and Photos, Too!

Bright videos, colorful signs and crowds are typical of a trip to New York City and Broadway.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Travel is aways an adventure, especially when one travels to New York City. My friend Pat McHugh and I spent last week in New York City. We saw five Broadwy shows, attended Jim Caruso’s Monday Cast Party at Birdland, visited the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, took a bicycle-rickshaw ride around Central Park and visited the new Nordstrom Women’s Store. To save money, we mostly bought groceries and did mini-cooking and warming in our timeshare mini-kitchen. The weather was perfect.

What was not so perfect was our flight from Las Vegas to JFK over a storming Midwest, Our plane arched and bumped for almost two hours straight, I wasn’t worried because my friend Pat has a direct line to God. As it turned out, the lady in the third seat was also a good Catholic girl. Both women were praying, so I was covered, and we made it.

Next Pat and I compared prices of traveling from JFK to our Broadway location. Uber’s price was $82. A car service named Carmel was $47. We took Carmel and had a great driver whom we got to know because the trip to town was long, probably close to an hour and a half, due to bumper-to-bumper traffic and construction-caused closed streets.

For those of you who like photos, pictures from the trip are below. At the end is a video taken at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland. Joan Crowe performed a fun song that the audience loved.

Coming and going through the Mid-Town tunnel under the East River costs cars $9. A cool experience though.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The weather a week ago was so moderate that some Sarafina diners chose to eat outdoors.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The quick review: Loved “Beautiful”, “Tootsie” & the second half of “Tina” (in previews). Very much liked “To Kill a Mockingbird” and was OK with “Hadestown” (this year’s Tony winner for a musical, but a bit difficult to follow). ALL the singers, dancers and actors were first rate, many Tony winners, and we had great seats, having bought tickets at the box offices when we arrived. (Box Office prices are high, $125 and up.) Note: We walked to these shows from 56th and Broadway. We had a choice of 30 first-rate shows within walking distance.
Photo by Diane Taylor
“Broadway” includes the Times Square area and many interesting sights are part of the fun. Visitors even had photo opportunities with The Naked Cowboy who advertises in large type on the back of his tidy whiteys.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Crowded streets and graffiti add to the ambiance of the city.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Streets are so crowded that bikes are encouraged. The stoplights even have a separate light for bikes.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Every evening the crowds going to the theaters swell.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Photos during shows are generally prohibited, but this was after the show (“Tina”) and a mysterious stranger must have taken this one…..
This is a sign we loved.
Photo by Diane Taylor
As in Las Vegas, costumed characters hang around Times Square hoping for photos and a tip.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Though green patches are rare in the Broadway area, we did see some lovely plantings (and seats) along the way.
Photo by Diane Taylor
These signs are on many trash containers, hoping that visitors will not be afraid of “other” ethnic groups. New York is a liberal city and welcomes everyone, but this sign…well….it can be confusing.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Though box office prices can be high, shoppers willing to stand in line can get Broadway tickets at a discount at several “tkts” booths. This one is located in the middle of Times Square.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Outside and inside the International 9/11 Memorial and Museum, victims of three attacks on September 11 are memorialized.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The 9/11 museum is filled with exhibits that form an unforgettable visit. This Ladder 3 truck was part of the single largest dispatch of nonmilitary emergency personnel in the history of New York Cty and the nation.
Photo by Diane Taylor
During the week we visited in New York, Nordstroms opened a new seven-story women’s store at 57th and Broadway. Our visit, due to crowds, was brief.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Central Park was gorgeous a week agp Saturday and the bikers were out.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A popular stop in Central Park is by the 26-foot-high Bethesda Fountain. The statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers. The sculpture also commemorates the Croton water system that first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. Six different movies have used the Bethesda Fountain site as background for key scenes in the films.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Below: A fun song by Joan Crowe:

Comments

5 responses on “New York Memories…and Photos, Too!

  1. Thank you for the New York tour.
    You haven’t lost your creative touch.
    Glad you had fun with Pat.

  2. Great pics! Great Video of Joan Crowe’s “White Girl Blues!” A New York tour without going there…love it!
    Thanks, Diane!

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