|I came to New York for the second time in May.|
Friend and blog fan Stephanie Crocker is back with a guest post today. Stephanie made her second visit to New York at the end of May. Like me (and probably all of you!), Stephanie loves this city, and it’s evident as she describes her experiences here. I also got to meet her, which was a real treat for me.
I wrote about my first New York City experience a few months ago, and now I am sharing some of the highlights from my recent trip. It wasn’t easy to decide what to share, believe me. I had so many great and different experiences this time in The Big Apple, but these are the most memorable.
Central Park is the most beautiful, peaceful, relaxing place in the world, in my opinion. I can say that wholeheartedly, though I have not traveled much at all. I don’t need to. It is spectacular and like I said before, magical.
|Central Park is magical.|
I wanted to explore some of the park on my own, so I started along the walkway, and to be honest, I was a bit leery of getting lost. So I stayed on the side where the Trump Tower and the Dakota building are located.
I came across Strawberry Fields, which was my main destination. There was a big crowd of tourists getting their pictures taken, you know, but I wanted to be a local so I did not stay around too long. I just wanted to pay my respects to John Lennon. And I did meet a nice young man who was sitting on a bench playing an old guitar. The tourist in me wanted my picture taken, so I asked him if he wouldn’t mind. He kindly told me,”No,” that he was working and that he couldn’t just stop playing. That made me laugh, and it does now, thinking back on it. I left him $5 because he deserved it, and he sang my favorite John Lennon song, “Imagine.”
I ventured on, but first I found the perfect spot to place my piece of driftwood that I had brought with me as a gift to John. I had made it into a dove. I put my email address on it with a sharpie marker, hoping someone would find it. As of yet I have not heard back. I’m pretty sure someone has it, because I even sent my New York friend Ken out to look for it twice, but it’s not there.
I found a spot that is called Wagner Cove. There was a tiny wooden gazebo, and I carved mine and Donnie’s (my fiance’s) initials in it. I remember thinking how the next time I am In New York City, he will be with me. And I wonder if our initials will still be there.
|I wonder if our initials will be here when I come back.|
The Brooklyn Bridge…
I am in love with The Brooklyn Bridge. I am drawn to it; it is the most beautiful bridge I have ever seen and whenever I am around it, I can’t stop taking pictures of it.
A construction worker that I met at a dive bar called Jeremy’s Ale House gave me an actual piece of the bridge, that he took from his pocket. I will cherish that rock.
We took a boat ride and sailed under some others, like the George Washington and the Manhattan Bridges, but they did not give me the same feeling. All of them were all great, but going under the Brooklyn Bridge gave me goosebumps.
|We sailed under the Brooklyn Bridge and I got goosebumps.|
Times Square and the Ruby-Red Stairs…
In Times Square, my sister and I pushed our way though the crowds of tourists and made our way to the top of the steps. The view is amazing and I highly recommend going to the top. It’s the best view of all the billboards, and people from all walks of life look so happy and excited to be at the crossroads of the world.
I do know that most New Yorkers avoid Times Square because it is so chaotic, but it was on our to-do list to go to this tiny little bar called Jimmy’s Corner. I got to meet Jimmy the owner, who is a retired boxing coach. He was so nice, and congratulated me when I told him I had just quit my job ! To me, it is fun to walk through Times Square and try to pick out the locals.
|Me, my sister and Jimmy|
It was on the Ruby-Red Stairs that I said goodbye to NYC this time. On our last morning there, I got my coffee and sat in the sun at the top and just enjoyed the view, looking down on everything and taking in all the noise. I remember thinking, this is it. I have to leave you now. To be completely honest, I was in tears. It was comforting to know that I would be back –– someday.
|I said goodbye to New York from here.|
It was our last night in the city and we were in Times Square, just sightseeing. I decided to check my Facebook because there is free WiFi, (but FYI – only in certain spots). Tracy had messaged me and wanted to meet up in Chelsea at a wine bar. So I said to the gang (my father, my sister and my brother-in-law) “I have to go! I need a cab!” They were very worried about me leaving, and they didn’t want me to go, truthfully. It was 10:30 p.m. in one of the biggest cities in the world. I said, “I’m sorry, but I have to go!” My sister helped me hail a cab. I was so excited to meet Tracy.
So when the cab driver finally found the bar, she was in the window waving to me. I couldn’t get a glass of wine fast enough, because I was starstruck and I needed something to calm me down. Anyway, she ended up being very nice, very sweet. Tracy is such a fun person, and has such an amazing life. Within a few minutes it was like we were friends for a long time. Her friend Emily was there too, and we are also Facebook friends now. It was in this bar in Chelsea that I felt most like a true New Yorker.
|Meeting Tracy was a lot of fun!|
Our night had to come to an end, however, Emily had left. Tracy and I were going to get a cab, but she suggested walking back to the hotel. I had a hard time keeping up with her because she walks so fast, but she did let me know that if I got a bigger purse and put in earphones, that I would fit right in.
We took a few selfies, and it was so fun. I think I could have walked all night. When we got to my hotel, she casually hugged me and said “I will see you the next time you come to town!” Then she walked off.
I just remembered while writing this, that the back door of the hotel was locked. So I panicked, thinking I was locked out of my hotel. At the Edison, there are two entrances. So I walked around to the front, and of course it was open and I was greeted by the bellmen. I really like the staff at this hotel, and they complimented my tattoos.
So this was my last night in the city, and it couldn’t have been better! My goal on this trip was to just be a New Yorker ––feel like a New Yorker and meet other New Yorkers. And that’s exactly what I did.
|Here I am drinking a glass of wine in the Edison’s lobby.|