Back on Monday, I promised y’all two weekending posts … and before another weekend arrives, it seems like a good time to share our long weekend in New York (also wow! – it’s hard to believe I was getting ready to leave two weeks ago tonight). Marc and I flew up to NYC early Friday morning and came home the following Tuesday evening, so we had 4-1/2 days in the city. This was my third trip there to see Sara … and Marc’s first. I think this was also Marc’s first non-business visit there since … college? and also our first trip there together since the summer of 1982. Needless to say, our experiences in the city since then have been very different (all of mine have been visiting with one of the girls, including trips when they’ve lived there … and Marc’s have all been on business). I love that we now have shared memories of a long weekend … in what is one of my favorite cities.
I shared postcards from the weekend on Instagram (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5) and that’s still the best way to see all my favorite photos. So I’m going to try to document things a little differently here.
First up, I’m delighted that I have so many photos of us – and a few of them thanks to Marc … and/or with him!
Of course most people think about the sights and the food when they visit a city like this. Here are my three favorite sights
and my three favorite meals (this was a really tough call – we ate out six meals and all were really good!)
I’m not sure how to categorize The Grand Central Market … except to say Must Visit! We walked through here a couple of times (and our morning walks were mostly before it opened) and as much as I love Fairway where Sara and I shopped for our Saturday night bed picnic … I wish we’d shopped here. I was glad to get a little baguette from Zabar’s on Monday to enjoy with the leftovers from that Saturday picnic.
Marc’s not really into museums, or anything with lots of tourists, so we didn’t visit the Met, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, or the Tenement Museum. We did however, see two really inspiring places of worship. On Monday morning, we went to the Lower East Side to see the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Two of the women who were on our tour said their guide from the Tenement Museum had suggested they visit (and after our tour, they agreed).
Compare and contrast to Tuesday morning when we dodged the rain and walked into St Patrick’s.
and of course, there’s a video!
Finally, Marc and I stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn on E 48th Street. Highly recommend, especially for a trip like this. We had a “king studio” which looked out over 48th Street (lots of light) and had a kitchenette with a dishwasher and a microwave (hence the decision to have “snacks for dinner” in our room instead of Sara’s apartment on Saturday evening). The full breakfast was a thing of beauty (Marc tried all the egg things and I enjoyed four mornings of greek yogurt, berries and granola) and we both loved fresh coffee 24/7. Also, E 48th Street – between 3rd and Lexington – is a great location! Just a couple of blocks to Grand Central or to the 6 train at Lexington and 51st (the uptown station was closed all weekend, so we ended up at Grand Central most of the time). We took morning walks around midtown and and had a lot of fun looking in windows and watching people. We saw a commercial being filmed on Sunday morning (gah! I can’t remember the product … but it was quite the production for a commercial!)
Of course, a “weekend” like this takes some time to recover 🙂 thank you for your patience!