New York, New York!

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

I love those Canadians. They had a heart, half of them had delightful French accents and they didn't put me through the wringer at their airport at Toronto! Didn't even check my liquids.

The American Airlines flight was, however, an hour late departing and then the gate was changed leaving many passengers bewildered and scrambling. The plane was another little 39 seater/1 hostess job affording pleasant views over Lake Ontario and upper New York. We had a full view of Manhattan as we descended... and then we just seemed to keep going and going. JFK airport is MILES away! And miles of walking from entry to exit. However, the New York taxi system is very well organized once you reach the rank. (I opted to not go via shuttle bus this time, landing who-knows-where.) There is a set fare of $45 from JFK to anywhere on Manhattan - and it was good value. It took close to an hour in the peak hour traffic.

The Hotel Newton is proving to be a little gem. On Broadway on the Upper West Side, it is amongst many shops of the domestic kind. The cross streets are full of 4 to 5 storey residential brownstones, the families in which require food, laundromats, cafes and transport. Just what we need too!

Last night I had dinner with our old neighbours from Gisborne Street who now live just 10 blocks (10 minutes) from our hotel. It was a delight to catch up with them, hear their stories, gather some tips and have someone to walk me around in the dark until I found my NYC legs.

This morning, Rob and Liz arrived from Washington. What excitement! I had made it all the way and managed a rendez-vous as planned all those months and kilometres ago. Before their arrival, I had walked quite a few blocks sourcing fruit, bread and deli items for lunches. Every corner here has a fruit stall and every second one has a 'daily' - a little grocery/deli/fruit shop that New Yorkers get just what they need for the day. No Coles or Safeways here - space is at too high a premium for big shops with wide aisles! Walking also allowed me to observe the neighbourhood as it awoke... Latino nannies wheeling pushers with their charges to pre-school, dog-walkers with 6-8 hounds in tow, school buses in this highly built up area driving to schools 10 stories high with no playgorunds.

Tomorrow, we plan to do the hop-on-hop-off bus trip, so photos will follow.
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jbushie on

Re: Our old neighbours
The old neighbours are Brigitte and Ulrich - the German couple. Brigitte works for the Goethe Institute and Ulrich is a writer working from home. Admittedly, it is 10 years since they left No. 13, but they haven't aged a day and we had a lovely night out at the Central Park Boathouse Restaurant last night for my birthday.

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