New York, New York!
Trip Start Apr 28, 2007
65Trip End Oct 26, 2007
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Albany to New York, a little later than planned, was by Amtrak down the Hudson River - a pleasant trip we did 2 years ago. Brian should admit why the train we took was later than expected: he remembered just as we were about to board the 1.05pm train that his computer was back at Branka's and David's house. We had left in haste after discovering that some of Brian's trades needed immediate sorting since this was "expiration Friday"--- baptism by fire, but all sorted and lucky enough to have the remaining leg in the trade bail him out of some of the loss. So - we caught the 2.05pm train.
Hailing a cab near Times Square at 5pm was the next bit of fun; quite entertaining with one
Eventually we met Roberta at her workplace, Merchant House Museum in the East Village. The museum is essentially a family home of a wealthy merchant and still has the furniture of the 1800s. We were amused by an explanatory note on a writing desk which read "During the 19th century letter writing was the most common way to communicate. People sent news, greetings, invitations and more through the mail!"
We remember writing letters; seems like just the other day!
That night we enjoyed dinner at an Italian restaurant just "over the road". The tiramisu we shared for dessert has to be the best ever. (We think we had better start listing our gastronomic delights, and the restaurants we give the "Will_share" 5 star Michelin look alike).
On Saturday we walked the Brooklyn Bridge in 90 degrees Fahrenheit,
So fortified, we walked onto our next rendezvous which was at a small Jamaican diner owned by Jean who had previously nursed Roberta's parents. Jean had called her diner "A Taste of Delicious" and her goat curry was to die for. Such subtle and fragrant flavours. Shame about having had too much cheesecake too soon before -this was seriously good home-cooked food.
Evening time and we had a date at the Brooklyn Bandshell in Prospect Park, where there was a civic concert with jazz from "Jazz Passengers" who did a Supremes set, then Joan Osbourne who did ballads, rock and some country. It was a full 3 hours of music for a $3 entry fee, and we were joined by Roberta's mate Gia who afterwards took us for late sushi (yes, we admit - more food and it was very good too)
By then it was late morning & well past time for our coffee fix which we had at the café at Borders bookshop. In North America it seems dogs go everywhere, including into Borders. But then who would want to be a dog in Manhattan? And even Brian was empathising with the dogs on this one......
For the afternoon, we had tickets from the ˝ price booth for Monty Python's Spamalot
After the show we got sandwiches and did the Stanten Island ferry which is now free. We simply went across and back again enjoying the view of the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan.
On our walk back to Roberta's apartment for her clam linguini we stopped at the Vietnam War Memorial wall with it's long list of casualties, but even more moving were the private letters between troops and their wives, parents and girlfriends which had been shared, and engraved into the glass blocks for all to read. When will it be "OK" to erect a monument to the young men and women killed in Iraq?
Roberta's apartment is right on the south end of Manhattan, Southport, just a 10minute walk from Ground Zero. Although we only had time to walk on by that huge hole, Roberta shared with us her photos of the tragic events as she watched from her apartment and then closer to the action when she served as a volunteer based in the church just beside Ground Zero. Hard to describe what it felt like to see those slides, sitting so close to where that took place, so we can only imagine what it felt like to live it.