Sunday, June 26, 2011

New York, New York ... as Frank Would Sing

What a weekend in the Big Apple!

As you know, we went in Friday to meet up with some old friends from Ohio who are spending a month in the city.  As original New Yorkers, they always are in the know of good restaurants, off Broadway plays, and other 'goings-on' about town.  The day couldn't have been more delightful with them.

Our friend, a big foodie/chef-follower-type-of-guy, was able to get us lunch reservations at Eleven Madison Park.   Apparently, it is in the Top 50 (ranked #24) of restaurants in the world.  IN THE WORLD!!  Holy Camoly!   This is the front entrance.  No, I'm not kidding.   The setting is in the old Metropolitan Building over looking Madison Square Park.

Isn't the interior just gorgeous!  We even got to meet Daniel Humm, the executive chef, who stopped by our table.  I'm swooning.  No, not really.  It is a treat to be treated to such extravagance ... but alas, it is lost on this girl who thinks Happy Joe's taco pizza rocks!

We had a four course meal that included so many many fine plates.  And in between the courses, they brought us out little stuff like these macaroons.  See, I don't even know the names.

Towards the end of our meal, the server (and there were MANY servers) made us a drink called Egg Cream.  It contains neither egg nor cream.  It's basic ingredients are milk, seltzer and chocolate syrup and supposedly originated in Brooklyn around the 1880's.  I had never heard of it but it was quite yummy.  My waistline agreed.  ~slurp~

After our 3 1/2 hour lunch, we headed out towards our destination and wandered through Madison Square Park.   We came upon the above piece of artwork, Echo, by Jaume Plensa.  It is part of the Madison Square Park Art's free contemporary art program.  It was beautiful and it seemed to rise out of the ground almost like a hologram.  Very cool!

Nearing our destination, we explored the Chelsea Market, home of the Nabisco Factory, the birthplace of the Oreo cookie.  Over a million square feet of culinary delight and chic shops. 

Finally, we reached what we wanted to explore.  The High Line.  Built in the 1930s, the 1.5 mile elevated railroad line in the lower west side of Manhattan closed down in 1980.  Still with its tracks in place, the line has been converted into a walking park with over 200 plant specimens.

If you get a chance, don't miss this walk and these beautiful views of the city.

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We caught a late dinner.  Afterwards, we walked a few blocks and ended up grabbing an outside table to have a couple of drinks and to people watch before returning to our hotel.  The street was busy and there was a feel of electricity in the air.

A couple of men sat at a table beside us and we struck up a conversation with them.  One of them took a phone call and all of a sudden cheered.  The NY legislature had just passed the gay marriage bill.  All the tables broke into applause.  The street was resonating with excitement.  It was magical and we had been there to experience first hand this historical event!

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Saturday, we rented some bikes and headed to Central Park.  The Park is beautiful no matter what time of the year, but Saturday it was packed and crowded which made for some challenging steering on my part with a backpack full of lens and a camera on my shoulder!  I still could balance enough to get a picture of The Professor's back side.  ~smile~

After a while, we got off the beaten path and went in search of some green space.

Mid-afternoon, we were ready to head home and grabbed the train out of town.

We were glad to return home and enjoy some of our own green space.

... and that is exactly what The Professor did on Sunday!

Hope you had a green space filled weekend.  I'd love to hear about it!

I'm linking up with James for this weeks' Weekend Reflections!
and Scenic Sunday

And I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone!


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Having people connected to a city like New York really is the best way to see it--It's a city with so much energy! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time!! Something on my bucket list is to enjoy a very (!!) expensive dinner at some beautiful restaurant eating things I can't pronounce or remember! :-))

Jill said...

Very beautiful photos. I can't wait to see the rest. The restaurant is so gorgeous. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in New York!

Bill Lisleman said...

I had a weekend filled with memories.
I have only spent hours in NYC and that short time (Madison Square garden up to Times Square and a side street here and there) left me believing Chicago is much nicer. But had I been able to go along with your group I would probably have a much better opinion of the city.
Great pics.

One Photo said...

Fabulous photos. I have been to NYC only once, a very long time ago but it is a place I'd love to visit again some day and see properly. Such an interesting post.

TexWisGirl said...

that's the way to enjoy the city - in, dine, gab, drink, explore a bit, out. :) glad you're home in time for some down time too. :)

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Wonderful images.
Makes me almost miss New York!

Kathryn Dyche said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time, love all the shots.

Judy said...

Awesome photos! Now you've got me craving a trip to the Big Apple. I know hubby wants to go and I just might have to put a bug in his ear.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I've never seen NY
look so beautiful!!!
Awesome share,

Daryl said...

That's Chelsea Market, not Nabisco, unless they've renamed it which is possible .. sure come to town, when I am gone and take better pix than I do .. nice .. really nice .. :-)

GailO said...

We visited Chelsea Market and the High Line about a year ago and dream of a places to be. Loved your photos...and next time we go to NYC I just may have to make a reservation at Eleven Madison Park! My husband would love the egg cream!

Gail Dixon said...

What an exciting weekend! I love that sculpture coming out of the ground. Wow. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

I was so exhausted from my trip to Austin over the weekend that I haven't had a chance to post about it yet. How do you get your posts up so quickly? It'll be Wednesday evening before I get to mine.

Hope you have a great week!

Evelyn said...

Fabulous photos ~ I would love to visit New York someday!

julochka said...

sounds like a fabulous restaurant...i wonder if egg creams once had egg and cream in them? i'll have to do a bit of research.

and as for green space, it can't be beat. i'm getting so i need some every day!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! You have convinced me that I HAVE to go to New York! amazing photos and wonderful tour - thank-you! Your photography rocks!

Anonymous said...

What brilliant photos! And that restaurant - it's like eating in a museum! Just gorge-ous!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wonderful shots! I went to NYC last fall (ran the marathon) and just had the best time!

Misty said...

I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to visit NYC. Great job capturing your visit.

God's Little People said...

Ok, that glorious green colour in Cetral Park, well right now I'm greener than that - with envy that is!! New York is my ALL TIME FAVORITE place in the world. Oh my, I miss it so much and this year will proably be the first for years where we won't be able to go. I want to go see The High Line next time - heard about it but haven't seen it yet. But Cetral Park will also do just fine - I do so love it. You lucky lucky girl!!

Jenny Woolf said...

What a great New York weekend! I was specially interested to see the High Line, we were there in October last year and it looked so different (still great, but different). The statue is amazing. And those green macaroons are so cool!

Lisa Gordon said...

I'm probably a bit biased since I live in New York State Reena, but I truly believe that NYC is the most wonderful city on earth!! One never lacks for a photographic opportunity there!

Thank you for sharing your trip here, and I am so glad you had a great time there!

urban muser said...

I agree with Lisa in the last comment. NYC is the best!! (ok well, I live there but...) It looks like you hit all the right spots. Love the Highline!

She Who Carries Camera said... I'm dying to get back there!! love that city!!

Catherine said...

Wow ~ you did and saw so much on your trip! I laughed about your fancy restaurant meal being lost on you. I too have a simple tastes and am happy with a grilled cheese sandwich compared to anything that can't be pronounced. LOL! But such an experience must certainly be encountered once.

Very lovely ~ glad you made it home safe and sound!
xo Catherine

bon bon said...

well, that was a wonderful excursion! i dig the exposed brick at the old nabisco plant. and the high line...wonderful stops! i <3 NY! ;o)
did you get to any shows?

Friko said...

Wonderful, you are very lucky to have been able to spend an exciting and busy weekend in the Big Apple. I am green with envy. All I have is green, green, green, literally and figuratively.

I want the big city too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Amazing photos! I especially loved seeing areas I've never seen in any other photos of NYC! The one where the buildings all look red is picture postcard perfect! And I love the reflection in the water in another! Thanks for sharing...I've never been there! ♥

Barbara said...

Beautiful. I live in NYC, and I still think your perspective is so interesting and new to me. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful visit! I've never been to NYC but keeping my fingers crossed I get there one day. Love your photos!

A Box of Chocolates said...

what great shots you got and for me that lunch was to die for 3 1/2 hours of decadence oh bring it on i love food love love love it. New York looks like far more than we see in the movies really great art work around I like the look of it.

Ruth said...

Just fantastic, Reena! I loved every photo and experience. The lunch must have been a tremendous time. (I got to eat at Michelin 3 star restaurants three times before, and even though it's extravagant, I love the memories.)

The photo of the subway is especially fun!

Completely Coastal said...

Gorgeous photos of NYC!! My husband loves NYC (was born there), now often goes there for work. I should go with him, cause I really want to check out The High Line. I'm a sucker for beautiful parks and paths. And gosh..., to dine in that place... with soaring ceilings and French macarons -awesome!!