Travel Guide For Life;

Travelers' Trifles or What I See From Mountain To Sea by M.A.C.

Lao Tzu said:

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

I have never been to NYC.

That is now going to change.

20 countries but never NYC.

That is now amended.

2020 trip had to be cancled.

Due to COVID 19 pandemic.

2021 will have it accomplished.

NYC here we are.

We will see your trees.

We will pay your fees.

We will wake up in your

Greenwich Village.

We will wake up in your

Staten Island.

We will wake up in your

Lower East Side.

We will wake up at your

Times Square.

We will snap your scenes

to share.

 

 

 

 

On the way to NYC

This lovely, soaring sculpture is between concourse A gates and concourse B gates in the Albuquerque NM airport which is a relatively small international airport. Of course, we had to go to the last gate in the concourse (B10). This is a Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta Georgia and then to NYC.

On the E line of the NYC subway from Jackson Heights to Penn Station of Manhattan. We had to take the Q 70 bus from La Guardia Airport to Jackson Heights subway station to get on this car.

FIRST NIGHT IN NYC.

Since we did not get through the airport and checked into the Aloft Hotel until 2330, we decided to use Uber Eats to get food. The driver, Hammel, maybe from India or Pakistan, was very nice so I gave him a $6.00 tip. The food was from Sammys' Halal Foods and it was amazing. It was rich and extremly delicious. Chicken on rice and lamb on rice were both abundant. We were unable to eat everything. The cost was $30.00 including the bottle waters I ordered. There is a bit of red chili in one corner of the food container and some white yogurt (maybe a type of tzaiki or raita?) sauce covering part of the rice. The Marriot Aloft airport hotel has a microwave oven in the lobby so I ate the left overs for breakfast. The food from Sammys' is very similar to meals I have had in mosques during Ramadan. It is very authentic and I recommend it highly. Their place of business is located in Jackson Heights Queens so it is close to the transportation hub where one makes connectons between La Guardia Airport and NYC.

Arriving at The Jane Hotel after having left the Aloft airport hotel. Details about this hotel can be found on my Practicalities page. The first night we were there was quite noisy until around midnight because there is a private party venue on the ground floor. The second night was just fine since there was no event booked that night. We did like the atmosphere of the hotel. The staff wears period themed uniforms and comport themselves in a professional and friendly manner. One warning; the hallways are similar to a maze 😀. I found it very interesting that if I did not pay strict attention to the doors needed for entrance and exit, we would have to bravely search out the proper escape from the hallways. It was actually fun trying to remember what door accessed the elevator and what door accessed the stairwell down to the ground floor. @thejanehotel and I would return...

This is the first restaurant that we ate at in NYC. It is a cute, cozy cafe that the locals love.

We are now inside Jack's Wife Freda. We had a great breakfast here. We had the Mediteranean Breakfast and one orange juice. It will cost about $40 for two breakfasts with juice and tip. Not bad for the good quality food served here.

IN THE LOBBY OF THE WYNDHAM NEW YORKER HOTEL. IT IS LOCATED IN THE HELLS KITCHEN NEIGHBORHOOD OF MANHATTAN. IT WAS COMPLETED IN 1930 AND WAS BUILT IN THE ART DECO ARCHITECTURAL STYLE. NICOLA TESLA LIVED HERE FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS UNTIL HIS DEATH. BENNY GOODMAN AND TOMMY DORSEY PERFORMED HERE WITH THEIR BIG BANDS. SPENCER TRACY ALSO STAYED HERE AS WELL AS JOAN CRAWFORD, MOHAMMED ALI, AND FIDEL CASTRO.

New York City has so very many iconic street scenes I am overwhelmed trying to get as many as I can. This photo is across the street from the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.

This sculpture of a tailor at a sewing machine is a few streets south of Times Square. Or it can be a few streets west of Times Square. I am not sure because I was always lost in NYC. The sculpture of a tailor and a giant pin cushion are significant because this is the Garment District which once was dominated by textile factories and shops. There are a few textile shops still here.

A second view of the Tailor at his sewing machine sculpture near where the Garment District meets Times Square. This sculpture is actually called The Garment Worker.

This is one close up shot of Saint Patricks' Cathedral on 5th Avenue. Bob brought us here during our NYC Greeter tour but the doors were locked.

One more view of Saint Patricks' Cathedral. This photo was taken from across 5th Avenue. As I took this photo, I stood behind the Atlas Statue which is located at Rockefeller Center.

Birthday dinner for Farida at The Beeckman rooftop restaurant. We both ordered the Roast Duck Breast three coarse dinner. It cost $95 for each of us, with drinks costing around $15. @thebeekmanhotel was a great evening and I highly recommend it..

Another view at the 9th floor fine dining venue at The Beekman Hotel. Temple Court is the name of this restaurant and the chef, Tom Colicchio, is quite renowned in NYC.

I have heard that one should avoid Times Square in the day time hours because of the heavy tourist crowds. But we were here rather early, following a NYC greeter before noon time. The crowds were not bad at all yet. The greeter, Bob, mostly showed us Wyndham New Yorker Hotel which has a small museum in the basement floor. It is quite an iconic NYC original for sure. Bob also showed the Garment District, Saint Patricks' Cathedral, then the Theater District, and Times Square, with the history of each, favorite restaurants, and favorite shops. He likes Bens' Kosher Deli, Juniors' Bakery, and the Hershey Store (the largest I have ever seen and probably ever will see).

At Mr. Purple

@ExperienceIHG

Here is one view from Mr. Purple.

There is a really large collection of Egyptian art and artifacts in the American Museum of Natural History. The very large museum is located in the Upper West Side of Manhatten at 200 Central Park West.

Also in the American Museum of Natural History is the largest dinosaur skeleton we have ever seen. It doesn't even fit in the room it is in. 😀

On the streets of NYC.

We were always amazed at how awesome are the skyscrapers of NYC. They truly are awesome. Farida wanted to take a photo in front of the Flatiron Building so here we are entering the Flatiron District. The Flatiron building is surrounded by 22nd Street, Broadway, and 5th Avenue.

Here is one of the photos we took in front of the Flatiron Building. After taking about 20 photos here (when my wife says "to take a photo", she is really saying "to take 20 photos"), we went to a nearby Italian food market called Eataly. Eataly is a fantastically large and diverse indoor market with everything italian one might want to eat or buy. I consider Eataly a must do and not just because I am 48% Italian😀 It is kitty-corner from the Flatiron Building, just cross 23 Street then cross 5th Avenue. Or cross 5th Avenue then cross 23 Street, depending on which traffic light turns green first.

And here is the entrance to Eataly Flatiron District. The sign calls it a cafe but it is much more than that. Inside these doors are several cafes and delis making for good sized Italian bazaar.