Apparently we are still on West Coast time and not getting out the door as early as we should. Oh well, I guess we are not really accountable to anyone and can come and go as we please. Kind of nice really.
The subway system here in New York City seems to have had an overhaul since we were here last. The cars, for the most part are cleaner and in better condition. The behind the scenes view however is still lacking any esthetics.
Today we are concentrating on Time Square and the surrounding blocks. We had planned on going to the ticket booth right in Time Square to see if we could pick up some 1/2 price theater tickets. But that plan was laid to rest when we realized that word had gotten out about this deal since we were last here in 1991. Back then we walked right up to the booth. Not the case now! There was a LONG line that wound in and around roped-off portable posts. At best we might make it to the front in about 45 minutes.
We decided to just explore more of the area on foot instead of waiting in line.
I’m guessing that many are familiar with the quite famous Naked Cowboy who plays the guitar at Time Square. I don’t know if he is there daily, but I do know he is a fixture. Could not help but get a chuckle over seeing him on the sidewalk in his Tidy Whities with Naked Cowboy boldly lettered across his backside.
The streets almost sing out to you, bringing one classic scene after another from the corner shoe shine stand, to the diamond district, to colorful eateries.
Rockefeller Center was another iconic site that we stumbled across on our walk. They appeared to be cleaning the flooring in preparation of winter when it is turned into the famous ice skating rink.
Fifth Avenue is always fun to do a bit of window shopping. I swung through the Michael Kors store and gawked at the window displays for Saks Fifth Avenue. I found it rather telling that by far the most popular shopping bag that women were carrying was not from a high-end store, but from H&M.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is worthy of being considered one of the premier houses of worship.
I enjoyed watching an artisan hand etch a saying into the floor in one of the small side altars.
Along both sides of the church were small chapels, many dedicated to one saint or another. These stood out for me.
Grand Central Station lobby is inviting and remindful of many of the nicer train stations in Europe.
The Chrysler Building has one of the most iconic shapes on any of the great highrises. We snapped a few shots in the lobby, but unfortunately there are not public viewing areas on the upper floors.
On the sidewalk, we stumbled on imbedded plaques leading us toward the library. I got caught up in reading the quotes and sayings and decided to take pictures of some of my favorites to share.
The library itself is another show stopper.
Speaking of shows, just as we were leaving we spotted a bridal show with stick-thin stunning models wearing the most gorgeous wedding gowns. It was so fun to be able to watch from the sidelines as they prepared to strut their stuff.
After a long afternoon, we headed back toward the subway station. It appears that you are never more that about three blocks from a station no matter where you are in Manhattan.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for how easy it is to get around New York City using the mass transit system. I also appreciate that they have a senior rate that is half off, making it even more reasonable. This is a beautiful, artsy, bustling, invigorating city. The more we explore, the more we are appreciating why those who live here would not live anywhere else on the planet. I love that we are being welcomed into her bosom and made to feel like we belong – even if for only a few days…
COMING NEXT: Metropolitan Museum of Art