Mama's Excellent Adventure to New York City in December, 2010.
We stayed at the Americana Inn - European style - bathrooms down the hall. We LOVED it! Excellent price, and Midtown Manhattan, 1 stop from Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Greenwich Village. It doesn't get any better than this.
The other side of our room at the Americana Inn. Note - no bathroom - toilet - shower. "Down the hall" was only 6 paces away from our door!
We had 3 windows in our tiny room. Mama counted 107 taxis in 1 minute this morning.
What does a guy have to do to get a cab around here?
Divine Bites was our favorite breakfast spot. When we left, they yelled, "Bye, Mama!".
Sixty years ago, Mama worked for Johns Manville at 22 East Fortieth St. in Manhattan. This was a fond trip down memory lane for her.
Her office address was changed to reflect the better known street - Madison Avenue.
She recognized the lobby immediately!
She used to work on the 20th floor of this 40-story highrise, in the '40s.
Fancy grill work in her building.
These lions are in front of the New York Public Library - an architectural wonder in itself. It is said that when a virgin walks by, the lions roar. They have been curiously silent.
Our first venture out on the subway.
The memorial to FDNY was beautiful.
New construction at the World Trade Center as seen at twilight. They are also building a memorial park on the grounds to open on 9-11 in 2011.
We had a wonderful steak dinner at The Garage in Greenwich Village. They have Big Band Jazz 7 nights a week. Great food and great music. It doesn't get any better than this. Reasonably priced, too! http://www.garagerest.com/
This upside down Christmas tree hung over the bar at the Garage Restaurant. I had never seen one before.
We took a horse-drawn carriage tour of Central Park on Tuesday.
Our horse was Angie.
I loved the architecture of this old building. http://www.petrossian.com/aboutcaviar.html
Hot cocoa after our carriage ride, at the Russian Tea Room.
Chocolate Pyramid at the Russian Tea Room - bittersweet chocolate mousse with a raspberry filling.
Bigger than life trumpet player at Rockefeller Center.
And of course, the flute player at Rockefeller Center.
The Ice Rink, statue of Prometheus, and Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.
Me in front of the tree at Rockefeller Center.
Mama and me in front of the tree.
Radio City Music Hall, and the famous Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular!
Me and Mama at Radio City Music Hall.
We got half price tickets to see West Side Story at the Palace Theater on Times Square. Great vocals, fantastic, sexy, athletic dancing. What a great show.
The Hershey's store at Times Square.
The last night, Mama treated me to my birthday dinner at Patsy's - a family owned Italian Restaurant in Manhattan, since 1944.