The words of the Frank Sinatra song sums up New York.
“Start spreading the news. I want to be a part of it…..”
New York is without a doubt a fabulous city. This time my visit here is different. Not just a tourist, I’m here to visit my son and his new wife and a group of fabulous swim trek friends.
We arrived very late after delayed flights from Havana to Miami and Miami on to here. So we knew it was too late to have dinner with Rob & Jordan.
Our air bnb in Charles Street West Village is in a perfect spot. It’s in a pretty little street between 6th & 7th which is in the heart of the West Village. It a good air bnb but not perfect! No washing machine and for me, not enough light or places to hang things.
I’ve started to become quite an expert on what the perfect air bnb should have. But it is NY and though it’s small it’s well located and no mountain of stairs to climb.
When we entered, there on the table near the door was a framed photo with a note. It was from Rob and was a photo of me looking up at him. Happy Mother’s Day the note said.
Needless to say I got teary.
We headed off the next morning for the FDR memorial.
I’ve never been to Roosevelt Island – in fact I didn’t really know about it. It’s an island in the river across from the United Nations building which is next door to Lynn and Lois’ apartments.
We got the cable car/ tram across river and walked along the river front.
Lois told us the history of the island. It was called Welfare Island and was home to the sick and destitute.
We passed an old hospital- no longer used but so lovely.
Lois filling us in on Louis Kahn the architect who designed the memorial to Roosevelt but died before it was started.
Lois, a landscape architect , was one of 5 women out of 500 students, taught by Kahn. She found that glass ceiling.
Photo: Lois,Betty, Steve, Bill, Lexie, me and Barry.
We walked along the paths towards the point of the island. Like a ships prow.
It’s so good being back with the group we met in Galapagos. Betty from LA, Lexie from Mexico City, Bill from London, Barry from Toronto and Steve & I.
We puttered along after the memorial and took the sky tram back to the mainland for lunch at Moonlight on 59th street. a typical NY diner – a bit upmarket and great lunch food.
Then for some speed shopping.
Why is it that men can shop so quickly ? In about half an hour Steve bought 4 pairs of pants and 2 beautiful Ralph Lauren jackets and a belt! He headed home and I went shopping for myself.
I had about an hour, got locked out of dressing room and bought one pair of black pants and had very tired feet.
Finally caught up with Rob & Jordan after they finished work.
WWe headed up to Lynn Sherr’s apartment near to the UN building opposite Roosevelt island where we’d been this morning.
The apartment on the 16th floor is amazing and the rooftop had the most fabulous views.
The swim group were all there and we had the most wonderful fun night.
Beautiful food, great company and so many laughs. Very special.