Tag: New York 2019

Last Day in New York

The hottest day of the week! Two days ago we were so cold we spent an hour trying to find a warm coat for Eva and today we’re sweating and wishing we had shorts and sandals. I forgot how drastic the weather changes day to day on the East Coast.

We walked onto the Brooklyn Bridge and back down along Water Street to our hotel for lunch before our flight. Then a 1-hour ride to JFK to fly home.

This was posted from the airplane!

Over Thunder Bay, Canada:

Trip notes:

  1. NYC is very convenient. Having that density of people makes niche things economically viable.
  2. NYC’s weather changes drastically day-to-day. One day we were freezing and had to find warmth in stores. A day later, we were sweating. I love Seattle’s gradual weather changes.
  3. I finally found a bourbon to compete with my favorite Maker’s Mark: Old Forester Signature 100. The bartender at Gramercy Tavern recommended it. Cinnamon!
  4. The subway usually smells bad and is always dirty. London’s Underground is much less disgusting. The subway is also less reliable.
  5. NYC is loud! Trucks, people, construction noise, car horns. Even 25 flights up I was woken up by morning car-honking. Seattle is silent in comparison and a car horn deserves attention.
  6. It takes 30+ minutes to go anywhere, regardless of whether you walk, ride or take the train. It took us almost 3 hours to get to Coney Island, 20 miles away from our apartment. We can drive from Seattle to Portland in that time, 180 miles away!

I’ve been to New York a dozen times or so over the last 30 years. When I was 19/20 I thought it was amazing and even wanted to live there. At 49, it’s the most-visited place for me. It’s a great city and I’m glad the kids got to see it, which they really wanted to, but I don’t need to visit anymore. Instead, I need to continue checking new travel destinations off my list.

Friday in Brooklyn

After pastries from the hotel cafe, we walked through Brooklyn to see the CJ Hendry Rorschach exhibit, which included a giant bouncy house (padded walls).

Then we met Eric for lunch at Watty & Meg, continued to Milk Bar for ice cream and then to Threes Brewery. Gay and Eric went to another art exhibit and out to dinner with college friends while I took the kids back to the hotel and later out for pizza dinner.


We had lunch at the old school (est. 1884) P.J. Clarke’s, I had a great club sandwich, and then another walk around Manhattan in the Rockefeller Center area. NYC is freezing cold today!

I had planned to do my 750th Peloton ride at the Peloton studio today. I reserved a bike with my favorite instructor but she canceled her class due to an injury. So we left our Manhattan apartment and went to our hotel in Brooklyn, 1 Hotel Brooklyn, for the last 2 nights.

Gay and I went out to dinner, alone for the second time this week, while the kids had room service at our hotel. We went to Celestine with a great view of the Manhattan skyline:


We went to the Guggenheim museum to see what some refer to as “modern art”, things that mean nothing, say nothing, and look like nothing.

At least the building was cool (that’s Havana and Eva way up there):

But there was at least some stuff pushed to the side that required the effort and skill of people such as Degas, Picasso and Kandinsky:

One World Trade Center

After lunch at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, a walk around SOHO, including a stop at the Bang & Olufsen store (where they gave me a free Beoplay A9 cover), we trekked to the 9/11 memorial.

The Oculus:

I’ve never been a fan of the WTC’s design. It was so blocky and boring. But their replacement is far more attractive and pays respect to the original design’s vertical lines.

The memorials where each tower stood are very cool – well-designed symbolism:

Gramercy Tavern

Gay and I went to Gramercy Tavern for dinner. Havana babysat Hudson and Eva for the first time ever – they were all in bed and asleep when we got back!

This is our 4th Michelin-starred restaurant and in the top 5 dining experiences I’ve had.

Previous restaurants with Michelin stars we’ve been to: Murano in London, Jean-George’s Nougatine in New York and Luce D’Oro in Germany.