zaterdag 21 oktober 2017

New York New York

Where else to start than with this statue? As a 19 year old I came here for the first time, when visiting my American boyfriend. We even climbed up in there. No idea if that is still possible. I forgot how huge she is, as you can see by the little people walking around.
One piece of advice: take the official boat and don't get persuaded by one of those guys that come up to you, because you will be cheated! Long story........
The very impressive 9/11 museum. Especially the phonecalls you can hear from the people in the building knowing what would happen and calling their loved ones. Just aw-ful.
How I love all those buildings with fire escapes. It always reminds me of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn ) in Breakfast at Tiffany's, when she is singing on the fire escape with her gitar. And also the scene in Friends with Joey and Ross, hanging together at the fire escape, remember?
At sunday we were at Central Park, joined by a lot of New Yorkers and tourists. It feels like nothing else, walking in nature looking at high rise buildings. Do you see the squirrel relaxing in the tree? What surprised us is that we saw few dogs in the park, while we were amazed how many people  have dogs in New York.
Grand Central must be the most beautiful train station in the world, I think. ( as if I have seen many train stations )
In the basement there are places to eat. A floor higher we went to the Oysterbar with its famous lobster roll and saw that we would have to pay $38,- for that roll! Are you kidding me? No way we are paying that.
There is also a very nice foodmarket, which is worth a visit.
Right in front of the Oysterbar are arches and there was a woman talking with her face into the arch. We thought she was crazy, but once we walked by it again, there was another girl doing the same thing and across from her, in the other arch, another girl was gigling. So of course, we had to try that too. We were far apart and talked into the arch and we could hear each other! So fun! Later I read that it is called the whispering arch.
Because the Oysterbar was too expensive, we went to Pershing Square, across the street, which we loved. A typical American diner with good food and a great staff.

The High Line is a walking path on an old rail track, high above the streets. A well known Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf, did the planting and it is beautiful. Never saw a sign that it was his design, so weird. I even felt a little insulted, being Dutch and all.
It is a very special place to walk, a lot of tourist though. At the end there is Chelsea Market, a covered food- and cute stores hall. I was in heaven in the Anthropologie Store.

Joni, my American sister in law, adviced us to visit the New York Library, which was totally worth it. What an amazing building, it is more like a museum. I was very impressed by all the beautiful lamps that were there. Even on the reading tables there were cute lights, as you can see above right. And the ceilings, gorgeous. People are just reading and working there, as if there are no tourist walking around them.
This new subway station near 9/11 is so beautiful! It is supposed to be a peace dove. Inside you can catch a subway, but also visit stores. And Eataly, but more about that later.
This is both New York. Lovely plants around trees, but we were in an airbnb in Williamsburg and there was garbage in the streets  every day. What a mess. At first we thought they were on strike, but we heard it is always like that. Too bad for such a nice neighbourhood.
As said we had a very nice airbnb with fire escape, that where we weren't allowed on. Oké, but we did need to hang the towels there after showering, you know.
Every morning, before we went for our adventures, we had coffee at the Starbucks near our house.
How about this cute Ralph Lauren kids clothes? Isn't the tiny trenchcoat cute? Ah.....
We did feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, in the Ralph Lauren Store.
We were welcomed with a big fake smile, but you could see them thinking; we don't need to waste our time on them!
When Joni asked us during the week, what our highlight was up till then, I didn't answer right away. We didn't dare to say we just lòved the food, we had to come up with something culturel of course. But man, what a great food we had! Even the grocery store in the street had an oven and baked the most delicious pizza.
Near our airbnb  was Martha's Bakery ( I don't think it was Martha Stewart ) and you will not believe the good stuff they had there. One evening we even had big slice of chocolate pie as dinner. Without feeling guilty! Well, maybe a little bit.
And Eataly.......omg.......só good. I wish we had that store here in Holland. It is a store with all Italian produce, it is a restaurant and they also have kitchen stuff and cookbooks. We had delicious pasta there and the icecream is divine.
When the kids came for dinner at home, I could use my new treasures right away.
The plate is from Anthropologie and the bowls from Eataly.
I have never been into buying souvenirs, but these kind of things that you actually can use, I enjoy bringing home. Every time I use the plate I will think: New York with Liesbeth, fun!

If I had to say something about New York, it would be this:

- Very, really vèry nice people.
  Everybody wanted to help us, from the garbage man to the posh types at 5th Avenue.

- Delicious food. I just remembered The Meatball Shop, also a great concept.

- Lovely old buildings, but also beautiful new ones.

- A lot of noise because of the construction everywhere. The economy is getting better of course.

- Many interesting things to see.
  We had ten days, but could have easely stayed ten more days.

- Williamsburg is a very nice neighbourhood, with plenty of restaurants and independant stores.
  It is all hipsters there. I think we were the oldest people.

- Can't get lost with all the numbered streets.

- Subway works easy.

- Expensive city. For example a cappuccino $4,50 and we didn't find a good tasting cup.
  We chose the Starbucks.

- Safe city. At least, we haven't felt unsafe at any time at all.

I'll finish with the Williamsbridge, near our house. The first day we walked over it in half an our.
By the way, all the pictures are made with my cell, because I didn't feel like dragging the heavy camera around. Most of the time it was in the 80 degrees!

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