Sunday, December 18, 2016
On the approach to the twinkling city, I spotted Lady Liberty, something I looked for on each trip. I had reserved a car, Call 7, a car service that is new since I was there. Took us a while to find the pick-up point, but it went well after that. The Warwick looked exactly the same. I bet it still looks very much like it did in the Twenties. The lobby bar, Randolph's is still there, the furniture is even the same. Not shabby, at all, just quality style that is timeless. After checking in, seeing our room with a 17th floor view of 6th Ave., we decided to see if the cocktails were still as yummy. I believe this is the bar where Carl first had an Appletini. The waitress has been there 19 years, so that is why I remembered her.
My first stop on the Magical Mystery Memory Tour, was to the European grocery store a block away, Ernest Klein. At Christmas they have displays of European cookies and candies that are delightful! On the way there, we passed Robert Indiana's famous LOVE art install.
You can tell that Carl and I are total losers at taking selfies. Maybe that will be my 2017 resolution. Anyway, we bought a few goodies and went back to hotel to grab a taxi to take us to Soho. We should have taken the trains, but they have the cutest new taxi-vans there, and I wanted to experience near-death again!
Purl Soho was our destination. I have been a fan a Purl Soho for many years. Online they sell beautiful, lush yarns, and fabulous fabrics. Patrick and Sarah and Addy, upon learning of my trip to Purl Soho, generously provided a gift certificate! I was a bit giddy! I was very surprised to see that the store is pretty small. It is New York, after all. Each yarn choice, each fabric bolt has been hand curated to be the finest. The shop was busy with all ages of customers. Carl quickly decided to walk around outside a bit and find a Diet Coke. The staff was very friendly, and helpful, and extremely patient with a 90+ customer that was a bit confused. I finally decided to buy a pattern for a sweater, called the Addy, and some beautiful wool yarn in a paprika color. I also bought some linen/wool yarn for a scarf, and a notebook that was made for designing knit patternwork.
We had a little time before our dinner reservation, so we decided to drop another $100 at Randolph's. This time a guy waited on us and asked if he knew me....I looked familiar and he thought he had waited on me before. Maybe, but 12 years was a long time ago! Our dinner was at Red Eye Grill, by Carnegie Hall. I picked that place because I used to go there with various vendors. A memory trip, again. The food was delicious! We walked back slowly, looking at the lights and festive windows.
On Tuesday we had decided to take a harbor tour, down the Hudson, around the Statue of Liberty, and into the East River, a 1.5 hour cruise. Somehow we were given the wrong information over the phone, and when we showed up at Pier 63, the only tour was 2.5 hours, around the entire isle of Manhattan! It was a cold, but sunny day, so we decided to go for it!
Our flight was early afternoon on Wednesday, so we took another car to the airport. The driver took a very interesting route, and, at one point, I thought we could be in trouble, but he just was avoiding traffic. It was a fixed price trip, so fare padding wasn't the case. I did leave my favorite smart gloves in the car, though, which made me pretty sad. Again, my selfies are pretty bad!
We have been home now for 5 days, and it is a great hotel!!! The bed is super comfy, and there is a whole studio full of yarn and fabric! Carl had commented in Purl Soho that he thought our place had more yarn and fabric than was there. Not sure that was a compliment. Anyway, the trip was magic. I enjoyed visiting all sorts of New York memories, and making some new ones. Will we go back? Not sure. I have a few other places I would like to see again. I will enjoy knitting the yarn I bought and trying to recreate the Black Sparkling cocktail. If you got to this point in this long story, I thank you for hanging in there! Jerilynn