anyway- although I meant to be blogging regularly I found I was just too busy to do so. first in getting ready for the Phil birthday trip and then going on the trip. so now we are home again and I will do the trip in the order we did it.
we arrived in NYC on Wednesday around 6Pm and went directly to our hotel. the hotel turned out to be somewhat of a disaster as the place was in need of an update and also had construction going on from 7 AM each day until 5 PM each afternoon. however it was free--- on points --- so we couldn't complain about the price but a travel tip- stay as far away from the Parker-Le Meridien as you can... they don't care and they certainly aren't giving any discounts for your disrupted sleep.
back to better things- we spent almost not time in the room other than to sleep so NBD overall.
we called Jeremy and made arrangements to meet him and his friend Vanessa for drinks near Gramercy Park. we found Pete's Tavern - allegedly the longest running alcohol serving establishment in NYC- see below:
apparently O. Henry wrote the Gift of the Magi in a booth there. and as you can see it stayed open serving liquor during prohibition by fronting as a flower shop...LOL
after we left there - we headed to Maialino where we had a 9:45 PM dinner reservation - here are a few photos from dinner - first the suckling pig-
we toddled out well after midnight (one other table was finishing as we left but we close to closed the place.)
Phil and I headed to 23rd street on the N&R lines and up town while J and Vanessa went in the direction of Brooklyn-
23rd street used to be the milliners area and so the whole station has hats identified with various famous folks-
here are a couple of photos:
I tried to get Phil to stand underneath one for a picture but he refused (TB can sometimes be a much more amenable traveling companion- LOL)
so as we crawled into bed well after 1AM - we were hoping the noise would 1. not be too bad and 2. not be so early--- no such luck... but we did soldier on-