|The new World Trade Center|
We live a 2-½ hour Greyhound
bus ride from Manhattan. It beats driving. No traffic, no tolls, no
ridiculously high parking rates. Sit on a comfortable WiFi-equipped bus and
enjoy the ride. Round trip per person $36.
in the Big Apple this past weekend. We snagged a great hotel rate on Hotwire –
$106 (plus taxes) a night – at a beautiful old establishment, the Hotel
Roosevelt at 45th and Madison, next to Grand Central Station.
rate – our room was clean with a big bathroom – January and February usually offer
the best (translate: cheapest) hotel rates. Cold, wintry weather limits tourist
interest in the big city. The sun rarely penetrates to the sidewalk and the
wind whips between buildings and right through you. Manhattan can be a freezing,
dreary place in winter.
weeks ago and discussed buying theater tickets in advance, but bagged the idea
for two reasons. One, tickets are obscenely expensive. And second, we did not
want to get stuck with tickets if ugly weather prevented us from getting to the
was gorgeous; except for the hour spent in line at the Times Square discount theater
TKTS booth. As soon as we got on line, the sky darkened. It started sprinkling,
and then raining. When tickets were in hand, the rain stopped.
temperatures lured city dwellers and tourists outdoors. Everyone earlier huddled
inside for months joyfully took advantage of the balmy weather.
– I should have counted the variety of languages heard – promenaded on wide, jam-packed
sidewalks, deeply breathed in polluted air, and adeptly dodged melting snow and
ice puddles crossing streets, savoring all the city has to offer.
Window shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Great place for a delicious chocolate treat.
discovery concerning discount theater tickets. Once you braved the elements and
stood on long lines to obtain tickets – not your first choice, because that particular
show sold out right before you reached the window – ticketholders are entitled
to a special benefit.
a day, walk up to one of the line attendants (actually, they are probably
security guards masquerading as too-happy folk eager to answer your questions),
flash a show ticket from the past seven days, and you get to cut the line. Everyone
points at you, ranting and talking loudly – as only New Yorkers can – speculating
on who those people are and why they get to go directly to the ticket window.
purchased at a 50% discount. We ate delicious but calorie-laden meals, and
walked endlessly. We met friends for brunch Sunday morning in Tribeca, on the
southern end of Manhattan, then walked around the neighborhood, Ground Zero,
and the Battery Park vicinity.
the spectacular view included the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and New
Jersey. Kids and adults ice-skated on a fast-melting rink. The river was alive
with kayaks – probably for the first time in months – and ferries transported
people across the river.
wonderful place. To visit.
zumba. Sleep beckoned, my feet as well as the rest of my body begged for rest,
and I did not resist.