Hanging With Friends in the City That Never Sleeps

Sunday was a picture perfect day in NYC and we took full advantage.  Met friends Adam and Marla Gamoran for brunch, a bike ride around Central Park, and dinner.  Adam is a childhood friend going back to around 3rd or 4th grade.  Professor Emeritus Gamoran (go Badgers) is currently the President of the William T. Grant Foundation.  Marla is the Executive Director and Founder of Skilled Volunteers for Israel.  Adam’s job brought them to the Big Apple last year and they are flourishing.  We sure do have a lot of very accomplished friends!

We met at Barney Greengrass for an incredible brunch of smoked Whitefish, Lox, Sable Platter and bagels (how very New York!).  We were so engrossed in conversation and consumption that we regrettably forgot to take a picture.  Ugh!

Stuffed, we got on our bikes and headed to Central Park where we had a great afternoon riding around the park.  We stopped for a few photo ops, and happened on a little square near the statue of Polish King Wladyslaw Jagiello where a group of seniors were performing nonstop folk dancing.

Polka Kings of Central Park

The King Wladyslaw Dancers of Central Park

After resting up, we took the crosstown 86 bus to the Upper East Side to visit Adam and Marla’s really cool apartment, and then to Delizia Ristorante for an excellent Italian dinner (yet again too engrossed to remember to take pictures).

Adam and Marla up on the roof

Adam and Marla up on the roof

Monday was moving day as we bade farewell to Courtney’s nice quiet place on the Upper West Side for the chaos of Times Square.  Checked into the Sheraton, unpacked, went for a walk around Times Square, had salads at Rockefeller Center, picked up tickets for a couple plays, and met Megan Yetman for snacks at our hotel lounge.

Rockefeller Salads

Rockefeller Salads

Meghan is another millennial child of friends from home.  She played basketball with Emily at SRVHS and has been on the go ever since.  After graduating from the University of Redlands, Megan did a stint in the Peace Corps (teaching English in Panama) before becoming a Social Worker in the Bronx.  We had a really nice visit and, again, just love seeing how grown-up and responsible and good all these kids have turned out.  James and Patti, your daughter looks great and you should be very proud.

In the Lounge with Meghan

In the Lounge with Meghan

Later that night took the subway back to the UWS for dinner with Courtney and Ethel (works for MLB and the provider of many of our baseball game tickets…thanks again Ethel).  Dinner was at Jacob’s Pickles.  I strongly recommend the Turkey Leg Dinner.

Tuesday we met Dave and Louise Fong (friends from home that are visiting their daughter Stephanie, son-in-law Adam, and grandson Murray) at the 911 Memorial and Museum. The museum is extremely well done.  It is built on the footprint of the twin towers and includes many artifacts, in place, from the buildings, including the excavated box columns (marking the location of the towers), survivor’s staircase, and slurry wall.  The main exhibits include touching memorials to the 3,000 who perished, monumental artifacts (destroyed fire trucks and ambulances, twisted steel columns, radio antenna remnants, and the last column removed), and the historical exhibition which presents the timeline, prelude to the attacks, and aftermath.  Many of the exhibits are extremely graphic and disturbing.  The museum does an incredible job of bringing you (emotionally) back to that horrible day. Yet another very sad example of how evil and cruel mankind can be to mankind.

Survivors' Stars.  Formerly known as the Versey Street Stairs, hundreds escaped from 5 World Trade Center down these steps.

Survivors’ Stairs. Formerly known as the Versey Street Stairs, hundreds escaped from 5 World Trade Center down these steps.

box columns

Box Columns that connected the steel frame to the concrete core

Last Column Removed from the Site

Last Column Removed from the Site

All Eleven members of Ladder Company 3 Were Killed When the North Tower Collapsed.

All Eleven members of Ladder Company 3 Were Killed When the North Tower Collapsed.

Memorial

Memorial

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Afterwards we took a much needed long walk to grab lunch at a Fong favorite Chinatown establishment, “Joe’s Shanghai” (when in Chinatown, eat at Joe’s!).  Best Dumplings ever. Really. They somehow manage to include a bit of soup inside the dumpling. Just amazing.

Best Dumplings Ever

Best Dumplings Ever

Lunch at Joe's!

Lunch at Joe’s!

After lunch we walked a good 4 miles back to the Sheraton which took us through Little Italy (tasty lattes from a street vendor).

Mulberry Street in Little Italy

Mulberry Street in Little Italy

In the 4 miles we walked, we were always in a crowd of people….always.  It is amazing how many people live and/or work on this island. Every block, park, and street were unique.  It was so interesting.  By the time we got back to the hotel, we had just enough time to wash up and get to the Walter Kerr Theatre to see A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder.  We both loved the show (won the Tony for best musical).  Very funny, great acting (one actor plays 6 or 7 different characters), great music.

Ended the night with a late dinner at the Carnegie Deli.  Jam packed at 10 PM, we thoroughly enjoyed our Matzo Ball Soup and Corned Beef on Rye.  Waddled back to the hotel for a much needed good night’s sleep.

Carnagy Deli with Waiter Danny

Carnegie Deli with Waiter Danny

 

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